CORNISH GUERNSEYS & KNITFROCKS
by Mary Wright
In late 19th century Cornwall hand-knitting was a vital cottage industry and coastal villages developed their own distinctive patterns and names for the traditional navy blue guernsey or knit-frock. Contract-knitting - the occupation of many Cornish women - had died out by the 1920s and was almost forgotten until author Mary Wright started asking old people what they remembered of it. Her research has resulted in a remarkable picture of social history. Cornish Guernseys & Knit-frocks includes many delightful contemporary photographs, and detailed instructions and charts show how to knit a Cornish guernsey incorporating one of thirty local patterns.
Paperback 68 pages
Reviews of CORNISH GUERNSEYS & KNIT-FROCKS
"A remarkable picture of social history" Guardian
"Snap up this gem of a book for a fascinating and informative journey into the world of Guernsey knitting and a snapshot of social history from the southwest." Knit Today
"A gem we're thrilled to see back in print." Simply Knitting