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Victorian Knitting Patterns!

For those adept with their pins, Interweave just released e-Book versions of Weldon's Practical Knitter. Weldon's was a Victorian paper pattern publisher and in the early 1900s they put out a series of monthly pamphlets dedicated to various needlecrafts. They averaged 14 pages each issue and cost 2 pence! Later on a book was compiled of all the patterns as well.

The four e-Books contain 148 original, unedited (and sometimes uncorrected, lol) knitting patterns from the first four pamphlets. This is a really great resource for knitting patterns of the 1800s, despite the need to "translate" them to modern knitting lingo and standards. You can get each issue separately or all four for a reduced price.

Interweave also has hardcover versions of the Practical Needlework books, which contain other needlecrafts such as embroidery, crochet, needlepoint and so on.

http://www.interweavestore.com/Needlework/Books/Weldons-Practical-Needlework.html

This link is helpful for figuring out what needle size they are talking about:

http://www.vintageknitting.net/2006/01/19/vintage-knitting-needle-sizes/

And for fun, this is a free pattern for a pair of gloves that refer to a delightful cautionary tale from the 19th century from a book called Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann (you can actually read them all here on gutenberg.org):

http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/features/knitting/download/index.html

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lenarie
Feb. 27th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this!
aifacat
Feb. 27th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
You are welcome! They can be a little challenging to translate sometimes, but you can often revamp them to make more sense!
householdname
Feb. 27th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
Just last night I was wondering where I should go to start looking for Victorian needlecraft patterns. And here you are! Cheers! xx
stormsdotter
Feb. 27th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
This is completely off topic, but I almost snorted coffee all over my monitor when I saw your icon.
aifacat
Feb. 27th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Hee - it's from an online comic - www.savagechickens.com :-D
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