Knit a Child’s Vest

Looking for a project to knit for a six- to seven-year-old child that satisfies his or her fashion sense yet will keep them warm and toasty during the cold winter months? Check out our knitted child’s vest! We used tapestry yarn, most often used for needlepoint, to achieve the thick, padded effect. This is an […]

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Seeking out something special to crochet for a new baby? Look back to the Victorian era for inspiration. Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) has just the project to honor a newborn, a Square for Baby’s Quilt. But wait! There’s no illustration. What does this crochet Square for Baby’s Quilt […]

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We need your help! The Crochet Shawl—The Fascinator from Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) has no illustration, and we’re longing to know what it looks like. Whip up a Fascinator from Weldon’s Practical Needlework for a special head covering, or make it larger, and wear it around your neck […]

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Weldon’s Mystery Project: Eis Wool Shawl

The “Eis Wool Shawl” from Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) lacks an illustration. The project featured in Weldon’s Practical Needlework is the latest installment in our series of mysterious Victorian crochet projects. Join us, and chain on! Here is the pattern as it was published in 1886, with neither […]

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Vintage Bicycle Socks for the Modern Era

A classic with a modern twist, the Vintage Bicycle Socks to Knit kit might just be my new favorite sock kit. Based on an 1800s men’s design found in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, expert knitter and designer Vicki Square has updated these socks for women in the 21st century. Soft but sturdy, structured yet forgiving, the […]

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Are you in search of a project to crochet for the special child in your life? Look no further than the pages of Weldon’s Practical Needlework for inspiration! The “Petticoat for Child of Two” from Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) would make a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays […]

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We here at PieceWork adore Victorian knitting patterns, especially those from Weldon’s Practical Needlework. Yet translating British Victorian knitting jargon into modern American terms can prove challenging! In “Victorian Life and Knitting” from the November/December 2002 issue, Carol Huebscher Rhoades provides insight into how to decode the unfamiliar phrasing and choose the right yarn and […]

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What in the World is Weldon’s?

In an effort to bring needlework to a then emerging middle class, several companies in the late 1800s in London, England, began publishing patterns and instructions for various needlework projects. Unlike other magazines available at the time, which ran one or two needlework projects in issues filled with other editorial (including fiction, recipes, and housekeeping […]

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5 Sock Patterns for Lazy Women

In the past month, we’ve been looking at sock-knitting tips and techniques from vintage publications and world traditions; see last week’s column on Albanian socks. Maybe your appetite for sock secrets and Victorian design has been whet? And you want to knit some old English socks of your very own? Well, Piecework magazine is a […]

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12 Blanket Patterns to Try in 2017

When I was the editor of Interweave Knits magazine, Ava Coleman sent me a submission for a knitted baby blanket and I fell in love with it. The Cottage Baby Blanket is comprised of four counterpanes that are seamed together to make a square. Isn’t it lovely? Ava says of the pattern: “Just like many […]

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