Almas Pattern

Knitted Designs

This pattern was named for my friend Alma Selkirk, because it was at her house in Pennsylvania that I first saw a pair of counterpanes using this motif. Since then, I have seen spreads knitted in this pattern in a variety of places—at the Baltimore Museum of Art; at Basseff Hall in Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia; at Historic Cherry Hill in Albany, New York; and in several private collections. Most use the strips of double cables to separate the bands of diamonds, but the Cherry Hill version uses the Lyre Pattern rather than the cable with the Diamond Strip. I have given directions for all three elements.

The Lyre Pattern alone also makes a lovely counterpane. Examples of such counterpanes can be found in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, and in the Hennepin County Historical Society in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This two-needle pattern is a good one for an advanced beginner. It is principally a knit-and-purl pattern and is entirely logical in its progression. The border, which I selected from the nineteenth-century Butterick's The Art of Knitting, resembles the border on the Cherry Hill counterpane. It would make a superb border for many of the main patterns in this book.

The Diamond Strip sample shown at two-third size I was knit with cotton warp on size 1 needles.

Diamond Strip

Special Instructions:

02 is used as the basis for one stitch, drop one wrap on following row.

Cast on 63 stitches and knit 4 rows.

Boh <: K16, Pll, K4, 02, LRU. K3, Pll. K16. How 2: K4, P8, K15, P9, K15, P8, K4.

Hon & K4, P8, K4, P31, K4, P8, K4. Ron- 7: Knit. Rim- X- Repeat Row 6. Hint .% K16, P9, K4, 102. LROI3X, K3, P9, K16. Him 10t K4, PS. K13, P13, K13, P8, K4.

Row 12: Repeat Row 10. Row 13: K28, (02, LRDI4X, K27.

Row 14: Repeat Row 6. Row 15: Knil. Row 1& Repeat Row 6. Hon 17: K4. CF8, K4, P7, K4, (02, LRDI5X, K3, P7, K4, CB8. K4.

How 20: Repeat Row 18. How 21: K26, 102, LRDI6X, K25.

Him' 22: Repeat Row 6. How 23: Knit. Him- 24: Repeat Row 6. Hon 25: K16, P5, K4, (02, LRDI7X, K3, PS, K16. How 2&- K4, P8, K9, P21, K9, P8, K4.

How as: Repeat Row 26. Hon- 2a K24, 102, LRDI8X. K23.

Alma's Putlern 119

How 3tk Repeat Row 6. How 31: Knit. How 32: Repeat Row 6. How 33: K4, CF8, K4, P3, K4, (02, LRD)9x, K3, P3, K4, CBS, K4.

How 3ft: Repeat Row 34. How 37: K22, (02, I.RDIlOx, K21.

How 38: Repeat Row 6. How 3!k Knit. How 44k Repeat Row 6. How 41: K16, P3, K4, (02, LRDI9X, K3, P3, K16. How 42: Repeat Row 34. How 43: Repeat Row 35. How 44: Repeat Row 34. How 45: Repeat Row 29. Hitw 46: Repeat Row 6. How 47: Knit. How 48: Repeat Row 6. How 4ik K4, CF8, K4, P5, K4, (02, LRD)7x, K3, P5, K4, CB8, K4.

How 5tk Repeat Row 26. How 51: Repeat Row 27.

How 52: Repeat Row 26. How 53: Repeat Row 21. How 54: Repeat Row 6. How 55: Knit. How 56: Repeat Row 6. How 57: K16, P7, K4, (02, LRD)5x, K3, P7, K16. How 58: Repeat Row 18. How 5ik Repeat Row 19. How 6ik Repeat Row 18. How 61: Repeat Row 13. Row 62: Repeat Row 6. How 63: Knit. How 64: Repeat Row 6. How 65: K4, CF8, K4, P9, K4, K)2, LRL))3x, K3, P9, K4, CB8, K4.

How 66: Repeat Row 10. Row 67: Repeat Row 11. How 68: Repeat Row 10. Row 6fk Repeat Row 5. Row 7Ik Repeat Row 6. Row 71: Knit. Row 72: Repeat Row 6.

Repeat rows 1-72 for desired length. Then repeat rows 1-4, knit 4 rows and cast off.

