Friday 15 July 2011

Old craft book finds online

I discovered recently that the Book Depository offers many digitised old books as free downloads, among those some about arts and crafts. Here is a short overview of my favourite finds.

The Ladies' Work-book
Patterns for knitting, crochet, point-lace, etc.

The Ladies' Work-book

Point collar in crochet:

The Ladies' Work-book: point collar in crochet

Crochet purse with beads:

The Lady’s Album of Fancy Work for 1850,
'consisting of novel, elegant, and useful designs in knitting, netting, crochet, braiding, and embroidery with clear and explicit directions for working the patterns.'

Knitting bags and fingerless gloves were already discovered:

The Lady’s Album of Fancy Work for 1850

The Art of Modern Lace-Making, 1891
History and techniques for making various types of lace, for example, a darned-net edging with overwrought stitch:

The Art of Modern Lace-Making 1891

Art in Needlework: A Book About Embroidery, 1900
Many illustrations and embroidery stitch examples.

Darning designed by William Morris:

Art in Needlework 1900: darning

Embroidered renaissance ornament:

Art in Needlework 1900: renaissance ornament

Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet, 1918
Knitting and crochet patterns for the entire family.

Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet, 1918

This pattern for ladies' gloves with fancy backs is certainly worth trying out someday:

Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet, 1918: ladies' knitted gloves with fancy backs

Friday 1 July 2011

Allegretto shawl pattern

This is a knitting pattern for a light and cheerful lace shawl with plenty of air and texture: long zigzag rows blending into a narrow trellis lace edging all around.
It is a relatively quick and easy lace knitting project, since the shawl is worked in one piece without any grafting, picking up stitches or difficult techniques.

Allegretto Shawl

The shawl requires one 100 g skein of lace weight yarn - approximately 800 m or 850 yds. Naturally, it can be worked in lighter and heavier yarn weights as well.

The pattern is available on Ravelry and YarnCanada shop.

Some help with lace cast-on and bind-off methods can be found in this post.

Allegretto Shawl

Allegretto Shawl

Allegretto Shawl

The sample shawl is knitted in Madelinetosh Tosh Lace hand-dyed yarn, shade Corsage:

Madelinetosh Tosh Lace Corsage