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Where in the World Is Kamschatka?

Mar 25, 2014

I’ve been trying to find it since I saw the Kamschatka Body pattern in our newest Weldon’s Practical Knitter eBook!

Kamschatka Body.
Is it the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, just with “s” no longer in the name? Is it the same place F. H. H. Guillemard, English writer and naturalist, discusses in the preface to his two-volume book, The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka & New Guinea with Notices of Formosa, Liu-Kiu, and Various Islands of the Malay Archipelago, published in London in 1886?

I still don’t have the answers, but that’s okay. I do have the Kamschatka Body pattern. This Eighteenth Practical Knitter Series is from Volume 6 of Weldon’s Practical Needlework, which would have been published in 1891, so the readers of Weldon’s may well have been familiar with Mr. Guillemard’s work.

The Dunraven Quilt Square.
Tam o' Shanter.
Unlike most of the patterns in the Weldon’s volumes, Kamschatka Body has a subtitle: “A Short Sleeveless Wrap for Wearing under a Jacket or Cloak.” Like almost all of the Weldon’s patterns, there is no clue about the title. Following the subtitle is, “This body is worked in double knitting. It is very soft and warm, and quite easy to make.” Next, are the actual step-by-step instructions that end with: “Sew buttons on the opposite side to fasten into the buttonholes. Run a ribbon through the holes round the neck, and also put a ribbon at the waist if you like it. The body is alike on both sides.”

Baby's Long Gloves in Brioche Knitting.
While I still would like to know just where Kamschatka is/was, I think the Kamschatka Body is sweet. But I’m not too sure about adding that ribbon at the waist!

Kamschatka is only one of the 17 projects in this Eighteenth Series of Weldon’s Practical Knitter. You’ll also find a fabulous tam, the stunning Dunraven Quilt Square, numerous adorable items for baby, and so much more.


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