Lace afficionados - help!

scottly's picture

This is from a 1942 kintting booklet that my sister gave me for Christmas and I can't figure out the pattern.
It's called "Pointed Stripe" and the directions go like this:

This pattern requires a multiple of 9 sts.
Row 1 - K 2 tog., K2, *Y O, K 1, Y O, K2, slip 1, K 1, P S S O, K 2 tog., K 2, repeat from * across row.
Row 2 - Purl.
Repeat these two rows for pattern

First of all, I think they mean 9 +4 but even then I can't get it to work out. If I follow the instruction I keep decreasing the number of stitiches by one per row because there are only two YOs and three decreases. I'm pretty sure I can use an SSK for the slip 1, K 1, P S S O stitch unless you all think not.

Anyway, take a look at the picture and any help you can give me will be most appreciated.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

My first thought as I read

My first thought as I read the pattern was "Misprint." Asplund and Mmario hit it on the head with the correction. Examining the photo (thanks for posting it) shows how it should work out. Sometimes, the pattern writers in the '40s were not careful to ensure that the directions made sense. Almost makes me wonder if they were actually knitters. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

MMario's picture

Or, quite possibly, they

Or, quite possibly, they were excellent knitters, but poor writers. I have the problem (and as they get more used to my quirks, so do my test knitters) of not seeing some mistakes in my patterns because I assume to much; or to be more truthful - just never notice that I go from point a to point d and forget to mention what happens at b and c.

scottly's picture

This booklet is so

This booklet is so interesting and some of the instructions are right on and others are like the one I posted. There are a couple that I'll have to scan and post for your reading enjoyment - honestly they look like rocket science - I've never seen any knitting like. My sister was so sweet to go hunting for a gift that will keep me intrigued for years to come even if all I do is figure out what the writer is really trying to say. I'm going to try out the pattern above shortly, I love the simplicty of it.

MMario's picture

I wonder what the copyright

I wonder what the copyright status is? It is POSSIBLE that it has lapsed...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Good points, Mmario. [No pun

Good points, Mmario. [No pun intended.] I often do the same thing when explaining something to people who are just starting to knit or are interested lay people, forgetting they haven't 40+ years of experience. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

scottly's picture

Thanks Mario and Asplund,

Thanks Mario and Asplund, that helps a lot.

MMario's picture

I agree with asplund. the

I agree with asplund.

the '42 instructions seem to be using a multiple of nine, but neglect to tell you the last repeat ends as: yo, K1, yo, K2, SSK

Aspunds s directions are much easier to understand.

Asplund's picture

I agree with you when it

I agree with you when it comes to using ssk instead.
The repeat seems to consist of 9 stitches as far as I can see. ( So, a project would be a multiple of 9 stitches wide, + 4 if you want to add 2 stitches on each side.)

My suggestion is you knit the repeat like this:
K2 tog, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, SSK

Good luck!