Exercises in Knitting

by Cornelia Mee, 1846










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Exercises in Knitting, by Cornelia Mee
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Vintage Knitting Pattern


34.  For a Baby's Hood—very pretty.


Done on 2 needles, No. 10, in German wool. Cast on 7 stitches, for the crown.

First row:—Knit 1 stitch, and bring the wool forward before each of the other 6 stitches.

Knit a plain row.

Third row:—Knit 2 stitches, make 1, knit 2, make 1. A plain row is knit between every increased one.

Next row:—Make 1 between every 3 stitches, then between every 4, and so on, only increasing in the same plan, that is, 6 times in every other row, till you have 16 stitches between every increased stitch. Then knit a plain row.

Next row:—Make 1, and knit 2 stitches together alternately throughout the row, cast off 12 stitches on each side of your pins, knit 2 plain rows.

Next row:—Make 1, and knit 2 stitches together alternately.

Knit 2 plain rows.

Next row:—Make 1, and knit 2 stitches together alternately. Knit 8 plain rows.

Next row:—Knit 12, make 1, knit 12, make 1, and repeat.

Knit a plain row, and continue commencing with 12 stitches every other row, making 1 between every 12 stitches, so that in every other row there is an additional stitch between every increasing. Continue the plain and increased row alternately, in the whole making 30 rows.

When the hood is made up, satin ribbon is first run between the holes, and then turned back, and stuffed with wool. It is turned over to the second of the 8 plain rows. Satin ribbon is run between the 3 rows of holes and the increased parts down the crown, which is sewed up. The curtain, or frill, is sewed to the back part, and is knit as follows:—Cast on 64 stitches, knit 18 plain rows, then take up the stitches at each side, and knit a plain row; bring the wool forward, and knit 2 together for the row, 1 plain row, cast off, then draw the ribbon through the holes, and sew on the frill. The crown is neatly lined with white Persian, and strings of sarcenet added. A rosette of ribbon is an improvement. Pink, white, or blue wool, is the best colour to knit this hood in.