In other 19th-century accessory news, I’m not sure how I have managed to live this long without a pineapple purse. A modern adaptation of this pattern appears in the spring/summer 2012 issue of Knitty, a lovely online knitting magazine. The designer who translated it explained how he did it on his own blog.
You might think a knitting pattern is a knitting pattern is a knitting pattern, but they’ve changed quite a lot over the years. From what I’ve seen, old knitting patterns seem to assume a lot of knowledge about knitting, and they use different terms than modern patterns. And, as the designer wrote, “we cannot call, text, e-mail, Tweet or otherwise harass Jane Gaugain to find out what she intended, because even the worms that devoured the worms that devoured her mortal body have long since gone to dust.”
But he worked it out. Ok, I don’t know that I *really* need a pineapple purse, but if I come across the right silk yarn, well…I might have to give it a shot.
If you’re having trouble imagining a pineapple purse, you must visit the Kyoto Costume Institute’s website, because they have a completely zoomable photograph of one from about 1800. And the blog that referred me to that picture has a link to another pattern for a pineapple purse. Wow. So many options.