Jun 5, 2011

1840s Gentleman's Nightcap Knitting Pattern

Franklin Habit has taken an 1840s nightcap pattern and translated it into modern knitting terms at http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/FEATfall08SIT.html

The “gentleman’s night cap” is included in the knitting chapter of The Workwoman’s Guide, first published in 1838. The anonymous author, who signed herself “A Lady,” introduces it thus:
This cap has a very pretty appearance, something resembling old-fashioned insertion lace,
as there is an ornamented border round the head. It is done with fine needles and cotton,
and knit round like a stocking.
Knitting Needle Size: 1 or 2.25 mm

Yarn Weight: (1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)
Circumference: 22 inches at opening.
Depth: 11.5 inches from edging to peak.
Standard Abbreviations used in the pattern are explained here.

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