The Lyre Pattern and edging (shown three-quarter size) were knit with cotton warp on size 1 needles.

Knitting Designs

Hon 11: 1*P2, RLD, K2, LRD, P2\ K5, O, Kl, O, K5], How iZ" [*K2, P4, K2\ P13],

Hob- 1Z CP2, RLD, LRD, P2\ K6, O, K1, O, K6], '-', Rmv 14! CK2, P2, K2", P15],

How 17: [*P2, Kl, (0, K1I2X, P2\ RLD, K10, LRD], '-*. Row 1 Si [*K2, PS, K2", P12], •-*.

Lyre Pattern

Special Instructions:

02 is used as the basis for one stitch, with one wrap dropped on following row.

The pattern begins with a multiple of 20 plus 19 stitches, tminimum 39 stitchesl and ends with a multiple of 21 plus 19 stitches. All repeats are worked on a multiple of 21 plus 19 stitches. The number of stitches per row varies. The bracketed instructions should be repeated once for each ZO stitches added. They are not repeated when the pattern is worked on the minimum number of stitches. The sample is worked on 41 stitches: 1 repeat plus 19 stitches, plus 1 stitch on each side for a garter-stitch border. Note that the border stitches are not included in the row instructions.

Cast on.

Hob- It CP2, K13, LRD. P2\ 02, Kl, 02], •-•. Row 2! [*K2, P14, K2*. P3], Row 3! [-P2, RLD, K10, LRD, P2", Kl, (O, Kl)2x], •-*. Hob 4: TK2, P12, K2', P5], '■', Row 5: [-P2. RLD, K8, LRD, P2", K2, O. Kl, O, K2], '■•. Hob S: [*K2, P10, K2\ P7], •-•. Ron 7:1'P2, RLD, K6, LRD, P2", K3, O, Kl, O, K3], *-*. Hob & CK2, P8, K2', P9I, '-* Row 9: [*P2. RLD, K4. LRD, P2\ K4, O, Kl, O, K4], "-•. Row 10: [*K2, P6, K2', Pll),

Hob 1» [*P2, K2, O, Kl, O, K2, P2", RLD, K8. LRD], Hob 20: [-K2, P7, K2\ P10],

Row 21: [*P2, K3, O, Kl, O, K3, P2', RLD, K6, LRD], Hob- 22: l'K2, P9, K2*. P8],

Ron 2311*P2, K4, O. Kl, O, K4, P2', RLD. K4, LRD], Row 24: [*K2, Pll, K2", P6],

Ron 25! [*P2, KS, O, Kl, O, K5, P2", RLD, K2, LRD], '•'. Hob- 26: CK2, P13, K2-, P4], Row 27: l*P2, K6, O, Kl, O, K6, P2*, RLD, LRD], Ho« 2» ]'K2, P15. K2" P2], "-Hob 29: CP2, K13, LRD, P2\ O, RLD, 02], '■',

Repeat rows 2-29 for desired length. On the last repeat, cast off following Row 14 or Row 28.

Pointed Etlging

Cast on 22 stitches and knit 1 row.

Row 1: SI, Kl, O, Kl, D3, Kl, O. K2, (0, LRDI2X, O. K9.

Row 2 and all eren-numbered nms through

Kl, 0, K3, (O, LRDI2X, 0, K9. Hob 5: SI, Kl, O, Kl, D3, Kl, O, K4, (O, LRDI2X, O, K9. Hob- 7: SI, Kl, O, Kl, D3, Kl, 0, KS, IO, LRDI2X, O, K9. Hob- a SI. Kl, O, Kl, D3, Kl, O, K6, IO, LRDI2X, O, K9. Row 11: SI, Kl, O, Kl, D3, Kl, O, K7, (O, LRDI2X, O, K9. Row 13! SI. Kl, O, Kl, D3, Kl, O, K8, IO, LRDI2X, O, K9. Row 15! SI, Kl, O, Kl, D3, Kl, O, K9, IO. LRDI2X, O, K9. How 16: Cast off 8, K21.

Repeat rows 1-16 for desired length. Cast off remaining stitches.

The Lyre Pattern and edging (shown three-quarter size) were knit with cotton warp on size 1 needles.

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