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

Count 42 stitches from where the cord was cut of, counting towards the right hand, work on the cord, with shaded scarlet, beginning at the 42nd stitch, 21 d.c. stitches; then turn on reverse side, and turn back every row, working ridged crochet, and, at the end of each row, instead of working an extra stitch, as is usually done in a straight piece of ridged crochet, to prevent its decreasing, omit the stitch, and by so doing, each row will be decreased 1 stitch till it comes to a point; work 3 more of these points, then, with the same wool, sew these up from the bottom to the point, sewing them flat on the finger, not seaming them, and sewing all the points strongly together at the top that they may not give way; this forms the pocket.  Now take some elastic, such as is worn for sandals for shoes, it would be better to procure it 4 rows of India rubber wide instead of 2; with the point of the scissors, push the end through to the wrong side, between the 2 last rows of cord, and close to the broad end of the point, sew this end firmly on to the cord on the wrong side with black cotton, but very neatly; now draw the long end straight across the front to the opposite side, not drawing it too tight, or allowing it to be too loose push the end through on this side the same as the other, and sew it at the back in the same manner.  Now, with black thread sew the pocket to the elastic, so that neither this nor the stitches are seen.

RINGS WITH MAIZE WOOL.—­D.c. under the rings all round, 34 stitches will be about sufficient to cover the ring well, unite, and tie the ends in a knot neatly, then, with Maize colour cotton, sew the rings round, attaching them by the part where the wool was joined; now sew the rings together, be careful that not a stitch is seen through on the right side.

FOR THE FLOWERS.—­With white wool make 9 ch. tightly, unite, and under this circle work 11 l. with 1 ch. between each, cut off the white.

Tie on with a weaver’s knot the lightest blue, work 1 l. under each 1 ch., with 1 ch. between each, only let there be 12 l. instead of 11.

Next shade blue.  Work this row rather loosely, d.c. under every 1 ch., then 1 ch., repeat; at the end draw down the end of blue wool, and tie it to the end of white; make 4 flowers this size, which should not be larger than the size of a sixpence.  Now make 2 of larger size, working them exactly the same, only making 14 l. stitches of the white, and 15 l. stitches of the blue; now, with white wool sew on the two largest flowers on the centre seam of the pocket, then the 2 smaller ones on each side.

FOR THE LEAVES.—­With darkest green make 8 ch., turn back, work 7 d.c. down, join on the next green; work 3 d.c. up, 4 l., and 4 l., into the top loop, 1 ch., 4 more l. into same loop, 4 l. down, 3 d.c., join on the lightest shade:  work d.c. all round, and 3 d.c. into the 1 ch, but enclosing a wire pulled from white ribbon wire, taking care to bend the end of the wire back after the 1st and last stitch to prevent its slipping; make 6 of these leaves, arrange them as in engraving, and with dark green wool sew them on.

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