HNW - HNW Charles' shirt

Deborah Pulliam pulliam at
Thu Apr 16 09:40:50 PDT 1998

<<Rutt didn't specify whether the chest and back were knitted flat or
whether the whole thing was knitted in the round and then slits cut in it.
Also neither of them said what the hem pattern is; it looks like a fairly
simple checkered pattern, which was commonly used at the time.  Both books
show a photograph of the garment.

>From the photo, I think the button placket on the yoke and the henley-size
collar have something sewn onto the back to stiffen them.

BTW, unless somebody knows a really cheap source of sky blue silk knitting
yarn in that gauge, I'm not entering the contest.  :-)  It would be like
knitting a dress out of embroidery floss.>>

The blue silk shirt/vest (so called because it's the British term for what
Americans call undershirts) was knit in the round up to the armscye, and
then knitted back and forth up to the shoulders, the placket fronts being
knit separately (but not cut). The buttonhole side does have silk tape or
fabric as a backing, but the neck edge does not; it's simply knitted for
several rows and then cast off. Although Rutt says the shoulders are
grafted, he's using it in the sense that the stitches from front and back
were worked together (as opposed to cast off and then sewn together.)
Kitchener stitch was *not* used.

The buttons are basketstitch woven over wooden bases; there are 13
buttonholes (maybe had something to do with when/why Charles wore it?!?)



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