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Interlace knitting chart

Object number: ROMGH.1999.9

Type: Knitting chart

Material: Crayon, Paper, Pen and ink

Width: 12.8cm | Height: 12.9cm

Production date: 1946 - 1952

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Bain tried to reproduce a curved interlace design in this knitting chart on squared paper. Close up, it’s hard to see the blocks as interlaced strands. But from a distance, or when knitted with a thin enough wool, the pattern emerges.

Creating this design, he probably starts with two rows of equally spaced dots. Then, he breaks and joins the lines between them. This creates the interlacing strands. Bain describes this at the left of the second row in illustration 10 of his Elementary Knotwork booklet. The design can extend into infinity from both ends of the paper.

Bain made this chart for Peggy MacDonald when he lived in Drumnadrochit, after retiring from teaching. He encouraged local people to make use of Celtic art in modern craftsmanship. Whether Peggy used this chart to knit a border or all-over design is not known. However, there is a photograph of some of his students wearing knitwear that was made using his charts.

See Bain's Celtic Art, Methods of Construction page 33 Plate 10 & page 162 Plate 39

Author: Jo Clements

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