Scarf with the Striped Border from Weldon's, Volume 5, 1890 by Jane Sowerby

Scarf with the Striped Border from Weldon's, Volume 5, 1890

November 2006
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
400 yards (366 m)
8" x 64"

Original lace pattern from Weldon’s Practical Knitter.

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “As the easiest of the wide borders, this a good scarf to start with if you are new to lace knitting. This Striped Border is a simple version of the well-known Godmother’s Edging, traditionally used to trim christening gowns, and is described as ‘of particularly pleasing appearance, being light and lacy, and yet not difficult of accomplishment.’”

Difficulty: Easy Lace

Measurements: 8” x 64”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #2 Fine Weight / 400 yds

Yarn & Colorway: Shown in book in hand-spun silk. Almost any Fine weight or Light weight yarn will work; remember, a thicker yarn with bigger needles will make a wider scarf.

Needles: Straight or circular 4.5mm/US 7, or size to obtain gauge


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle
  • Crochet hook for cast-on


  • Match the tension of the bind-off to the cast-on edge.
  • To make a narrower (or wider) scarf, work 2 fewer (or more) 12-row repeats of Chart A for borders AND pick up 12 fewer (or more) stitches for center section.

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