View Full Version : Knitting History: Linen mitts ca. 1787

03-25-2006, 11:19 PM
AntiqueLace.com (http://www.antique-lace.com/date1/2432/2432.htm) has a beautiful series of photos documenting a pair of finely wrought, knitted mitts. These are elbow length, and were executed in unbleached flax thread.
Notice the textural detail!

The geek in me really wants to see if I can reconstruct this pattern and knit a replica pair. *swoon*

03-25-2006, 11:44 PM
very interesting...but I'll let you figure that pattern out on your own...:)

03-27-2006, 11:30 AM
I've got the basic textures figured out (the brightness of the photos did make it a bit challenging). Now I just have to figure out the gauge.

I may have to make my own wire needles in order to knit this. :shock:

03-27-2006, 12:56 PM
wire needles! MMMM you've got some patience. Those are gorgeous though. Would love to see the result if you do it!

03-27-2006, 07:47 PM
With my luck they'll take me all summer. But hey, I can have them ready for Patriots' Day 2007, mebbe? :XX:

03-28-2006, 12:52 AM
Question for my fellow knitters:

In looking at the photos of these mitts, can any of you tell me how the picot edge on the arms might have been achieved? In looking at it I came up with the following theories:

1) they were knit backward from hand to elbow (which would be "interesting" in a chinese-curse-sort-of-way)
2) they were knit as we would knit them today, and then stitches were picked up to make a picot edging.

Based on the lay of the thread, which scenario is more likely? What type of cast on would show the least if method #2 is used?

03-28-2006, 10:09 AM
I can't answer your questions, Wynnie, but just wanted to say how much I love looking at historical knitted items! (Loving the history of it is how I ended up buying For the Love of Knitting.) In reading Andean Folk Knits, I was interested to see that many people there knit with bicylce spokes :shock: so maybe you could do that.

03-28-2006, 10:24 AM
I can't answer those questions either! but I was just looking at the gloves again, and you know those are really neat! They're beautiful. I think towards next fall I might try to make something like these, but not knit too tiny, I mean not on small needles. Maybe 3 or 6. I did a picot edge on some socks from let's see, a book.... forget which knittingbook and it
had a provisional cast on but that was the top of a sock.

Weekend Knitting that's it, the book.

03-29-2006, 05:16 PM
I almost wonder if that edging is crocheted... :thinking:

03-29-2006, 05:21 PM
That picot edge looks picked up to me. See the delineation from the body of the glove. Those are really amazing. Kudos to you -- would love to see the finished product!