Monday, November 19, 2007

Belle Brummell

The Danish Doily is one of the prettiest forms of Knitted Lace, but what do you do when your house is fully frilled and you're turning into a froufrou house frau?
Here, I’ve taken a Danish Doily pattern, “Julie” , adjusted the gauge and used an extra special local alpaca for a Jabot inspired by Beau Brummell (that arbiter elegantiarum). Wear under blouses for a touch of lace or use as an extra layer of warmth. Only you will know how far the lace extends (indeed the edging makes the diameter adjustable). I think that's delicious.

1 skein Fingering Weight Alpaca, Wilton Road Custom Fibre Mill
1 set 3.5mm dpns
3.5mm circular needle 24”ish
3mm crochet hook
1 very special button for closure at back of neck.

Gauge: 5.5st =1”

Cast on 12 stitches, and divide onto 3 needles, joining in your favorite method (I cast on to one needle, then divide onto double points and cross the first and last stitches. If you want to avoid a centre space, I suggest the magic loop method)

Take extra care to avoid gaps between dpns. I wish I had!
Here are two thoughts. Every few rows, shift your stitches over by two or so on each needle, maintaining an equal distribution of stitches. Also, remember that the second stitch on each needle controls tension. Give an extra tug on this stitch and the first stitch should shift into place.
Knit one round.
Begin Julie Pattern
When dpns get crowded, switch to circular needle.

English Translation ©Morgan Forrester
Pattern available in original Danish at

Julie Pattern:
1: *K1, yo, K1*
2: Knit -note: all even rows are knit. I have included them here because I think it looks both attractive and makes it easier to read pattern rows.
3: *K1, yo, K1b, yo, K1*
4: Knit
5: *K1, (yo, K1b)3, yo, K1*
6: Knit
7: K2tog, K1, (yo, K1b)3, yo, K1, ssk
8: Knit
9: K2tog, K2, (yo, K1b)3, yo, K2, ssk
10: Knit
11: K2tog, K3, (yo, K1b)3, yo, K3, ssk
12: Knit
13: K2tog, K4, (yo, K1b)3, yo, K4, ssk
14: Knit
15: yo, K2tog, K5, (yo, Kib)3, yo, K5, ssk
16: Knit
17: yo, Kib, yo, K19
18: Knit
19: yo, K3, yo, K19
20: Knit
21: yo, K1b, yo, Sl 1, K2tog, psso, yo, K1b, yo, ssk, K15, K2tog
22: Knit
23: yo, K3, yo, K1b, yo, K3, yo, ssk, K13, K2tog
24: Knit
25: yo, K1b, (yo, sl1, K2tog, psso)3, yo, K1b, yo, ssk, K11, K2tog
26: Knit
27: (yo, K3, yo, K1b)2, yo K3, yo, ssk, K9, K2tog
28: Knit
29: yo, K1b, (yo, sl1, K2tog, psso)5, yo, K1b, yo, ssk, K7, K2tog
30: Knit
31: (yo, K3, yo, K1b)3, yo, K3, yo, ssk, K5, K2tog
32: Knit
33: yo, K1b, (yo, sl1, K2tog, psso)7, yo, K1b, yo, ssk, K3, K2tog
34: Knit
35: (yo, K3, yo, K1b)4, yo, K3, yo ssk, K1, K2tog
36: Knit
37: yo, K1b, (yo, sl 1, K2tog, psso)9, yo, K1b, yo, sl1, K2tog, psso
38: Knit
39: yo, K11, yo, K1b
40: Knit
41: yo, K1, yo, K4, sl1 K2tog, psso, K4, yo, K1, yo, K1
42: Knit
43: yo, K1, yo, ssk, yo, K3, sl1 K2tog psso, K3, yo, K2tog, yo, K1, yo, K1
44: Knit
45: yo, K1, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, K2, sl1,K2tog, psso, K2, yo, K2tog yo, K2tog, yo, K1, yo, K1
46: Knit
47: yo, K1, yo, (ssk, yo)3, K1, sl1,K2tog, psso, K1, (yo, K2 tog)3, yo, K1, yo, K1
48: Knit
49: Move 1 stitch over and mark new beginning of round. (yo, ssk)4, yo, sl1 K2tog, psso, yo, (K2tog, yo)4, sl1 K2tog, psso
50: Knit

This Crochet Edging binds off the work. As you progress through the first round, stitches are removed from the dpns or circular needle and secured by the crochet hook. This is a common technique in Danish and Icelandic knitting and adds a feminine yet graphic feel. It also helps with drape.
This type of crochet edging is also a simple way to add extra inches to your finished project. Please, won’t you at least work 2?
Round 1: Crochet next 3 stitches together, *ch7, crochet 2 stitches together from circular needle*
Round 2: Sl st into first 4 ch st of beginning ch 7 arch. *ch 7, sc into 4th st of next arch*
Repeat * to* to end of round. Ch 7, and sl st into 4th st of first arch of round.
Repeat round 2 to desired length if a larger piece is desired.
Ch 7 (or appropriate number) and slip stitch into same stitch. This creates the optional Button Hole.

Attach Button in your favourite jabot button attaching method.

Thoughts on Blocking
There are many methods for blocking circular lace but here is mine. Using rust proof t-pins and starting at centre, assign one pin to each petal and adjust til circle centre is stretched and round. slowly move and replace pins outwards adding more as necessary. Once several inches are stretched out and pinned the previous rows of pins may be removed. Start paying attention to the diameter, adjusting if necessary. Once you reach the crochet Edging pin out *every* ch 7 loop (aiming pin at 3rd ch). This takes a lot of pins but is law.

Wilton Ontario Alpaca:


Glaistig said...

Wow, that is really just gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing this pattern :)

Becky said...

holey moley!

solijana said...

Could you possibly translate a Danish pattern for me? It is a hat with cables. Your lace knitting is beautiful.

morgan said...

thanks so much!
if you email me your danish pattern I will give it a go, but I have not translated a cable pattern before. If you decide to try it in your own offers many cable patterns translated into english and most scandinavian languages. You should be able to piece together your instructions from their translations.

Geo said...

Stunningly pretty. Wow. And a clever name—bonus!

Phyl said...

This is so lovely. I am anxious to try it out and started to chart it as I knit faster from charts. When I got ready to chart row 47, well, I can't find it! Help. Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful pattern.


morgan said...

oops...lines 47&48 added. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

this is really beautiful! i'd love to make it. Is it basically a circle when finished?

Siew Chin Clark said...

After row 19, I have 24 stitches total. When I tried to knit row 21, it requires 26 stitches. What did I go wrong? Thanks for your help.

Siew Chin Clark said...

I got it now. I misinterpreted the psso.

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