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The Somerset Stitch Pattern Free Instructions

A Stitch Pattern From The Year 1917.

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This stitch pattern is from the year 1917. I've rewritten and added to the crochet directions.

On this page, I've also given the authentic antique instructions. It can be interesting to see the difference between the way patterns were written in that era and now.

Directions by Sandi Marshall -
Materials Used In Example:
Worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size G

ch = chain
chs = chains
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet

Work all the rows in one solid color or alternate colors as you choose. One way that you could use this pattern would be to make long strips to join for an afghan.

Starting Chain - Ch 46.
Row 1 - 4 dc in 4th ch from hook, * skip 2 chains, sc in next ch, skip 2 chains, 4 dc in next ch **, repeat from * to ** 5 more times, skip 2 chains, sc in next ch, skip 2 chains, dc in last ch. Ch 3, to turn.
Row 2 - 4 dc in first sc of previous row, * skip 2 dc, sc in the space between the 2nd and 3rd dc of this 4-dc group, skip 2 dc, 4 dc in next sc **, repeat from * to ** 5 more times, skip 2 dc, sc in the space between the 2nd and 3rd dc of this 4-dc group, skip 2 dc, dc in last stitch of row. Ch 3, to turn.
Repeat - Repeat row 2, until you have reached the length desired.
-- End of Rewritten Directions

This photo shows the hook inserted in the space between the 2nd and 3rd dc of that 4-dc group, in preparation to work a single crochet in that space.

This photo shows one row worked in a contrasting color, so that you can more easily see the placement of the stitches in that row.

Directions From 1917:
Materials Required: Fleisher's Germantown Zephyr, 4-fold and Amber hook No. 4 hook size given in the 1917 publication.
Following are the directions from the antique pattern book, exactly as originally written (including punctuation) and in its entirety.
Starting Chain: Chain 46.
1st Row. - In 4th stitch from hook make 4 double crochet, *Skip 2 chain, in next chain make 1 single crochet, skip 2 chain, in next stitch make 4 double crochet,* skip 2 chain, 1 single crochet in next chain, skip 2 chain, 1 double crochet in end stitch. Turn. Chain 2.
2d Row. - *4 double crochet around single crochet, 1 single crochet around 2d and 3d double crochet of 1st row,* 1 double crochet in last stitch. Turn, chain 2.
Repeat 2d row.
-- End of 1917 Directions

Somerset Stitch Pattern was originally published in the book Fleisher's Knitting and Crocheting Manual, Fifteenth Edition, published in the year 1917 (now in the public domain).

Somerset Stitch Pattern rewritten instructions and the Stitch photos on this page are copyright 2003 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Free for your own personal use only. Do not redistribute my rewritten instructions or my Stitch photos in any form, even for free. If others would like to have my rewritten directions for this pattern, please give them the URL of this page:
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