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Wheat Pattern Quilt

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Knitted wheat ear quilt square

The first 23 rows of this pattern were originally published in the Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic), Sat 24 Oct 1908. The reader was to send a letter to be loaned the remainder so she could copy it out.  I figured they probably wouldn’t have the pattern to loan out 110 years later so I have worked out the rest of the directions from the description that accompanied the first part of the pattern.

My sample was knit in size 5 cotton on 2.75mm needles and measures 12″ square

Row 1 (WS): K1.
Row 2: Yo, k1 (2 sts).
Row 3: Yo, k2 (3 sts).
Row 4: (Yo, k1) x 3 (6 sts).
Row 5: Yo, k1, p3, k2 (7 sts).
Row 6: Yo, p2, yo, k3, yo, p2 (10 sts).
Row 7: Yo, k2, p5, k3 (11 sts).
Row 8: Yo, p3, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p3 (12 sts).
Row 9: Yo, k3, p5, k4 (13 sts).
Row 10: Yo, p4, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4 (14 sts).
Row 11: Yo, k4, p5, k5 (15 sts).
Row 12: Yo, p5, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p5 (16 sts).
Row 13: Yo, k5, p5, k6 (17 sts).
Row 14: Yo, p6, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p6 (18 sts).
Row 15: Yo, k6, p5, k7 (19 sts).
Row 16: Yo, p7, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p7 (20 sts).
Row 17: Yo, k7, p5, k8 (21 sts).
Row 18: Yo, p8, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p8 (22 sts).
Row 19: Yo, k8, p5, k9 (23 sts).
Row 20: Yo, p9, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p9 (22 sts).
Row 21: Yo, k9, p3, k10 (23 sts).
Row 22: Yo, p10, k3tog, p10 (22 sts).
Row 23: Yo, purl to end (23 sts).
Rows 24 to 28: Yo, knit to end
Row 29: Yo, purl to end (29 sts).
Row 30: Yo, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last st, k1 (30 sts).
Row 31: Yo, p1, *p1, sl1 wyib, repeat from * to last st, p1 (31 sts).
Row 32: Yo, k1, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 (32 sts).
Row 33: Yo, *p1, sl1 wyib, repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2 (33 sts).
Row 34: Yo, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last st, k1 (34 sts).
Row 35: Yo, p1, *p1, sl1 wyib, repeat from * to last st, p1 (35 sts).
Row 36: Yo, k1, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 (36 sts).
Row 37: Yo, purl to end (37 sts).
Rows 38 to 42: Yo, knit to end
Row 43: Yo, purl to end (43 sts).
Row 44: Yo, p1, yo, k1, yo, [p4, yo, k1, yo] 8 times, p1 (62 sts).
Row 45: Yo, k1, [p3, k4] 8 times, p3, k2 (63 sts).
Row 46: Yo, p2, yo, k3, yo, [p4, yo, k3, yo] 8 times, p2 (82 sts).
Row 47: Yo, k2, [p5, k4] 8 times, p5, k3 (83 sts).
Row 48: Yo, p3, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 8 times, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p3 (84 sts).
Row 49: Yo, k3, [p5, k4] 9 times (85 sts).
Row 50: Yo, p4, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times (86 sts).
Row 51: Yo, k4, [p5, k4] 9 times, k1 (87 sts).
Row 52: Yo, p5, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times, p1 (88 sts).
Row 53: Yo, k5, [p5, k4] 9 times, k2 (89 sts).
Row 54: Yo, p6, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times, p2 (90 sts).
Row 55: Yo, k6, [p5, k4] 9 times, k3 (91 sts).
Row 56: Yo, p7, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times, p3 (92 sts).
Row 57: Yo, k7, [p5, k4] 9 times,k4 (93 sts).
Row 58: Yo, p8, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times, p4 (94 sts).
Row 59: Yo, k8, [p5, k4] 9 times, k5 (95 sts).
Row 60: Yo, p9, [k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p4] 9 times, p5 (78 sts).
Row 61: Yo, k9, [p3, k4], 9 times, k6 (79 sts).
Row 62: Yo, p10, [k3tog, p4] 8 times, k3tog, p10 (62 sts).
Row 63: Yo, purl to end (63 sts).
