Hi All

Since Dornroeschen was such a large pattern, I decided to rechart something a bit smaller. (Note: The pictures will not upload to my e-junkie shop, but everything else works okay.

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Happy Knitting!


Got sidetracked from reconstructing Christa… This time by a rather unusual Niebling that requires binding off 3 stitches (to make a relatively large hole within the blossom) and then casting the 3 stitches on again by making a triple yarn over on the following round, and then increasing the 3 stitches to 6 on the next pattern round.

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Hi All,

Just sent updates to previous purchasers of Eleonore including newly translated written instructions. But in case your email address changed since you purchased the pattern, email me at doilyhead@yahoo.com and I will send the update as an attachment.

The next update will be a small correction to the Gloxiniaeflora pattern, and if your email address has changed since your purchase, email me at the above address.


Reminder:  The 30% discount is still on until the end of this month.


Sorry Folks,

The setup for the sale will only work if you add the item to the shopping cart. It will not work if you click the “Buy Now” button. Sorry for forgetting this. Sale ends August 31, 2015 midnight.

Again, apologies for any headaches…


Had just finished charting a 3-repeat version of Chrysantheme in order to make a triangular shawl when Ilgen sent me pics of her Sechsstern (6 Repeats of the Chrysantheme motif) and her reconstruction of Christa (8 repeats of the Chrysantheme motif).

Sechsstern 31.12.2007Ilgen Matthias’ Sechsstern

Ilgen's SechssternIlgen’s Sechsstern Minus Rounds 283-311

Christa ReconstructionIlgen’s Reconstruction of Christa

Beyer Strickschrift Photo of ChristaBeyer Strickschrift Photo of Christa

So with Ilgen’s lovely pictures, a copy of a Beyer Strickschrift that she also sent me, and a chart that I forgot I had in a Labores Beyer Nr. 10 (in which the pattern name is “Victoria”), I thought recharting the pattern would go quickly… Wrong! Although, a lot of time was spent Photoshopping in the cropped out border parts on one of Ilgen’s photos, it turns out that the way the chart divided out I needed several graphics to fill out huge blank spaces on some of the chart pages — which graphics gave me ideas for additional adaptations of the motif:

Secchstern Rounds 1-139

Secchstern Rounds 1-139 – Nice Baby Blanket Or Pillow Cover

Of course, folding the baby blanket in half would make a nice wide bottom purse:

Sechsstern Rounds 1-139 - As Wide Bottom Purse

Sechsstern Rounds 1-139 – As Wide Bottom Purse

When the above graphic is rotated 180 degrees, the resulting pattern can be used as a narrow bottom purse. But requires two 3-repeats pieces would have to be sewn together on 3 sides, and more importantly, the pattern has to be modified in a manner similar to the way that the pattern has to be modified for a triangular shawl. That is, the pattern would start with the 3 center leaves, but the second ring of leaves is worked such that a pair of leaves is created to the right of the center leaf. One of the pair has to be moved to the other side of the center leaf.

Am having too much computer problems right now, so below is the link to the page containing the purchase button for the Sechsstern Pattern.

Details on the Triangular Shawl to come.


Always liked this pattern but it’s sort of easy to overlook because of the magazine that it was originally published in… there are only a few other really nice patterns in it (Neue Mode Kunststricken 3164 – even in 1966, the yardage is not given). For purchase page, click HERE. Meanwhile, will try to get back to the Chrysantheme — adapting it to a triangular shawl…

Happy Knitting

Fleur de Lis - Square Doily In Knitted Lace

This lovely non-Niebling pattern, which I unofficially named “Fleur de Lis”, was not fun to knit using cotton thread. However; the silk and wool blend I used (color photo) was somewhat better. Part of what made the knitting ‘uncomfortable’ is that, unlike most Niebling patterns, but often in Shetland knitting, yarn overs are worked with an adjacent plain knit stitch so that the yarn over lies on top of the plain knit stitch. For exampke, a knit 2 together will involve 1 plain knit stitch and what was a yarn over on the previous round — getting the needle under that yarn over is a pain. The reverse is also a pain, that is ssk where first a plain knit stitch is slipped, then the following yarn over is slipped — getting the needle under that stitch requires extra effort/focus…But, for me, all of that is worth it. W hat also slows the knitting down is doing what it takes to shorten the excessively long lace ladder rungs or floats within the large leaves. Surprisingly what does not shorten these rungs is replacing double yarn overs with single yarn overs — the double yarn over must be completely omitted and replaced on the next round by working knit 1, purl 1 in the strand between the omitted yarn overs.

Perhaps another reason this pattern appeals is ‘patchwork crochet envy’. The color photo on the cover is intended to give a hint of an idea for a long scarf or vest…Would work on one of the two myself, except I have to get back to test knitting the Chrysantheme based triangular shawl… ;-)

One last thing… This time when I knitted an I-cord bind off, I did not have the excuse that the yarn was uneven… So when the cording turned out uneven, it was because I did not tighten the stitches after each row — I usually don’t tighten anything when knitting, but this case demonstrates that it really needs to be done… The photo of the results was modified to hide this uneven bind off… I can be persuaded to post the unedited if you promise to indeed laugh! ;-)

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Happy Knitting!

Hi All,

Just posted the page for the pattern below.


The reason this post is entitled “…Part 1” is that I have also been working on a smaller, triangular version of the pattern for use as a shawl. I did not finish yet because the adaptation turns out to be a bit more detailed than I thought it would be. So, stay tuned… By Monday I hope to post a pic of the adaptation as well as the pattern itself. In other words, the full pattern can only be used to knit a triangle only after a couple of rather tricky modifications.

Almost forgot, the materials required given in the original instructions are less than helpful in that (1) No size is given for the “Art Silk” to be used; and (2) the needle size is given as “Nr. 0”, which I translate as US Size 6-0! My guess is that on US Size 3 needles, the yarn required would be 750-1000 yards. By knitting the smaller triangle and doing some geometric calculations, I should be able to come up with a better estimate.

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Happy Knitting!


For comparison, here are Dorle and Fruhling:



Meanwhile, the pattern is relatively simple except for some small variations near the end. For purchase details Click Here

Happy Knitting!

Hi All,

So many patterns… and yarns, so little time. Got sidetracked from my current project by the two patterns below, Julia and Grace.

Julia with crochet chain loops

Julia with crochet chain loops

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The Julia above was knitted by me in a very uneven 14/2’s linen. Below is the photo from the original instructions.

Julia - Original PhotoOriginal Photo of Julia

I also knitted Julia with an I-cord bind-off, but it came out really uneven because of the unevenness of the yarn.

Julia with I-cord

The pattern below, Grace, was knitted with Size 50 yarn.

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Finally, the Meyers 136-38 (Simple Oval) shown below distracted me because it wanted me to knit it in color (which I didn’t because I couldn’t choose a scheme). It let me know later than it would like to be a lamp shade or flower basket.

There might be one more pattern by the Austrian publisher, but I will try to return to the previous project… which is already evolving into a bunch of other things… Stay tuned.



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