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Labour Day Weekend 30% Off

Enjoy this weekend by choosing some new projects to keep your needles and hooks busy:

30% off all 72 patterns in my Ravelry Store! NO COUPON NEEDED

The discount will apply at checkout. I’ll also be releasing new patterns that will be perfect for quick Christmas gifts or to make for yourself and your family–keep your eye out for them, they’ll be here in a few days!  There will be an exciting, fun new Pokemon Inspired pattern later this week, and The Crunchy Carrot Market Bag is will be in the Pattern Store this weekend.Crunchy CarrotSlippers, socks, a scarf, a washcloth/soap sack spa set, toys…lots of new designs coming in September, as well as a MYSTERY CROCHET-ALONG and KNIT-ALONG!

If you need more inspiration meantime, you can check out the Interweave Store!

Save 30% on hundreds of crafting resources. No coupon needed. Sale runs now through 9/5. Some exclusions apply.  In addition, be sure to also check out the just released Atoll Cowl Kit. It is on sale, too, and the link is on the right, just below the “Interweave Store” tab.

Happy Labour Day…enjoy this weekend, and let me know if you need help with any of my designs. The quickest way to get help is usually to write a personal message on my Facebook Page: West Coast Fibre Arts

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She sells seashells…

I had hoped to have this pattern published earlier in the day–I’m just a few minutes late for the first day of summer with the “Wrinkled Shell Cloth” ! Making a cloth is a useful way to learn new stitches and this cloth is an interesting combination from the 1880s.

wrinkled shell cloth

The pattern will be available free, to celebrate the beginning of summer, for just one week.  I hope you will take the time to visit my Facebook Page to find the code you’ll need…and show support and help me by hitting the ‘Like’ button on Facebook and adding the design to Favourites on Ravelry as well  😉 Thanks!

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1st day of Summer: June 20

Put June 20th on your memo pad… it is the first day of Summer and you’ll find lots of ways to celebrate.  

I’ll be releasing a new Summer Lace design…

and Interweave Store will be having a super 40% off Sale for one day only! The link is already posted on the right hand side of by blog, but the Sale is on JUNE 20/2016, so come back then to click through and browse.  [disclosure: I am an ‘affiliate’ and if you click through from my blog I will make a little bit from the sales made at that time; this helps keep my blog and my patterns going.  Thanks!]

 

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Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: Day 2

Once you start browsing through Victorian knitting stitch instructions you can find quite a few “diaper” patterns.  This does not refer to making babies garments, but to stitch patterns that use knit and purl stitches to make a regular, usually small-scale geometric design–the raised ‘bumps’ of the purl stitches against flat knit stitches form diamonds, triangles, squares, etc. “Damask” and “diaper” also refer to other needlework techniques such as embroidery and weaving–“damask” patterns were usually larger scale and more ornate.  Here are 2 examples from Church Embroidery Ancient and Modern, practically illustrated; by Anastasia Dolby; 1867.

1867 needlework diaper pattern 1 1867 needlework diaper pattern 2

Let’s return to knitting a ‘damask’ pattern! Here are the Rows for Day 2 of the Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL.

Day 2

11.  k2, p1, k1, p8, k5, p4, k4, p3, k4, p4, k5, p8, k1, p1, k2.

12.  k3, p1, k8, p5, k4, p4, k3, p4, k4, p5, k8, p1, k3.

13.  k2, p1, k1, p7, k7, p2, k5, p3, k5, p2, k7, p7, k1, p1, k2.

14.  k3, p1, k7, p7, k2, p5, k3, p5, k2, p7, k7, p1, k3.

15.  k2, p1, k1, p7, k2, p2, k4, p1, k4, p5, k4, p1, k4, p2, k2, p7, k1, p1, k2.

16.  k3, p1, k7, p2, k2, p4, k1, p4, k5, p4, k1, p4, k2, p2, k7, p1, k3.

17.  k2, p1, k1, p8, k1, p2, k9, p5, k9, p2, k1, p8, k1, p1, k2.

18.  k3, p1, k8, p1, k2, p9, k5, p9, k2, p1, k8, p1, k3.

19.  k2, p1, k1, p10, k7, p2, k2, p3, k2, p2, k7, p10, k1, p1, k2.

20.  k3, p1, k10, p7, k2, p2, k3, p2, k2, p7, k10, p1, k3.

 

Below is a clip that shows you the original Victorian era pattern.  Don’t forget that “seam” just means “purl.”

Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis 11-20

I hope you enjoy this antique pattern and information about Victorian era “Fancywork.”

Please don’t forget that my pattern is Copyright.  If you want to share the information please share a LINK to my blog, do not embed or copy & paste the pattern–that’s illegal and just not nice 🙂 I have put many hours into rewriting and knitting these patterns to ensure as few errors as possible; when I find ‘free’ patterns being shared illegally, I change them to ‘paid’ patterns to compensate for all the hours I must spend writing to internet service providers to get the patterns removed.

