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.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Project 15: Gent's Balaclava Cap

I need something simple/mindless after the mess the shawl has become (currently the 600+ stitches are half on/half off the needles as I ripped out 2 rounds and am trying to decide if I want to salvage the project or not...)  This fits the bill nicely.  And I love the mustache on the gent.

This is from Weldon's Practical Knitter Second Series (1886) and republished in Weldon's Practical Needlework, Volume 1.

"This is a most comfortable cap for gentlemen travelling or for shooting excursions, and is quickly and easily made."

The original pattern calls for "1 1/2 ozs. of navy blue, 1/2 oz. of red, single Berlin wool.  Two bone knitting needles No. 10."

I'll be using US #3 needles (maybe 2's) and fingering weight yarn.  I found navy blue and red fingering/sock yarn in the stash, I think it's Cherry Tree Hill Super Sock.  Off to start ribbing.


  1. question: where can I find the pattern for this besides trying to find the Weldon's Volume 1. I think my son-in-law would love this. He hunts and I have some buffalo. I would make him socks but he only likes plain socks and he wears a size 14 shoe. ARGH.

  2. I will see if I can find a few minutes to write up the pattern. It was pretty easy, shouldn't take me too long!