Monday, 11 February 2013

Trellis Vine Cowl

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There are a number of 'Vintage' knit patterns available at the moment.  This usually means 40's or 50's but this isn't vintage enough for me.  I love the romance of proper old fashioned clothing and just adore Interweave publications of 'Jane Austen Knits'. Their quote on the front of the 2011 edition .. 

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of .. a warm vest"  

.. makes me laugh everytime.

I am always on the hunt for knitting patterns and came across 'Vine Tidy' from an 1884 Knitted lace sample book.  It forms part of an interesting blog by VINTAGEKATHLEEN on antique lace knitting. Now, I know that this is not Jane Austen era but it is getting into the 'vintage' that I am after.  I also loved the way that this pattern looks like a climbing vine one way, and interwoven hearts if you look at it upside down.

I only wanted to make something quite small with this pattern and decided on a cowl. 

I had some Debbie Bliss Prima in a dark, dusky pink which was the perfect colour to compliment the antique look I was after.


To keep the antique feel, I decided on both a picot cast on and off and the cowl could be worn upside down or right way up .. you choose. 

Using a set of small, circular 3.75mm needles and the picot cast on method, cast on 133 stitches. (7 repeats of the highlighted 19 stitches from the chart)

Picot Cast On
Picot cast on.  Using the cable method of cast on, cast on 5 stitches.  Cast off 2 stitches. Transfer (slip)the remaining stitch on the RHS needle to the LHS needle and cast on 4 more stitches to make a total of 5.  Cast off 2, transfer and repeat until you have required amount of stitches.

Cable Cast on.  When you insert the needle to cast on a stitch, instead of inserting it through the stitch, insert it before the stitch ie. between 2 stitches.

1st row: Join, being careful not to twist your stitches and Knit
2nd row: Follow chart until your cowl is the desired length.  The pattern is designated by what is in the outlined box.  I completed 7 repeats for a cowl that is 30cm long before it is blocked.

Each even numbered row of the pattern is a knit row

Tip:  On the knit row, I knit into the back of the PSSO stitch and give it a very gentle tug.  It seems to stop a bit of the twisting and gives a neater effect.

Once you have the length you are after, cast off, once again, using the picot method.

Picot Bind off:  Cast on 2 stitches using the cable cast on and then bind off 4.  Transfer (slip) the stitch that remains on the RHS needle to the LHS needle. Cast on 2 more, cast off 4 more, transfer and repeat.
Picot Bind/Cast off.

"You must allow me to say how ardently I admire and love .. this cowl"

Happy Knitting,

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the color too!
    Thanks so much for sharing pattern!Have a great week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

    1. Thanks Ana .. The colour is one of my favourites. Hope you have a great week as well. Louise

  2. Love the P&P references. This cowl is the nicest I've seen, via Pinterest. Xx

    1. Thank you .. Pride & Prejudice is one of my favourite books so I just had to work it into my knitting somehow :-) .. Louise

  3. This is beautiful Louise. Thanks so much for linking up with us at Transformed Tuesday. I'm a new follower. Hugs, Peggy~PJH Designs

    1. Thanks for the follow Peggy and thanks for hosting Transformed Tuesday. Love the stuff on your blog and just had to follow :-) Louise

  4. Very beautiful, and such a l♥vely color!

    1. Thanks for your kind comment Natas!

  5. hi, i'm following the "clever chicks" blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    new follower bev

    1. Thanks for visiting Bev. I love your blog and the covered books are a delight. It's a pleasure to follow back. Deb

  6. The cowl is just beautiful! I am wondering though... how much yarn does it take?

    Also, is this pattern listed on Ravelry?


    1. Hi Christine, This pattern took 3 balls of 50g Debbie Bliss Prima. It is not currently listed on Ravelry though. Hopefully, by this weekend I shall have it listed. Louise

  7. Thank you so much for your generosity.
    Beautiful patterns

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  9. Hello from the USA
    Have you ever gone to the Gutenberg web site? It contains copies on vintage booklets/articles on numerous topics, such as knitting.[]=knitting