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Fleurs de Lis for Paris: Day 5

In the same Victorian magazine that the Fleur de Lis counterpane pattern comes from I came across a crocheted flower design: a Hawthorn.  I adapted the pattern to trim for a new hat.

Here is the pattern.  If you want to try it, here is how I interpreted it in Canadian/US terms:  plain = slip stitch; long = double crochet; double = single crochet.  Flowers: I made a magic circle, chain 1; then (4 double crochet, slip stitch) 5 times; I fastened off, leaving a few inches yarn.  For the stamen, I just made a knot on both ends of 2″ pink yarn, (and used the flowers yarn ends to tie them across the centre into place). For the leaves: Chain 7, single crochet in back loop of 2nd chain from hook and in next 5; then 6 single crochet up the other side of the chain; slip stitch in the first single crochet made; fasten off.

hawthorn crochet

 

Day 5: Fleurs de Lis for Paris:  After today’s rows we are almost halfway finished the pattern for the KAL square!

  1. k2, p1, k1, p1, k5, p5, k1, p2, k2, p3, k7, p3, k2, p2, k1, p5, k5, p1, k1, p1, k2.
  2. k3, p1, k1, p5, k5, p1, k2, p2, k3, p7, k3, p2, k2, p1, k5, p5, k1, p1, k3.
  3. k2, p2, k6, p3, k4, p2, k2, p3, k5, p3, k2, p2, k4, p3, k6, p2, k2.
  4. k4, p6, k3, p4, k2, p2, k3, p5, k3, p2, k2, p4, k3, p6, k4.
  5. k2, p2, k6, p9, k3, p4, k1, p4, k3, p9, k6, p2, k2.
  6. k4, p6, k9, p3, k4, p1, k4, p3, k9, p6, k4.
  7. k2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p6, k5, p7, k5, p6, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2.
  8. k4, p4, k2, p2, k6, p5, k7, p5, k6, p2, k2, p4, k4.
  9. k2, p1, k3, p6, k2, p2, k2, p2, k3, p7, k3, p2, k2, p2, k2, p6, k3, p1, k2.
  10. k3, p3, k6, p2, k2, p2, k2, p3, k7, p3, k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p3, k3.

 

The original Victorian magazine pattern has another small error in one of today’s rows; so if you are knitting from the magazine (the clipping I’ll share below here) be sure you remember to knit it correctly:

ROW 44: should end knit 4, NOT knit 2, seam 2

Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis 41-50

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Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: Day 4

Before I give the 10 pattern rows for today, I’d just like to share a little about why I chose this pattern.

The fleur-de-lis symbol is a very ancient one, and though it is used in other European countries I usually associate it with France.  The city of Paris has a particularly striking image as its coat of arms, and includes the fleur-de-lis. The motto, “She is tossed by the waves but does not sink,”  is singularly appropriate for this historic city:  she has remained strong through so many trials and tribulations including sieges, revolution, and wars.  Paris stands through it all as one of the world’s most loved cities.

The coat of arms has been used since 1358!  You can click on the photo to go to the Wikipedia article about it.

Paris coat of arms

Here are 10 rows to knit for Day 4 of the Fleurs de Lis for Paris square.

  1. k2, p1, k1, p2, k15, p1, k1, p7, k1, p1, k15, p2, k1, p1, k2.
  2. k3, p1, k2, p15, k1, p1, k7, p1, k1, p15, k2, p1, k3.
  3. k2, p1, k1, p3, k14, p4, k1, p1, k1, p4, k14, p3, k1, p1, k2.
  4. k3, p1, k3, p14, k4, p1, k1, p1, k4, p14, k3, p1, k3.
  5. k2, p1, k1, p4, k14, p2, k1, p3, k1, p2, k14, p4, k1, p1, k2.
  6. k3, p1, k4, p14, k2, p1, k3, p1, k2, p14, k4, p1, k3.
  7. k2, p1, k1, p5, k16, p3, k16, p5, k1, p1, k2.
  8. k3, p1, k5, p16, k3, p16, k5, p1, k3.
  9. k2, p1, k1, p3, k4, p3, k6, p2, k4, p1, k4, p2, k6, p3, k4, p3, k1, p1, k2.
  10. k3, p1, k3, p4, k3, p6, k2, p4, k1, p4, k2, p6, k3, p4, k3, p1, k3.

And here, as well, are clippings of the original Victorian magazine pattern  Once more THERE ARE ERRORS IN THE ORIGINAL DESIGN that I have corrected in my rewritten pattern, so if you are working from the old clippings you have to make the corrections:

ROW 31: middle of row …knit 15, seam 1, knit 1, seam 7
ROW 32: middle of row …seam 15, knit 1, seam 1, knit 7

Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis 31-40.jpgBeautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis 40.jpg

If you find any errors in my rewritten pattern, please let me know here, on Facebook, or on Ravelry.

Happy knitting!

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Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: Day 3

For those interested in knitting Victorian style counterpanes, there are quite a few patterns available to recreate them.  The University of Pennsylvania has scanned online a pdf of Mrs. George (Anne Jane) Cupples A Knitting-Book of Counterpanes, first published in 1871. Those of us who are fans of the L. M. Montgomery ‘Anne of Green Gables‘ novels remember that character Rachel Lynde had knit 16 cotton counterpanes, a remarkable feat!  If you don’t have the time or need to make a full size counterpane, you can always use the designs to make smaller items–an afghan, or baby blanket, a pillow top, or (as I’m doing) a tote bag.  Some of the patterns, like the one this KAL explores, are squares; some are knit in strips or ‘stripes,’ some in hexagons, triangles, or diamonds.  In the coming days I’ll rewrite a crocheted counterpane pattern, so that those who don’t knit can participate in an exploration of vintage counterpanes.  One I’ve considered making for quite awhile is this design from Godey’s Magazine, 1862; I think it would make a lovely lace shawl or rectangular scarf.

counterpane Godey's 1862 crochet

Day 3 of the Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL has, once more, 10 rows.

