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Price One Shilling.

London: Emily Faithfull, Printer and Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty , 83A Farringdon Street, And 14 Princes Street, Hanover Square. 1865.



A Loop , written L; 2 Loops , written 2 L, and so on.

Single stitches Are formed in two ways: First, by letting the thread of the shuttle with which you are working fall over the back of the hand and pushing the shuttle from you. Secondly, by letting the thread of the shuttle with which you are working fall over the palm of the hand, and putting the shuttle through towards you. These two stitches worked together alternately make a Double stitch . But if the second be worked first and the first second, alternately, it makes a Reversed Double . This is used for the purpose of making all the work have a right and wrong side.

2 Threads When 2 threads are used, twist the one with which the stitches are to be made round the little finger, and proceed as above.

Double stitch , written D; 2 Double stitches , written 2 D, &c.

Reversed Double stitch , written R D; 2 Reversed Double stitches , written 2 R D, &c.

Loops Are made by putting the thread with which double stitches are made over a pin, and there must be one or more Double stitches between each loop. By holding the pin point towards the right hand, between the forefinger and thumb of the left, the thread can be lifted over by the 2nd finger of the right hand, and many loops made without removing it. With reversed double stitches, the thread is lifted over by the shuttle as the 2nd stitch is being made. Loops can also be made by putting the shuttle thread over the pin.

Ovals Form the cotton of the shuttle you are directed to work with into a loop round the hand, and begin working the stitches. If composed of double stitches only (with perhaps one loop in the centre), it is called a plain oval . If of several loops, a looped oval .

A Join Is always made by drawing the thread with which the stitches are worked through the specified loop or space, and passing the shuttle through the loop formed by the thread thus drawn through, making it equal in length to an ordinary loop. To make a join, 2 threads or an oval are necessary.

To Tie This is done by drawing the thread on the shuttle with which you are working through the specified loop or space (or round some thread), and putting the same shuttle through the loop so formed, always drawing it quite tight. It may sometimes be necessary to do this with the other thread; but it is done in the same way, with one thread only , and always drawn quite tight.

To Attach Proceed as in tying only pass the shuttle round the second thread before putting it through the loop, and drawing tight. This ties in the second thread , which cannot be so securely done by ordinary joining.


Raised Cornflower for the First Doyley. Ardern's crochet cotton No. 8 and Pin No. 2.

1st Row. Begin an oval, work 2 D (L, 2 D 8 times) draw up, but not quite close. Begin another oval, at a short distance from the last, 2 D join to the last L of 1st oval, 2 D (L, 2 D 7 times) draw up, and work 3 more similar ovals.

2nd Row. Turn the work down. Tie to the foundation of the last oval. Begin an oval 2 R D (L, 2 R D 6 times) draw up, not quite close. Tie to the foundation of the next oval... Continue reading book >>

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