A Mantilla for Josefina

I recently got my own American Girl doll, Josefina Montoya, whose historical context is Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1824. I decided I'd like to knit her a lace mantilla, and asked the internet knitters (from three lists) for advice. See a summary of replies.
[Josefina in modern dress, holding silk lace swatch]

I decided to try silk, for the first time, on this project. What a sensuous delight it is to knit with silk!

My first swatch is in 50/2 cultivated silk from Weaver's Loft (see my lace resources page), knitted on 0s. The pattern is "Madeira and Diamonds" from Sarah Don's Shetland lace book. Well, it sounded Spanish, you see! I got 10 stitches per inch in pattern. The swatch is on 62 stitches (6 repeats +2) and has two full repeats of the 55-row pattern. It measures 6 inches (15 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) long.

I think I'm getting close. This pattern is too dense for a mantilla, and the thread could be a little finer. This might make a nice dress, though. Here are some more photos of the swatch -- hit your "back" button to return to this page.

And...allow me to let you in on a little secret! In my secret identity as "Tia Judy" I have made a web page for Josefina. See The Life and Times of Josefina Montoya.

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Judy Gibson
Descanso, California
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