Knit a Pair of Victorian-Era Socks
Over the years, we at PieceWork have written a lot about the delightful patterns featured in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, and we’re especially smitten by Weldon’s Victorian-era socks. So much so, that we published several eBooks featuring the content within the Weldon’s Practical Stocking Knitter series. Here are some of the highlights that make knitting Victorian-era socks so intriguing:
Are you in a plain-vanilla sock rut? Change up your usual heel with a Victorian version. You might even find one that fits you better. To find out more about Victorian sock heels, read our blog post “Tips for Practical Sock Knitting: 9 Sock Heel Types.”
All good top-down socks come to an end or a toe. Knit a new-to-you sock toe from the Victorian era. Insert one into a favorite pattern or try one of the many sock and stocking patterns in Weldon’s. To learn more about Victorian sock toes, read our blog post “Tips for Practical Sock Knitting: 7 Sock Toes.”
Many of the stockings and sock patterns published in Weldon’s contain little design details that are both practical and stylish. In this modern era of one-size-fits-all, leg shaping may be a new feature to many sock knitters, but this little aspect makes for a better fitting sock that stays up. Practical indeed!
Victorian Knitting Terms
It’s true; sometimes, Victorian patterns can be confusing. Knitting needles sizes need to be converted, the terminology may sound a tad strange at first, sizing can be a mystery, and the yarn quantities aren’t spelled out. To help decipher Victorian knitting patterns, read our blog post “5 Tips for Reading Victorian Knitting Patterns.”
Victorian knitting patterns are a bit like reading Shakespeare. Once you start knitting, the language becomes second nature, and for timeless design, nothing beats a pair of Victorian-era socks!
Featured Image: Illustrations from Weldon’s Practical Needlework.