As you probably know, I have been working on knitwear for the film Tell Them of Us recently, and the first two patterns are ready to go on sale.
The first is a cardi/jacket for Violet, William’s girlfriend.
It was knitted by Sheila Cunnea from a Bear Brand pattern in Rowan yarn.
The construction of this one is a common one for the time. It is started at the back hem, and is worked in one main piece, casting on for the sleeves, then working over the shoulders and down the two fronts. The collar, cuffs and pockets are added later.
Like almost all patterns of the day, this pattern was originally published with just one size. I have added three more sizes. (The construction and the size of the pattern repeat made more sizes far too complicated!)
The second pattern is for a set of Dutch hood, scarf and fingerless mitts which can be knitted in Frangipani, DK or aran weight yarns.
The pattern (or ebook as Ravelry insists on calling it!) has two different stitch patterns which are charted and written out row-by-row. Either can be used for any item. This has four sizes – child, teen, woman, large woman/man. All patterns are very stretchy and will fit a wide range of sizes.
The Dutch hoods (or Dutch caps as they were known then!) were a popular shape for both women and children. The shape is very easy, but the result is both pretty and useful. I have seen photos of children wearing then with elastic under the chin, too.
The scarves can be fringed or not. In the early years of the 20th Century they were very fond of fringing, but the fringe is optional. (I have given illustrated instructions for making the fringe.)
It seems to me everyone, whatever their age or class was wearing fingerless mitts, or ‘mittens’ as they tended to be called, in those days.
There are photos of them and patterns for them from the UK and USA in all weights of yarn, ranging from very fine, lacy ones for the opera to thick, warm ones for everyday wear.
The ones in this pattern are typical of the ‘working’ mitts of the time, with a long ribbed cuff which could be worn under or over a coat or jacket.
(You do not need to be a member of Ravelry to buy the patterns through the links.)
The header for all the patterns from the film ,released by various folk, was designed by Judith Brodnicki. More about it can be found here.