Diamond Clematis Strip

Before going to Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand in 1978,1 spent a great deal of time knitting counterpane swatches from books in my collection and from the library. This particular pattern I found in the nineteenth-century publication The Young Ladies Journal. During my trip, I was delighted to find this pattern used in a counterpane in the Van Dieman Museum in Hobart, Tasmania. That version had the double-cable panel worked on either side of the clematis strip. Later, in the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand, and in the Welsh Folk Museum in Cardiff, Wales, I saw counterpanes worked in the main diamond-strip pattern without the clematis and double-cable patterns.

This two-needle pattern is moderately difficult but excellent for teaching beginning knitters new skills. The diamond-strip pattern contains raised-leaf motifs in the center, which are created with yarn-overs and paired decreases. The unusual feather-and-fan pattern, worked in both an inset strip and in the border, increases on the front side of the work and decreases every row on the front and back sides.

If you use the double cable on either side of the clematis strip, the two patterns can be knitted at the same time. This will eliminate the need to sew the three pieces together.

Diamond Strip

Special Instructions:

"Follow pattern" means knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you. Purl the O of previous row.

Cast on 53 stitches.

How 1: (PI, KlllOx, P3, K3, PI, K3, P3, (Kl, Pl)10x. Row 2: Follow pattern. Row 3: Follow pattern. Row 4: (PI, Kl)9x, PI, K3, P3, Kl, PI, Kl, P3, K3, PI, (Kl, Pl)9x.

Row 5: Follow pattern, flow 6: Follow pattern. Row 7: (PI, Kl)9x, P3, K3, PI, K3, PI, K3, P3, (Kl, Pl)9x. Row 8: Follow pattern. Row ife Follow pattern.

How 10: (PI, Kl)8x, PI, K3, P3, Kl, P5, Kl, P3, K3, PI, (Kl, Pl)8x.

How 11: Follow pattern. How 12: Follow pattern. How 13: (PI, Kl)8x, P3, K3, (PI, K3)3x, P3, (Kl, Pl)8x. How 14: Follow pattern. How 15: Follow pattern. How 16: (PI, Kl)7x, PI, (K3, P3, Kl, P3)2x, K3, PI, (Kl, Pl)7x.

How 17: Follow pattern. How 18: Follow pattern. Row life (PI, Kl)7x, P3, *K3, PI, K3*, P5, P3, (Kl, Pl)7x.

How 20: Follow pattern. How 21: Follow pattern. How 22: (PI, Kl)6x, PI, K3, •P3, Kl, P3*, K7, *-*, K3, PI, (Kl, Pl)6x.

How 23: Follow pattern. How 24: Follow pattern. How 25: (PI, Kl)6x, P3, *K3, PI, K3*, P9, *-*, P3, (Kl, Pl)6x. How 26: Follow pattern. How 27: Follow pattern. How 28: (PI, Kl)5x, PI, K3, *P3, Kl, P3*, Kll, '-*, K3, PI, (Kl, Pl)5x.

How 2ih Follow pattern. How 30: Follow pattern. How 31: (PI, Kl)5x, P3, *K3, PI, K3*, P6, O, Kl, O, P6, *-*, P3, (Kl, Pl)5x. How 32: Follow pattern, purling O of previous row. How 33: (PI, Kl)5x, P3, *K3, PI, K3*, P6, Kl, (O, Kl)2x, P6, *-*, P3, (Kl, Pl)5x.

How 34: (PI, Kl)4x, PI, K3, *P3, Kl, P3*, K7, P5, K7, *-*, K3, PI, (Kl, Pl)4x. How 35: (Kl, Pl)4x, Kl, P3, *K3, PI, K3\ P7, K2, O, Kl, O, K2, P7, *-*, P3, Kl, (PI, Kl)4x.

How 36: Follow pattern. Row 37: (PI, Kl)4x, P3, *K3, PI, K3*, P8, K3, O, Kl, O, K3, P8, *-*, P3, (Kl, Pl)4x. How 38: Follow pattern. Row 39: (PI, Kl)4x, P3, *K3, PI, K3*, P8, RLD, K5, LRD, P8, *-', P3, (Kl, Pl)4x. Row 40: (PI, K1)3X, Pi, K3, *P3, Kl, P3*, K9, P7, K9, *-*, K3, PI, (Kl, Pl)3x. Row 41: (Kl, Pl)3x, Kl, P3, *K3, PI, K3*, P9, RLD, K3, LRD, P9, *-*, P3, Kl, (PI, Kl)3x.

Row 42: Follow pattern.

Oiamontl-Clematis Slrip 123

The Feather and Fan Pattern was knit with the same yarn and needle size as the Diamond Strip.

Row 85: IP1, K1I6X, P3, 'K3, PI, K3*, P9, •-•, P3, IK1, P1I6X. Row 86: Follow pattern. Row 87: Follow pattern. Ron 88: IP1, Kl)6x, PI, K3, •P3, Kl, P3*, K7, •■•, K3, PI, (Kl, P116X.

Row 89: Follow pattern. Row 9ft Follow pattern. Row 91: (PI, K117X, P3, *K3, PI, K3*. P5, •-•, P3, (Kl, P1I7X. Row 90: Follow pattern. Row 93: Follow pattern. Row.<M: (PI. Kl)7x, PI, K3. IP3, Kl, P3, K3I2X, PI, (Kl, Pl)7x.

