Old Lace


This morning my mom and I went to a pre-estate sale that is organized by the church she goes to.  Families hire the church to organize estate sales when they don’t want to bother dealing with or selling off their dearly departed family member’s belongings. Mom got to go to the pre-sale, for church members only, to pick through the good stuff before the rest of the public gets a look in.

And look what I found! This knitted tablecloth.  It’s knit with cotton and has been starched, although the starch has worn off some and it’s not very stiff anymore.  There are a couple of snags in it, but otherwise it’s in excellent condition.

It was covering a round table in the dining area of the house.  One lady there tried to tell me it was crocheted.  I said no, it is knit.  She said you can’t knit that kind of stitch.  I said that I guarantee you it’s knitted.  I still don’t think she believed me.

This looks like a Niebling, or a Niebling contemporary, design.  Looking around the house at the other things that were for sale, it would not surprise me at all if this was bought in Germany.  It’s so hard to guess at how old it is.  It’s not yellowed or in bad shape, but it doesn’t have a new feel to it either.  The cotton used is not like cotton that you find in shops these days.  It’s more like very heavy thread than the crochet cotton we can buy now.  I’m going to look through Ravelry and see if I can find a pattern that matches this.

Anyway, I paid all of $8 for it.  I think I will repair the snags, wash and re-block it. I’ll post photos of it here when that is done. I don’t have a table it will fit.  I might just wear it as a shawl!

9 thoughts on “Old Lace

  1. ghotiindustries April 22, 2014 / 10:26

    It is absolutely stunning! What an amazing find!

    I’ve been told by people that large shawls I’ve made are crochet. You’d think the fact that I was there when I made it, would mean I’d know. They only shut up when I tell them it can’t be crochet because I don’t know how to crochet 😛

    • MoniqueB. April 22, 2014 / 17:08

      I get that all the time too. Funny, their inexperience makes them stubborn too.

    • underdutchskies April 23, 2014 / 00:44

      I wanted to run home and get my knitting and bring it back and show her! Funny too how much her stubbornness bothered me. 🙂

  2. bettysalpekar April 22, 2014 / 11:11

    What an exquisite treasure! And yes, you can absolutely wear it as a shawl — it would be a show-stopper. I’ve seen round ones like that worn with one “arc” folded down a bit to form a collar, then the sides pulled around to the front to drape over the arms. That way the center medallion still show fully.

  3. MoniqueB. April 22, 2014 / 17:10

    Hi! It’s quite a treasure you’ve found! I peeked on Ravelry and it’s called: Heinrich. I can only wish to knit something like that. Still have a lot of other knitting/lace to do. I’ll get around to it some day!

    Can you repair it? If you wash it gently, maybe some pins through the holes to keep it together, you might revive it completely.

    • underdutchskies April 23, 2014 / 00:43

      Oh I can’t believe you found the pattern! Thanks so much for looking! I definitely think I can repair it and bring it back to it’s original beauty. Or close to it anyway.

  4. Andrea April 23, 2014 / 03:22

    That is absolutely beautiful! I hope it washes and fixes up well.

  5. Meredith May 1, 2014 / 12:16

    I’m sure you will treasure it as much as the original owner, and you have a great acquisition story too!

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