Victorian Lace Trimming Pattern 1852

Dear Readers,

This week I have another freebie pattern for you! This one is a knitting pattern, and it is for a lace trim. Screenshot 2021-03-08 122834

This pattern comes from H G. Bohn. The ladies’ work-table book; containing clear and practical instructions in plain and fancy needle-work, embroidery, knitting, netting, crochet, tatting, &c., &c. : with numerous engravings, illustrative of the various stitches in those useful and fashionable employments. 1852 H. G. Bon London. Page 141

You will need: 

  • Cotton thread or yarn
  • Knitting Needles
  • Needle for sewing in ends
  • Needle and thread for attaching to item
  • Scissors

I have knitted two different samples to illustrate this lace. 

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One is a red swatch knit with size 2mm needles (US size 0 / old UK 14) and it is knit with Crochet thread No.5, this specific thread is Elle but it is a South Africa company and is probably not widely available. The red swatch came out at 3cm / 1.18”  deep after swatching. 

For my large white/Ecru sample which I knit and then sewed to a pillow case I used Anchor Freccia No.12 with 1.5mm needles (US 000 / Old UK 17)  This one was 1.6cm / 0.62” deep after blocking

As this is a lace trim and the pattern does not state a specific needle or yarn size I have also left that blank. The reason for this is that you should choose your needle and yarn size depending on what you want to use the trim for. If it is for clothing you might want it to be finer, like my white one, or if you are wanting it for a blanket edge you might want it coarser like the red one. Maybe you want to use thick wool instead and made it even bigger! It is completely up to you.

You can find my translation of this pattern here.

And you can find the original pattern here.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Peace and Love,

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