Acanthus Leaf

Knit Leaf Pattern

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Acanthus Leaf 95

I originally found this pattern in the nineteenth-century Weldon's Practical Knitter and later saw an example of a counterpane in this pattern at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of History in Washington, D.C. This particular example was beautifully worked by Mrs. Roemheld Koenigstadt and, in fact, won a blue ribbon at an exhibit in Kansas City in 1860.

The original pattern calls for working on seven needles, but it can easily be started on a small, 24-in. circular needle. This pattern is for the experienced intermediate knitter and is the only medallion in the book knitted from the outside inward. Set on a reverse stockinette background, the leaf motif uses open increases at its edges and a central decrease begun at its midpoint.

Neither the original directions nor the Smithsonian example has a border worked with the main pattern. I suggest adding a foundation row of crocheted slip stitches along the outside edge of the assembled counterpane and tying a fringe border into the crocheted holes (see pp. 150-151).

Special Instructions:

This pattern is a hexagon, worked principally on circular needles. Each line of directions should be repeated six times around.

All even-numbered rounds between rounds 10 and 58 are worked as follows: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches of the previous round. O's are knit.

Cast on 252 stitches, using a 24-in. circular needle. Place a marker after every 42 stitches as they are cast on. There are six groups of 42 stitches. When the pattern decreases, switch from circular needles and distribute stitches evenly onto 3 double-pointed straight needles.

Round 1: Knit. Round 2: Kl, P40, Kl. Round 3: RLD, K2, (O, LRDI18X, LRD. Round 4: Kl, P38, Kl. Round 5: RLD, P36, LRD. Round 6: RLD, P34, LRD.

Round 7: Kl, P34, Kl. Round 8: RLD, P32, LRD. Round 9: RLD, P15, O, P15, LRD.

Round 6th Kl, P3, Kl. Round 61: Kl, D3, Kl. Round 62: Kl, PI, Kl. Round 63: D3.

Two stitches remain on each needle. With a darning needle, pull thread through the six stitches and finish on the reverse side. Avoid pulling stitches too tightly.

Knob Stitch Knitting Patterns
Thr Brooklyn \1iinnim Pattern was knil with fti/e 3 perle rotton on »Ize 1 needles.

Brooklyn Museum Pullern

This is the counterpane pattern that launched this book. I had included a photo (see p. 7) of the counterpane from The Brooklyn Museum's collection in my 1967 book, Step-by-Step Knitting, and a reader wrote requesting directions for it in order to finish an incomplete spread she had inherited. I spent a great deal of time looking for instructions, but with no luck. The more I looked, however, the more intrigued I became—and the more information I began to find on counterpanes. In the end, I unearthed directions for this pattern in two nineteenth-century needlework books—Butterick's The Art of Knitting and Masters's The Work Table Companion.

I later saw several more examples of counterpanes worked in this pattern. In New Zealand, I saw one in a private collection in Balcutha, another at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and a third at the historic preservation of Gisbore. In Tasmania, I found yet another example in the collection of the Van Dieman Museum.

This pattern is for the more experienced knitter. It is worked on two needles and begins with a cluster of knobs. Unlike the knobs used elsewhere in this book, which are produced by casting on and working extra stitches all at once in a single stitch, these knobs are increased and decreased gradually. Bands of faggoting mark the center of the square and lead into a series of raised-leaves worked on a reverse stockinette ground, which ends the unit. The border pattern is the one found on the original counterpane in The Brooklyn Museum.

Special Instructions:

Pass2lti\ Pass two stitches on the right needle as follows: Draw the two stitches before the last one on the right needle over this last stitch (two stitches decreased). D9 Decrease over the following 9 stitches, as follows: K3, K3tog, (Kl, Pass2RN)3x (8 stitches decreased).

Cast on 2 stitches.

Row 13: Kl, P23, Kl. Row 14: Kl, O, K3, (O, Kl)4x, D9, (Kl, 0)4x, K3, O, Kl.

