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Vintage Knitting Patterns

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Muffatees with two Colours.

German wool,—three needles, No. 25. The prettiest colours are cerise and brown;—commencing with the brown. Cast on eighty-eight stitches, viz.—thirty on each of two needles, and twenty-eight on the third.—Knit four rounds,—two stitches of each alternately pearl and plain.

Knit one plain round.

Pearl three rounds.

The above is all with one colour,—the brown.

Take off two stitches without knitting; knit six with the cerise.—Repeat, alternately, to the end of the round.

The next nine rounds are the same.

Knit one plain round with the brown.

Pearl three rounds.

Commence again with the cerise,—knitting[17] four stitches only at the beginning of the round;—then take off two stitches, and knit six, alternately, as before.

These cuffs may be worked to any desired length, finishing off the same as at the commencement.

Gentlemen's Muffatees.

Cast on fifty-four stitches, in double German wool.—No. 14 needles.

First row—bring the wool forward, slip one; knit two together.—Repeat.

Every row is the same,—the first and last stitches being plain. When finished they are to be sewn up.

Plain Ribbed Muffatees.

Four needles will be required.

Cast on each of three needles, eighteen or twenty-four stitches, according to the size desired.

[18]First round—knit three; pearl three;—alternately.

Second and succeeding rounds—repeat the first.


Another Pair of Muffatees.

Three-thread fleecy, or Zephyr wool.—No. 13 needles.

Cast on thirty-six stitches.

Knit twenty plain stitches, and sixteen in double knitting.

When they are sufficiently large, knit or sew them up. The double knitting comes over the hand, the plain knitting setting tight to the wrist.

October, 2010 - Chart

Written Pattern
Cast On 36
Row 1 (RS): slip wyif, k19, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1
Row 2 (WS): slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k1, slip wyif, k21

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until it is large enough to go around your hand. The double knitting comes over the hand, the plain knitting setting tight to the wrist. Knit or sew them up, leaving room for thumb if so desired.


Knitted Cuffs, Shell Pattern.

These may be made either with silk, cotton, or fine wool.—Needles No. 22.

Cast thirty stitches on each of two needles, and forty on a third;—knit one plain round.

[19]Second round—pearl one; pass the silk back, knit one; pearl one; bring the silk forward, knit one, by which you make a loop stitch;—repeat this five times, which, with the loop stitch, will make thirteen from the last pearled stitch. Commence the pattern again, as at beginning of round.

Third round—pearl one; knit one; pearl one; slip one; knit one, pass the slip-stitch over it; knit nine; knit two together.—Repeat to the end of the round.

Fourth round—same as third, except that there will be only seven plain stitches to knit.

Fifth round—same as third, with only five plain stitches.

There will now be the same number of stitches on the needles as at the commencement, viz.—seven for the shell part of the pattern, and three for the division.

Knit one plain round, except on the three division stitches, which are to be knitted as before.

[20]Commence again as at second round. When the cuffs are of sufficient length, knit a plain round to correspond with the beginning.

The prettiest way of knitting these cuffs will be to work the first pattern in cerise;—the next five in white; the next five, alternately in cerise and white; then five in white; and finish with one in cerise.

Double Knitted Cuffs.

These cuffs are prettiest in single German wool; two colours are required,—say claret and white. They will take sixteen skeins of white wool and eight of claret—No. 13 needles.

Cast on forty-six stitches in claret,—pearl four rows. Pearl one row white; in the next—bring the wool forward, knit two together:—repeat these two rows of white, twice,—making altogether six rows. The four rows of claret in pearl knitting, and the six rows of[21] white, are now to be repeated, alternately, until six stripes of each are worked. Then,—

Pick up seventy stitches in claret, on the right side, at one of the narrow ends, and pearl one row. Repeat the six rows of white,—finishing with the four rows of claret, and cast off.

Repeat the same at the other end of the cuff,—observing that the knitting of the frill is to be on the wrong side.

Sew up the cuffs, and double them, so as to allow the frill, at the one end, to appear above that at the other.


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