  1. k2, p1, k1, p3, k2, p4, k7, p4, k1, p3, k1, p4, k7, p4, k2, p3, k1, p1, k2.
  2. k3, p1, k3, p2, k4, p7, k4, p1, k3, p1, k4, p7, k4, p2, k3, p1, k3.
  3. k2, p1, k1, p2, k4, p3, k7, p5, k1, p1, k1, p5, k7, p3, k4, p2, k1, p1, k2.
  4. k3, p1, k2, p4, k3, p7, k5, p1, k1, p1, k5, p7, k3, p4, k2, p1, k3.
  5. k2, p1, k1, p2, k2, p3, k2, p2, k5, p2, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p2, k5, p2, k2, p3, k2, p2, k1, p1, k2.
  6. k3, p1, k2, p2, k3, p2, k2, p5, k2, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k2, p5, k2, p2, k3, p2, k2, p1, k3.
  7. k2, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k3, p2, k6, p1, k1, p7, k1, p1, k6, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k2.
  8. k3, p1, k2, p2, k2, p3, k2, p6, k1, p1, k7, p1, k1, p6, k2, p3, k2, p2, k2, p1, k3.
  9. k2, p1, k1, p2, k9, p1, k7, p7, k7, p1, k9, p2, k1, p1, k2.
  10. k3, p1, k2, p9, k1, p7, k7, p7, k1, p9, k2, p1, k3.

Happy knitting 🙂

And here are clippings of the original pattern.  This time, NOTE that there is an ERROR on Row 29: It begins, “knit 2, seam 6…” — but it should read “knit 2, seam 1…”  Remember: ‘seam’ means ‘purl’ 🙂

Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis 21-23Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis 23-30.jpg

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Fleurs de Lis for Paris Tote Bag

I find knitting with 4mm needles and aran weight yarn (Red Heart Super Saver Solids, aran colour) a lot easier than 2mm needles and size 10 thread (Aunt Lydia’s Bamboo Crochet Thread)!  I decided to use the Fleurs de Lis for Parris KAL pattern to make a tote bag.  Since I’ll need 2 of the squares, I am making them both now so I don’t get stuck in “second sock syndrome”–I don’t want to finish 1 square then move on to another project, and wait weeks for the inspiration to knit the 2nd!  All I have to do is knit 1 square with the yarn end from the centre of the skein, and the second square with the yarn end from the outside of the skein.

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I knit today’s 10 rows in the thread first. I haven’t decided what to make with the square–but it is too hard on my old eyes to knit enough squares for a large project!  I also find the thin needles aggravate the arthritis in my knuckles and finger joints.

I have finished my three sets of pattern rows for Day 2, so now I am going to browse through a Victorian era magazine that is filled with amazing illustrations and patterns.  The magazine is in French, but with the aid of online translation and knitting/crochet term charts I have made several La Mode designs.

1869 La Mode illustrée: journal de la famille

la mode 1869

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Victoria’s Secrets Mini Mystery

The instructions for the mini mystery have now been uploaded, so if you have pre-purchased please check your email or Ravelry messages for the update link.

If you’d like to purchase Victoria’s Secrets, you may do so by clicking on the photo of Queen Victoria…you will be whisked away to the Ravelry pattern store!

(c) The Royal Hospitals; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) The Royal Hospitals; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Today is Queen Victoria’s birthday, and this little design is a small and humble homage to her.  She reigned long and sometimes gloriously–and even non-Commonwealth members of the western world know that extended period as the Victorian era, whether referring to literature, fashion, sociology, or many other facets of ‘civilization.’

I hope that you enjoy this little design–I certainly have!  Please get in touch if you need any help or find any errors.

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Victoria’s Secrets KAL CAL

Sign up now for “Victoria’s Secrets” mini mystery: you can knit it, crochet it, weave it, or sew it! From now until the 31 May/2015 it is just $1.00, instead of the regular price of $2.95–use the coupon code found on the pattern page.  One pattern will show you all these options to make a quick little accessory based on a Victorian sewing pattern!  You can use any yarn, with the right sized needles or hook–because you will cast on or make the beginning chain a certain length, instead of a specified number of stitches 🙂 You can use weaving sticks to make them…or upcycle a felted wool sweater; try making a shabby chic/boho set, too!

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If you want to purchase a set of weaving sticks they are $4 each in sets, minimum of 4 sticks

(4 for $16, or 6 for $24, 8 for $32): hand made from local Comox Valley wood. Ships within 7-10 days.  For the Victoria’s Secret pattern I am using 8 weaving sticks.

These are handcrafted from Vancouver Island reclaimed wood sticks, each one is unique and special! No two are identical, and will have slight bends and some will have some inner bark left on.  Just send me a private message on Facebook and I’ll get back to you with a Paypal invoice that includes shipping to your postal code/zip code.  Weaving sticks are easy to use and a lot of fun for making scarves, too! Even young children can use them.

weaving sticks

They are fun for making “skinny scarves” using as few as 4 sticks; you can use several strands of yarn at once to make weaving really fast!  Great stashbusters! There are more photos here on my Facebook page.

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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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