Row 17: Kl, P37, Kl. Row 18: Kl, O, K3, ([O, Kl]4x, D9, Kl)2x, (O, Kl)3x, O, K3, O, Kl.

Row 19: Kl, P35, Kl. Row 20: Kl, O, K4, (O, K7, [O, Kl ]3x)2x, O, K7, O, K4, O, Kl.

Acanthus Leaf Pattern

Four units of the Brooklyn Museum Pattern assembled into a square.

Hon 21: Kl, P47, Kl. Hon 22: Kl, O, K5, (D9, Kl, [O, K114XI2X, D9, K5, O, Kl. Hon 23: Kl, P33, Kl. Hon 24: : Kl, 'O, K8, Q\ K7, IO, Kl)3x, O, K7, Kl. Hon-23: Kl. P41, Kl. Hon 26: Kl, O, K9, D9, Kl, IO, K1I4X, D9, K9. O, Kl. How 27: Kl, P31, Kl Row 28: Kl, 'O, K12, 0*. K7, Kl. Row 29: Kl, P35, Kl. How 3th Kl, O, K13, D9, K13, O, Kl.

Row 32: Kl, O, P28, O, Kl. How 33: Knit. How 34: Kl, O, P30, O, Kl. How 35: K3, IO, LRDI14X, LRD. Kl.

Row 46: Kl, O, P41, O, Kl. Row 47: Knit. How 48: Kl, O, P43, O, Kl. Row 49: P2tog P9, O, Kl,

0, IP7, O, Kl, OI3X, Pll. Row 50: LRD, K9, P3, IK7, P3I3X, KIO.

Row 51: P2tog. P8, O, K3, O, IP7, O, K3, OI3x, P10. How 52: LRD, K8, P5, IK7, P5I3X, K9.

Hon 55: P2tog, P6. O, K7, O, IP7, O, K7, OI3x, P8. How 56: LRD, K6, (P9, K7I4X.

Row 6ft LRD, K4, P9, IK3, P3, K3, P9)3x, K5. Row 61: P2tog, P3, K3, D3, K3, IP3, O, K3, O, P3, K3, D3, K3I3X, P5.

Ron 62: LRD, K3, P7, IK3, P5, K3, P7I3X, K4. How 63: P2tog. P2, K2, D3, K2, IP3, O, KS, O, P3, K2, D3, K2)3x, P4.

How 64: LRD, K2, P5, IK3, P7, K3, P5I3X, K3. How 65: P2tog, PI, Kl, D3, Kl, IP3, O, K7, O, P3, Kl. D3, K113X, P3.

How 66: LRD, Kl, P3, IK3, P9, K3, P3I3X, K2. Row 67: P2tog, D3, IP3, O, K9. O, P3, D3I3X, P2. How 68: LRD, (PI, K3, Pll, K3I3X, P2.

Row 7ft LRD, K3, P9, (K3, P3, K3, P9)2x, K4. How 71: P2tog, P2, K3, D3, K3, IP3, O, K3, O, P3, K3, D3, K3I2X, P4.

Hon 72: LRD, K2. P7, K3, IPS, K3, P7, K3I2X. Row 73: Pitog, PI, K2, D3, K2, P3, IO, KS, O, P3, K2, D3. K2, P3I2X.

Hon 74: LRD, Kl, P5, (K3, P7, K3, PSI2X, K2. Row 75: P2tog, Kl, D3, Kl, IP3, O, K7, O, P3, Kl, D3, K1I2X, P2.

Row 85: LRD, D3, Kl, P3, O, K7, O, P3, Kl, D3, Kl, PI Row 86: P2log, P2, K3, P9, K3, P3.

Row 94: P2tog, P3, Kl. How 95: ILRDI2X, Kl. Row 96: P3tog, fasten off.

