I love the wording in this turn of the last century pattern. Use grey and blue single Berlin Wool, No 9 Bone crochet hook, useful for personal wear or to give to the poor. Doesn't that conjure up vignettes in your mind.
The colours of jumpers and cardigans of my childhood were grey and fawn, with a band of Fair Isle, yes that was it. I did have a fluffy white bolero and a pink one with spakles in, but that was for special occasions and parties.
Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)
National Library of Australia
Useful Work Patterns.
HALF-SQUARE SHAWL IN RUSSIAN
This shawl is easily worked, and is very warm
and useful-either for. personal wear or to give to
the poor. Grey and blue single Berlin wool in
quantity according to the size of the shawl, the
chief part of which is worked with, grey, the blue
being used for the border. Bone crochet needle,
No. 9.- Commence with grey wool with 4 chain,
turn, and work 3 double crochet In the third chain
from the needle, 1 double crochet in the last of the
chain. The double crochet throughout the shawl
is to be worked by inserting the hook into the
small horizontal loop at the back of the stitches
of the preceding row so as1 to form ridges. 2nd
TOW: 1 chain to turn, 1 double crochet in the first
double crochet of last row, 1 double crochet in the
. next, 3 double crochet In the centre stitch of the 3
double, crochet of last row, 1 double crochet In
the. next, and 2 double crochet in the chain that
turned. . 3rd row: 1 chain" to turn, 1 double cro
chet in the first double crochet of last row, 3
- double crochet In 3 consecutive'stitches, 3 double....
crochet in the centre stitch, 3 double crochet" in
3 consecutive stitches, and 2 double crochet In the
chain that turned. 4th row: 1 chain to turn; 1
double crochet In the first double crochet of last
row, 5 double crochet in 5 consecutive stitches, 3
double crochet* in the centre stitch, 5 double ero- :.
chet in 5 consecutive stitches,- and 2 double cro
chet in the chain that turned. Proceed in this
manner,, increasing two consecutive stitches on
each side of every row till the centre part of the
shawl is as large as you wish it to be. Then
join on the blue wool, and work 4 rows in the
same manner; join on the grey wool, and work 6
rows; 'join on the blue again, and work 4 rows;
now return to the grey wool, and work 4 more
rows. For edging round 2 sides of the shawl:
With grey wool, 1 treble lu the first double crochet
stitch of laBt row, 2 chain, another treble in the
same place, miss 3 double crochet of last row, and
repeat. Increase a little round the point by miss
ing only 1 stitch instead of 3, and work the 2 treble
stitches Into the centre stitch of the 3 double cro
chet. 2nd row: 1 treble under the 2 chain of
last row,"- 5 chain, 1 double crochet in the first of'
the chain stitches, 4 chain, 1 double crochet In
the lower part of the last double crochet, 1 treble
under the same 2 chain the last treble ls worked
into, and' repeat.