Blocking the Rose of England

[Rose of England tablecloth pinned out for blocking]

This is the Rose of England tablecloth, from Marianne Kinzel's Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting. This book has been reissued in paperback by Dover Press, and is widely available and inexpensive.

I knitted this in 1979 in DMC #30 6-cord cotton on US size 1 needles. The specified thread size is the much finer size 60 (and needle size 2), but this was all I could find at my local crafts store. My finished size was just over 60 inches, rather than the 72 inches the pattern indicates -- possibly because I used the coarser thread and smaller needle.

Here are the details of the blocking process as I photographed it recently:

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Judy Gibson
Descanso, California
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