In the PieceWork special issue Vintage Crochet, Mimi Seyferth introduces us to Jabez William Ridgwell (1874–1957). Jabez learned to crochet granny squares as a part of his rehabilitation after he lost parts of several fingers to shrapnel in the Second Boer War (1899–1902). He crafted a christening blanket consisting of one large granny square. In […]

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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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Weldon’s Practical Bent Iron Work

In an era when newspapers are more often read through a Facebook feed on tablets and smartphones, it is hard to imagine a need for a bent-iron-work newspaper rack constructed from gridiron. The always resourceful Victorians were adept “Do It Yourselfers” way before that phrase was coined. From Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 11, Bent Iron […]

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A Traditional Nightingale

Ring in the New Year with PieceWork’s 11th annual Historical Knitting issue! As always, this issue is packed with fascinating knitting stories and projects from around the world. Learn more about the history of the nineteenth-century wrap that became known as “The Nightingale.” Did Florence Nightingale ever actually knit a Nightingale? Heather (Vaughan) Lee reveals […]

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