||Miss Pole's muffatees by Mary Lycan. Photograph by Joe Coca.
A note from Kathleen: The January/February issue of PieceWork magazine is on the horizon, and I've gotten a sneak peek. Knitters should be really excited for it, because it's the annual Historical Knitting issue. Full of fabulous patterns and articles about knitting through history, you'll find yourself drawn into the fascinating stories of knitters of the past. Here's editor Jeanne Hutchins to tell you all about it.
Connecting with Knitting History
is our seventh annual Historical Knitting issue! It seems as though we were
working on the first one just last year. Your enthusiastic response to the six
previous issues is a testament to your appreciation of knitting's rich
A few of this issue's highlights:
Working with Priscilla Gibson-Roberts was a dream come true. Both of us are
indebted to the Martin Fellows Hatch family for lending us the stunning Armenian
sock (circa 1840–1860) for study and photography. Priscilla's colorful
adaptation of the original graces our cover. Of the original sock she writes, "That it has survived and will
continue to survive is testament to the original knitter's vision."
|Lady's Claret Polka in Brioche Stitch
by Carol Huebscher Rhoades.
Photograph by Joe Coca.
I'd always wondered about polka jackets. Were they named for the dance? Who
wore them? When? All these questions and more are answered in Helen Bonney's article. By 1849, a
polka jacket, a tiny waist, and a voluminous skirt covering layers of
crinolines were the pinnacle of fashion in England,
and elsewhere. Helen transcribed instructions for a knitted polka jacket from a
pattern designed by Mrs. Warren for The
, 1, July–December 1849, a London
women's magazine. Carol Rhoades rewrote
the instructions for today's knitters and knitted the example shown in the
No, it's not an ancient physician's manual. NATURA
EXENTERATA: OR NATURE UNBOWELLED By
the most Exquisite Anatomizers of Her. Wherein are contained, Her choicest
SECRETS, digested into RECEIPTS, fitted for the Cure of all sorts of
Infirmities, whether Internal or External, Acute or Chronical, that are
Incident to the Body of Man
is a thick compendium of household advice
published in London in 1655. Among its "remedies for 'Soar Eyes' . . . recipes
for marmalade, biscuits, broth, rosewater, and 'Washing Balls' (scented soap) .
. . gardening advice, beauty tips, medicines for the plague, and guidelines for
restoring wine that has become 'Sowre'" are instructions for knitting stockings:
the earliest known printed knitting pattern! Author Chris Laning relates her
efforts to knit from this pattern and offers her adaption for you to knit your
||1861 Cottage-Industry Mittens
by Mary Lycan.
Photograph by Joe Coca.
Khmeleva once again shares her extensive knowledge of and love for Orenburg
knitting, this time with traditional mittens for men and boys. And when we learned
of the adventures of the English Captain Burnaby on his unauthorized trip to
Russia and his encounter with Orenburg knitting in 1875, we knew we had to
There's much more. Each article and project in this issue adds to knitting's
Have a glorious time discovering it. I certainly did!
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