Knitting Traditions, Spring 2016


Knit your way through history as Knitting Traditions goes “Out and About!”

Wraps, bags, chemisettes, arm warmers, slippers, socks, hats, and a muff with a hidden pocket take you anywhere in style. Read about the men and women strolling around Paris in the nineteenth century, then knit tiny dolls dressed in period clothing. Discover the knitterly side of British novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, a woman who published her first books when she was nearly 60 years old. Follow Cynthia LeCount Samaké to the Andes in the 1970s, when she began her seminal research on Peruvian knitting. Travel back to the Middle Ages, then fast forward to Victorian England as Laura Ricketts translates stained glass rose windows into a beautiful tam. See how Victorian knitters appropriated muffs and lacy head coverings, then make your own.

With six wraps, five bags, and other projects, you’ll find anything from lace to cables to colorwork.

Stories & Projects


[STORY] The Flâneur: How Strolling Became Hip in Nineteenth-Century Paris—Sarah Ivinson
Strolling Dolls—Sarah Ivinson
Elegant Arm Warmers—Terri Rosenthal
Regency & Modern Chemisettes—Theressa Silver
Regency House Slippers—Lisa Jacobs
Primavera Stockings—Josie Mercier
Primavera Handkerchief—Josie Mercier

Fancywork Market Bag—Lisa Jacobs
Paper Silk Purse—Zsuzsa Kiss
Spring in Bloom Reticule—Jessica Anderson
Roman Holiday Purse—Lisa Jacobs


[STORY] Snoskyn & Snuftkin: A Muff by Any Other Name—Christopher John Brooke Phillips
Pocket Muff—Christopher John Brooke Phillips
[STORY] Soft Clouds and Dreamy Veils: Lacy Head Coverings in Victorian Britain—Carol Huebscher Rhoades
Head in the Clouds Scarf—Carol Huebscher Rhoades
Strip of Paisley Wrap—Lana Jois

Bluestocking Stole—Manda Shah
Lilacs & Rain Shawl—Katrina King
Daisy Crescent Shawl—Gabriella Henry
Strolling Round the Square Beaded Shawlette—Manda ShahTOC-5New

[STORY] Penelope Fitzgerald: A Modest Mistress of Words and Knitting—Mimi Seyferth
Penelope’s Cardigan—Mimi Seyferth
[STORY] Through a Glass Brightly: Christ Church’s Rose Window—Laura Ricketts
Christ Church Tam—Laura Ricketts
[STORY] How I Found Romance and Accidentally Began Researching Andean Folk Knitting—Cynthia LeCount Samaké
Little Birds Chullo—Cynthia LeCount Samaké


[STORY] Gifts of the Sultan: The Fashion Influence of Tippoo-Saïb—Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
Turkish Purse—Sarah Shippen
Fireworks Socks—Anna Zilboorg



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