This is not so much a pattern as a fancy way of knitting. Essentially it is an elongated garter stitch, with the base of each stitch twisted by the manner in which the yarn is passed over and around the needles. Its usefulness is not limited to the making of veils; a few rows of Veil Stitch make very attractive horizontal insertions in a solid fabric, and as an allover mesh with plenty of stretch it is good for gloves, stockings, and other openwork articles. The directions seem more complicated than they really are. Once the technique is learned, and the fingers "understand" the action, the knitting goes quickly.
Every stitch on every row is worked as follows: insert needle into the stitch as if to knit, then bring yarn from under the right-hand needle forward between the crossed needle points (i.e., to a "purl position" beneath the left-hand needle); then up in front of, and over the top of, the left- hand needle; then to the back over the top of the right-hand needle, then down in back and under the right-hand needle. Then knit the stitch, bringing out the last strand that was passed under the right-hand needle, and passing the point of the right-hand needle, as it is removed from the stitch, beneath and clear of the crossed strands still on the left-hand needle. As the stitch is completed, these strands are dropped off the left-hand needle to form the twisted base of the stitch.
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