Saturday, May 21, 2016

Edging of Portuguese Guipure Doyleys from Treasures in Needlework


The edging for the square-mesh doily that appears on pages 238-239 of Treasures in Needlework is made of scallops that are either half or three-quarter circles. The scallop on the right of the photo is made at each of the corner squares of the square-mesh netting. The scallop on the left of the photo is made along the edge beginning with the ninth square from a corner. Changing the size of the mesh sticks used for the scallops will change the size of the scallop and the number of squares that are between scallops.



For the samples above I started the center of the scallop as I would start a circular doily.  Then, instead of going around the netting, I went back and forth in rows.


My directions for the border at the corners of the square-mesh netting

Row 1: (1/4" mesh stick) Net 12 stitches in the square at a corner.
Row 2: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 3: (#1 knitting needle) Net 2 knots in each loop.
Row 4: (#000 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Cut the thread to the netting needle.



My directions for the border along the sides of the square-mesh netting


Row 1: (1/4" mesh stick) Net 12 stitches in the square nine squares from the corner or last scallop.
Row 2: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 3: (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 4: (#000 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Cut the thread to the netting needle.



All the scallops are net separately on the doily. After all the scallops are made, thread a fine hand-sewing needle. The points, at the beginning and the end of the last rows of adjacent scallops, are sewn together and also to the edge of the doily.





Saturday, May 14, 2016

Edging of Fairy Purse from Treasures in Needlework


On pages 227-228 of  Treasures in Needlework, I found a netting stitch I had never seen before. It was located in the instructions near the top of this purse. It's name - the Egyptian Stitch. This stitch involves pulling loops through each other. I started by using the knitting needles it called for (a size 0000 and a size 0) and size 60 crochet thread, but found the loops were too small for me to see what I was supposed to do. So I changed to a 1/4" and a 3/8" mesh stick, and size 20 crochet thread.

The larger mesh sticks and thread made it possible for me to see what the loops were doing.





My directions for the border - using larger mesh sticks

Row 1: (1/4" flat mesh) Net 18 loops into the foundation loop. [multiple of 6]

Rows 2-6: (1/4" flat mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 7: (3/8" flat mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 8: (1/4" flat mesh)   Net Egyptian stitches, in the following manner:  *Skip the first loop, draw the second loop through the first loop,net 1 knot in the second loop by wrapping the thread around the fingers as usual, move the netting needle completely through the loop around the fingers and enter the second loop from above rather than from below as usually done, draw the first loop through the second loop and net 1 knot in the first loop in the usual way*; repeat from * to * across the row.

Row 9: (1/4" flat mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 10: (3/8" flat mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 11: (1/4" flat mesh)   Net Egyptian stitches, in the following manner:  *Skip the first loop, draw the second loop through the first loop,net 1 knot in the second loop by wrapping the thread around the fingers as usual, move the netting needle completely through the loop around the fingers and enter the second loop from above rather than from below as usually done, draw the first loop through the second loop and net 1 knot in the first loop in the usual way*; repeat from * to * across the row, ending with net 1 knot in the last loop.

Rows 12-17: (1/4" flat mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Point:
For the only first point on the row - Net, without a mesh stick, 1 knot in the first loop. Thereafter follow the instructions for row 18

Row 18: (1/4" flat mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops. Turn the netting over.
Row 19: (1/4" flat mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops. Turn the netting over.
Row 20: (1/4" flat mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops. Turn the netting over.
Row 21: (1/4" flat mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops. Turn the netting over.

Cut the thread to the netting needle. Fasten the end of the thread onto the next loop in row 17 and repeat from row 18 to row 21.



Once I had figured out the instructions for the Egyptian Stitch, I was able to return to the smaller mesh sticks and finer thread and, with the aid of a size 12 crochet hook to catch and move the loops, finish this sample also.


