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Dear Kay,
Isn’t this lace LURVLY?
It’s time for a knitting quiz.
Cristina over at Philacraft sent along this tantalizing pair of photos. She writes: “I’m trying to figger out what this is. A friend had this stole hanging in her window. The lace mohair was too itchy to wear, she said, but the stole was too beautiful to give away and she didn’t like to think that people in cars passing by could see right through that glass door. Close inspection will show that every side is knit to give garter bumpiness and full reversibility.”
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Wot is it? Can anybody out there identify this pattern? Or cook up the pattern for it?
Love,
Ann
PS Edited below to add the lace shown upside down (or right side up, actually), at the suggestion of Recipe Box Recipe Contest Winner Julia. While she’s figuring this out, I’m going to make some of her award-winning salad dressing . . .
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53 Comments

53 Comments

  1. Nary a clue as to the pattern and when you find out about, tell us. I would love to make this.

  2. This reminds me of something I saw in a very old magazine. I remember that the name of the stitch pattern was “Monkey Face Lace,” but Googling that term leads only to crochet patterns.

  3. Delurking to say WOW! That’s gorgeous. And looks so fast!

  4. no idea. but it looks like petunia flowers, or snapdragons, when you have your eyes slightly crossed…

  5. Unfortunately, I have no idea. But dayum! That is bloody beautiful! It looks like stained glass. I hope you guys will print the pattern, if you ever find out.

  6. There are definitely some YOs in there. Definitely.
    Glad to be of help!
    Kay

  7. Hi. I think it might be the pattern used in “Hazy Paves Scarf” from the Stitch ‘n Bitch Page-A-Day Calendar 2008. There are a few scarves of this pattern on Ravelry. HTH

  8. I have no idea, but I’d sure like to know! It reminds me of Morning Glories.

  9. Looks like Victorian knitting to me!

  10. I agree it looks like the Hazy Paves Scarf. The designer, Knerryknitski, offers it free on her blog.

  11. and there she says “Pattern Stitch: Adapted from ‘Paving Stones’ stitch from “A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns” by Barbara G. Walker.” so that might be a place to look, too.

  12. The power of the blog! Good work, ladies. Of course, I now have another project to add to my To Do list and also need to get the SnB calendar. What other treasures does it hold?

  13. Wow!

  14. It would help if the thing were hung right side up.
    Damn modern artists.
    Will consult usual references. And the Japanese ones too.

  15. lovely pattern
    a little art deco
    all yours to knit
    i refuse to be think about it
    what size needles 0

  16. I would try this with a border of about 5 stitches:
    rows 1 through 5 – *k3, yo* k3, dropping YOs on the next row (do not knit into the YOs)
    row 6 – *k3, stick the needle under all of those YO ladders EXCEPT the one closest to the row you are working on (drop this YO) and knit all of them together* k3
    rows 7 through 11 – k1 *yo, k3* k2, dropping YOs as before
    row 12 – k1 *knit into YOs as before, k3* k2
    You might need to fiddle with the exact spacing of your YO clusters but this should be close.

  17. You know you just ruined my whole day with this one. It’s a six or seven row pattern worked over a multiple of six stitches, with two groups of three to offset the “monkey faces”. I see in row one the second stitch has a yarn over three times, then that same stitch in each following row is slipped and replaced with yarn over two times, then once, and then all are caught in the fifth row. Then the sixth row that same stitch is slipped and the knitting yarn is carried across, I think, which is the same row that the whole thing starts all over again in the second group of three stitches, so it’s the fifth stitch that gets yarned over. or something like that. But I need to go swatch.

