Another WW1 Era Knit

Here is a sneaky peek at another couple of patterns which will be in the Centenary Stitches book.

I found the ‘cape’ in one of the Bear brand books from 1918. It was knitted in ‘rabbit wool’, now known as angora. So I had a friend knit it up in Rowan Angora Haze.

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Aileen knitted the cape and the hat, and sent them to me to sew up and finish. When I took the cape out of the envelope it looked a mess – I wish I had taken a photo of it! But as soon as I added the fringe and the crochet buttons, the piece was transformed. The cape weighs nothing, and is surprisingly warm on the shoulders.

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The band of the hat is knitted first, then the stitches for the crown are picked up along one edge. The clever bit is the way the seam is gathered and folded as the buttons are added.

The hat can be worn with the buttons to the side….

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… or to the back….

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…. or to the front.

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There has been some bad publicity about angora yarns, but reputable yarn companies like Rowan know their fibres and do not use fibre from suspect sources. It is well known in the luxury fibre world that unhappy animals produce bad quality fibre, and such fibre will only find its way into cheap yarns. But if you don’t want to use angora, then the patterns will work with other 4 ply/fingering yarns.

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10 thoughts on “Another WW1 Era Knit

  1. Agree about unhappy animals not producing good yarn! That hat reminds me of one in a photograph I once saw of one of my great-aunts. Her father made her give it away as he disapproved of it – which probably meant it was very fashionable!

  2. The cape and hat are lovely! Make sure you inform us when the patterns will be available!
    Love that it is a known fact that animals who are treated unkindly do not produce good products wether it be wool or meat.

    Looking so very forward to knitting these patterns!

    1. Yes – they have done so temporarily. Their sources of angora are all ethical, but they are waiting until they have done the extra inspections that a very, very small minority of folk have said should be done before re-launching it. It is a case of the uninformed, vocal minority making life hard for the rest of us.

  3. I’m probably slow in realizing you are an author Elizabeth. Just receive from the library this morning The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting. What a feast for the eyes, beautiful photographs, lovely patterns and a stitch dictionary not to mention a great piece on “dressing”. Will ordering my own copy as soon as I can get to the booksellers. Enjoy reading your blog and the wee doggie adventures. All the best – yvonne

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