Quirky or Not?

When does a shoulder scarf become a sweater, and vice versa? Putting together PieceWork’s newest eBook, 7 Stylish Scarves from 1918 to Knit, has made me ponder this.


Some background: We took seven of the more than 125 patterns from our copy of Fleisher’s Knitting & Crocheting Manual, published in 1918 by S. B. & B. W. Fleischer in Philadelphia, for this eBook. All of the patterns call for Fleisher’s yarns, which were produced in the company’s mill in Philadelphia. And the seven scarves are stylish and not just by 1918 standards. I love the names—Stasia, Zella, Bernadetta, Nanon—all seemingly women’s names. But wait, where does Petaluma come in? That’s a town in northern California; surely, no one named a child this.

Two “shoulder scarves” are included here, the Chinon (a woman’s name, or the town in France?) and the Rita. Only the cuffs on the Rita are fitted, the sleeves have slits up to the underarm, so this could be deemed a shoulder scarf, not a sweater. But the Chinon is definitely a sweater, unusual though it may be (cropped in front with the back longer). I don’t see anything scarflike in this.


Because both the Rita and the Chinon were definitely in the "Scarves" section of the original manual, we included them. They are quirky, but then so am I. I would definitely wear Chinon, not so much Rita. I would definitely wear all of the actual scarves, as well. Okay, maybe not Petaluma. But Zella, definitely, especially if I can have the same swell bouquet of flowers that the model wearing Zella had!

I hope you find one or more scarves here that strike your fancy—quirky or not. Knitting needles absolutely don’t care about quirkiness!