Scallop Shells

This pattern is one of my all-time favorites. Its sheer simplicity is endlessly appealing. I have seen only one counterpane worked in this pattern, an 1881 example that is now part of the collection of the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand. I wrote directions for the pattern and only later realized that I had overlooked printed instructions for it in the nineteenth-century Weldon's Practical Needlework because the pattern units had been assembled as four-unit squares rather than as the series of cascading fan shapes used in the Canterbury Museum example. The choice of assembly is up to you.

This is just the pattern for a beginning knitter. It is worked on two needles and involves only knit, purl and garter stitches, with yarn-overs for the increases.

The original counterpane uses no half-pattern units around the edges, but instead squeezes full units in around the inside edge of the border. The edges of the counterpane therefore undulate like waves. / like this effect and have therefore provided no half-patterns.

To complete the counterpane, I have used a modified version of the Barberry Leaf border pattern from Weldon's Practical Knitter. You may want lo make further changes in this pattern or choose another lace edging from pp. 144-171.

Cast on 2 stitches.

Rons 1-St Bl. knit remaining stitches. When

Row 5 is completed there will be 7 stitches.

Ron IBs K3, O, PI, (K2, P2I2X, K2, PI, O, K3. How 17s K5. IP2, K212X, P2, KS.

Row 2Ik K3, O, Kl, IP2. K2I3X, P2, Kl, O, K3. How 21: K3, (P2, K2I4X, P2, K3.

How 24s K3, O, PI, IK2, P2I4X, K2, PI, O, K3. Row 25: KS. IP2. K2I5X. K3. Ron 2tk K3. O. IP2, K2I5X, P2, O, K3.

How 28: K3, O, Kl. IP2, K2I5X, P2, Kl, O, K3. Row 2» K3, IP2, K2I6X, P2, K3.

/tssemhly Diagrams

How 32s K3, O. PI, IK2, P2I6X, K2, PI, O, K3. Row 33: KS, (P2, K2I7X, K3. Hon■ 34: K3, O, IP2, K2I7X, P2, O, K3.

This and the other fan and shell patterns can be assembled as a scries of fan shapes 111, or as squares 121. The fan shapes can also be turned 90° lo the right or left, or turned ISOSee pp. 13-14 for blocking information.

This and the other fan and shell patterns can be assembled as a scries of fan shapes 111, or as squares 121. The fan shapes can also be turned 90° lo the right or left, or turned ISOSee pp. 13-14 for blocking information.

Scallop Shells 135

The Scallop Shells samples (shown two-third size) were knit with a doubled strand of knit-Cro-Sheen cotton on size 2 needles.

Crochet Ribbed Scallop Shell

Hon 36: K3, O, KI, IP2, K2)7x, P2, Kl, O, K3. Ron 37: K3, (P2, K2IBX, P2, K3.

Ron K3, O, PI. IK2, P2I8X. K2, PI, O, K3. Hon 41: K5, IP2, K2)9x, K3. Ron 42: K3, 10, LRDII9X,

Cast off knitting.

Barberry Leaf liortler

Special Instructions:

02 is used as the basis for 2 stitches on the following row.

Cast on 25 stitches, knit 1 row,

Hon 1: Sip, "K2, O, LRD\ Kl, O, LRD, •-", K5, O, LRD, Kl, (t>2, LRDttx, Kl.

The Scallop Shells samples (shown two-third size) were knit with a doubled strand of knit-Cro-Sheen cotton on size 2 needles.

Row 2: K3, PI, K2, PI, K3, O, LRD, K12, 0, LRD, Kl. Hon 3: Sip. (K2, O, LRDI3X, K4, O, LRD, K3, 102, LRDI2X, Kl.

0, LRD, K12, O, LRD, Kl. Ron 5: Sip, IK2, O, LRD, K3, O, LRDI2X, K5, (02,

Row 6: K3, PI, K2, PI, K7, O, LRD, K12, O, LRD, Kl. Row 7: Sip, *K2, O, LRD', K4, O, LRD, C-*)2x, K12. Htm & Cast off 6 stitches. K7, O, LRD, K12, O. LRD, Kl.

Repeat rows 1-8 for desired length.

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