WELDON’S

PRACTICAL KNITTER
Thirteenth Series
How to Knit Useful Garments for Ladies,
Children, and the Home.

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magazine is pleased to present this exact reproduction (neither
alterations nor corrections were made to the original published in
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the 1800s) from
needlework and history, hand in hand.
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This electronic pattern book opens a window on another time and another
place. The time is the turn of the twentieth century and the place is London,
England. Needleworkers of that era would be amazed to see their favorite
knitting patterns in a virtual format of which they could never have dreamed.
In an effort to bring needlework to the emerging middle class, Weldon’s,
a paper pattern company of the Victorian era, began to publish monthly
newsletters devoted to various crafts (beading, knitting, crochet, patchwork,
and the like). These newsletters were typically 14 pages and cost 2 pence. Later,
they were collected into book form, titled
. This
series was included in Volume 5.
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We have reproduced for you here the knitting material from the Thirteenth
Series. The 25 projects range from simple to ornate and include a cape
in looped fringed knitting; several patterns for quilts, including Grecian,
Saxon Star, and Peach Leaf; precious baby booties in Dotty Pattern; and
the intriguing Cartoon Lace edging. The instructions might perplex a
contemporary knitter accustomed to detailed charts and succinct directions,
but the patterns are often ingenious, and many of the objects transcend the
century-plus span of years since they were devised.
This electronic book serves as a curiosity, an inspiration, a resource, and
a link to a time beyond our memories. In using and enjoying it, you keep the
craft alive.        

                                                                                                              

                                                                                                      

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