Fancy Bonnets and Other Knitted Goods

We asked Sarah Read, project editor for Interweave Crochet, to share her thoughts about PieceWork's latest eBook.

Gentleman's Waistcoat Knitted in Cable Twist and Moss Stitch

I always get so excited when PieceWork introduces the latest Weldon’s eBook. I flip through it and imagine myself living (that is, knitting and crocheting, and etc.) in another time where I can wear an ostentatious bonnet if I want to and everyone would, at worst, think I am very fancy.

Hood for a Child

Weldon’s Practical Knitter Sixteenth Series is a little different. I still flipped through it in a frenzy of excitement—but I noticed that this particular series is  . . . terribly practical and wearable, by modern standards. There are vests for men and women, scarves, shawls, socks, gloves, sweaters for infants and children—all things I would make and wear. And make for others—who would wear them instead of raising an eyebrow and begging me to stop trying to make the 1890s happen (again). In this series, you can get your antique fashion fix every day.

Okay, there is ONE ostentatious bonnet. For special occasions.

Mittens Knitted on Two Needles

Since the bonnet is for a child, I think my first project from this series will be the Mittens Knitted on Two Needles, which are some nicely shaped ribbed fingerless mitts. They are sized for men and women, and the stitch counts seem to indicate they are worked with fingering-weight yarn. I’m fairly certain everyone I know needs a pair of these (including myself), and I happen to have enough fingering-weight yarn to mitten a small country. My holiday gift list thus will be amended.

I hope you’ll be similarly inspired by the patterns in this latest Weldon’s series. If you’ve ever looked at the Weldon’s patterns and thought “I’d make that but who would wear it?”—this is the series for you. Actually, all of the series are for you. The answer is that I would wear it, so feel free to send me your very fancy bonnets anytime!

Happy knitting!