1884 lace design: Happy Wanderer

infant's sweater cloth

There is an evergreen vine with purple flowers, native to Australia and popular in Victorian gardens, called Hardenbergia violacea, or “Happy Wanderer.”  I have chosen the name for this pattern because the lace looks so complex, but it is only 6 stitches and 8 rows in each pattern repeat! As well as rewriting the Infant’s Knitted Sweater pattern that uses the stitch, I am designing a shawl that incorporates this lace too, so I have made a cloth to practice it.  One of the little tricks that will make knitting go more quickly and happily is to learn and practice the shortcut in yesterday’s post for doing the one-step skp decrease–and you can use the same method for the double decrease, the ‘slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over.’

Materials:  I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton and 5mm needles.

Size:  My  cloth is approximately 9 inches square.



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