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Antique Rings And Roses Edging

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Antique Rings and Roses Edging

Antique Rings and Roses Edging. Image shows 2 sections of rings.

Photo from year 1914 publication

Rings and Roses Edging
from Old and New Designs in Crochet Work
by Sophie T. LaCroix, book published in the year 1914

Note: I have rewritten the antique instructions to be in today's crochet pattern terms.

No size of thread given in original pattern. I made a sample with size 20 thread, using a size 10 steel crochet hook, which resulted in a rose that's 2 inches round; just to give you an idea of finished size. Use whatever size thread you desire.

My Rewritten Directions:
Large Ring - chain 40, join with slip stitch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Chain 1, work 67 sc in ring. Slip stitch in first sc of this round.
Rnd 2: Chain 1, sc in each sc around. Slip stitch in first sc of this round.

Small Rings - chain 30, loop through large ring, then join with a slip stitch in first chain of small ring.
Rnd 1: Chain 1, 48 sc in ring. Slip stitch in first sc of this round.
Rnd 2: Chain 1, sc in each sc around. Slip stitch in first sc of this round.

Repeat the above instructions to make number of rings needed, which you join-as-you-go, in this order: 3 small, one large, 7 small, one large and 3 small rings (refer to the photo on this page).

Rose - Chain 9, join with slip stitch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: 12 sc in ring.
Rnd 2: (ch 5, sc) in each sc around.
Rnd 3: Skipping each ch-5 of previous row, (ch 5, skip next sc, sc in next sc) 6 times.
Rnd 4: (sc, 6 dc, sc) in each chain-5 space around. At end of round, slip stitch in first sc. (6 petals)
Rnd 5: (ch 7, sc) in each sc (skipping the 6-dc group of stitches each time). When you have finished, be sure each chain-7 is positioned behind each petal (pull the chain-7 to the back of the petal with your fingers, if needed.)
Rnd 6: (sc, 3 dc, 3 treble, 3 dc, sc) in each chain-7 space. At end of round, slip stitch in first sc. (6 petals)
Rnd 7: (ch 9, sc) in each sc (skipping the dc/tr group of stitches each time). When you have finished, be sure each chain-9 is positioned behind each petal.
Rnd 8: (sc, 3 dc, 5 treble, 3 dc, sc) in each chain-9 space. At end of round, slip stitch in first sc. (6 petals)
Fasten off.

Hand sew to the piece you are edging. In this example, a cloth piece was cut in a wide zig-zag shape to accomodate the shape of the rings and roses. The cloth piece was hemmed with a 1/4" hem, then the rings and roses were sewn to it. As you can see by the photo, only the top edge of each of these rings are sewn down: 1st, 2nd, 6th through 10th, 14th, 15th. The three rings directly below each rose are not sewn down; they hang freely. Only the top half of each rose is sewn down, the bottom half of each rose hangs down below the edge of the piece you are attaching it to. (None of this sewing information was given in the 1914 pattern. In those days the crocheter was expected to just *know* how to do it.)

About the Antique Version of This Pattern
Some crochet patterns of that era were written in British English crochet pattern terms, including this Rings and Roses Edging pattern. Here are the conversions for the year 1914 version of this pattern:
dc = a US American English sc
t = a US American English dc
tt = a US American English tr
As you can see in the following antique pattern version, the way instructions were explained differed greatly also.

For comparison - Rings and Roses Instructions shown the same way as they appeared in the original directions in the year 1914 (in paragraph form, as shown here, with just a dash to separate the rows):

Large Ring - ch. 40, join. 67 dc under 40 ch., 67 dc. on dc. - Small Rings - ch. 30, loop through large ring, join. 48 dc. under 30 ch., 48 dc. on dc., rp, making 3 small, one large, 7 small, one large and 3 small rings. see illustration - Rose - Ch. 9, join. - 1st R. 12 dc under 9 ch., ch 5, 1 dc. in ea. 12 dc. - 2nd R. Ch. 5, sk. 1 dc, 1 dc. in next dc. of 1st dc., rp. 5 times - 3rd R. 1 dc., 6 t., 1 dc. under ea 5 ch. - 4th R. Ch. 7, 1 dc. on each dc. back of leaf. - 5th R. 1 dc., 3 t., 3 tt., 3 t., 1 dc in ea. 7 ch. - 6th R. Ch. 9, 1 dc. on ea. dc. back of leaf. - 7th R. 1 dc., 3 t., 5 tt., 3 t., 1 dc., under ea. 9 ch.

That's it! That's all the instructions that were printed in the original 1914 pattern. As you can see, I added a lot of instructions to help you in recreating this vintage design.

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