KNITTED RUBBER, IN COTTON.
Includes instructions if a longer rubber is needed.
(Yes, I realize this is extremely sophomoric humor.)
This makes an excellent substitute for a sponge for children, and can be so easily kept nice and free from grease and so quickly renewed that it will be a favourite manner of knitting for the nursery.
Materials : Knitting cotton No. 6 (white only), two knitting needles, No. 10.
Cast on 78 stitches and knit 4 rows of plain knitting.
—1st row of pattern. Knit 3, *, make 1 by putting the thread in front, slip 1, knit 2 together, repeat from * 23 time* more, knit 3
—2nd row. Knit plain.
—3rd row. Knit 3, *, knit 2 together, slip 1, make 1, repeat from * 23 times more, knit 3.
—4th row. Knit plain.
Repeat these 4 rows 24 times (more if requiring a longer rubber), knit 4 rows (NB - I believe this refers to a garter st border); and to form a loop for hanging up the rubber cast off 33 stitches, knit 8, turn, cast off 4, and on the remaining 4 work 16 rows, place the 4 stitches to the first 4 stitches of the remaining 37, and cast off together, cast off the remainder of the row.
From The Queenslander, January 8, 1906