claning at igc.org
Mon Nov 12 19:13:17 PST 2007
On Nov 12, 2007, at 4:55 PM, Susan wrote:
> My mother who is an avid knitter was wondering if sweaters, pullovers,
> cardigans that kind of thing are period?
The earliest knitted body-garment I'm aware of is a 15th- or 16th-
century child's knitted undershirt in the Museum of London -- so they
don't seem to turn up until the late Middle Ages / Renaissance.
Apparently all those layers of wool clothing were enough!
The cardigans people are referring to became fashionable among the
aristocracy right around 1600 (+ or - a few years) and continued to
be so for a few decades.
As with any knitting question, you'll find out more than you ever
believed possible to know if you go over to the HistoricKnit mailing
list at Yahoo:
You have to join the list to search the archives, I think, but they
have discussed just about every conceivable question about historical
knitting since the group started six or sever years ago. They can
point you toward photos and instructions for a lot of historical
knitting projects for just about any era from 1300 to 1950 :)
O Chris Laning <claning at igc.org> - Davis, California
+ http://paternoster-row.org - http://paternosters.blogspot.com
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