Punchinello Caps for Knitting Needles to Knit

Looking for a small knitting project to use up the leftover bits of fingering-weight yarn that you have accumulated? Cast on Ann Budd’s adaptation of “Punchinello Caps for Knitting Needles” from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 11. With her instructions, there will be no need to decipher tricky Victorian knitting jargon. Just have fun knitting and playing with infinite color combinations!

knitting needles

The illustration of the “Punchinello Caps for Knitting Needles” from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 11.

Ann explains, “These colorful needle protectors appeared in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 11. Two tiny pom-pom caps are knitted with fingering-weight wool on size 0000 (1.25 mm) double-pointed needles and connected with a braided cord. The caps fit snugly over corks, which keep the sharp points of slender needles from poking through the fabric between knitting sessions. Punchinello is the British name for Pulcinella, a clown character in Italy’s seventeenth-century commedia dell’arte and still a favorite in puppet shows throughout the world.”

Materials:

Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, 100% Shetland wool yarn, fingering weight, 115 yards (105.2 m)/25 g (0.9 oz) ball, small amount of #425 Mustard (yellow), #187
Sunrise (red), and #147 Moss (green)
Needles, set of 4 double pointed, size 0000 (1.25 mm)
Tapestry needle
Wine-bottle cork, cut in half

Finished size: About 1¾ inches (4 cm) long, excluding pom-poms and cord, and 3 inches (8 cm) in circumference

Gauge: About 10 stitches and 16 rounds = 1 inch (2.5 cm) in stockinette stitch; exact gauge is not critical for this project

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For more from Weldon’s, knit a pair of Vintage Railway-Stitch Socks with our kit. Plus, find tips for reading Victorian knitting patterns in our blog post “5 Tips for Reading Victorian Knitting Patterns.”

Featured Image: Ann Budd’s adaptation of “Punchinello Caps for Knitting Needles” from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 11. Photo by Joe Coca.

Posted February 20, 2014. Updated June 20, 2018.


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