Exercises in Knitting

by Cornelia Mee, 1846










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Exercises in Knitting, by Cornelia Mee
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Vintage Knitting Pattern


Pretty Feather Pattern.


Pins No. 11; 25 stitches to a pattern. Six shades each of scarlet, drab, and blue. Cast on 108 stitches. Commence with the darkest blue and knit 4 plain rows.


First row:—Knit 2 together four times, bring the wool forward and knit 1 eight times, knit 2 together four times, knit 1, and repeat.

Second row:—Seamed.

Third row:—Knit.

Fourth row:—Seamed.

The shade is changed after the completion of these 4 rows. The 6 shades of blue are knit from dark to light; then the 6 shades of scarlet; and then the shades of drab: each set of shades is knit twice, and you will finish with the lightest drab. Knit 4 plain rows of that colour besides the 4 pattern rows.

Updated pattern:



(I used acrylic, Red Heart yarn, and #8 (which are 5.0 and the pattern calls for 3.0) needles, so obviously this produces a larger knit/stitch, etc, but hopefully gives a general idea of the feather pattern) I knit 4 sts at the beginning and 4 sts at the end of each row to help keep the ends from curling.)




Cast On 25 for each set until desired width


Knit the first four (4) rows,

Then follow the chart pattern rows


Chart: Pretty Feather Stitch Pattern Exercises in Knitting


Row 1 (RS): k2tog4, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog4, k1

Row 2 (WS): p25

Row 3 (RS): k25

Row 4 (WS): p25

Row 5 (RS): Repeat rows 1 -4 until desired length




 Knit the last four (4) rows