Every table needs beautiful table linens. This crocheted luncheon set will elicit compliment after compliment on your great taste and decorating abilities.
This pattern includes the use of the crocheted knot stitch. As the following picture shows, the finished item is quite beautiful.
The instructions given below are the instructions Victorian ladies could expect to find in well-known embroidery and crochet books.
This luncheon set includes a 20-inch centerpiece, an 11-inch plate doily, and a 5-inch tumbler doily.
Luncheon sets of tan linen, with crochet lace edge to match in color, are extremely good style. This pattern was specially designed for such a set. The No.5 Princess Pearl Crochet Cotton is used for the lace edge, choosing color 355 called linen, which matches the tan or brown linen or crash now so popular.
The Knot stitch used in this crocheted luncheon set is made by drawing the loop of a chain st. up one half inch, then put the hook, holding the long loop thus made on it, between this loop and the thread back of it, which was drawn through to make it, then thread over needle drawing it through, thus having 2 st. on the needle. Thread over needle again, draw through both stitches at once. In making the s. c. on each side of the knot st. in succeeding rows, as given later on in the directions, put the needle between the threads of the loop on each side.
Thread around the first finger 8 times, slip off, 3 ch., 35 d. c. in this ring, sl. st. last d. c. in 3 ch., 2 k. st., skip 2 d. c., s. c. in third, 2 k. st., skip 2 d. c., s. c. in third, so on around. There should be 12 loops of the 2 k. st., sl. st. in st. where first k. st. began. Draw thread up behind work, make 1 s. c. on each side of k. st. between the threads in middle of loop; 2 k. st., 1 s. c. on each side of k. st. in middle of next loop. So on around, sl. st. in s. c. at beginning of row. Make the third row of k. st. loops same as second. Finish off, cut thread, leaving it long enough to fasten tight with a sewing needle. Cut end close.
Repeat this for a second medallion, until all but the last 2 loops, then make the first k. st. of the loop, then 1 s. c. on each side of the k. st. in middle of the loop in the first medallion. Then the second k. st. of the loop the worker is making, then the s. c. on each side of the k. st. in same medallion. Join the next loop in the same way, and finish off same as first medallion. Make and join in this way 16 medallions. Take care in joining to leave 3 loops between those joined for the top, and 5 loops between the joining loop, for the outer edge. This allows the curve for the linen center. Join the thread in the work at the middle k. st. of the first of the 3 unattached loops, 1 s. c. on each side of knot, 4 ch. s. c. on each side of middle knot of next loop. Repeat this for the third loop, 9 ch., s. c. on each side of knot where loops are joined, 4 ch., s. c. in fifth ch. of the 9 ch., 4 ch., 1 s. c. on each side of middle knot of next loop. Continue this around; sl. st. in first s. c.,5 ch., miss 2 st., d. c. in third 2 ch., miss 2 st., d. c. in third. Complete this row in this way, sl. st. last 2 st. in third st. of 5 ch., 5 ch., d. c. in d. c., 2 ch., d. c. in d. c.; complete this row same as preceding. This finishes the inside edge, which should be buttonhole stitched on to the linen.
For the outer edge of the medallions: Join in thread at knot joining medallions, 2 knot st., s. c. on each side of middle knot of next loop. Continue the 2 knot st. loops around, run thread up to middle knot of last row of loops, s. c. on each side ch. 7, s. c. each side of middle knot of next loop, 9 ch., s. c. each side of middle knot of next loop. Repeat this twice more, then 7 ch., s. c. each side of middle knot of next loop, 4 ch., s. c. each side of middle knot of first loop in next figure. Then over each of the loops of 9 ch. and 7 ch. 5 d. c. with 2 ch. between each d. c. Finish the edge with 5 ch. loops and s. c. over each 2 ch.
Edge for the crocheted luncheon set Plate Doily, about 11 Inches in Diameter
Thread 8 times around lead pencil, 3 ch., 20 d. c. in this ring, sl. st. in 3 ch. Then 2 rows of knot st. loops as described for centerpiece. There should be 7 loops in each row. These medallions are attached at 2 loops on each side, as previously described, leaving one unattached at the top and 2 on the outer edge, to allow for the curve of the linen center. For the inside edge: Join thread in at middle knot on s. c. on each side, 9 ch., s. c. on each side of knot where loops are joined, 3 ch., s. c. in fourth st. of 9 ch., 5 ch., s. c. on each side of middle knot of loop. Continue around sl. st. in first s. c. 5 ch. Miss 2 st., d. c. in third 2 ch., miss 2 st., d. c. in third, so on; sl. st. last 2 ch. in 3d st. of 5 ch.
For the outer edge: Join in thread at knot of joining loops, 7 ch. s. c. on each side of middle knot of next loop, 9 ch., s. c. on each side of middle knot of next loop, 7 ch., s. c. on each side of knot at place of joining, so on around; 4 d. c. with 2 ch. between over 7 ch. loops, 5 d. c. with 2 ch. between over 9 ch. loops.
Finish with 5 ch. loop and s. c. over each 2 ch.
Edge for the crocheted luncheon set Tumbler Doily, 5 Inches in Diameter
A chain of 30 knot st., sl. st. in first st. for inside edge of border, carry thread up 1 s. c. on each side of knot st., 2 ch., miss 1 knot st., s. c. on each side next knot st., 2 ch., miss 1 knot st., s. c. on each side of next knot st. Continue around after last 2 ch., sl. st. in 1st s. c., 5 ch., miss 2 st., d. c. in next, 2 ch., miss 2 st., d. c. in next all way around, sl. st. in 3d st. of 5 ch. Fasten off.
For outside edge of border: Join thread in s. c. on each side of k. st. A loop of 2 k. st., s. c. on each side of next k. st. A row around. Then another row the same sl. st. in s. c. Carry thread up s. c. on each side of knot st. 8 ch. loops with s. c. on each side of k. st. all around, 5 d. c. with 2 ch. between each d. c. over 8 ch. loops. Finish edge with 5 ch. loops, s. c. over each 2 ch.
Should one wish to enlarge the crocheted luncheon set of doilies, the tumbler design would be suitable for cup and saucer, and bread and butter plate. For platter and vegetable dishes use the plate design.
Of course, to make this wonderful crocheted luncheon set today, you will need to substitute any materials that are no longer available. This can be done easily as appropriate materials can be easily obtained. If tan is not to your liking, almost any light color would not only be suitable but quite lovely as well!