Victorian Knitted Sampler Swatch 002

Dear Readers,

As you may remember, I have decided to knit a sampler book, inspired by Victorian knitted samplers, using a Victorian knitting manual. The book I have chosen is the: 1875; The Ladys knitting book first series. by Corbould Elvina M. For the purpose of this project I am only knitting up samples of the stitch patterns, not the garments as they would not fit into a sampler book!

The pattern for the second swatch can be found on page 35. It is simply titled “Another.”.
As usual I have knitted my swatch in 4ply (400m/100g) yarn with 2.5mm needles. This is simply to make it nice and small to fit in a sampler book. The pattern could easily be enlarged by using larger needles and corresponding yarn.

This pattern also uses a dropped stitch like the first pattern however there is only one stitch dropped per knitted strip and therefore it made it a lot easier to work with.

I tried to stick as close as I could to the suggested colours as this was a multi coloured pattern.

Something interesting to note was the use of the term rib cross ways. While this is something my contemporary knitters of 2022 do, I have never heard it referred to in this way. The pattern is simply telling you to alternate equal sections of stockinette and reverse stockinette. In this case for 9 rows each.

I have included a photo of the back since I was not entirely sure on the crochet instructions. I perhaps should have crochet them together from the front instead of from the back. As you can see this pattern is pretty reversible, I just called this the back because it was the side I wove my ends in.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this and might find it useful if you’re planning to knit with some of these patterns in the future. Since I have just begun this project I am very open to suggestions on what more you want to hear about these swatches. Also if you know of other modern/contemporary patterns which are the same now please link in the comments! Sharing is caring. 🙂

Stay crafty!
Peace and Love,
Ellie

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