Franklin sporting his Gentlemen's laceweight nightcap knit from an antique pattern
Last night I joined about 100 other knitters in a lecture hall at MIT for a meeting of the Common Cod Fiber Guild (my first). We all sat and knit while Franklin Habit guided us through some of the challenges to be faced in knitting from some of the earliest written knitting patterns.
If you've read his blog the Panopticon, you'll know that Franklin has a wonderful wacky sense of humor and he had us all, literally, in stitches.
But all the laughs aside, it was a fascinating presentation of early antique knitting patterns. We take so much for granted, now, with common terminology and charts and photographs (not to mention videos) to aid us in following a pattern and these helps were just not present for the Victorian knitter.