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Pattern for Knitted Curtains

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by Isabella Beeton

From “Beeton’s Book of Needlework” 1870

In it’s original form, this pattern was very confusing and somewhat incomplete, making it difficult for people without lace knitting experience to work out. I’ve completed the pattern and added edge stitches so that it matches the engraving of the sample in the book exactly.

The swatch shown above was knit with size 8 cotton on 2.25mm/Old UK 13/US size 1 needles.


Cast on a multiple of 10sts plus 3 extra and knit one row.

Special note: All double yarn overs are worked as a single stitch on the following row. Work the first loop of the double yarn over and drop the second loop off the needle.

Knitting Instructions in Words

Row 1 (RS): k1, *k1, yo twice, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo twice; repeat to last 2 sts, k2

Row 2 (WS): p2, *p1, yo twice, p2tog, p3, p2tog tbl, yo twice, p2; repeat from * to last st, p1

Row 3: k1, *k3, yo twice, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo twice, k2; repeat from * to last 2sts, k2

Row 4: p2, *p3, yo twice, p3tog, yo twice, p4; repeat from * to last st, p1

Row 5: k1, *k3, k2tog, yo twice, k1, yo twice, ssk, k2; repeat from * to last 2sts, k2

Row 6: p2, *p1, p2tog tbl, yo twice, p3, yo twice, p2tog, p2; repeat from * to last st, p1

Row 7: k1, *k1, k2tog, yo twice, k5, yo twice, ssk; repeat from * to last 2sts, k2

Row 8: p1, p2tog tbl, *yo twice, p7, yo twice, p3tog; repeat from * to last 10sts, yo twice, p7, yo twice, p2tog, p1

Knitting Chart

Updated and completed version of this pattern and all images are copyright Sarah Bradberry, February 2014. All rights reserved.

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