Rows 64 to 68: Yo, knit to end
Row 69: Yo, purl to end (69 sts).
Row 70: Yo, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last st, k1 (70 sts).
Row 71: Yo, p1, *p1, sl1 wyib, repeat from * to last st, p1 (71 sts).
Row 72: Yo, k1, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 (72 sts).
Row 73: Yo, *p1, sl1 wyib, repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2 (73 sts).
Row 74: Yo, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last st, k1 (74 sts).
Row 75: Yo, p1, *p1, sl1 wyib, repeat from * to last st, p1 (75 sts).
Row 76: Yo, k1, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 (76 sts).
Row 77: Yo, purl to end (77 sts).
Rows 78 to 82: Yo, knit to end
Row 83: Yo, purl to end (83 sts).
Row 84: Yo, p1, yo, k1, yo, [p4, yo, k1, yo] 16 times, p1 (118 sts).
Row 85: Yo, k1, [p3, k4] 16 times, p3, k2 (119 sts).
Row 86: Yo, p2, yo, k3, yo, [p4, yo, k3, yo] 16 times, p2 (154 sts).
Row 87: Yo, k2, [p5, k4] 16 times, p5, k3 (155 sts).
Row 88: Yo, p3, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 16 times, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p3 (156 sts).
Row 89: Yo, k3, [p5, k4] 17 times (157 sts).
Row 90: Yo, p4, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times (158 sts).
Row 91: Yo, k4, [p5, k4] 17 times, k1 (159 sts).
Row 92: Yo, p5, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times, p1 (160 sts).
Row 93: Yo, k5, [p5, k4] 17 times, k2 (161 sts).
Row 94: Yo, p6, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times, p2 (162 sts).
Row 95: Yo, k6, [p5, k4] 17 times, k3 (163 sts).
Row 96: Yo, p7, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times, p3 (164 sts).
Row 97: Yo, k7, [p5, k4] 17 times, k4 (165 sts).
Row 98: Yo, p8, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times, p4 (166 sts).
Row 99: Yo, k8, [p5, k4] 17 times, k5 (167 sts).
Row 100: Yo, p9, [k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p4] 17 times, p5 (134 sts).
Row 101: Yo, k9, [p3, k4], 17 times, k6 (135 sts).
Row 102: Yo, p10, [k3tog, p4] 17, p6 (102 sts).
Row 103: Yo, purl to end (103 sts).
Rows 104 to 108: Yo, knit to end
Rows 109 to 112: K2tog, knit to end
Row 113: P2tog, purl to end(103 sts).
Row 114: P2tog, p9, [yo, k1, yo, p4], 17 times, p7 (136 sts).
Row 115: K2tog, k9, [p3, k4] 17 times, k6 (135 sts).
Row 116: P2tog, p8, [yo, k3, yo, p4], 17 times, p6 (168 sts).
Row 117: K2tog, k8, [p5, k4] 17 times, k5 (167 sts).
Row 118: P2tog, p7, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times, p5 (166 sts).
Row 119: K2tog, k7, [p5, k4] 17 times, k4 (165 sts).
Row 120: P2tog, p6, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times, p4 (164 sts).
Row 121: K2tog, k6, [p5, k4] 17 times, k3 (163 sts).
Row 122: P2tog, p5, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times, p3 (162 sts).
Row 123: K2tog, k5, [p5, k4] 17 times, k2 (161 sts).
Row 124: P2tog, p4, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times, p2 (160 sts).
Row 125: K2tog, k4, [p5, k4] 17 times, k1 (159 sts).
Row 126: P2tog, p3, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times, p1 (158 sts).
Row 127: K2tog, k3, [p5, k4] 17 times (157 sts).
Row 128: P2tog, p2, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 17 times (156 sts).
Row 129: K2tog, k2, [p5, k4] 16 times, p5, k3 (155 sts).
Row 130: P2tog, p1, [k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p4] 16 times, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p3 (120 sts).
Row 131: K2tog, k1, p3, [k4, p3] 16 times, k2 (119 sts).
Row 132: P2tog, [k3tog, p4] 16 times, k3tog, p2 (84 sts).
Row 133: P2tog, purl to end (83 sts).
Rows 134 to 138: K2tog, knit to end
Row 139: P2tog, purl to end (77 sts).
Row 140: K2tog, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last st, k1 (76 sts).
Row 141: P2tog, *sl1 wyib, p1, repeat from * (75 sts).
