Historic Knits I Would Totally Wear

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Can you imagine this vest worn with cuffed boyfriend jeans and tousled hair, with the first few buttons left open? So chic. Knited camiciuola from mid 16th century, Museo Stibbert in Florence

Can you imagine this vest worn with cuffed boyfriend jeans and tousled hair, with the first few buttons left open? So chic. Knited camiciuola from mid 16th century, Museo Stibbert in Florence

Historic Pincushion or dramatic statement necklace?  "This small round pincushion was knitted from silk in two sections in stocking stitch and joined at the seams. The name 'C.Osboldeston' is placed in the centre of the design between two flowers." from the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Historic Pincushion or dramatic statement necklace? "This small round pincushion was knitted from silk in two sections in stocking stitch and joined at the seams. The name 'C.Osboldeston' is placed in the centre of the design between two flowers." from the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Okay, these are seriously ballin.'  "An unusual pair of crochet crimson silk and silver thread men's gloves, circa 1660, worked in horizontal stripes, the fingers and thumb worked in the round with no seams, with gauntlet of broad silver bobbin lace with repeat clover leaves and scalloped bobbin outer edge, 30 cm long."

Okay, these are seriously ballin.' "An unusual pair of crochet crimson silk and silver thread men's gloves, circa 1660, worked in horizontal stripes, the fingers and thumb worked in the round with no seams, with gauntlet of broad silver bobbin lace with repeat clover leaves and scalloped bobbin outer edge, 30 cm long."

Dated and named hand-knitted adult mittens, c.1837. Hand knitted in red and navy wool with a pattern of alternating snowflakes and diamonds. The cuffs have ivory bands. The thumbs are attached with a border of olive green wool. The name of the original owner and the date of construction were incorporated into the design. These mittens from the Philadelphia area are also a rare example of everyday clothing from the perio

Dated and named hand-knitted adult mittens, c.1837. Hand knitted in red and navy wool with a pattern of alternating snowflakes and diamonds. The cuffs have ivory bands. The thumbs are attached with a border of olive green wool. The name of the original owner and the date of construction were incorporated into the design. These mittens from the Philadelphia area are also a rare example of everyday clothing from the perio

These just scream Lady Gaga to me. Or maybe Alexander McQueen. So badass.  "A pair of men's knitted silk and gold thread gloves, probably Italian, circa 1650 – 80, of pale yellow silk worked overall with gold thread lozenges, which join up to form lines over the knuckles, the fingers with small gold spots, luxurious deep gold thread fringing, 26 cm long, (holes in the index fingers and thumbs, apparently deliberate, indicate liturgical use)."

These just scream Lady Gaga to me. Or maybe Alexander McQueen. So badass. "A pair of men's knitted silk and gold thread gloves, probably Italian, circa 1650 – 80, of pale yellow silk worked overall with gold thread lozenges, which join up to form lines over the knuckles, the fingers with small gold spots, luxurious deep gold thread fringing, 26 cm long, (holes in the index fingers and thumbs, apparently deliberate, indicate liturgical use)."

The coloured fingertips are way too cute!  "An embroidered glove of red knitted silk, probably liturgical, probably English, first half 17th century with wide low gauntlet of gold embroidered and couched thread flowerheads with looped and couched petals, chain stitched lozenges, large single tassel to one side, 24 cm long"

The coloured fingertips are way too cute! "An embroidered glove of red knitted silk, probably liturgical, probably English, first half 17th century with wide low gauntlet of gold embroidered and couched thread flowerheads with looped and couched petals, chain stitched lozenges, large single tassel to one side, 24 cm long"


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