Bonier Pattern

Cast on 25 stitches and knit 2 rows.

Row 1: Sl, K2, O, LRD, K3, O, Kl, O, K5, O, LRD, Kl, (O, LRDI3X, LRD.

How 2: O, KIO, O, LRD, K3, P3, KS. O, LRD, Kl Row a- Sl, K2, O, LRD, IK3, OI2X, KS, O, LRD, K2, (O, LRDI3X, Kl.

Row 4: O. Kll, O, LRD, K3, P5, K5, O, LRD, Kl. Row 5: Sl, K2, O, LRD, K3, O, IKS, OI2X, LRD, K3, IO, LRDI3X, Kl.

Row 6: O, K12, O, LRD, K3, P7, K5, O, LRD, Kl. How 7: Sl, K2, O. LRD, K3, O, K7, O, K5, O, LRD, K4, IO, LRDI3X, Kl.

Row 8: O. K13, O, LRD, K3, P9, KS, O, LRD, Kl. Boh- ifc SI, K2, O. LRD, K3, O, K9, O, KS, O, LRD, K5, IO, LRDI3X, Kl.

Row 1ft O, K14, O, LRD, K3, Pll, K5. O, LRD, Kl Hon 11: Sl, K2, O, LRD, K7. D3, K9, O, LRD, K6, IO, LRDI3X, Kl

Row 12: O, K15, O, LRD, K3, P9, KS, O, LRD. Kl. Row 13: SI, K2, O, LRD, K6, D3, KS. O, LRD, K7, IO, LRDI3X, Kl.

Row 14: O, K16, O, LRD, K3, P7, K5, O, LRD, Kl. Hob- 15: Sl, K2, O, LRD, K5, D3, K7, O, LRD, K8, IO, LRDI3X, Kl.

Row 16: O, K17, O, LRD. K3, PS, K5, O, LRD, Kl. Row 17: SI, K2, O. LRD, K4, D3, K6, O, LRD, K9, (O, LRDI3X, Kl.

Orooklyn Museum Pattern 99

Row IS! O, K1S, O, LRD, K3, P3, K5, O, LRD, Kl. Row 1ft SI K2, O, LRD. K3, D3, K5, O, LRD, K6, O, PI, O, K3, IO, LRDI3X, Kl. Row 2ft O, K21, O, LRD, K3, PI, K5, O, LRD, Kl. Row 21: SI, K2, O, LRD, K3, 0, Kl, 0, KS, O, LRD, K6, (O, P113X, O, K4, (O, LRD13X, Kl

Ron 22: O. K26, O, LRD, K3, P3, KS, O, LRD, Kl. Row 23: SI, K2, O, LRD, IK3, 0]2x, KS, O, LRD, K4, O. PI, •0, Kl, O-, P7, '-', PI, O, K3, IO, LRDI3X, Kl. Row 24: O, K33, O, LRD, K3, P5, KS, O, LRD, Kl. Hon 25i SI, K2, O, LRD, K3, 0, IK5, 0)2x, LRD, K4, 'IO, Pl)3x\ O, Kl, D9, Kl, O, K4, IO, LRDI3X, Kl. Row 2S! O, K34, O, LRD, K3, P7, KS, O, LRD, Kl

