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Nupps aren't the only thing that makes this pattern textured, all of the small leaves, and some of the large leaves are composed of right-twisted stitches! This being extra work, I tend to prefer Barbara Walker's method of "Knit 2 together, knit the 1st stitch again, drop both from left needle", as opposed to the Niebling usual "Knit 2nd stitch, knit 1st stitch, drop both from left needle". Walker invented the method because the twisted stitch stand out more, and I like it because it is easier to knit.
As for the nupps, after translating the original instructions, which read:
Noppe = Man zieht den Faden 3 Mal liefer hindurch, legt die Schlinge auf die linke Nadel und strickt diese rechts ab. In gleicher Weise wiederholt man nach 4 mal. Dann strickt diese 5 Masche mit der N bezeichneten Masche rechts zusammen.
I did a test swatch and discovered that since the thread is drawn multiple times through the same stitches, it is easier to draw the thread under the strand between the stitches rather than through the center of the stitch((es) in the round(s) below.
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Am still very much backlogged, but managed to squeeze this project in (among two others). Osnat did a wonderful job knitting it as a shawl, the yarn amount was 1456 yds (1337 meters), but I forgot to ask for the needle size, so that will come later.
Design In Above Photo Knitted As Shawl By Osnat Masok
PDF Content: English translation instruction text, pattern in both charted and written form.
- Square Doily = 20.8″ (52 cm)
- Rectangular Doily = 26 x 54″ (65 x 135 cm)
- Square Doily = 40 grams crochet thread Size 60, knitting needles US Size 3‑0 (1.5 mm)
- Rectangular = 90 grams crochet thread Size 40, knitting needles same as above.
Number of Rounds Square Doily: 152 (118 for Center + 34 for Border)
Price: USD 7.50
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Continued Happy Knitting!
UPDATE (7/23/12): More Photos of second Sternblatt Top Added Below First
Some of you may have noticed the original photo of this pattern in one or both of the magazines listed in the text within the above photo. Have admired it for years, but was never able to locate it, and suspected that I would have to reconstruct it, and with trepidation finally did. It is one of those examples of how difficult it can be to capture something simple. While reconstructing it, I completely forgot about the center of Marianne Kinzel’s "Springtime" and the pattern on the back of the "Dahlia Cardigan". Instead, I used other Nieblings, one from a Mez pattern, another from the cover of a Mallins publication.
Also, despite the similarities to other patterns, the arches around the flowers add a nice touch, and the pattern is very versatile for adapting to other items such as shown in the photo below, and in upcoming posts.
Will fiddle with the above photos over the next day or so, and add more in the coming weeks. I have to redo the edges on the one in the photo; bury the ends on a second sweater, start a third, and then make a purse.
This second one is done in silk ribbon which ended up a bit stiff, but does soften with wear. (The beige Manifold Cardigan is done in the same yarn.) Also, am horrible about blocking: I hung the top from a brass pole lodged between two doors. Obviously, I didn’t bother to try to straighten the bottom hem; figured it would straighten itself out with wear, or will spray it with water when I figure out how to keep it spread out while hanging. Finally, the armholes were made smaller, and there are splits on the side. Have a human model lined up for more pictures…
Betty makes a great model, though’s she’ll soon be off to school to major in graphic design.
Will also need help sizing the sweaters and am taking volunteer test knitters (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, below is a closeup photo of all three of the doilies knitted by Franciska Ruessink using my reconstructed instructions.
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