My directions for the border -  original mesh stick sizes

Row 1: (#0000 knitting needle) Net 17 loops into the foundation loop. [multiple of 6 minus 1]

Rows 2-6: (#0000 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 7: (#0 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 8: (#0000 knitting needle)  Net Egyptian stitches, in the following manner:  *Skip the first loop, draw the second loop through the first loop,net 1 knot in the second loop by wrapping the thread around the fingers as usual, move the netting needle completely through the loop around the fingers and enter the second loop from above rather than from below as usually done, draw the first loop through the second loop and net 1 knot in the first loop in the usual way*; repeat from * to * across the row, ending with net 1 knot in the last loop.

Row 9: (#0000 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 10: (#0 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 11: (#0000 knitting needle) Net Egyptian stitches, in the following manner:  *Skip the first loop, draw the second loop through the first loop,net 1 knot in the second loop by wrapping the thread around the fingers as usual, move the netting needle completely through the loop around the fingers and enter the second loop from above rather than from below as usually done, draw the first loop through the second loop and net 1 knot in the first loop in the usual way*; repeat from * to * across the row, ending with net 1 knot in the last loop.
Rows 12-17: (#0000 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Point:
Row 18: (#0000 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops. Turn the netting over.
Row 19: (#0000 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops. Turn the netting over.
Row 20: (#0000 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops. Turn the netting over.
Row 21: (#0000 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops. Turn the netting over.

Cut the thread to the netting needle. Fasten the end of the thread onto the next loop in row 17 and repeat from row 18 to row 21.



A side-by-side comparison of the two samples shows how a change in the size of the mesh stick can affect the size of the final sample.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Border of Mat from Treasures in Needlework


Pages186-187 of Treasures in Needlework include a mat or doily that, besides the basic netting, includes embroidery or lacis.  The edge of the circular mat has a pointed edge. I took the points and did them in rows instead of rounds.



 

My directions for the border

Row 1: (#2 knitting needle) Net 29 loops in the foundation loop. [multiple of 10 minus 1]
Rows 2-3: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.

Point:
Row 4: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 9 loops.
Row 5: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 8 loops.
Row 6: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 7 loops.
Row 7: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops.
Row 8: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops.
Row 9: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops.
Row 10: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops.
Row 11: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops.
Row 12: (#2 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 1 loops.

Cut the thread to the netting needle. Fasten the end of the thread onto the next loop in row 3 and repeat from row 4 to row 12

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Border of A Lady's Netted Cap from Treasures in Needlework


On pages 132 - 133 of Treasures in Needlework Mrs. Warren and Mrs Pullan included directions for a Lady's Net Cap.  The border of this cap is hard to see in the illustration, so I decided to make it to see what it looked like. The mesh sticks called for in this pattern were steel meshes #10, #12, and #14 and a 3/4" flat mesh stick.  I converted those mesh stick sizes to a modern US size 0 (2 mm), size 1 (2.25 mm), and size 3 (3 mm), as well as the 3/4" (19 mm) flat one.


Here are my directions for this sample:
Row 1: (#1 knitting needle) Net 10 knots in the foundation loop. [an even number]
Rows 2-7: (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 8: (3/4" mesh) Net 5 knots in each loop.
Row 9-13: (#0 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 14: (#3 knitting needle) Skip the first loop, net 1 knot in following loop, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in the following loop*; repeat from * to *.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Border of Netted Mitten from Treasures in Needlework


On pages 46 and 47 of Treasures in Needlework are the instructions for a pair of lacy net fingerless mittens.  I took the directions for the border or edge of the mittens and reproduced the edge.  There were a few changes made to have the edge work out.



