Project 6:  Gentlemen’s Muffatees

The sixth pattern in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (1843, First Series, p.18) is for a pair of Gentlemen’s Muffatees. If you don’t know what muffatees are, take a look at my previous post where I try to figure out what they are. The Gentlemen’s Muffatees are knit flat using double German wool (i.e. fingering weight yarn held double or DK yarn) and No. 14 needles on the Lambert Filiére (3-3.25mm needles).  Both of the modern day equivalents were chosen based on the information provided in  Colleen Formby’s excellent article Commend Me To A Knitting Wife.

The pattern is very straight forward, cast on 54 stitches and work every row the same:

Bring the wool forward, slip one; knit two together. — Repeat.

Miss Lambert indicates to knit the first and last stitch of each row plain (i.e. knit stitch) for the selvedge and that the muffatees are to be sewn up when done.

I had some leftover discontinued Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (Colour 18019) in my stash so decided to use that as it is a fairly masculine colour:

After an inch or so of knitting, I began to suspect that I might actually be doing brioche stitch or fisherman’s rib.  I took out my copy of The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt and sure enough, the stitch pattern is the same as the Brioche Rib described in the Yarnover-Stitch Brioche section of the book. I have done some brioche knitting in the past and found the brk and brp terminology to be confusing for some reason but having it written simply as yarn forward, slip, k2tog is much easier for me, thank-you Miss Lambert!

The stitch pattern has a crisp definition and a creates a lovely warm fabric that would keep any gentleman (or lady) cozy on a cold day:

6 thoughts on “Project 6:  Gentlemen’s Muffatees

  1. Those look so nice and warm. I recently did a brioche stitch washcloth and found the terms a little strange and ended up translating it to yo-k2tog in my head anyway.

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