Row 142: K2tog, *sl1 wyib, k1,  repeat from * to last st, k1 (74 sts).
Row 143: P2tog, *p1, sl1 wyib, repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2 (73 sts).
Row 144: K2tog, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last st, k1 (72 sts).
Row 145: P2tog, *sl1 wyib, p1 (71 sts).
Row 146: K2tog, *sl1 wyif, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1 (70 sts).
Row 147: P2tog, purl to end (69 sts).
Rows 148 to 152: K2tog, knit to end
Row 153: P2tog, purl to end (63 sts).
Row 154: P2tog, p9, [yo, k1, yo, p4], 9 times, p7 (80 sts).
Row 155: K2tog, k9, [p3, k4] 9 times, k6 (79 sts).
Row 156: P2tog, p8, [yo, k3, yo, p4], 9 times, p6 (96 sts).
Row 157: K2tog, k8, [p5, k4] 9 times, k5 (95 sts).
Row 158: P2tog, p7, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times, p5 (94 sts).
Row 159: K2tog, k7, [p5, k4] 9 times, k4 (93 sts).
Row 160: P2tog, p6, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times, p4 (92 sts).
Row 161: K2tog, k6, [p5, k4] 9 times, k3 (91 sts).
Row 162: P2tog, p5, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times, p3 (90 sts).
Row 163: K2tog, k5, [p5, k4] 9 times, k2 (89 sts).
Row 164: P2tog, p4, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times, p2 (88 sts).
Row 165: K2tog, k4, [p5, k4] 9 times, k1 (87 sts).
Row 166: P2tog, p3, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times, p1 (86 sts).
Row 167: K2tog, k3, [p5, k4] 9 times (85 sts).
Row 168: P2tog, p2, [yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4] 9 times (84 sts).
Row 169: K2tog, k2, [p5, k4] 8 times, p5, k3 (83 sts).
Row 170: P2tog, p1, [k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p4] 8 times, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p3 (64 sts).
Row 171: K2tog, k1, p3, [k4, p3] 8 times, k2 (63 sts).
Row 172: P2tog, [k3tog, p4] 8 times, k3tog, p2 (44 sts).
Row 173: P2tog, purl to end (43 sts).
Rows 174 to 178: K2tog, knit to end
Row 179: P2tog, purl to end (37 sts).
Row 180: K2tog, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last st, k1 (36 sts).
Row 181: P2tog, *sl1 wyif, p1, repeat from * (35 sts).
Row 182: K2tog, *sl1 wyif, k1,  repeat from * to last st, k1 (34 sts).
Row 183: P2tog, *p1, sl1 wyib, repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2 (33 sts).
Row 184: K2tog, *k1, sl1 wyif, repeat from * to last st, k1 (32 sts).
Row 185: P2tog, *sl1 wyib, p1, repeat from * (31 sts).
Row 186: K2tog, *sl1 wyif, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1 (30 sts).
Row 187: P2tog, purl to end (29 sts).
Rows 188 to 192: K2tog, knit to end
Row 193: P2tog, purl to end (23 sts).
Row 194: P2tog, p9, yo, k1, yo, p11 (24 sts).
Row 195: K2tog, k9, p3, k10 (23 sts).
Row 196: P2tog, p8, yo, k3, yo, p10 (24 sts).
Row 197: K2tog, k8, p5, k9 (23 sts).
Row 198: P2tog, p7, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p9 (22 sts).
Row 199: K2tog, k7, p5, k8 (21 sts).
Row 200: P2tog, p6, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p8 (20 sts).
Row 201: K2tog, k6, p5, k7 (19 sts).
Row 202: P2tog, p5, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p7 (18 sts).
Row 203: K2tog, k5, p5, k6 (17 sts).
Row 204: P2tog, p4, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p6 (16 sts).
Row 205: K2tog, k4, p5, k5 (15 sts).
Row 206: P2tog, p3, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p5 (14 sts).
Row 207: K2tog, k3, p5, k4 (13 sts).
Row 208: P2tog, p2, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, p4 (12 sts).
Row 209: K2tog, k2, p5, k3 (11 sts).
Row 210: P2tog, p1, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, p3 (8 sts).
Row 211: K2tog, k1, p3, k2 (7 sts).
Row 212: P2tog, k3tog, p2 (4 sts).
Row 213: P2tog, p2 (3 sts).
Row 214: P3tog and fasten off

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