Monday, September 3, 2012
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.