These five patterns are from Mallins Handarbeitslehrbucher – Kunststricken Nr. 404.

Christmas decorations come to mind for some of these patterns.

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Model 6511 – Triangular Doily

Model 6510 – Small Round Doily


Am too overwhelmed with other projects to make the shawl in the last photo, though I might make a purse or tote in lace weight hemp when I find the right one.

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The French/Belgian magazine Femmes D’Aujourd’Hui (Woman of Today) was quite pleased to publish this pattern:

“Peut-on trouver un autre terme pour qualifier la beauté, la grâce et la finesse de ce ravissant ouvrage, réalisé en dentelle aux aiguilles? Sur un fond délicatement ajouré, de grosses fleurs exécutées en trés fin tricot forment une ronde tout autour du cercle central, en forme d’étoile et qui constitue, à lui seul, un joli modèle de napperon.

L’ouvrage mesure environ 1 m. 55 de diamètre, excellente dimension pour une nappe à thé ou une nappe de fête pour un petit diner intime, aux chandelles.”

Which translates to:

“Can we find another term to describe the beauty, grace and finesse of this beautiful book, made of needle lace? On a delicately openwork background, large flowers executed in very fine knit form a round all around the central circle, shaped like a star and which, on its own, constitutes a pretty model of a doily. The work measures approximately 1 m. 55 in diameter, excellent size for a tea tablecloth or party tablecloth for a small intimate dinner by candlelight.”

The construction is somewhat unusual for a Niebling in that the center is knitted from the outside in! But first the surrounding motifs are knitted and joined by knitting them together instead of sewing or grafting them. The center is then begun by picking up the 680 stitches from the inner edges of the joined motifs.

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Note in the meantime the Stained Glass 1 pattern has turned into several items which I hope to be posting pictures of soon!

Happy Summer, and Knitting!

Along with minor corrections, mostly formatting. Will next be working on at least 2 more small squares that could be combined with this first one. Of course there are many other larger patterns still in the pipeline.

(Deciding to change the background color from black to brown ended up being more of a problem than anticipated due to the difference between what was on my camera screen and what appeared on my laptop screen when taking the photos at night. For the written form, the atypical page layout will also be a challenge.)

The modifications for the single medallion as well as the for the rectangle involve relatively unusual stitches: The first one is a two round nupp that might be a problem for novice dpn knitters and may be omitted or substituted with a bead. The second stitch is a right twist decrease one that is used to close the top of the leaves at the corners. This is an alternative to sk2p because its 2 resulting stitches are used to enclose the 2 yarnovers at the corners (which are actually not made by working 2 yarnovers but rather by working k1, k1-tbl in the running thread – see next sentence). The third stitch, k1-tbl in running thread, is used at the corners and to start the selvedge of the extensions. Finally there is a k5tog at the tip of the corner extensions and at the center of outer edge of the side extensions.

These stitches can be used to convert many circular doilies into squares, as will be demonstrated with the next medallion in the series. That medallion was a circular minimization of the Erika’s 601 baby blanket square. Picture to come.

Also to come are the numerous adaptations that can be made with the medallion. Won’t say yet because it’s so hard to choose!

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Am so glad I discovered a crochet stitch called camel stitch before I tried this pattern. It is essentially working a single crochet into the “bump” behind and between the top back strands of two single crochet stitches. There are plenty of videos on the web. Still haven’t done the written instructions and have to prettify the layout a little more. Hope to be done sometime tomorrow (Sunday, 3/3).

Only used Photoshop to erase the loose ends I always hate burying. Next will be a photo of the reknit single color one with an I-cord edging. The charted instructions are done, the written ones are next.

Note that this pattern is made easier by knitting backwards to avoid turning while working the extension. It is finished by crocheting backwards for the second round being the lovely crab stitch.

Stay tuned…

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The final edit of the instructions took longer than anticipated, and of course the photos will be replaced since the two panels shown were the first actual tests of a no sew/no graft method for joining the motifs.  Would also like to use actual different colors of thread instead of painting them with Photoshop.  That choice will be made in the next few days.

Finally, the motif is my modification of the center of a Niebling doily found in Lavori Artistici A Calza Nr. 11, Model 66.  There are several other small square Nieblings that I test knitted over the years, and are suitable for similar adaptations.  Perhaps each one will be published on a monthly basis, in part because there are so many other patterns that will distract me from sticking to one topic.  One of the topics is related, as will be seen when I publish the group that for now I am calling “Hannelore And Her Sisters”.  In fact, this post is a call for test knitters for the project. Will also post about it in the coming weeks.

(Updated photo)
This not Niebling jumped ahead of the queue obviously because of the upcoming holiday, and because it deserves to not end up in the dust bin of history. As a relatively quick gift (about 8 hours to make) it would easily work on a pillow, tote bag, or T shirt, just for starters.

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In addition, a few even smaller patterns are probably next. Am trying to choose a final one to round out the group, all of which are small enough to fit on a greeting card, be used as Christmas tree decorations, or even necklaces. Stay tuned!


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