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History Inspired Knitting Patterns

by | Sep 7, 2015 | Featured

Historical romance, steampunk, time travel romance all re-imagine history. These knitting patterns are all inspired by these fresh looks at historical costumes and clothes.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Chain Mail Cowl and Hood

Chain Mail Cowl and Hood

Pattern includes where to get seine cord, dying instructions, knitting instructions and how to apply foil for silver effect. Designed by Martha A. Marking. Quick knit in Super Bulky yarn

Free knitting pattern for Lady's Travelling Cap (1847)

Lady’s Travelling Cap (1847)

Franklin Habit translated this knitting pattern from Frances Lambert’s My Knitting Book (Second Series), 1847. The wonderful four-row stitch pattern blends adjacent shades like watercolor. Could be adapted for a baby bonnet.

Free knitting pattern for Kællingesjal 1897;recreation, Museum, Denmark by Mette Rørbech

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Kællingesjal 1897;recreation, Museum, Denmark by Mette Rørbech

This recreation of a 1890s Danish tie-shawl by Mette Rørbech that wraps around the body and ties in the back. tie-shawl.The shawl has elegant borders and a band of stockinette fabric that also help you tie the shawl and keep it snug. Pictured project is by FyrkantigSpunk

Free knitting pattern for Orange Crush Bustier

Orange Crush

Modern bustier designed by DolanDesigns is perfect for layering.

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For more history-inspired knitting patterns see the Steampunk and Victoriana Knitting Patterns post

Steampunk Inspired Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Revolution Jacket

Revolution Jacket

Chelsea Darling and Ryan Marnell designed this modern cardigan version of an American Revolution era jacket. Sizes XS [S, M, L, XL, XXL]


Free knitting pattern for Shetland Lace Jabot and Cuffs

Shetland Lace Jabot and Cuffs

Joannie Newsome designed this lace jabot and matching cuffs. The lace is charted (no written directions) but you can substitute your own lace pattern if you wish.


Pierneef Mini Poncho Free Knitting Pattern and more free poncho knitting patterns

Pierneef Poncho

Designed by Lisa Richardson, this romantic poncho gets its texture from drop stitches and its flair from a cozy collar and open front. Great for multi-color yarn as used here. | Get the free knitting pattern (log in to Rowan site required)Get the recommended yarn at Etsy

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting pattern for Jasper Wrap and more historically inspired knitting patterns

Jasper Wrap

This cape is great for steampunk / historical cosplay or just when you’re feeling romantic.

Knitting pattern for Sensible Shawl

A Sensible Shawl

Celeste Young created this warm, comfortable shawl that wide enough to cross the body and tie in back, leaving the hands free to knit, work in the garden, and around the house. The Van Dyke border is adapted from The Knitter’s Companion series written by Mrs. Mee and Ms. Austin throughout the 1800s. Finished Size: 50” wide excluding I-cords and tabs (96” wide from I-cord CO to I-cord BO); 27” deep from top edge to bottom point. This is also one of the patterns in Jane Austen Knits Fall 2012

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Knitting pattern for Renaissance Tunic pullover sweater

Renaissance Tunic

Teva Durham’s pullover sweater with cables is shaped by by adjusting the size of the cables and the number of purl stitches between them. The front features a romantic keyhole opening and a stand-up ruffled collar. 35 (37, 39 ½, 42, 44 ½)” (89 [94, 100.5, 107, 113] cm) bust/chest circumference. Originally published in Interweave Knits, Winter 2002/2003

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Knitted Ribbed Bustier Knitting Pattern and other history inspired knitting patterns

Knitted Ribbed Bustier

Great for layering or wearing alone. This is a simple, yet elegant piece that will knit up quickly in bulky yarn and is very versatile. Women’s S (M,L, XL) | Get the knitting pattern at EtsyGet the yarn the designer recommends

Rivulet Shrug Knitting Pattern

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Rivulet Shrug

Andrea Marquis designed this versatile, collared shrug that also has modern style versions. Bust 28-34, 36-42, 44-50 | Get the patternShop for worsted yarn for this project at Annie’s | [widget id=”black-studio-tinymce-13″]

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