Saturday, May 31, 2014

Edges in Netting from The Home Book of Pleasure and Instruction

The edge pattern for today comes from The Home Book of Pleasure and Instruction, by Laura Valentine and Mrs Aylmer, (published in 1867).  This pattern was called Edges in Netting and is found on page 307.

One different thing about this edge is that it is net on six stitches for as long as desired and then turned so that the last row of the edge is net into the side loops of the previously-made netting.  This causes it to hang differently than if the final row had been net into the loops on the row just finished.

The first row made comprises the loops on the right side of the netting.

How similar would the look be if I made the final row, row 14, into the loops of row 13? So I tried it.

I think they look fairly similar. What do you think?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Net Edge on a Baby Sock

I found the instructions for this net edge in two different magazines:
  1. Peterson's Magazine (Vol. 39-40), published in 1861
    1. Baby's Knitted Shoe and Sock [with net trim] (page 77) 
  2. Godey's Lady's Book (Vol. 78-79), published in 1869
    1. Baby's Boot (knitting) [net edging on cuff] (page 255)
In the magazines the first row of netting was made into the last row of knitting.  I just made a couple rows of plain netting.

It's a simple edge and very easy, which is a change from the last two weeks. I'm beginning to like it more than I did at first.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Netted Escallop Borders - If at first you don't succeed . . .

I wanted to show you the finished Netted Escallop Borders on page 147, illustrated on page 148, of Peterson's Magazine (Vol. 41-42), published in 1862. It was designed by Mrs. Jane Weaver.

I encountered a few problems. The instructions were almost non-existent:

"The best way of attaching these is to add a preparatory row to the article, in which, having measured the distances which the escallop will occupy, a loop must be introduced with the thread twice round the mesh, to allow of the first long loops to be netted upon it. These rows which appear thick, and show a sort of pattern in the netting, are done by passing the thread three times round the fingers, netting the three as one loop."

With the help of the illustration I was able to figure out the pattern.

However, I could not figure out how the Netted Escallop was to be attached to the previous netting. It looks so easy in the illustration. Maybe during the week I will be more successful.  Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.

I started hemstitching the handkerchiefs for my daughters and granddaughters. It took me about 2 hours to do one side. With the time it took to pull the threads a few weeks ago, I'm guessing it will take me about 10 hours to prepare one handkerchief. I hope I get faster as I go along. If that was all I had to do, I could finish them in less than a month.

Today I finished re-making the doily I named Compass. It is 20 inches in diameter and used about 114 yards of size 30 crochet thread to tie 5,872 knots.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Netted Border from Godey's Lady's Book

This Netted Border was published in Godey's Lady's Book in 1863.  There is an illustration on page 25 and the instructions are on page 87. Similar instructions are given on page 55 of The Ladies’ Companion (second series) (Vol. 27), published in 1865.

There was one problem with the instructions.  The method used to fasten the feathers to the netting allowed the thread in the three loops to slip and slide out of the pattern.  Either I misunderstood the instructions, or they used a cord that would not slide as easily as the crochet thread I used.  I made about two and a half rows of the feather pattern before deciding that continuing in this way would drive me crazy.  So I undid those rows and tied three knots in the loops where they wanted the feathers made.  It looks close enough to the illustration for me and holds more securely.

When I finished making a sample of this lace, I thought it would be too big to put as an edge on a handkerchief.

6 inches long and 3 inches wide

As I continued looking at the sample, I realized that there were several options that could be used for narrower handkerchief edgings.

The section with the feathers could be used either as a three-row feather pattern as shown here or as a single-row feather pattern.

A single row of feathers could be combined with the bottom pattern.

The bottom pattern could be used by itself.

Do you see any other combinations that would look nice on a handkerchief?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Net Edge From the Delineator

I decided to make another of the net edges I linked to recently. This Netted Handkerchief comes from The Delineator, published in The Art of Netting section - No. 62, page 473. The directions were clear and understandable.

There were a couple of problems, one of them of my own making: (1) I wanted to make a section of the edge done in rows (it was made to go around the handkerchief), and (2) the size of the mesh sticks or gauges was vague for two of the sizes. The instructions said, ". . . meshes of three sizes were used in making this design, the largest mesh being 1/4 inch and the other sizes very large; very small steel knitting needles were employed."

Here is the first sample I made of this edge. I started with 8 loops and used size 4 and size 0 knitting needles in addition to the 1/4" mesh stick.

By the end of making this sample I had learned two things: (1) if done in rows, it needed to start with an odd number of loops and (2) the size 4 knitting needle created a mesh that was too close to the same size as the 1/4" mesh stick to have a visible difference.

I tried again. I started with 9 loops and used the 1/4" mesh stick along with size 2 and size 00 knitting needles. I think I like this edge.

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Last week while attending the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival, I was able to finish re-making the doily I named Sunny, but I did not have enough time to starch it until Monday.

Now it is starched and has a diameter of 16.5 inches.