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Free Knitting Book

This book might be a good puzzle for you: Exercises in Knitting, by Cornelia Mee. The Kindle edition is free, but there's no illustrations and there's no key to help you understand the terminology.

I had to use my search engine to figure out the publication date (sorry, my brain was fried by writing NaNoWriMo). "MDCCCXLVI" translates to 1846. Before the Civil War. Yikes. 

Cornelia Mee is the "Authoress of a Manual for Knitting, Netting, and Crochet Work", and she published her third thousand (!) in London on Fleet Street.

So it's no wonder that my feeble little brain can't figure out what "First row: -- Seam 4 stitches, cast on 6 stitches, seam 4, cast on 6 stitches, and repeat," means. Upon further perusal, I think "seam" and "seamed" means "purl" and "purled".  Just a hunch. 

Even the titles are difficult to figure out. What the heck is a "penwiper" and why would you want to knit one? It's knit in three colors of "German wool." I somehow want to make one.

Unfortunately these are just pattern stitches I think; the number of stitches don't seem right to cast on. A comforter only takes 39 sitches. On the other hand, maybe a comforter is a kind of scarf. On the other other hand, there are pattern for garments (I know this because there are sleeves): there's a pattern for an "Under Spencer". Interesting!

Anyway, sometime I think unraveling Cornelia Mee's projects would be quite stimulating. But not right now! 

Comments

brandi

It would be interesting to see how much terminalogy has changed since then. I've noticed similar wording changes in my manuals for my 100 yr old sock machine and loom.

Kate/Massachusetts

This might help:
http://readknittingpatterns.com/rkp/vintage-knitting-patterns-the-old-terms/

yarndemon

Thanks for the link, Kate!

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