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Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: Day 1

The Fleur de Lis was a popular design element in Victorian needlework patterns.  As another example, here is a colourful design intended to be embroidered on canvas, from needlework pattern in The Work-table magazine of church and decorative needlework, by Mrs. Mee and Miss Austin; Bath, England, 1847.  Like the counterpane design, it features a symmetrical pattern with 4 fleur de lis lilies in each group.

fleur de lis embroidery

You may choose to knit directly from the original pattern; or knit using my rewritten pattern. I hope you will take the time to search for the original design and look at it, and be inspired to search for other antique patterns to try, as well.  The link is given in yesterday’s post.

I have made a Ravelry pattern page for this rewritten design. I hope you will take the time to add it to your ‘Favourites’–just click that little heart 🙂 — or queue; and if you make it, please link it to my pattern.  It is nice to feel appreciation 🙂 I also have a Group on Ravelry you are welcome to join.  Though there hasn’t been much activity on it, that can only be changed by more people interacting.  You are also welcome to share photos on my Facebook Page–the feed is shown on the right hand margin of the blog.

Fleurs de Lis for Paris Ravelry Page

When I have finished rewriting and reworking it, I will add a pdf file to the Ravelry page.  Meanwhile, each day I will add more lines here on my blog.  Please remember that I am an older grandmother, and my health is not as reliable as it used to be–there may be a day I have to miss posting a few new rows; but please be assured that I will add them as soon as possible.

If you find any more errors in my rewritten pattern rows, please send me a message on Ravelry or on my Facebook page—Facebook is usually the quickest way to get my attention, just send a personal message.

Abbreviations

k = knit

p = purl

Materials

Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis materials

  • My original recreation uses Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, worsted weight, 100g for 1 square and an insertion strip on just 1 edge. I used 3.75mm needles, and the overall size, blocked, is about 15 inches X 19 inches.
  • I am using Aunt Lydia’s Bamboo Crochet Thread (a size 10 thread) and 2mm needles for my KAL version. The main square will be approximately 6 inches X 6 inches.
  • I’m also making a Tote Bag with Red Heart Super Saver Solids in aran colour; with 4mm needles.  I’ll need to make 2 squares, plus a strip of the insertion to form the shoulder strap, bottom and sides of the bag.  You can see my project here on Ravelry.

Instructions

Cast on 53 stitches.

  1. k53.
  2. k53.
  3. k2, p49, k2.
  4. k2, p49, k2.
  5. k2, p1, k19, p3, k3, p3, k19, p1, k2.
  6. k3, p19, k3, p3, k3, p19, k3.
  7. k2, p1, k1, p18, k9, p18, k1, p1, k2.
  8. k3, p1, k18, p9, k18, p1, k3.
  9. k2, p1, k1, p17, k5, p1, k5, p17, k1, p1, k2.
  10. k3, p1, k17, p5, k1, p5, k17, p1, k3.

Here is a clipping of the original 10 lines.  Note:  ‘Knit 2 plain rows’ means to knit 2 rows—‘plain knitting’ is what we now call garter stitch.  ‘Seam’ means ‘purl.’

Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis 1-10

©2015 WENDY M. ANDERSON ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

This pattern, photos, and items made from this pattern are protected under Canadian Copyright Law.

THE ORIGINAL DESIGN, IN ITS ORIGINAL FORMAT, IS NOW IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND YOU MAY FIND IT ONLINE AT THE ORIGINAL SOURCE AND WRITE OR PUBLISH YOUR OWN INTERPRETATION OF THE WORK. 

MY REWRITTEN DESIGN, INCLUDING MY PHOTOS AND WORDING OF ERRORS FOUND, ETC., ARE NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND ARE COPYRIGHT TO ME.  THEY MAY NOT BE COPIED AND USED IN ANY WAY.  THEY ARE FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE ONLY. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS.

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[i] Cover illustration: from needlework pattern in The Work-table magazine of church and decorative needlework, by Mrs. Mee and Miss Austin; Bath, England, 1847.

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Happy Mother’s Day! Free Pattern today only

Geillis Cloth no starch2Geillis Cloth no starch An easy and fun way to make a d’oyley that you don’t have to re-starch! This would be pretty framed, too.  See this FaceBook post for how to get the pattern free only today May 10/2015 ~ Happy Mother’s Day!

no starch Geillis d'oyley

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1871 Irish Crochet D’Oyley: Mavourneen CAL

Victorian Flowers: Mavourneen 1 pattern is in the Pattern store now.  It is the first motif for an Irish Crochet style D’Oyley–there are 15 more, and some of the motifs require that more than one be made the same.  I hope you will join the new Facebook West Coast Fibre Arts KAL & CAL Group and share photos and comments and make this d’oyley with me!

Mavourneen 1

The coupon code to get the new pattern free for the first week is in the Facebook Group and also in the Friday Flowers thread in the Ravelry Group.  

Next week the coupon code to get the pattern free will be offered in a different way–I am just sorting out the details so please look on here next week for the Coupon News!

#doily #d’oyley #Victorian #IrishCrochet

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