About Weldon's Practical Needlework

From Interweave Press:

About 1885, Weldon’s began publishing a series of fourteen-page monthly newsletters, available by subscription, each title featuring patterns and instructions for projects using a single technique.

About 1888, the company began to publish Weldon’s Practical Needlework, each volume of which consisted of twelve issues (one year) of several newsletters bound together with a cloth cover.

Each volume contains hundreds of projects, illustrations, information on little-known techniques, glimpses of fashion as it was at the turn of the twentieth century, and brief histories of needlework. Other techniques treated include making objects from crinkled paper, tatting, netting, beading, patchwork, crewelwork, appliqué, cross-stitch, canvaswork, ivory embroidery, torchon lace, and much more.

From 1999 through 2005, Interweave published facsimiles of the first twelve volumes of Weldon’s Practical Needlework.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Project 10: Mitten for a Young Child

I needed a quick project after the Knickerbocker marathon.

"Mitten for A Young Child" is from Weldon's Practical Knitter, Twenty-Eighth Series (republished in Volume 10), dated 1895.

"These little mittens are 4 1/2 inches long, including the wristlet, and 2 1/4 inches wide.  They are work upon two needles, and sewn up."

The original pattern calls for 1 oz. of single Berlin wool, or 4 thread soft fingering, a pair of No. 12 or No. 13 steel knitting needles, a steel crochet needle and a yard of "bebe" ribbon

I am using the leftover Madelinetosh Sock yarn in Citrus (orange) that I used for the Baby's Vest, and size 2 US needles. 

This little pattern fits the "quick" requirement, I finished one mitten last night while still keeping up with the plot twists of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".  Here's the mitten (unblocked and no ribbon yet):

The Victorians did love their little crocheted edging :-)  I think a little girl would love these mitts!  I'll knit the second one and write up the pattern this weekend.

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