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15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and Early 19th Century Knitting Patterns

Besides the collection of knitting patterns below two additional knitting patterns may be found in The Packet II. These are for a sailor's round cap with a small brim and the French double toque. If you know a voyaguer the toque is the documented proper voyaguer cap not the pointy tassled cap invented in the 1970s many refer to as a voyaguer cap. The Packet III has a pattern for knitting mittens. Knitting patterns for stockings (both a plain and fancy knit) may be found in Rural Pennsylvania Clothing. If you would like to knit using authentic tools try our bone and steel knitting needles.

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15th to 18th Century Monmouth Cap Pattern
Pattern and instructions by Mara Riley

Monmouth caps were originally named for the area of Wales next to the English border that produced large numbers of them and were worn by laboring men and sailors. Monmouth caps were sometimes referred to as Kilmarnock cauls or more commonly later on watch caps. This pattern includes knitting instructions for basic 15th to mid 18th century Monmouth. Because of the stretch of the fulled wool one size fits most people. This pattern requires a set of 4 size 10 double pointed needles and about 175 yds. (1 1/3 skein) of brown or red sheep bulky yarn or equivalent.

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Monmouth Cap Pattern for 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century historic reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Gunnister Gloves Knitting Pattern for 15th, 16th, and early 18th century re-enactors and museum interpreters.

Gunnister Gloves Pattern
Pattern and instructions by Mara Riley

Gunnister Gloves Pattern is developed after those gloves excavated from the Gunnister bog of Scotland dated at the late 17th century. This pattern includes women's medium, men's medium and men's large sizes. This pattern requires a set of 5 size 2 double pointed needles and 6 oz. of 2 ply sport weight yarn.

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Mill Farm Woman's Knitted Stocking Pattern

Knitting instructions for basic 18th to mid 19th century stockings with adjustable sizing. This pattern requires a set of 5 size 2 or 4 double pointed needles and 6 oz. of 2 ply sport weight yarn.

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Knitted Stocking Pattern for 17th and 18th century historic reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Knitting pattern of Scotch bonnets for 17th, 18th, and 19th century re-enactors and museum interpreters.

18th Century Scots Bonnet
Pattern and instructions by Mara Riley

This hat is currently called a "tam", but in the 18th century was known as a "Scots Bonnet". It was such a common garment that it became a symbol of Scots, particularly Scottish Highlanders.

This Scots bonnet, or "Tam", pattern is based on the one on p.4 and 6 of the Shire Booklet Scottish Knitting by Helen Bennett. The bonnet pictured in this book dates to about 1718. For a good looking bonnet we suggest one 2 ply, 4 oz. skein of fishermen's weight midnight blue using size 7 (4.5 mm) 10" needles.

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18th Century Knitted Mittens
Pattern & Instructions by Mara Riley

Adult sizes for hands from 7" circumference to 10.5" Children's sizes 5.5" - 6.5". Ms Riley's note on cuff treatments: The garter stitch technique used for the cuff is found regularly on stockings and on the Gunnister glove, which helps prevent the edges of the knitted garments from rolling. This pattern suggests using a size 5 or 6 needle (3.75 to 4 mm) and the 7" are plently long and worsted weight yarn.

One of the mittens recovered on the wreck of the General Carelton of Whitby (1792) had a row of fringe around the wrist and a second row about 1.5 inches from the wrist, either as decoration or perhaps to help retain warmth.

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Knitting pattern of wool mittens for 17th, 18th, and 19th century re-enactors and museum interpreters.
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Knitting pattern of women's wool mitts for 17th, 18th, and 19th century re-enactors and museum interpreters.

18th Century Women's Knitted Mitts pattern
Pattern and instructions by Mara Riley

Adding to her collection of period knitting patterns, Mara Riley has designed these mitts which were in Mara's own words 'inspired by a reference in Linda Baumgarten's What Clothes Reveal in which a knitter advertises that she will remake old stockings into mitts.

Accordingly she modeled the detailing on these mitts, including the "seam" down one side of the arm, on details from 18th century common stockings.

These mitts are knitted in 2 ply sport weight yarn. and will fit a medium sized woman's arm but size may be adjusted by using larger or smaller needles.

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