Pattern Reworking

Here’s an update/reworking of the #45 tatted edging from Butterick’s Tatting and Netting 1896 reprint–that is to say, a tatting pattern old enough that the author seems to think working chains is a revolutionary idea that will come as a mild surprise to her readers.  The original is…weird; no two rings have the same number of stitches and the directions are wonky.  I’ve omitted the tiny little thrown ring that serves no perceptible purpose, regularized the stitch counts, and modified the center ring of the Small Clover a little.

Start with a Small Clover.  Each ring joins to the last picot of the one before.

Ring 1: 6-3-3
Ring 2: 3+3-3-3-3-3 (5 picots total)
Ring 3: 3+3-6

Reverse work and Chain 3-6-3-3-3-3-6-3 (7 picots total)

Reverse work and make a Large Clover

Ring 1: 6-3-3-3-3+to first P of R3 of Small Clover 3-3-6 (7 picots total)
Ring 2: 6+3-3-3-3-6 (5 picots total)
Ring 3: 6+3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-6 (9 picots total)
Ring 4: As Ring 2
Ring 5: As Ring 1

Reverse work and work a second chain, 3+6-3-3-3-3-6-3.  This forms the repeat of the pattern.  (For second and subsequent Small Clovers, the first picot of Ring 1 instead joins to Ring 5 of Large Clover.)

Here’s a sample in progress in Lizbeth Size 80 (color #165):


Decorative Detail Pattern

I have a couple of sweaters my mom bought me a month or so ago which include a rather spiffy decorative element.  Last night I worked out how to knit it; here it is.

Abbreviations: R-k1p1 rib; DL-left leaning 2 into 1 decrease; DR right leaning 2 into 1 decrease; DC-3 into 1 decrease such that the center stitch is the one on top; YO-yarn over; M1-make 1 by wrapping the yarn around the right needle as if it were a twisted stitch, not the same as a YO

Pattern repeat of 15 stitches+2.  CO desired number of stitches and R several rows.  The right side is the side that begins and ends with a knit.
Row 1 (right side): R6, DL, k1, DR, R6 (13 sts in pattern)
Row 2: R6, p3, R6
Row 3: R6, DC, R6 (11 sts in pattern)
Row 4: R across
Row 5: R2, YO, M1, R2, DL, K1, DR, R2, M1, YO, R2 (13 sts in pattern)
Row 6: R6, p3, R6
Row 7: R6, DC, R6 (11 sts in pattern)
Row 8: R across

Repeat rows 5-8 for desired length.

Row 9: R2, YO, M1, R9, M1, YO, R2 (15 sts in pattern)
Return to k1p1 rib across for all subsequent rows

This produces a column of upward points with holes along the side.