Stories in Stitches Book 5: The Civil War Era – Speaking Out


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Have you ever found a beautiful pattern in an antique knitting book with bewildering instructions that gave you a headache? In this article, I’ll go over the basic information you need to begin making heads or tails out of vintage and antique patterns. Several of the projects in this book include facsimiles of original nineteenth-century patterns as well as our updated instructions and charts.

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Introduction by Ava Coleman
« 1: SOJOURNER TRUTH » Ain’t I a Woman? A Voice for Freedom A Shawl for Sojourner Truth 8 Under Cap for a Lady 12
« 2: HARRIET TUBMAN » Arlington’s First Lady 22 Lady Arlington’s Warm Shawl 26 « 4 : SPEAKING OUT FOR JUSTICE AND EQUALITY » The Women of the Supreme Court 30 Collars: A Civil-War Era Tradition Continues 36 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Jabot 38 Sandra Day-O’Connor Cabled Collar 40 Sonia Sotomayor Grapevine Collar 44 Elena Kagan Blue Beaded Collar 46
« 5 : UNDERSTANDING PERIOD PATTERNS » Secrets of Victorian Knitting 48 Easy Half-Square Shawl 56
« 6:TOOLSOFTHETRADE » A History of Knitting Needles 58
Additional information

Additional information

Weight 0.875 lbs
Dimensions 12 x 9 x 1 in
Editors Letter

Editors Letter

Look at those Victorian knitting patterns and compare the original and new instructions. Look at how Ava and I have interpreted gauge, sizing, and materials. In Stories In Stitches books 6, 7, and 8, Ava and I will continue this series with more tips for wading through the mysteries of nineteenth-century knitting patterns.
MEASUREMENTS AND SIZING Victorian patterns use imperial measurements (inches) because they were written before the metric system came into use in the United Kingdom. The sizes are not standardized in any way. Sometimes, there are no measurements or sizes listed at all. Many patterns do not list gauge or needle size, making it almost impossible to knit the item in the correct size even when using the exact yarn specified. Yarn substitution information was rare, which made it even more difficult to recreate the project in the dimensions specified by the author.
Read more in Stories in Stitches 5. Buy Today!
Yours in words and stitches, Donna Druchunas
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