PieceWork January/February 2013

This is PieceWork’s seventh annual Historical Knitting issue! A few 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; complete instructions and charts are provided. 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 on the polka knitting craze. By 1849, a polka jacket, a tiny waist, and a voluminous skirt covering layers of crinolines were the pinnacle of fashion. Helen transcribed instructions for a knitted polka jacket from an 1849 pattern. Carol Rhoades rewrote the instructions for today’s knitters and knitted our sample. Galina 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 include it here. There’s much more. Each article and project in this issue adds to knitting’s illustrious history. Have a glorious time discovering it. I certainly did!

     Editor of PieceWork

PROJECTS



 


Muffatees for Miss Pole
Mary Lycan



Prudence Cap or Neck Ruff for Miss Pole
Mary Lycan





Sámi Children's Mittens
Laura Ricketts


Lady's Claret Polka in Brioche Stitch
Carol Huebscher Rhoades


1861 Cottage-Industry Mittens and Wristers
Mary Lycan

 

 
DEPARTMENTS AND FEATURES

 
      Departments/COLUMNS

  • Notions: Letter from the editor
  • Book Marks: books of interest
  • Calendar: upcoming events
  • TAPESTRY: New and noteworthy
  • Abbreviations, Techniques & Definitions

    ONLINE EXTRAS

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    recommended books, and much more.



Features
Volume XXI Number 1

A NINETEENTH-CENTURY ARMENIAN SOCK by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts

THE STOCKINGS FROM NATURA EXENTERATA by Chris Laning


THE KNITTING LADIES OF CRANFORD by Mary Lycan


CAPTAIN BURNABY IN ORENBURG by Helen Bonney


SÁMI KNITTING by Laura Ricketts


HARRIET PRESCOTT SPOFFORD AND WOMEN’S WORK IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY NEW ENGLAND
by Mary Lycan 


 POLKA KNITTING IN THE MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY by Helen Bonney


 


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