In case you didn’t know, I volunteer as a knitting expert on Allexperts.com. Today I got a question from a knitter that has really stumped me. Her question is as follows:
“pattern reads *K2(K1 wrapping yarn round needle twice) 5 times k1, rep from*
next row reads *K2, B.A., K1 rep from*
Have not come across this abbrev. before, so wonder if you can work it out – picture on pattern looks a bit like a blackberry stitch with a hole in centre. Have lost the pattern part with the abbrevs.
Many thanks for any light you may be able to shed.”
Well, after doing some research online, I couldn’t find anything that told me what the ‘B.A.’ in the pattern means. But I did find out that back in 2009, someone else had a question about the same pattern and had provided some more details on it:
Here is the full pattern
1st row -(Wrong side) K1,P to last st.,K1.
2nd row- K.
3rd row-K1,* K.1 wrapping wool round needle twice,rep. from * to last st., K.1.
4th row-K.1,*B.A., rep from * to last st., K.1
5th row-K.1,P to last st., K.1
2nd to 5th row forms the patt.
Unfortunately it is an old Paton book and the page with the abbreviations I have lost.
Thank you for your assistance.
This information gave me a few ideas. I wrote back to the knitter to let her know that I was working on finding out this mystery knitting abbreviation then I worked my way over to Ravelry. I’ve learned that on Ravelry, if someone has knitted it, chances are good that there is a group for it. Once again, Ravelry did not disappoint as I found a group dedicated to collecting and knitting Paton patterns. I posted my question to the group and then headed over to Paton.com. There I found the email address of the person to contact for pattern inquires. I shot her an email and now I wait.
I’m a sucker for a good knitting mystery and this one has sparked my own curiosity. I do plan on knitting a swatch of this baby shawl myself once the mystery is solved. I’ll add the swatch to my swatch book along with this story so future knitters can know that sometimes a pattern isn’t just a pattern, but a mystery in itself. Who knows, maybe 50 years from now this story and the pattern will end up in Piecework.
I’ll let you know how this mystery unfolds.
(Feel free to try out the pattern above and see if you can figure out what B.A. means. If you can solve it, please let me know.)