Yarn-Arts in the 19th Century

"Welsh Landscape with Two Women Knitting" by William Dyce, 1860

I am a knitter. I knit mercilessly, using up yards and yards of yarn to make hats, scarves, and socks. I take knitting when I go reenacting, I take knitting to the library, knitting to watch TV, so as you can see, my knitting goes everywhere. As I look through photos and fashion plates, I see relatively few images of people wearing knitted items.

But it’s obvious people used yarn in the 19th century, right?

Yarn-Arts (as I call them) is knitting and crochet. Both of these Yarn-Arts have a long and illustrious histories that I can take hours to retell. Let’s cut to the chase- where are the patterns and pictures of knitting in the 19th century?

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