Some Useful Resources for Historical Knitting

The following is a list of references that I have found useful in this venture:


My Knitting Book by Miss Lambert (published in London by John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1843)

The Hand-Book of Needlework  by Miss Lambert (published in 1851 by Willis P. Hazard, 178 Chesnut St., Philadelphia)

The History of Knitting Pin Gauges by Sheila Williams (2006, Melrose Press).

The Lady`s Assistant in Knitting, Netting and Crochet Work, by Mrs. Gaugain (I.G.Gaugain, and Ackermann & Co. Strand, London, 1842)

The New Guide to Knitting and Crochet by Mary Jane Cooper (Marine Library, Marine Parade Hastings and Parry, Blenkarn and Co., London, 1847)

The Comprehensive Knitting-Book by Esther Copely (London, William Tegg and CO., Cheapside, 1849)

Online Resources

Project Gutenberg

Richard Rutt Collection, University of Birmingham, England

Fashion Plate Collection, University of Washington, USA

Everyone His Own Knitting Needle, Colleen Formby

Commend Me To A Knitting Wife, Colleen Formby

Frances Lambert, TRC Needles

Please note that this is far from a comprehensive list of references relating to Victorian era knitting.  If you know of any other books that I should take a look at, please leave a comment below and I’ll take a look!

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