How 27: SI, K2, O, LRD, K3, O, K7, O, K5, O, LRD, K2, IO, PI, O, Kl, O, P7, O, K1I2X. O, PI, O, K3, IO, LRDI3X, Kl. Row 28: O. K45, O, LRD, K3, P9, KS, O, LRD, Kl. How 2ft SI, K2, O, LRD, K3, O, K9, O, KS, O, LRD, K2, ([O, P1I3X, O, Kl, D9, K112X, IO, P1I3X, O, K4, IO, LRDI3X, Kl. Hon 30: O, K42, O, LRD, K3, Pll, KS, O, LRD, Kl. Hon' 31: SI, K2, O, LRD, K7, D3, K9, O, LRD, K2, IO, P7, O, Kl, O, PI, O, K1I2X, O, P7, O, K2, I LRD, OI3x, ILRDI2X. How 32: O, K51, O, LRD, K3, P9, K5, O, LRD, Kl. How 33: SI, K2, O, LRD, K6, D3, K8, O, LRD, K2, ID9, Kl, [O, Pl]3x, O, K112X, D9, Kl, I LRD, 0)3x, ILRDI2X. Boh 34: O, K34, O, LRD, K3, P7, K5, O, LRD, Kl. Hon 35: SI, K2, 0, LRD, K5, D3, K7, O, LRD, K4, O, P7, 'O, Kl, O', PI, '■', P7, O, K2, I LRD, 0)3x, (LRD12X.

Hon 3ft O, K39, O, LRD, K3, PS, KS, O, LRD, Kl. Row 37: SI, K2, 'O, LRD, K4*, D3, K6, ■-', D9, Kl, IO, P1I3X, O, Kl, D9, Kl, (LRD, OI3X, ILRDI2X. Ron' 3ft O, K26, 0, LRD, K3, P3, K5, O, LRD, Kl. Row 3lk SI, K2, O, LRD, K3, D3, KS, O, LRD, K6, O, P7, O, K2, I LRD, OI3X, ILRDI2X. How 4ft O, K27, O, LRD, K3, PI, K5, O, LRD, Kl. How 41: SI. K2, O, LRD, K3, O, Kl, O, K5, O, LRD, K6. D9. Kl, I LRD, OI3x, ILRDI2X. Row 42! O, K1S, O, LRD, K3, P3, K5, O, LRD, Kl. How 43: SI, K2, O, LRD, (K3, OI2X, K5, O, LRD, K7, I LRD, OI3X, ILRDI2X. Row 44: O, K17, O, LRD, K3, P5, KS, O, LRD, Kl. Row 45: SI, K2, O, LRD, K3, O, IK5, OI2x, LRD, K6, [LRD, OI3x, ILRDI2X. How 4ft O. K16, O, LRD, K3, P7, K5, O, LRD, Kl.

Bo» 47: SI, K2, O, LRD, K3, 0, K7, 0, K5, O, LRD, K5.ILRD, OI3X, ILRDI2X. How 48: O, K15, 0, LRD, K3. P9. KS, O, LRD, Kl. How 49: SI, K2, O, LRD, K3, O, K9, O, K5, 0, LRD, K4, (LRD, OI3X, ILRDI2X. How 5tk O, K14, 0, LRD. K3, Pll, K5, O, LRD, Kl. Row 51: SI, K2, O, LRD, K7, D3, K9, O, LRD, K3, (LRD, OI3x, (LRDI2X. Row 52: O, K13, O, LRD, K3, P9, K5, O, LRD, Kl. Row 53: SI, K2, O, LRD, K6, D3, K8, O, LRD, K2, [LRD, OI3x, [LRDI2X. Rim 54: O. K12, O, LRD, K3, P7, KS, O, LRD, Kl. Hon' SI, K2. O, LRD, KS, D3, K7, O, LRD, Kl, I LRD, OI3x, ILRDI2X. Row 5ft O, Kll, O, LRD, K3, PS, K5, O, LRD, Kl How 57: SI, K2, O, LRD, K4, D3, K6, O, LRD, I LRD, 0I3X, ILRDI2X.

Row 58: O, K10, O, LRD, K3, P3, KS, O, LRD, Kl. How 59: SI, K2, O, LRD, K3, D3, KS, O, LRD, Kl, (O, LRDI3X, LRD. How «ft O, K10, O, LRD, K3, PI, K5. O, LRD, Kl

Repeat rows 1-60 for desired length.

Acanthus Leaf Designs

The Brooklyn Museum border [shown half-size) was knit size 3 perle cotton on size 1 needles.

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