[HNW] Recreating historic knitting

Betsy Hanes Perry betsyp at pobox.com
Sat Dec 31 09:43:13 PST 2011

Hi!  I originally sent this to the Bay Area Costumers Guild, and got a
suggestion to redirect it here.  I couldn't find a FAQ; apologies if this
has been addressed before.

Has anybody written a book about how to recreate historic (esp.
Victorian-onward) knitting patterns?  I don't want one of those books that
contains a few patterns "based on" the originals; I'd like an explanation
of what sizes a "bell gauge" (called for in Weldon's Illustrated
Needlework) was, how bone needle sizes differed from metal, and suggestions
about how to reason out wool equivalences.

Does anybody know a book or Website like this?  It seems that instructions
on how to be your own detective would be really, really valuable.

Thank you.

Betsy Hanes Perry
"Be well, do good work, and keep in touch." - G. Keillor
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