After the weekend off, I hope knitters are ready to complete their Fleurs de Lis for Paris counterpane square. Whether you use it to make a counterpane, an afghan, a pillow, a tote, or even a washcloth—I hope you have found the design an interesting connection to the past.
The Fleurs de Lis “Beautiful Counterpane” is another historic design found in unrelated magazines. The first time I saw it was in the English The Ladies Companion & Monthly Magazine, 1862. However, I recently came across another publication of the counterpane pattern in the United States Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine, 1862. Though the illustration isn’t included right beside the pattern in the English publication, it was possibly included at the beginning of the month—and these haven’t been scanned properly so are not visible. The only difference in the wording of two publications is in the materials—in the US version, the brand name of the cotton has been omitted.
The brand name of the cotton gives us a clue about the likely designer of the Beautiful Counterpane. A prominent English designer, Matilda M. Pullan, also know by her pen-name “Aiguillette,”was associated with the Derby firm of Messrs. Walter Evans and Co. and many of her patterns recommend using Boar’s Head cottons–while in England, in fact, she sold the cotton both at her shop and by mail. Mrs. Pullan was for years the “editress” of the Women’s pages of The Ladies Companion & Monthly Magazine, though she emigrated to the States at the end of the 1850s–and indeed died of ovarian cancer in 1861. She was never associated with Godey’s magazines, though her designs appeared in them often–apparently without permission. However, her patterns continued to be published in many magazines and it seems fairly likely that the designer of the “Beautiful Counterpane” was, indeed, Mrs. Pullan.
We will likely never know for certain how or why the pattern appeared in two unrelated magazines, but we can be thankful that it has survived for over 150 years so that we, too, can knit it!
On Wednesday I will write out the pattern for the Insertion Stripe that goes between the squares if you are making an afghan or to use for a tote handle, bottom, and sides if you are making a tote bag.
The final pdf of the entire pattern, with all the rows together, will be available next weekend in my Ravelry store.
Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: Week 2
The final rows of the Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL do not need to be written out again because they simply repeat the previous rows in reverse beginning with Row 49:
after you knit Row 52, you knit Row 49 again, then Row 48, then 47, 46, 45, 44, etc.
After you have completed Row 1, cast off.