[HNW] Recreating historic knitting

Cynthia Ley Cley56 at comcast.net
Sat Dec 31 10:21:36 PST 2011

While I have no idea if this site has what you're looking for, they do 
nonetheless have a great online library of fiber arts books:



On 12/31/2011 9:43 AM, Betsy Hanes Perry wrote:
> 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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