So I gets this email:
“Hiya Elaine – found this being used as a bookmark in my Great Gran’s recipe book from WW2. Any good at decoding stuff cos I have no idea what it is ……………..
D yrn and 6’s -47 st. Gs 5
K20, m1, K1, m1, K rest. Work st inc till 57.
9 rows SS and co
What is this do you think?? – Adele”
First reaction ………………… no bleeding idea ……………………. but if you know me you know I love a puzzle – so I set about decoding this as I knew it was a knitting pattern ………………… although I had no idea what it was.
So first of all I found out that size 6 needles convert into 5mm pins – I guessed that “D yrn” was doubled over yarn …. so I grabbed a ball of Aran weight yarn to make do.
Cast on 47 stitches
and worked garter stitch for 5 rows
Was still a mystery at this point ………………….. so I left it and spent the afternoon with some Sociology Students from Napier University ……………….. don’t mean to dump another mystery on your lap but I will come back to you about that later.
Its a pair of slippers!!!!
There you go Adele – the random few lines scribbled in pencil and used as a bookmark in your Great Grans recipe book is actually a pair of WW2 slippers.
Actually – they are really quite neat, kind of like ballet slippers and because they are knitted they fold away into nothing and can be tucked inside the side pocket of my handbag so that when I go visiting in the winter I can kick off my muddy boots at the door and wear slippers inside friends houses. How cool is that????
Mind you I am thinking that a cute crochet flower – or maybe a bow or something to jazz them up would be quite pretty – what do you think??
So if anyone would like to knock up a pair of these (should take you about an hour for the pair) – here is my interpretation of the scribbled notation found inside the recipe book.
Using Aran weight wool (or two strands of double knitting) and 5mm pins – cast on 47 stitches
Knit 5 rows in garter stitch.
Continue throughout in Stocking stitch.
6 Knit 20 stitches, place marker, yarn over, knit 1 stitch, yarn over, place marker, knit to end
7 Purl every odd numbered row
8 Knit 20 stitches, place marker, yarn over, knit 3 stitch, yarn over, place marker, knit to end
10 Knit 20 stitches, place marker, yarn over, knit 5 stitch, yarn over, place marker, knit to end
12 Knit 20 stitches, place marker, yarn over, knit 7 stitch, yarn over, place marker, knit to end
14 Knit 20 stitches, place marker, yarn over, knit 9 stitch, yarn over, place marker, knit to end (57 stitches)
Work nine rows in stocking stitch ending on a purl row – then cast off knitwise.
Fold the knitted piece in half and sew the short edge (heel) and long edge (sole) together. Weave in your ends and you are done.
So how are you going to decorate yours???
I think this is fabulous to have found something scribbled down in the past and to have knitted it up again all these years later – kind of makes me feel all connected to a past generation of ladies who were “keeping on, keeping on” just as we are doing.
Pretty frugal pattern too – uses a teeny amount of wool and I bet you could knit these up in all sorts of odds and sods from your stash bag.
Thanks Adele – wasn’t what I planned on doing today …………….. but I couldn’t resist a puzzle LOL