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Ramsay Lace

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Hand knit lace with wide band of openwork and deep points with large eyelets created by casting on and off

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This pattern was published in The Queenslander on March 26th, 1927.

In Words

Abbreviations

CO = “cast on”

BO = “bind off”

Sl1 wyif = “slip 1 with yarn in front”. Slip the first stitch purlways with the yarn held at the front of your work, take the yarn to the back to work the next stitch (do not create a yarn over).

Pattern

Cast on 19sts and knit one row

Row 1: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice (25 sts).

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k13, CO 3 sts (28 sts).

Row 4: K3, BO 3 sts, k2, BO 3 sts, k15 (22 sts).

Row 5: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k4, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice, (28 sts).

Row 6: Knit

Row 7: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k16, CO 3 sts (31 sts).

Row 8: K3, BO 3 sts, k2, BO 3 sts, k18 (25 sts).

Row 9: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k7, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice (31 sts).

Row 10: Knit

Row 11: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k19, CO 3 sts (34 sts).

Row 12: K3, BO 3 sts, k2, BO 3 sts, k21 (28 sts).

Row 13: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k10, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice (34 sts).

Row 14: Knit

Row 15: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k22, CO 3 sts (37 sts).

Row 16: K3, BO 3 sts, k2, BO 3 sts, k24 (31 sts).

Row 17: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k3, k2tog, [yo] twice, k2tog, k6, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice (37 sts).

Row 18: K20, p1, k16.

Row 19: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k25, CO 3 sts (40 sts).

Row 20: K3, BO 3 sts, k2, BO 3 sts, k27 (34 sts).

Row 21: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k6, k2tog, [yo] twice, k2tog, k6, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice (40 sts).

Row 22: K20, p1, k19.

Row 23: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k28.

Row 24: BO 3 sts, (k2, BO 3 sts) twice, k24 (31 sts).

Row 25: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k3, k2tog, [yo] twice, k2tog, k6, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice (37 sts).

Row 26: K20, p1, k16.

Row 27: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k25.

Row 28: BO 3 sts, (k2, BO 3 sts) twice, k21 (28 sts).

Row 29: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k10, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice (34 sts).

Row 30: Knit

Row 31: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k22.

Row 32: (BO 3 sts, k2) twice, BO 3 sts, k18 (25 sts).

Row 33: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k7, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice (31 sts).

Row 34: Knit

Row 35: Sl1 wyif, k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k19.

Row 36: (BO 3 sts, k2) twice, BO 3 sts, k15 (22 sts).

Row 37: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k4, (CO 3 sts, k3) twice (28 sts).

Row 38: Knit

Row 39: Sl1 wyif, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, k2tog) twice, k16.

Row 40: (BO 3 sts, k2) twice, BO 3 sts, k12 (19 sts).

Repeat rows 1-40 for desired length. Repeat row 1 before binding off.

Charted

Cast on 19 sts and knit 1 row. Commence from row 1 of chart.

Chart for knitting the ramsay lace edging
Legend for knitting the ramsay lace edging from the chart

Rows 1 to 40 form the pattern. Repeat for the desired length. Repeat row 1 before binding off.

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