In my internet travels for the Tell Them of Us film, I came across this shawl:
The lace pattern is also in one of my old Weldon’s leaflets, and seems to be known as Rose Leaf Lace.
Here is the pattern as given:
So now I have to chart it. When doing this I always start by charting exactly what the pattern says, even if I think there might be errors. The pattern starts with 20 sts, but the first row decreases this to 18, and stays at 18 until the 7th row.
So the first chart is:
And knitted up is:
It is clear that the yarn overs make straight lines, so the next thing is to adjust the chart to allow for this:
Which when tidied further becomes this:
Here it is easier to see where the mistakes in the pattern are. The yo, k2togtbl, yo in the 7th row should be over the ones in the 5th row:
Now it is possible to look at the odd purl bumps dotted about! Looking at the original knitted sample, the odd bumps on the left definitely need to go, and the sets of 3 on the right need looking at:
So the second sample is:
Looking at this, the sets of 3 purl bumps on the right shouldn’t be there…..
…..so the chart is now:
Getting there!! But the chart isn’t quite right. The 3 separate purl bumps on the left don’t do anything, so they need to go, and the ‘no stitch’ stitch needs to move to the other side of the line of yarn overs:
And the third sample, knitted from this chart gives:
Here the purl bumps left in the middle of the leaves do serve a purpose, making the central ‘veins’ more prominent.
So now I have the modern translation, ready to be written up and knitted into a wrap for the film!