MKB Project #22

The 22nd pattern in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (First Series, 1843) is for Another Muff.  The pattern is easy to follow, with the stitch pattern comprising only one line!

Cast on forty-five stitches.—No. 8 needles.

Every row is worked the same, with a slip-stitch at the beginning;—knit one; pearl one.—Repeat to the end of the row.

It will require a piece of about twenty inches long, to make a moderate sized muff, which should be lined with gros de Naples; and stuffed with wool, and a sufficient quantity of horse-hair to retain it in shape. Cord and tassels to match the colour of the muff, may be sewn at the ends; or it may be drawn up with ribbons.

(My Knitting Book, 1843, p. 34)

The pattern calls for No. 8 needles, which are equivalent to 4.5mm today.  The pattern does not specify a yarn weight to use, so I chose to use a DK yarn as this seemed to be best suited to the needle size.   I cast on 45 stitches and started to work away.  I quickly realized that the stitch pattern results in a moss stitch pattern.

Close up of the moss stitch:

When I reached a length of 20 inches, I cast off.  The resulting fabric was firm, without holes and had no bias:

I sewed the two short ends together and threaded a ribbon through the edgings:


Unlike the previous pattern in the book, Miss Lambert provides a lot of detail regarding construction of the muff.   Gros de Naples was a heavy silk available a the time; which could be found; however, horse hair is not so readily available, at least to my knowledge!  I will admit that I really did not know where to go next with the assembly of the muff and chose to leave it as is, unlined, as a sample of the knitted portion of an 1843 style muff.

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3 thoughts on “MKB Project #22

  1. Oh! There was a thread on Ravelry recently talking about natural fiber novelty yarn and guess what one of the yarns was? A horsehair blend yarn! The website actually offers three different styles: horsehair/cotton, horsehair/gold (like a boucle), and horsehair/landwool (sheep?)/goathair. It looks so interesting, but it is out of the country for me sadly.

    Here is the link if you want to check it out:

    If anything it is a curiosity!

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  2. I got interested in filling it with horse hair and so I looked up alternatives and info. You can still find horse hair but it’s rather costly. You can use foam, coconut fibre, and tightly packed cotton batting. I have actually seen and felt an antique muff before (black sheep skin, it was so luscious) the insides are tightly packed but only just enough where it holds your hand but doesn’t squeeze it. Hope that helps 🙂

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