Shell Knitting for a Bag, in German Wool

From the Project Gutenberg version of Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee.

"Pins No. 14. Take 11 shades of wool, begin with the darkest, and 4 rows of each shade; that is, 1 pattern done of each. Cast on 155 stitches, 57 on 2 of the needles, and 38 on the third." --NOTE: 57+57+38=152 - cast on 152 sts.

  • Round 1 is tricky to parse, but since ...

From the Project Gutenberg version of Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee.

"Pins No. 14. Take 11 shades of wool, begin with the darkest, and 4 rows of each shade; that is, 1 pattern done of each. Cast on 155 stitches, 57 on 2 of the needles, and 38 on the third." --NOTE: 57+57+38=152 - cast on 152 sts.

  • Round 1 is tricky to parse, but since 57 and 38 are multiples of 19, it's likely that there should be 8 yos in each repeat.
  • Round 2: "seam 4" at the end should be "seam 3"

"The stitches will now be reduced to their original number. Tie on the next shade, and repeat the 5 rows as before. Repeat this 15 times. Then take very small needles, and knit a binder, in simple ribs, in any of the shades, 15 rows deep."

"The handle is made by knitting on 2 needles of the same size as those used for the bag, with double wool, in the following manner:—Cast on 14 stitches, slip 1, bring the wool forward, slip 1, knit 1, pull the slipped one over the knitted one to the last 2, which are both knitted; without bringing the wool forward, fold the two edges into the middle, and sew together with the double wool. Silk tassels to match."

Shown with a cast-on count of 38 stitches.   Getting chart...

  • Round 1: *K4, [yo, k1] 8 times, k4, p3, repeat from * (multiple of 27 sts).
  • Round 2: *K2, k2tog, k15, ssk, k3, p3, repeat from * (multiple of 25 sts).
  • Round 3: *K2, k2tog, k14, ssk, k2, p3, repeat from * (multiple of 23 sts).
  • Round 4: *K1, k2tog, k14, ssk, k1, p3, repeat from * (multiple of 21 sts).
  • Round 5: *K2tog, k14, ssk, p3, repeat from * (multiple of 19 sts).