Monday, September 3, 2012

Niebling Knitting





I have been knitting.  I know, I've told you, but now I'm going to share this lace table mat with you.  I finally found out that this design has a name, although it wasn't stated in the ANNA magazine that features the pattern.  My very learned sources on Ravelry gave me the good oil, and this design is called Quadratische Decke, by none other than the famous Herbert Niebling.  I've even found that he had a wife whose name was Linda.  And, after a bit more Ravelry chit chat, it seems Linda was also a designer of knitting and crochet.  

For those of you who are interested, this table mat was done using #60 Coats Mercer cotton in Ecru, and was knitted using 1.5mm needles.  It began life with only eight stitches, but by the time I got to the leaf/petal part on the outer border, each row had in excess of 1100 stitches, with the patterning rows taking almost four hours to complete.  Even knitting the intermediate or plain knit rows took ages!!

This close up shot will show you the leaf/petal design in the corners.  It feels so lovely to pick up, so light and airy.  I only used about 50 grams of thread.



I'll finish with another photograph of the whole mat, showing the tape measure so you can see it's size.  For some reason this shot has a slightly more yellow tinge to it, perhaps a reflection from the tape, who knows.  I am up for some more Niebling knitting, but will do a few ladies' shawls to give my eyes a rest from the fine thread.  


Enjoy!!

13 comments:

DIAN said...

Linda, this is exquisite. I do envy your ability to create such fine pieces. Truly beyond my imagination let alone my ability.

Thanks for the chat today (well for the long conversation) - I had a sleep (again) and feel a bit more human now.

Karyn said...

Linda, I was going to say "exquisite' but Dianne beat me to it!LOL!!! This is absolutely stunning. You should be very proud, it is a masterpiece. I can't even imagine how it was done.

Anonymous said...

Linda, Dian and Karyn, have used the word "exquisite" and it really is the only way to describe your beautiful work. I am totally in awe of such stunningly fine work.
Denise

Juliettecherry said...

Oh! WOW - how amazing is that? It's truly incredible, not many knitters would be able to tackle it, even very experienced ones. All those stitches and four hours for a full round!! I'm so impressed, it is a real work of art.

How interesting that Herbert Niebling's wife was also Linda and designed patterns too. It's always enjoyable to do some research and find out such details.

Jen said...

Hello Linda, I cant believe how beautiful your mat is .So delicate to knit.Ican see why it would take 4hrs for the pattern row. You are so clever to do that lace work knitting.

Radka said...

Oh Linda, this is just out this world!!! So beautiful! And how much work, no wonder you went quiet. Really, congratulations, you have done well :-)
How did you stretch it? That in itself probably took ages.

Ella said...

Wow this is like a spiders web so delicate,i admire your patience .

Soonymary said...

so very very lovely Linda.....just amazing. I used to love doing fine crochet but have never tried the knitting.....you are so talented! Did I mention that I love it....LOL!

Wanda Maria Roszak said...

Linda, your work is beautiful crochet, I'm very talented, versatile, beautifully, as gently
I greet you warm :)))

Elizabethanne said...

Linda this is truly breath taking. What a wonderful heirloom this will make one day.

Jenny said...

OMG that table mat is gobsmacking beautiful! Who would have thought - knitting with crochet cotton!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, I am catching up after being gone for months. I just had to see what you have been up to. WOW how absolutely stunning is your fine crochet work. I could never make anything so gorgeous. A treasure indeed.

Your Monster is very impressive, have you used it yet??? I hope your Winter weather was good. Has Spring arrived in QLD. yet??? Hugs Judy

Robin Mac said...

I have only just realised you are back blogging - what an exquisite piece of knitting, you are so talented.
I would be completely daunted by 'the monster' - have you tried it out at all yet?

I will be in touch soon. Cheers