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Love & Loyalty Pinball

Knitting
October 2013
#20 Pearl cotton
Thread ?
17 stitches and 19 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
US 5/0 - 1.0 mm
50 - 70 yards (46 - 64 m)
Approx. 2" circumference
This pattern is available for download for $5.50.

In researching knitting during the regency era, I found many existing examples of these delightful little pin balls like the one reproduced here.

This modern exapmle typifies similar pin balls often produced by school girls & ladies of the time as gifts for dear friends. They used personalized medallion-like symbols (often derived from printed motifs used for embroidery samplers) to represent love, unity, loyalty, joy, devotion or whatever whim made an impression on their rich creative minds.
I attempted to reflect this in drafting the charts for this project, with love & loyalty as the theme for the blue side (represented by hearts & crowns inspired by the Met sample) and a ‘roots & wings’ theme for the gold side. Perhaps a more modern sounding notion, but strong family connections have always been important in Jane Austen’s novels. Roots which I believe allowed her imagination to soar at a time when womens’ choices were somewhat limited. I drafted the bird and vine motif in the regency style as a small tribute to her rich life of the mind, with gratitude that she shared so much of it with all of us.
This little project consists of 2 charted pieces knit flat in 2 color intarsia technique, stuffed and sewn together in the traditional manner with a ribbon or twisted rope trim (your choice) whip-stitched in
place to cover the seam.
Finished size: approx. 2”(5 cm )in diameter, 6.28”(15cm) circumference
Yarn: DMC Cebelia Cotton #20, 1 50 gram ball each #799 horizon Blue, #437 burnished gold & #712 cream
Needles: 1 pair US #0000(1.5mm) ndls adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
2”/5cm diameter cardboard circle (you will need 2)
1 small tapestry needle
Small amount of lamb’s wool or polyfil for stuffing
Optional: 30”/76.5cm Purchased braid or ribbon (or make twisted rope)
Gauge: 17 sts per”(2.5 cm), 19 rows per”(2.5 cm)