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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 227 pages of information about The Ladies' Work-Book.

And here we may be allowed to suggest a purpose to which this pattern is peculiarly applicable, and which will be found an article extremely beneficial to “the neat-handed Phillis.”

[Illustration:  CHAIR CUSHION.]

In these days of homoeopathy, when the love of cold water is on the increase (as indeed it is high time it was), and while the means for thorough ablution are not perhaps as yet so extensively patronised as they deserve to be, we all know the destruction occasioned to that part of the paper which is immediately above the washhand-stand.  Now we would propose a Splash Cloth, in crochet, of this or any similar design, to be worked in very coarse cotton, such as Brooks’ Great Exhibition Prize Goat’s-head Knitting Cord, No. 16, lined with glazed calico to match the hangings, and suspended above the washhand-stand.  It will be a pretty decoration, perfectly preventing the injury usually occurring to the walls, readily washed, and always new.

As fine cotton decreases the dimensions of a piece of work, so thicker cotton, with a hook proportionately large, increases its size.  The number of the cotton chosen should depend on the size of the stand.  No. 40, it will be remembered, will work it about half a yard long.

When used to cover a cushion, the cushion itself should be of a colour to match with the hangings, and the crochet work is to be tacked lightly over it at each edge.

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TOILET COVER IN CROCHET.

[Illustration:  TOILET COVER IN CROCHET]

MATERIALS.—­Brooks’ Great Exhibition Prize Goat’s-head Crochet Cotton, No. 24.  No. 3 Penelope Hook.

1st row:  Make a chain of about 180 stitches, turn back, work 1 l. into 9th loop, this will form 1 sq. in next row; then 1 l., 2 ch., 1 l. into 3rd loop, repeat.  There must be 190 sq., or squares, only.

2nd:  In beginning this row, make 1 l., in the 3rd ch. of the 8 ch., then 2 ch., 1 l. on l., repeat; make 5 rows of these squares.  After the first 5 rows the work must not be turned.

6th:  12 sq., 3 l., 15 sq., 15 l., * 14 sq., 15 l., repeat from * till within 24 sq. of the end, then 13 sq., 3 l., 10 sq.

7th:  10 sq., 12 l., 13 sq., * 6 l., 3 sq., 12 l., 10 sq., repeat from * 6 times more, then 6 l., 3 sq., 12 l., 9 sq., 9 l., 9 sq.

8th:  8 sq., 9 l., 2 sq., 15 l., 9 sq., * 9 l., 5 sq., 9 l., 8 sq., repeat from * 6 times more, then 9 l., 5 sq., 9 l., 5 sq., 9 l., 1 sq., 6 l., 8 sq.

9th:  7 sq., 6 l., 1 sq., 6 l., 2 sq., 3 l., 2 sq., 9 l., 7 sq., * 3 l., 1 sq., 9 l., 5 sq., 6 l., 7 sq., repeat from * 6 times more, then 3 l., 1 sq., 9 l., 5 sq., 21 l., 4 sq., 6 l., 7 sq.

10th:  6 sq., 6 l., 1 sq., 12 l., 1 sq., 6 l., 3 sq., 6 l., 6 sq., * 6 l., 2 sq., 6 l., 5 sq., 6 l., 6 sq., repeat from * 6 times more, then 6 l., 2 sq., 6 l., 13 sq., 6 l., 1 sq., 3 l., 7 sq.

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