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Details: notes with the pattern

A key pattern scarf

Object number: ROMGH.1999.337

Type: Knitting chart

Material: Crayon, Paper

Width: 10cm | Height: 30.2cm

Production date: 1946 - 1968

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George Bain designed this scarf pattern in August 1948 for Mr MacDonald-Taylor in Dorset.  He shows different colours just to make the chart easy to read. Nevertheless, the shades he’s chosen would make a lovely combination for a scarf.

The notes are fascinating. The groups 1:8:1 and 2:16:2 relate to the formulae used to lay out the key patttern design. His book Celtic Art, Methods of Construction has a chapter showing how various types of key pattern are made. There, he uses formulae similar to these.

Bain’s notes on the chart mention that it  has been designed around a repeating block of 20 by 20 spaces. He’s added a border of 4 spaces. The use of the word ‘spaces’ rather than stitches suggests that this might not be a knitting chart. Perhaps the scarf was to be woven?

Author: Barbara Pritchard

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