  18. Actually this should be much closer
    row 1 – knit
    row 2 -*k3, sl1, yo* k3
    rows 3 through 5 – *k3, sl1, yo* k3, always slipping the same stitch from row 1 and dropping your YO from the previous row
    row 6 – *k3, stick the needle under all of those YO ladders EXCEPT the one closest to the row you are working on (drop this YO) and knit all of them together WITH the stitch you have been slipping* k3
    row 7 – k1,* sl1, k3* sl1, k2
    rows 8 through 11 -k1,* sl1, yo, k3* sl1, yo, k2, slip and YO as before
    row 12 – k1,*ktog ladders and slipped stich as before, k3* ktog ladders and slipped stich as before, yo, k2

  19. this is it:
    set up row: knit
    row 1 – *k3, sl1, yo* k3
    rows 2 – through 5 – *k3, sl1, yo* k3, always slipping the same stitch from row 1 and dropping your YO from the previous row
    row 6 – *k3, stick the needle under all of those YO ladders EXCEPT the one closest to the row you are working on (drop this YO) and knit all of them together WITH the stitch you have been slipping* k3
    row 7 – k1,* sl1, k3* sl1, k2
    rows 8 through 11 -k1,* sl1, yo, k3* sl1, yo, k2, slip and YO as before
    row 12 – k1,*ktog ladders and slipped stich as before, k3* ktog ladders and slipped stich as before, yo, k2

  20. Yep, that’s what I got. Nice work, gracielou!

  21. not a clue, but I definitely want that pattern. I have a skein of seasilk that might work really well for it.
    it could be my first post-twin knitting project.
    we’re almost done with the log cabin blanket (mom is working on it while she’s here) and the mitered squares will be back soon. I’ll send you pictures of the blankets–with the boys–soon.

  22. not a clue, but I definitely want that pattern. I have a skein of seasilk that might work really well for it.
    it could be my first post-twin knitting project.
    we’re almost done with the log cabin blanket (mom is working on it while she’s here) and the mitered squares will be back soon. I’ll send you pictures of the blankets–with the boys–soon.

  23. HEY!
    this is a scarf pattern my friend created! The Hazy Paves Scarf can be found at her blog:
    http://knerryknitski.blogspot.com/
    enjoy!

  24. Holy cow! That’s perfectly beautiful. I’ve been looking for a lacy, knit stitch only pattern for this giant window I have in my living room. The window looks out onto my patio which has lots of nice plants and a giant Eucalyptus tree. I would love to be able to gaze out at it from inside my apartment, but don’t want the creepy upstairs neighbor looking in at me every time he goes to get his mail. Thanks so much for uncovering the perfect pattern! You guys are amazing!

  25. It looks like the traditional butterfly stitch to me but done on gigantic needles with very fine yarn. Here is a pattern for a baby sweater that uses the stitch: http://tinyurl.com/2ov3jk

  26. crazy!! but great!! what a team of commenters!

  27. this is intriguingly beautiful, but i must be getting the scale wrong if it functions as a privacy-providing curtain :)

  28. GRACIELOU AND JULIA ARE FREAKING ME OUT WITH THE LACE-READING!
    Yowza.
    xo Kay

  29. Wowy, wow,wow,wow,wow,wow,!! Bee-uuu-tee-fulle!
    Thanks for sharing…
    LoveDiane

  30. I so suck at identifying patterns. I could not repeat one seen (that is so intricate) to save my life! But the images remind me of Iris flowers or a bit like a scalop shell, more the flower though. Good luck! Is beautiful!

  31. Beautiful……ANOTHER thing for my “I Must Knit” list.

  32. UNCLE!! I give up…{waving white flag} I surrender! I’ve read all those clever ladies’ posts; I looked at the “Hazy Pave” pattern; I’m reduced to trembling and the occasional sigh. It’s “beautiful” in forty-seven languages, but for a tewtally different kind o’ knitter than I am (read “simple”, “plebian”, “unsophisticated”, “not frustrated”)…. Back to my nice simple stockinette-on-circulars toques….

  33. Can I ask a question to be added to the knitting SAT? How do you increase stitches in a moss pattern? I just made a super cute hat that was interrupted with increase stitches in the middle of mossing. Does this make sense?

  34. Wow. Just wow. I had no idea anybody could look at lace and just do that. From now on I’m calling these brilliant knitter types Lace Ninjas.
    Because, seriously. Dang. :)

  35. I’d have to check my Barbara Walker (2nd treasury, I think) to be sure, but isn’t this the honeybee or bumblebee stitch? Just done on large needles.

