Monday, June 16, 2008

For Myra

Last year some time, a friend and co-worker passed along some pattern books from her mother, Myra (who also worked with us). Myra's eyes were getting too weak to do needlepoint, and her daughter is about as crafty as Hubby (she can clean house like no one's business, though). I am a collector of everything, especially crafting materials and patterns, so I was more than happy to take them off of her hands.
Well, at the end of last year, Myra died suddenly. She had cancer that had spread everywhere, and there was really nothing that doctors could do.
I was organizing my patterns today, and I came across the stack of books I had received. (I really only organize my patterns when I'm out of ink and therefore am unable to print anymore out, but that's another post.) I thought it would be a nice tribute to Myra to post one pattern that has really intrigued me, but I have never attempted. I'm fairly certain that the copyright on it has expired; there isn't any copyright information on the booklet anywhere. So here it is a knitted "saque" with smocking on the bodice and sleeves. Yes, that's right actual smocking.

Directions are for Size 6 months. Changes for Size 1 are also in parenthesis.

Columbia-Minerva Baby Nantuk OR Baby Yarn-- Shrink Resistant (1 oz ball)-- 4 balls OR Beehive Baby Wool-- Shrink Resistant (1 oz ball)-- 4 balls
1 ball of Contrasting Color (CC) for smocking
[You'll definitely have to play around with a few yarns to find a good size- use your gauge! Here's a chart that gives approximate yardage.]

Knitting Needles: One pair each Sizes 1 and 3-- 14 inch and one steel crochet hook Size 5 and one tapestry needle

Gauge: Pattern Stitch on Size 3 needles-- 7 sts to 1 inch; 10 rows to 1 inch

PATTERN STITCH: Row 1- Right side: P3, * K4, P6, repeat from * across, ending K4, P3. Row 2: K3, * P4, K6, repeat from * across, ending P4, K3. Repeat these two rows for pattern.

BACK: With size 3 needles cast on 120 (140) sts. Work in pat until back measures 6 (6 1/2) inches, ending with Row 2. Sl sts onto st holder for yoke.

LEFT FRONT: Cast on 70 (80) sts. Work in pat until from measures 6 (6 1/2) inches, ending with Row 2. Sl sts onto st holder for yoke.

RIGHT FRONT: Work same as Left Front. Do not break yarn. Sl sts onto st holder for yoke.

SLEEVES: [with a new ball I assume] With size 3 needles cast on 35 sts for both sizes. Row 1- Right side: P3, * K1, P3, repeat from * across. Row 2: K3, * P1, K3, repeat from * across. Repeat these 2 rows for 1 1/2 inches, ending with Row 2. Next row P3, * inc 3 sts in next st as follows: K in front, back, front and back- all in same st, inc 1 st in each of next 3 sts, repeat from * across, ending inc 3 sts in next st, P3- 80 sts on needle. Starting with Row 2 of pat, work in pat until sleeve measures 6 (6 1/2) inches from start, ending with Row 2. Sl sts onto st holder for yoke. [Make 2, although the pattern never tells you this]

YOKE: On wrong side of work, sl sts of left front, one sleeve, back, 2nd sleeve and right front onto size 3 needle- 420 (460) sts on needle. Starting at right front edge, work in pat for 2 (4) rows. First Dec Row: Dec 1 st in center of every K4 and P6 rib, 83 (91) sts dec'd- 337 (369) sts on needle. Work in pat for 7 rows, having 1 st less in each dec'd rib. 2nd Dec Row: Working in pat, dec 1 st in each K3 and each P5 rib- 254 (278) sts on needle. Work in pat for 7 rows. 3rd Dec Row: Working in pat, dec 1 st in each K2 and P4 rib- 171 (187) sts on needle. Work in pattern until yoke measures 3 3/4 (4) inches, ending on wrong side. 4th Dec Row: * P3 tog, K1, repeat from * across, ending P3 tog- 85 (93) sts on needle. Change to size 1 needles and work in K1, P1 ribbing until yoke measures 4 1/4 (4 1/2) inches. Bind off in ribbing.

SMOCKING: With tapestry needle and CC smock the yoke as follows: Working from right to left on right side of work, start on frist row of K1 ribs, bring needle up in 2nd K rib, draw the 2nd and first K ribs tog, work another overcast st in same place, then bring needle up in 4th K rib and draw 4th and 3rd K ribs tog as before. Continue in this manner across row. Work 2nd row about 1/2 inch above first row by drawing 3rd and 2nd K ribs tog, then 5th and 4th K ribs tog, etc. Repeat these 2 rows of smocking once more, as illustrated. Work 3 rows of smocking on cuffs.

Sew underarm and sleeve seams. Work 2 rows of sc on fronts and neck edge, making 3 button loops evenly spaced on right front of yoke as illustrated.


Unfortunately, I have tried to scan the picture, but it's very dark and yellowed, and my scanner is unwilling to help me out. I may post a picture later if I can figure out how to lighten the scan.
If anyone would like to attempt this, please send me a picture. I would love to see how it turns out.

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