Large Rectangle in Leaf and Trellis Pattern with Trellis Border by Jane Sowerby

Large Rectangle in Leaf and Trellis Pattern with Trellis Border

November 2006
Lace ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
27" x 74" (68.6 cm x 188 cm)
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Original lace pattern by Miss Lambert.

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “While perusing Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Vol. 1, 1886, I discovered a leaf and trellis pattern described thus: ‘This is a very favourite old pattern for windows curtains, cotton antimacassars, bread tray cloths and other articles. It is here rearranged and improved, and the veining of the leaves is carries symmetrically upwards.’ Intrigues, I tried it out, and found it to be Miss Lambert’s leaf and trellis extended from a 20 to a 43-stitch repeat with added decreases and yarn-overs to give definition. How exciting to see the evolution of such a lovely pattern!”

Difficulty: Intermediate Lace

Measurements: 27” x 74”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #2 Fine Weight / 1200 yds

Yarn & Colorway: Shown in book in Handspun merino/cashmere. Alternate yarns: NEEDFUL/LANA GATTO Mohair Royal or JADE SAPPHIRE Cashmere 2-ply


  • 4.5mm/US 7 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 60 cm (24”) or longer
  • Two 4mm/US 6 double-pointed needles


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle
  • Small amount of smooth yarn for cast-on

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Volunteer Editor’s note: Many knitters have reported running short of yarn on VLT patterns--check gauge carefully (and purchase extra yardage, just to be safe!)