Dianthe Bells Amazon Author

Fern Seeds Invisibility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messages of Flowers George H. O’Neill (1917)

Ferns: In the Elizabethan era the belief was that if one could find and wear fern-seed they would be able to move among their fellows invisible to the mortal eye. Fascination and sincerity are their floral meanings.

Oh fern leaves,

Like a poet’s thought,

Lighten up a rugged scene,

Transform a barren spot.

Delicate to look upon,

But firm to grow and seem

The tracery of a hidden hand

In shades of richest green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are the numbers not counted by hundreds of thousands of those who, chained to business in the heart of the great business centres, wearily pine for fresh country breezes, and for the green—the delightful, the refreshing green—of the fields and hedgerow?

 

 

 

 

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern

Restful Fern Tea Cosy and Nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERIALS (Nest)

3 ounces Dark Green Woods Double/8ply Knitting Wool

3 ounces Light Green Fern Double/8ply Knitting Wool

Pair No. 7 UK/4.50 mm/ 7 US Knitting Needles

Sateen, Padding and Cardboard

TENSION

5¼ stitches and 7 rows to one square inch on No. 7 needles, measured over stocking stitch.

The pleats are formed by each colour being drawn across the back of the colour just used and keeping all the strands to the wrong side of the work throughout.

BAND

Using Light, cast on 224 stitches.

Work 2 rows in garter stitch (every row Knit). Proceed as follows:

Row 1: K.1L, join in Dark, 6D, * 7L, 7D, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6L, 1D.

Row 2: K.1D, 6L, * 7D, 7L, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6D, 1L

Row 3: K.1L, 6D, * 7L, 7D, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6L, 1D.

Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows 16 times, then 2nd row once.

Cut Dark wool.

Work 3 rows in garter stitch.

Cast off.

BASE

Using Dark, cast on 6 stitches.

Row 1: (K.1, increase in next stitch) twice, K.2.

Row 2: K.1, increase in next Stitch, knit to last 3 stitches, increase in next Stitch, K.2.

Repeat the last row until there are 30 stitches.

Continue in garter stitch, increase 1 stitch at both ends of 3rd and every following 4th row until there are 42 stitches

Work 7 rows without shaping.

Decrease 1 stitch at both ends of next and every following 4th row until 30 stitches remain, then on 2nd and every row until 6 stitches remain.

Cast off.

TO MAKE UP

Press Base lightly.

Cut an oval piece of cardboard the size of base. Sew together cardboard and base with a little padding between.

Cut a piece of cardboard 2½ inches deep (to fit round the outer edge of cardboard base), join together the two ends of the cardboard and sew to Base (knitted side inside).

Cut a piece of Sateen 1 inch larger than the Base and sew about 1 inch up the side.

Pad inside and upper edge of side piece and fix over the sides.

Sew up short seam of Band and sew to the lower inside and to edge of Base outside firmly.


 

MATERIALS (cosy)

3 ounces Light, 2 ounces Dark, Double Knitting Wool

Pair No. 7 UK/4.50 mm/ 7 US Knitting Needles

MEASUREMENTS

To fit medium size Tea Pot

TENSION (as Nest)

NOTE: The pleats are formed by each colour being drawn across the back of the colour just used and keeping all the strands to the wrong side of the work throughout.

Using Light, cast on 98 stitches.

Knit 6 rows.

Proceed as follows:

Row 1: K.1L, join in Dark, 6D, * 7L, 7D, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6L, 1 D.

Row 2: K.1D, 6L, * 7D, 7L, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6D, 1L.

Row 3: K.1L, 6 D, * 7L, 7D, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6L, 1D.

Rows 4 to 6: Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows once, then 2nd row once.

Row 7: K.1D, 6L, * 7D, 7L, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6D, 1L.

Row 8: K.1L, 6D, * 7L, 7D, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6L, 1D.

Rows 9 to 12: Repeat 7th and 8th rows twice.

Row 13: K.1L, 6D, * 7L, 7D, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6L, 1D.

Row 14: K.1D, 6L, * 7D, 7L, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 6D, 1L.

Repeat 13th and 14th rows until work measures 6½ inches from beginning, finishing with a 14th row.

Proceed as follows:

Row 1: K.2 tog.L, K.3D, K.2 tog.D, * K.2 tog.L, K.3L, K.2 tog.L, K.2 tog.D, K.3D, K.2 tog.D, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, K.2 tog.L, K3L, K.2 tog.D.

Row 2: K.1D, 4L, * 5D, 5L, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, 4D, 1L.

Row 3: K.2 tog.L, K.1D, K.2 tog.D, * K.2 tog.L, K.1L, K.2 tog.L, K.2 tog.D, K.1D, K.2 tog.D, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, K.2 tog.L, K.1L., K.2 tog.D.

Row 4: K.1D, 2L, * 3D, 3L, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, 2D, 1L.

Row 5: K.2 tog.L, K.1D, * K.2 tog.L, K.1L, K.2 tog.D, K.1D, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, K.2 tog.L, K.1D.

Row 6: K.1D, 1L, * 2D, 2L, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, ID, 1L.

Row 7: (K.2 tog.L) twice, * K.2 tog.D, K.2 tog.L, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, (K.2 tog.D) twice.

Cut wool, run end through remaining stitches, draw up and fasten off securely.

Work another piece in same manner.

TO MAKE UP

Using a flat seam, join side seams leaving each seam open 3¼ inches and commencing opening 2 inches from lower edge.

Run a thread round the top of Cosy, draw up and fasten off securely.

Using 6 strands of Light, 40 inches long make a twisted cord.

Make two tassels and attach to each end of cord. Sew cord to top of Cosy and tie in a bow.