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Wild Flowers Mason Jar Posy Cosy

The Wild Flowers Mason Jar Posy Cosy pattern is available now, and for the first 24 hours there is a 50% discount, no coupon code needed…so until midnight on 1 May 2017 it is less than 50 cents!

wild flowers jar posy cosy

wild flowers posy cosy

The Flowers and Leaves of the Posy which decorates the Wild Flowers Mason Jar Cosy are made from a 1927 design I found in an Australian newspaper.  You can make it in any #4 Worsted Weight yarn–I used wool for the cosy in soft natural-dyed colours and Bernat Handicrafter cotton in the blue/purple/white.  I used a 5mm hook for the cosy and a 4mm hook for the flowers and leaves. You can make it with a short handle or a long one so you can carry your drink hands-free by putting it over your head or shoulder.

Very quick to make! The flowers and leaves can be sewn on or you can make them removable, as I did.

wild flowers mason jar posy cosy

 

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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

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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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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!

Victoria's Secrets sign up

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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Victorian Flowers Friday: Eglantine Rose

Victorian Flowers Eglantine Rose collage

This week’s Victorian Flower pattern is a motif that forms part of an 1888 Victorian era “Mat” or d’oyley.  I’ll rewrite the whole pattern, soon , and include it in a book of designs inspired by this Friday Flowers series.

As a motif the flower can be used to adorn hats, headbands, or bags; you can add crochet chains from each side and use them as a gift tie, as I have done on this crocheted lace washcloth.  They can be made with thread or with yarn–just use the hook that you’d normally use with the weight of yarn, remembering that you want the work to be quite tight so that the petals hold their shape.

Be sure to come back next week to see what the new Friday’s Flower will be!

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Victorian CAL Cloth 2 ~ Crochet-Along Cloth of the Month

Tomorrow, on February 1st, the 2nd Crochet Cloth of the Month will be released.  It is a 1-Clue Mystery:  the mystery is that you will not know what the cloth looks like until you make it!  You can bring a little mystery and fun into your life, and look through a little window into the Victorian Era!

The cloths in the Victorian CAL Cloth are all inspired by stitch patterns, stories & poems I discover while reading Victorian books and magazines.  There will be a little ‘bonus’ pattern in with the cloth, too–last month there was a pattern for coasters to match the cloth, so it could be used as a table mat & coaster set.  What will the Bonus Pattern be for February?  It’s a mystery!

The February cloth is called Victorian CAL Cloth 2; you can pre-purchase now and receive an automatic update tomorrow with the full pattern.  You are welcome to join the West Coast Fibre Arts Group on Ravelry, to share comments & photos or ask for help if you need it.

For the first week, from now until 7th Feb. 2015 at midnight Pacific Time, the Victorian CAL Cloth 2 will be 50% off its regular low price of $1.95.

victorian CAL cloth 2

To make 1 cloth you will need: 

Worsted Weight cotton: 1 skein = 73.2 meters (80.0 yards), 50 grams
4mm/USG6/UK8 hook
The cloth only uses chain stitch, double crochet (Canadian/US terms used), and slip stitch.

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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.

PATTERN: PDF $1.95

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