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Kntting: Lace pattern [Aug. 8th, 2005|09:16 am]
Barbara Abbey had a book called the Complete Book of Knitting that was published in 1971. The local library has a copy of it, and it smells like a smoker owned it once. It looks like it's straight out of the 50's.

There's a nice pattern section in the back of the book, all written out, with lovely detailed instructions about things like "Is this pattern reversible?" and possible uses.

Problem is, the patterns are really really dated. They're using an older notation system which can be puzzled out slowly, but the actual _pattern_ itself is funky.

I first noticed this when I found a paragraph in the introduction to the pattern section which rambled about needing to have multiples for patterns (such as "this will work for multiples of 3 +2 stitches") and then tried to give an example which ended up with three too many stitches at the end of a repeat and there was rambling about casting off three stitches and it - it plain made no sense.

However, I fell in love with a pattern. Specifically, Pointed Leaf Lace, #183, page 220 - 221. The original pattern was 24 rows long, and the wrong side rows _as written,_ simply don't work.

So, I whipped out a chart, scribbled a while, started knitting the pattern, went "AHAH!" And - here you go.

The main tricky area is that there's four paired yarn overs, and I repeatedly tried to do only three sets of them. Unsurprisingly, that messes up the pattern.

All wrong side rows knit the stitches which you purled on the right side (you'll have curling lines of knit stitches against a purled background, so they're easy to find) and purling all other stitches.

For the RS over any multiple of 12 +2 stitches:

*p2, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, k3* Repeat from star to star until 2 stitches remain, p2.
*p2, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p2, k2, k2tog, k2* repeat until 2 stitches remain, p2.
*p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, k1* p2
*p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, k2, k2tog* p2
*p2, k2, k2tog, k5, p2, k1, k2tog* p2
*p2, k2, k2tog, k4, p2, k2tog* p2 Point of the right hand leaf here.
*p2, k2, k2tog, k3, p2, yo, k1, yo* p2 You're starting the bottom of your left hand leaf here.
*p2, k2, k2tog, k2, p2, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1* p2
*p2, k2, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2* p2
*p2, k2, k2tog, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo k3* p2
*p2, k1, k2tog, p2, k2 k2tog, k5* p2
*p2, k2tog, p2, k2, k2tog, k4* p2 Point of the left hand leaf here.

This pattern will pull in on the sides, will need to be blocked heavily, and will scallop at the bottom.