If the end of the 18th Century heralded the decline of the handknitting industry
This was the time of white cotton work, doilies, chair backs, curtains, shelf edgings etc.
If an article could be knitted, then the Victorian lady knitted it.
- By 1835 knitting had become a very fashionable hobby for middle class drawing rooms of England and Scotland
- Between 1835-40, English knitting books appeared in large numbers, these were very popular
- New imported yarns, fine wools and improved quality needles now became available
- 1836 is the date of first known pattern publication, this was by Jane Gaugain.
- In 1837, Jane produced a small slim book on family knitting
- In 1840, she published a bookThe Ladies Assistant which included crochet as well as knitting
- between 1852-3, she produced lots of books, they contained patterns for
caps, counterpanes, purses, baby clothes, shawls, bags, pin cushions, doyleys, cuffs, spencers, blankets,
muffs, scarfs, mittens, and stockings
- It was in about 1837, in Gaitloch, Scotland that the first Argyle or Tartan stockings were produced Mini knitting stuff
The Professor: Next day was appropriated to the first class; on my arrival, I found the directress seated, as usual, in a chair between the two estrades, and before her was standing Mdlle. Henri, in an attitude (as it seemed to me) of somewhat reluctant attention. The directress was knitting and talking at the same time.