This pattern is a remake of one from a rare, out-of-print knitting book: "Number Knitting: The New All-Way Stretch Method," by Virginia Woods Bellamy. I have redrawn the chart using modern techniques and laid out the pattern for modern readers.
The technique of Number Knitting was developed by Virginia Woods Bellamy. She offered correspondence knitting courses to knitters around the world. Her book, “Number Knitting: The New All Way Stretch Method” is a compilation of those courses.
Only one edition of the book was ever printed, and it is the only knitting book she ever published. Over time, the book fell into obscurity. It is based on a patented method of handknitting. Indeed, if you do a Google search for “Number Knitting”, you’ll find the patent application, applied for in 1945, and officially patented in 1948. This book uses an ingenious method of charting, based on graph paper. Ms. Woods Bellamy raised her children during the depression, when money was tight and materials were precious. She developed a way to make garments using less yarn, but just as warm. This is not only an amazing study in ingenious knitting methods, but also a displays wonderful examples of some 1940s wartime-inspired styles.
You can find the entire digitized book here.
This pattern can be quickly memorized and once you get going, will require very little metal focus. This pattern is suitable to knit with a different yarn weight if you desire. The important thing is to knit it using larger needles than you normally would, in order for the fabric to drape nicely.
The photos show the square scarf knit if three colors but its also stunning knit in four different shades of the same hue.
There is no seaming in this Number Knitting pattern (units are picked up one from the other). This pattern can be knit in your choice or yarn and needles. If you are using a very large needle relative to yarn weight, this pattern would benefit from a lofty yarn with a bit of grip.
To make a larger size, simply increase the stitch count in your first divided square, and each subsequent unit.
This pattern uses a crochet chain cast on (typically used as a provisional cast on). This cast on edge perfectly matches the chain-stitch rising edges, and it will be very easy to pick up stitches from the edges. This cast on gives the added benefit of being suitable to create a cast on at the end of a section of picked-up stitches (as is needed for the divided squares Units 2, 4, and 6).
Written in English ONLY, Using American Terms ONLY. I do not translate. Intermediate Skill Level, PDF Knitting Pattern.
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Skill Level = Intermediate
Finished size: Approximately 32" square
• Yarn: Lace or fingering weight yarn
• Needles: US 11 (8mm)
• Gauge: 3 sts/inch
• Stitch Marker
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