Book, Weldon's Practical Knitting; 1885-1895; WY.2007.33


Book, Weldon's Practical Knitting

About this object

This booklet, in rather poor condition, is Weldon's Practical Knitter, a compilation of '123 useful garments for ladies, gentlemen and children'.

Interestingly, it includes handwritten notes from an early owner for making several of the items. In August 1909 a 'combination garment for a boy of two or three' was made especially for the PWMU ( Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union), followed in October by a vest for a similar aged child. This was followed by a shawl, made in June 1910. This pattern was later adapted for bigger needles and "made from 12 skeins of Patons 4 ply fingering ... and looks very nice". The knitter recorded all the pattern changes and repeats as it must have been quite complicated to keep track of these.

In New Zealand, Presbyterian women, motivated by the PWMU's plea to join the world-wide missionary sisterhood doing 'women's work for women', set forth as nurses, teachers, evangelists, translators and administrators to convert their 'heathen' sisters in Africa, India, China and South America. At home, the PWMU encouraged women with the challenge of finding other ways to share their Christian beliefs, and to use their particular gifts, especially in sewing and fundraising. This led to numerous sales of work as well as the production of goods and clothes for mission boxes.

The owner of this booklet certainly put it to very good use.

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper
inorganic, processed material, metal, iron


h 300 mm x w 230 mm

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London


Weldon & Co

Publication Place

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

Subject and Association Keywords

Religion and Belief

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