  36. You’re all gonna force me to finish the Candle Flame Shawl (knit picks) just so I can start this one. And I’m thinking it’s laceweight knit up on size 15 or something huge.
    It’s gorgeous!

  37. Looks like a combination double wrap and slip stitch. Would love to see the original.

  38. A bit late with my solution but Gracielou is right on.
    joan

  39. Gawgeous! And the second thought was, geesh, I hope they figure out this pattern cuz I’m gonna HAVE TO KNIT IT. Not that there aren’t other WIPS cluttering up the place, but this is simply beautiful!

  40. Ooooh, it is beautiful! Already on my RavQueue, even though I’ve never knit lace in my life. Someday!
    I am so amazed, too, by you “lace readers” Knitting ninjas, indeed!

  41. This is exciting. My sister called and told my to look at your blog. It does look like the Hazy Paves Scarf pattern I have in the 2008 Stitch ‘n Bitch calendar done in one color. You can also get in on my blog http://knerryknitski.blogspot.com/. It looks lacy but it’s not lace, no yarnovers, just dropped stitches that are picked up. I used the Paving Stones pattern from the second Barbara Walker Treasury. What a difference yarn weight and gauge make.

  42. OMG. I must swatch this immediately! I am so greatful to those readers who figured it out!

  43. I’m way impressed, and totally humbled, I was going to look through some barbara walker books, but would never have attempted to guess the pattern. Wow.

  44. My first thought was “Tiffany Stained Glass.”
    My second thought was “I want.”
    My third thought was “Snort! Who are you kidding???”

  45. Cat’s paw writ large?

  46. http://knerryknitski.blogspot.com/
    check here it looks like a similar pattern.

  47. It looks like tuck stitch done on a knitting machine, although that is most easily done in stockinette (machines also accomplish garter stitch, but slowly).
    It’s possible to knit tuck stitch by hand, by slipping a single stitch for several rows (looks like 4) with plenty of slack in the floats. On the 5th row, pick up all the floats and knit them with the slipped stitch. If you stagger the tuck stitch motifs in a diamond grid, you’ll wind up with the lace stole in the picture.

  48. Ohhhh…it is gorgeous! I’d love to know too..looks like pansies…

  49. So what needle size has anyone been swatching this beauty in?

  50. I concur with others – it is the pattern at http://knerryknitski.blogspot.com/
    Definitely worth checking that site out to see what this lovely thing looks like in two colors or types of yarn.

  51. ‘kay…julia fc and gracielou are making me feel like a newbie knitter, which I am not, of course, but geee-wiz! How do you come up with an actual written pattern by simply looking at a photograph of the mostly-air-lace. And both come up with the same pattern, no less! My brain hurts….
    Ang

  52. Kninja (n.) : one who can figure out a pattern out of a pic of knitted fabric.
    Kninja jr (n) : one who actually sees the fabric is held upside down
    Kninja sr (n) : one who swatches, writes down and tests the upmentionned pattern before any other commenters start to blink or close mouths.
    Kninja associates : one who recognizes an existing pattern with different yarn/gauge out of the fabric upmentionned
    I was just at the step 1 : wow. The proud owner of that stole had such respect for that hand knitting fabric, even if it itches/sheds/etc. And she doesn’t knit ?!?!
    Ladies (and gentlemen), there’s hope ! :-)

  53. Folks:
    It’s not that big a deal to look at knitted stitches and be able to reverse engineer the pattern. We’re just so convinced of our own inadequacy and dependence on WRITTEN PATTERNS that we don’t even try. You can’t tell if a knitted object is upside-down? C’mon. If you’re a knitter…yes you can. Try.
    Sorry for the rant but I’m disappointed by how most knitters won’t just look at the stitches they create and try to understand how they are made. It’s not magic. It’s architecture without any hidden parts. Everything’s right there in the open for you to see.
    Do you assume that if there are “holes” that there must be yarnovers? Not in this pattern. It’s just a big loose gauge. Check out the shape of those holes. Now look at what a yarnover really looks like. Where there’s a YO there’s usually two stitches knit together. Don’t see any of those in this pattern either.