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Knitted Parasol by Miss Kettlewell

I know it’s insane, but I want to make this!

“Knitted Parasol by Miss Kettlewell” from The Illustrated Exhibitor. London: Printed and Published by John Cassell, 1851.

“The case of Miss Mary Kettlewell contains some very good specimens of Irish Work, comprehending articles in knitting, crochet, embroidery, and pillow-lace. Knitting, however, occupies the most conspicuous position in the collection; and we have selected two of the prettiest articles for illustration.”

Knitted Parasol by Miss Kettlewell

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The parasol is knitted with extremely fine cotton, each section is gradually brought to a point, as represented in the engraving , and the plain knitting above is ornamented with raised embroidery in satin stitch. In like manner the whalebone ribs are covered with embroidery on knitting. This parasol being made of light silk, the knitted cover is tacked over, and finished with a frill of pillow lace….”

The article I found from my search is “Crochet and Knitting in an Age of Progress”. It’s part of a larger website called “The Hook and The Book: The Emergence of Crochet and Knitting in American Popular Culture 1840-1876”. If you’re interested in the history of crochet or knitting, you definitely want to check this site out. It’s a virtual exhibit from The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1731 by Ben Franklin. How cool is that?

OK, so do you see how this justifies my internet addiction? I would never have found this if I dind’t spend so much time looking for information on the web.


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  1. I know it’s a huge project but I totally want to knit a parasol, too. Good luck with yours.

    • Thanks, oh if you knit one please send me a photo. I would love to make one some day, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I also want to make some lace fans, like the kind the Spanish ladies would use in the summer. I saw a pattern in Piecework once and I just love the idea. So beautiful, and something you can use in summer.

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