Candlestick Curtains by Carol Schoenfelder

Candlestick Curtains

May 2009
Thread ?
6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in candlelight, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1700 - 2500 yards (1554 - 2286 m)
any size
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This is my first attempt at making a lace curtain. It’s knit with mercerized cotton thread (size 10) and size 4 needles.

The curtain incorporates several stitch patterns, each charted: The main part of the curtain is based on Candlelight (from the Encyclopedia of Knitting by Stanfield and Griffiths). The edging is the reverse of Shadow Rib (from the same book). Chevron Lace (for the top) is based on Fancy Pattern # 17 from Cindy Moore’s “the Art of Knitting 1897”.

The directions are straightforward, I hope, except for a couple things. Each row starts with slip 1 purlwise wyif and ends p1. I found that that gave the right stretchiness to the sides as well as providing interest. Dividing for the front and back of a sleeve to hold the curtain rod is a bit tricky. I wanted the curtain entirely knit and so came up with the way of making the sleeve detailed in the pattern.