Modern Victorian Knitting
Is the term “modern Victorian knitting” an oxymoron? It may seem so to our twenty-first-century ears and eyes, but modern Victorian knitting isn’t an oxymoron. Lots of knitters are using Victorian patterns as jumping-off points for some spectacular designs. A case in point is Katrina King’s knitted scarf in the March/April 2017 issue of PieceWork.
The inspiration for Katrina’s scarf comes from the Striped Border included in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 5. It’s one of about 100 knitted borders and edgings in the first six volumes of Weldon’s Practical Needlework. Katrina worked the scarf in oh-so-soft merino wool yarn: Cast-on 40 stitches, work Rows 1-12 of Katrina’s lace chart 48 times (or more or less, depending on how long you want your scarf to be) and bind-off. Voilà—a gorgeous scarf created from a pattern published in 1890!
You’ll find a lot more about Victorian knitting on the PieceWork blog. Actually, the blog features more than knitting; you’ll also find tidbits on fish-scale embroidery and the instructions for sewing a toilet pincushion.
If you would like to re-create Katrina’s scarf pattern, download your copy of “Inspirations from the Past.” The March/April issue with this pattern is chock full of other projects, including the Weldon’s instructions for five other knitted edgings and borders, along with photographs of Katrina’s samples worked in Handy Hands Lisbeth size 20 cotton thread on size 0 needles.
If you’d like to experience the wonders of Weldon’s up close and personal, check out PieceWork’s facsimile editions of Volumes 1 to 6 of Victorian England’s Weldon’s Practical Needlework included in a beautiful boxed set. In addition to the pattern that served as inspiration for Katrina King’s lovely scarf, you’ll find more than 2,000 additional patterns—for knitting, crochet, various forms of needlework, macramé, smocking, netting, beadwork, and much more!
Discover the fascinating world of Victorian life through its knitters. It’s a glimpse you won’t find elsewhere.
Featured Image: Katrina King’s knitted scarf was inspired by the knitted Striped Border pattern in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 5. Photo by Joe Coca.