Queen Elizabeth I was famously proud of her fine hand‐knitted stockings and you can still see examples of these in places such as Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, UK. Since some of these have more than 20 stitches to the inch, it is easy to appreciate just how much skill went into their making.
What is equally astonishing is that we are still using some of the earliest stitch patterns even to this day. New stitches are being developed all the time, of course, but we still cherish some of the old favourites.
In the 1800's, ladies would often be seen wearing light‐weight lace shawls called "clouds", which they would drape over their heads or around their shoulders. Porcupine Stitch was a popular stitch for these as it was seen as a mark of affluence if the shawl design was complex and intriguing. In a small sample Porcupine Stitch can look a little haphazard, but after a few repeats it becomes quite mesmerising to work.
Today, I would like to showcase a placemat set using cotton twine! This is Anna's D.I.Y. Placemats pattern which has a lovely combination of Porcupine Stitch with a contrasting Feather‐and‐Fan design. Both feature a natural waving edge to give a stylish and unusual touch.
The placemats are worked in a simple cotton twine which can be purchased in a D.I.Y. store or Home and Garden centre. The twine really emphasises the lovely textural nature of both of these stitches and gives a placemat set which would be equally at home inside on the dining table or outside for a family lunch on the patio.
To find out more about the D.I.Y. Placemats, then please click here and to read more about our the Reversible Knitting Stitches book, please click here. You will be able to find this stitch pattern in Chapter 11 of the book.
Until tomorrow – Happy Reversible Knitting!
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