Are you captivated by vintage knitted lace? PieceWork has curated a collection of historical and traditional knitting patterns that will delight you. In a FREE eBook from PieceWork, you'll find 7 FREE heirloom-quality knitted lace projects gathered together in one FREE ebook for you.
Lace knitters will enjoy these 7 exquisite knitted lace projects: three lacy knitted edgings, a Shetland-style baby’s bonnet with matching pair of booties, a scarf, and a christening bag. Enjoy reading the inspiration behind the designer’s patterns, learn about Victorian-era abbreviations, and discover more about knitting traditions that have been handed down for generations. All of this and more make A Compendium of 7 Knitted Lace Projects from PieceWork a must have for your knitted-lace pattern collection. Download this free eBook on knitted lace today!
Sneak-Peek at the Knitted Lace Articles and Projects:
Delineator Leaf Lace Edging to Knit
By Nancie M. Wiseman
Discovered in a 110-year-old notebook from Miss Blanche Beau, "The Delineator Leaf Lace" pattern came from the Delineator magazine, a Victorian-era women's magazine. This 8-row lace edging pattern is so simple yet so beautiful and results in a lovely, dramatic design about 2 inches wide.
Kntited Lace, Fluted Design with Eyelets
By Mrs. Mae Young
In thread, this makes a most attractive trim for centerpieces, pillow-slips, scarfs, and other articles for household use. It is also a desirable design for working with yarn and can easily be made narrower or wider, as preferred. From Needlecraft Magazine, September 1931.
A Lace Edging to Knit
By Mary Frances Wogec
From the 1961 Rose Wilder Lane's Woman’s Day Book of American Needlework, this knitted lace edging is from a collection of the Stamford Historical Society in Stanford, Connecticut. The borders of lace are worked in garter stitch, while the center stitches are worked in alternating five-row bands of stockinette and reverse stockinette. This creates a lace that gives the effect of ruffling or pleating but doesn’t require blocking, making it a perfect edging for household linens or clothing.
Meteliza Scarf to Knit
By Inna Voltchkova
The name of the angora yarn I used for this project is "Blizzard," and the word "blizzard" in Russian is meteliza; hence, the name of the scarf. The yarn reminded me of winter storms, snow, sledding, snowman making, and the angora knitted hat with pom-poms and long, triangular earflaps that I wore as a child in Ukraine. I used the traditional triangular shape from the earflaps for the scarf, along with traditional Orenburg lace knitting techniques and motifs—yarnovers and knit two together and mouse-print and cat’s-paw motifs. It looks much more complicated than it really is!
Christening Bag to Knit and Crochet with Broomstick Lace
By Karen E. Hooton
A christening tradition from the east coast of Scotland and my childhood memory of that tradition were my inspiration for this bag. One Sunday, I was passing the local chapel when a woman approached me and gave me a paper bag. The bag contained a generous slice of christening cake, a silver half crown (a British coin no longer in use), and an apple. Puzzled, I took the bag home to my mother, who explained the old tradition to me. After the christening of a newborn child, a "christening piece" was handed to the first child met outside the church for good luck. If the newborn was a girl, then the piece was given to a boy; if a boy, then the piece was given to a girl.
This is my version of the tradition. I often put baby’s first hairbrush and comb and a face cloth in the bag.
Shetland-Style Lace Bonnet and Booties to Knit
By Margaret Stove
These creamy Shetland-style lace-knitted bonnet and booties in the Rosebud and Leaf pattern make a wonderful gift for the new baby you know. The size and appearance of your lacy bonnet will depend on the yarn and needle size you choose.
Published January 2, 2018; updated January 30, 2020.