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

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Fleurs de Lis for Paris: Day 6


Only a short post tonight, because today there are only 2 Rows to complete:  we have reached the centre of the counterpane square! The next post will be much longer, and give you the rest of the rows to complete the centre.  Then we will just have the easy lace insertion design to put around the square–or to use for the bottom, sides, and handle of a tote bag 🙂

  1. k2, p1, k2, p16, k3, p5, k3, p16, k2, p1, k2.
  2. k3, p2, k16, p3, k5, p3, k16, p2, k3.

Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis 51fleurs de lis 52

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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 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 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.


k = knit

p = purl


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.


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


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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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Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL- Introduction

Like so many, my thoughts and prayers have been with all of those in Paris affected by the recent attacks.  It is deeply troubling when so many die and are injured at the same time, so senselessly: innocent victims of a few peoples violent actions.

There is not much I can do except be with them in spirit… and as a small way of showing this I’d like to offer, for fellow knitters, a free KAL (knit-along) of a ‘Fleurs de lis’ design, rewritten from a Victorian era ‘counterpane’ square.  I hope that as you knit each stitch, you will think of all the people who were killed, injured; their families and friends; the first responders; and all those nearby who lived for hours in fear, not even sure what was happening.

fleurs de Lis for Paris kal

There are quite a few counterpane, or bedspread, patterns from the Victorian era.  They were usually knit in cotton thread, in squares, triangles, strips, or other small segments that were later sewn together.  This pattern is from 1862; it is a square that begins with 53 stitches cast on. It called for cotton that was about like modern size 10 crochet thread and 2mm needles. The squares were pieced together with strips of a simple lace insertion.  I added the pattern to the Ravelry database a few years ago, with a link to the original pattern as well as notes about errors I had found–you will find it listed as “Beautiful Counterpane.”

Once my rewritten pattern is finished it will be included in Ravelry’s database as “Fleurs de Lis for Paris.”  If you would like to KnitAlong with me as I rewrite it, visit my blog each day as I add more rows.  If you find any errors or need help, please contact me here or on Facebook–it is usually quicker to get in touch there in a personal message.  If you knit the pattern I hope you will add it to Favourites on Ravelry, queue it, add photos, link to it, etc.  It is always nice to see how other people choose to make things!

I first knit this pattern with worsted weight cotton to use with just one edge of the insertion and it has seen several years of service as a dish towel.  This time I will knit it in size 10 cotton thread so that I can better replicate the original design.  I will probably use it as a d’oyley! It could be knit in wool or acrylic to make an afghan, working several squares and strips of insertion.  The fleurs de lis pattern is a ‘damask’ design in knit and purl–so a fairly tight tension is best, to show the design well.

The first few rows will be posted on Sunday/November 15/2015, right here on the West Coast Fibre Arts blog, so be sure to come back later today.  If you subscribe to the blog, you will be notified when there is a new post; or you can ‘Like’ my Facebook page so the posts show up in your newsfeed there.

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