Knitting Victorian clothing is an eye-opener when you realise this is how people had to make most of their clothes back then. They usually couldn't just go to the nearest department store. Instead they had to make most of their clothing themselves--including shawls, mittens, stockings, gloves and bags. Consequently, there are countless Victorian knitting patterns available, varying in complexity and time requirement.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Find Victorian knitting patterns at your local craft store or online. The Internet has resources for all kinds of knitting patterns. Sometimes you can even find authentic books from that era, especially online in electronic form.
Choose your first project carefully. It is probably a good idea to select something smaller or simpler at first. For example, a doiley, hat or gloves may be a good choice before attempting a larger garment.
Be prepared to spend a good deal of time on the project. For example, some items will be knitted with thin yarn and small needles, which are slow going compared to projects knitting on big needles. Also, patterns written during that era do not have as detailed of instructions, even though the project itself can be complex. The abbreviations used then are not the same as the ones used today, so it will take time to familiarise yourself with them.
Study and become familiar with specific knitting techniques and types of stitches, such as yarn overs, cabling, or increasing or decreasing stitches. Victorian knits tends to come in lacy patterns, which take practice to perfect.
Select yarns with the time period in mind, which would be yarns made of natural fibres, such as wool, cotton or silk. Also avoid too bright colours. Knitted clothing of the Victorian period tended to be in pastels, greys, blacks and whites.
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