Here are my directions for the Border and Edging shown above:

Row 1: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
          Net 18 knots in the foundation loop. [multiple of 5 +3 - ie 8, 13, 18, 23, etc.]
Rows 2-3: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
          Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 4: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
          Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, * 5 in the 1st loop, 5 in the 2nd; net 3 loops plain; repeat from * all round.
Row 5: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
          Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, *net 9 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; repeat all round
Rows 6-7: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
          Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 8: (#3 knitting needle)
          Net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops, * 5 in the 1st loop, 5 in the 2nd; net 3 loops plain; repeat from * all round.
Row 9: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
          Net 1 knot in each loop for 3  loops, *net 9 loops together, net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops; repeat all round
Row 10: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
          Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 11: (#3 knitting needle)
          Skip 3 loops, *net 10 knots in the next loop, skip 4 loops*; repeat from * to * ending with skip 3 loops and net 1 knot in the last loop.
Row 12: (000 or 5/0 knitting needle)
          Net 1 knot in each loop.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Netted Lace from Treasures in Needlework


In 1855, Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Pullan published Treasures in Needlework. Among the patterns were several which included net edges. The instructions for Netted Lace, found on page 13, recommended using a "bone mesh a quarter of an inch wide; steel mesh gauging, No. 13." I used a 1/4" mesh stick and a #1 knitting needle (having converted the Old English size 13 to a modern US size 1 or 2.5 mm).
I also discovered that when the thread is wrapped once around the knitting needle before the netting knot is tied, the finished loop is the equivalent of a 1/4" mesh stick.  So I changed the mesh stick used in rows 11-14 to reflect this. I tried to get my instructions to produce a sample that looked similar to the picture of the stitch.





Here's my version of the directions for this edge.

Row 1: (1/4" mesh) Net 9 loops (or any odd number) in the foundation loop.
Row 2: (1/4" mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 3: (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 4: (#1 knitting needle) Wrap the thread around the mesh stick one time, net 1 knot in the first loop (creating a double-length loop), now net 1 more knot in the first loop (creating a regular-sized loop), *wrap the thread around the mesh stick one time, net 1 knot in the next loop (creating a double-length loop), in the same loop, net 1 more knot (creating a regular-sized loop)*; repeat from * to *.
Rows 5-6:  (#1 knitting needle) Only netting into the double-length loops, repeat row 4.
Row 7: (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop.
Row 8: (1/4" mesh) Net 3 knots in the first loop, *skip the next loop, net 7 knots in the following loop*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 4 knots in the last loop.
Row 9:  (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *wrap the thread around the mesh stick one time, skip the same loop as in the last row, net 1 knot in each loop for 6 loops*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops.
Row 10:  (#1 knitting needle) Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *wrap the thread around the mesh stick one time, skip the same loop as in the last row, net 1 knot in each loop for 5 loops*; repeat from * to * ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops.
Row 11: (1/4" mesh) Net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops, *skip the next loop,  net 1 knot in each loop for 4 loops*; repeat from * to * ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops.
Row 12: (1/4" mesh) Net 1 knot in the first loop, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 3 loops*; repeat from * to *, ending with net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops.
Row 13: (1/4" mesh) Net 1 knot in the first loop, *skip the next loop, net 1 knot in each loop for 2 loops*; repeat from * to * ending with net 1 knot in the last loop.
Row 14: (1/4" mesh)  *Skip the next loop, net 1 knot in the following loop*; repeat from * to *.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Another Edge from The Lady's Manual of Fancy-Work


Another Edge, the final net edge included by Mrs. Matilda Marian Pullan, is found on page 93 of The Lady's Manual of Fancy-Work: a complete instructor in every variety of ornamental needle-work.



Row 1: Using a #3 knitting needle
Net 12 more knots in the foundation loop.

Rows 2-3: Using a #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 4: Using a 3/8" flat mesh stick
Net 1 knot in each loop.

Row 5: Using a #3 knitting needle
*Working with 2 loops at a time, draw the 2nd loop through the 1st loop, then draw the 1st loop through the 2nd loop, net 1 knot in the 1st loop, then net 1 knot in the 2nd loop*; repeat from * to *.

Rows 6-7:  Using a #3 knitting needle
Net 1 knot in each loop.