Knitted Garb - Inspired by Originals: Designs for Plimoth Plantation and Beyond
Edited By Jackie Fee
At Plimoth Plantation, where history is brought to life for the museum’s 350,000 annual visitors, 17th-century craft is alive and well. Knitted Garb—Inspired by Originals is a reflection of the museum’s legacy of experimental archaeology and reviving traditional craft techniques.
This publication, created in collaboration with The Weavers’ Guild of Boston and The Greater Boston Knitting Guild, is a remarkable, breakthrough accomplishment in the world of historical textile reproduction. This book presents the collection of Plimoth Plantation knitting patterns revised by Jackie Fee, author of The Sweater Workshop, who is known for her clear, thorough, easy-to-follow directions.
In 2010, Plimoth Plantation began the Plimoth Knitters’ Club, a volunteer knitting group that meets regularly to knit reproduction articles for the museum’s Historical Clothing and Textiles Department. Upon joining the club, members were given patterns and yarn to complete three articles in the course of a year. As Jackie Fee recalls, “It soon became apparent that the pattern directions, some of which dated back 32 years to the Monographs, as well as to more recent designers, lacked consistency as to knitting terminology, recommended yarns, needles, gauge and were without sizing.”
Fee began revising all the patterns being used by the Knitters’ Club. “The directions are now written to assure knitters with an easy understanding of the terminology and basic construction as they work each article. Care was taken to include the details of the original while adapting gauge and yarn weights for today’s knitter,” she noted.
Knitted Garb is available for purchase through Plimoth Plantation’s museum shops. The museum has also collaborated with Harrisville Designs in Harrisville New Hampshire to develop an exclusive line of yarn for Plimoth Plantation—New Plimoth Worsted—spun by Harrisville, in colors typical of the 17th century and labeled with period correct color names like “Goose-Turd Green” and “Rat’s Colour.” New Plimoth Worsted yarns are also sold through Plimoth Plantation’s museum shops.
The 12 patterns featured are:
- Gunnister Purse
- Tudor Rose Pocket
- Gunnister Cap with Turned-up Brim
- Knitted Flat Cap
- Thrummed Cap
- Gunnister Cloves
- Museum of the City of London Mittens
- Knitted Waistcoat
- Charles I Tunic
- 17thc Clocked Stockings
- Tudor Stockings
- Garters for Stockings