Row »3: Follow pattern. Row 96s Follow pattern. How .97: (PI, K1I8X, P3, -K3, PI, K3*. PI, '■', P3, (Kl, P1I8X.

Uwmhly Diagram

Row 98: Follow pattern. How 9ft Follow pattern. How 100: (PI, K1I8X, PI, K3, P3, Kl, P5, Kl. P3, K3, PI, (Kl, Pl)8x.

How 101: Follow pattern. Row 102: Follow pattern. How 103: (PI, Kl)9x. P3, (K3, P1I2X, K3, P3, (Kl, P1I9X. How 104: Follow pattern. How 103: Follow pattern. Row 106: (PI, Kl)9x, PI, K3, P3, Kl, PI, Kl, P3, K3, PI, (Kl, P1I9X.

How 107: Follow pattern. How 108: Follow pattern.

Repeat rows 1-108 for desired length. Cast off on Row 108 following pattern.

Feather aiul Fan Pattern

Cast on 25 stitches.

Row I: P4, K3, LRD, (O, K1I7X, O, RLD, K3. P4. Row 2: K4, P2, PRD, P15, P2tog, P2, K4.

Repeat rows 1-4 for desired length.

The Feather and Fan Pattern was knit with the same yarn and needle size as the Diamond Strip.

Clematis Strip

Special Instructions:

The pattern is worked on a multiple of 23 stitches. Each line of instructions should be repeated once for each 29 stitches. The sample, worked on 29 stitches, is one repeat.

How l! K14, O, RLD, K13. Row 2: K2, P2S, K2. How 3s K12, LRD, O, Kl, O, RLD, K12.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. Row 5s Kll, LRD, O, Kl, PI, Kl, O. RLD, Kll. How 6: Kl, (Kl, P12)2x, K2. How 7: KS. O, K4, D3, O, K2, PI, K2, O, D3, K4, O, K5. How Repeat Row 6.

How » *K3, LRD, O, Kl, O, RLD, K3", O, Kl, LRD. PI. RLD, Kl, O, '-'. Hon- Ilk Repeal Row 6. How 11: K4. *0, Kl, PI, Kl, O*. D3, "Kl, O, Kl", LRD, PI, RLD, "-", D3, •-*, K4. Row 12: K2, P4, Kl, IP7, K1I2X, P4, K2.

Row la- K4, O, LRD, Pl. K2, •O, LRD, O*, Kl, LRD, PI, RLD, Kl, •-•, K2, PI, RLD,

How 14: Repeat Row 12. Row 13s K4, O, K2, PI, RLD, Kl, O, "RLD, O, LRD". PI, •-•, O, Kl, LRD, PI, K2, O, K4. Row 16s K2. P5, Kl, IP6, K1I2X, P5, K2. Row 17: K4, *0, Kl, LRD, PI, RLD, Kl, O". K2, O, D3, O. K2, •-•, K4.

How 1 Os KS, O, LRD, PI, RLD, Kl, O, K7, O, Kl. LRD, PI, RLD, O, K5. How 21k K2, P25, K2. How 21: K6, O, IRLD)2x, Kl, O, K3, O, RLD, K2, O, Kl, 1LRDI2X, O. K6. How 22s Repeat Row 20.

Ho» 23s K7, O, D3, O, K2, LRD, O, Kl, O, RLD, K2, O, D3, O, K7.

Row 24: Repeat Row 20. Row 25s K8, O, 'RLD, Kl, LRD". O, Kl, PI, Kl, O, '-•, O,

Repeat rows 7-26 for desired length.

Cable Pattern

Cast on 24 stitches.

Ho» 1: Kl, LRD, O, IP2, K6I2X, P2, O, LRD, Kl. Row 2 and all even-numhered rows: K5. P6, K2.

Hem- 3s Repeat Row 1. Row Sr Kl, LRD, O, (P2, CF6I2X, P2, O, LRD, Kl. Htm 7: Repeat Row 1. How 8: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat rows 1-8 for desired length.

Cabel Special Knitting Stitches

The Clematis Strip (left) and the liable Pattern (right), shown ftvo-third size, were knit with size 3 perle cotton on size 1 needles.

Diamontt-C.lematis Strip 125

Knitting Crochet Patterns

Row 5tk Purl.

Row 51: Repeat Row 19.

Cast off knitting. Crocheted Eilging

Working from right to left, •work 1 single crochet in each of next 2 stitches, then work 3 double crochet stitches in next stitch*, repeat from *, being sure to follow the contour of the pattern as shown in the photo below.

Border Pattern


Special Instructions:

The pattern is worked on a multiple of 21 plus 3 stitches. The instructions in brackets should be repeated once for each 21 stitches.

This sample is worked on 66 stitches: 3 repeats plus 3 stitches.

Cast on.

P2tog, P2L K3.

Rows 5-24: Repeat rows 1-4 five more times. Row 25: Knit. Row 26: Knit.

Repeat rows 1-28 for desired length.


Row 29: Pll, *0, Kl, O', (P10, *-*, P9, *-*)2x, P12. Row 30: K12, (P3, K9, P3, K10)2x, P3, Kll. Row 31: Pll, *K1, O, Kl, O, Kl*, (P10, *-*, P9, *-*)2x, P12.

The Border Pattern (shown two-third size) was knit with the same yarn and needle size as the other units. The crocheted edging was worked with a C/2 (2.5mm) crochet hook.

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