Victorian Crochet Cuff Translation

Dear Readers,

I am so excited to announce that my first Victorian Pattern Tranlsation is now live in my Payhip store and totally for free! They are the Victorian Crochet Cuffs.

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This is a PDF Translation of a Victorian Pattern.
This pattern comes from The Royal Magazine of Knitting, Netting, Crochet, and Fancy Needlework. Conducted by MDLLE, Rigolette de la Hamelin. Published in 1848  Original Pattern

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If you have ever worked with Victorian crochet patterns you will know that they tend to be very vague and sometimes they can be tricky to work from. That is why I have translated the pattern into something which the 21st-century crocheter can use!

The pattern calls for less than 50g of 4ply fingering weight yarn and a 1.75mm crochet hook. You will also need buttons if you want to make them close like I did.

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The pattern includes information showing how I made some of the decisions that I did when translating the patter. However I will also be doing another blog post shortly which will go much more into detail into the research that I did before starting these cuffs.

If you make these cuffs I hope that you really enjoy the pattern. And either way if you want to ask me any questions or make any suggestions please do get in touch with me!

Keep Crafty,
Peace and Love,

6 thoughts on “Victorian Crochet Cuff Translation

  1. Oh wow, our conversation has just made me realise that I accidentally got this patter source and other mixed up. I am currently knitting a mitten from Ladie’s Home Journal 1885 but this cuff is from a British Publication 1843.

    You are correct that needles and hooks came, and still come, in many different sizes and numberings depending on the country and the brand. But you can eventually find information that will lead you to something more exact if you search long enough. This information is actually part of the post I am planning to post shortly. But this is also the reason why I am using mm in my instructions. They are less vague than weird numbers and letters.

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  2. For the yarn that sounds okay. Things must be easier with hook size in the US. When I was a child here in the UK my mother told me that different hook manufacturers used different numbers for the same size hook. I have my mother’s hooks and I have one that says 4 1/2 = 21 and two similar sized steel hooks where one says 11 and the other days 00.

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  3. Yes from my research the cuffs could be either sewn onto a garment or worn fastened at the wrist. The sewn ones were only tacked so they could still be removed for washing.

    The hook and the yarn was a little bit of trial and error for me. The pattern specified the size of hook but not the size of yarn. If I used a usual thread for the hook then the 40 stitches specified would only have fitted a doll. So I made the exacutive decision to up the yarn size. This was also supported by other patterns I have in my collection that combine that yarn and hook size. 🙂


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