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Fluted Lace Shawl

A 1930s knitted-lace edging provides the springboard for an exploration of knitting vintage patterns at a larger gauge. Cast on and knit along.

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Flower Garden Shawl

This shawl with Orenburg construction features a fleur-de-lis pattern, to which the nupps add a three-dimensional effect.

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Cold Lands, Warm Hands

The history of knitting has been shrouded in mystery, half-truths, and outright lies! Is this because there is so little material, either textiles or documentation, to enable that history to be fully written?

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Knitwear and Gloves for Polar Explorers

To undertake polar expeditions, then as now, appropriate protection was needed against the elements, some of the most severe on earth.

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By the Dexterous Use of Two Threads: Gloves and the Handknitting Industry of Sanquhar, Scotland

Author James Brown in History of Sanquhar (1891) describes Sanquhar gloves and stockings in the early nineteenth century as “being woven on wires in a peculiar manner,” which presumably means knitted on fine needles.

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Knit an Eighteenth-Century “Latrine Hat”

I developed this pattern after close examination of the artifact “latrine” hat excavated at the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Log in to reveal this subscriber-exclusive pattern.

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Learning to Needle-Tat

These instructions are based on the information in Barbara Foster’s Learn Needle Tatting, Step by Step (Paxton, Illinois: Handy Hands, 1998), which provides complete step-by-step needle-tatting instructions accompanied by plentiful photographs.

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An Icelandic Endless Knot Design to Stitch

This design is entirely worked in long-arm cross-stitch, the most common stitch found in the extant traditional embroideries of Iceland.

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Forget-Me-Nots from the Victorian Age: Perforated-Paper Embroidery

In the Victorian era, it is not entirely surprising that thick paper, or card, was attempted as a ground material for hand embroidery—an important skill for every Victorian lady.

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Notre-Dame Tam to Knit

Notre-Dame shines as an example of early Gothic structure with its massive flying buttresses that offset the weight of the tall walls.