Exercises in Knitting

Cornelia MEE ( - )

Mrs. Mee, her husband, and her sister ran a yarn and needlework import/warehouse business in Bath, England. Her books primarily contain practical everyday items that knit up quickly with the busy homemaker in mind. At this time, published knitting "receipts" did not contain abbreviations and were laborious to use. They were, however, rich in error!

Later in her career, due to circumstances of war and the resulting social stress and poverty, many of her knitting books were printed for ladies' charitable societies, which used her knitting "receipts" to clothe the poor mill workers who were out of work due to the American Civil War and the embargo of cotton.

In addition to recording the original patterns, LibriVox knitters have also knitted samples of these patterns, displayed at the KnitWiki, and have attempted to condense and clarify the patterns for the enjoyment of modern day knitters. (Summary by Brenda Price)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Crafts & Hobbies, Self-Help

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chair Cover 1 - German Pattern of Open Double Knitting, both Sides alike Sarah Jennings
00:02:06
Play 02 Chair Cover 2 - Nun's Pattern Karen Savage
00:01:41
Play 03 Chair Cover 3 - Viennoise Pattern Karen Savage
00:01:50
Play 04 Chair Cover 4 - Beautiful Coral Pattern Betsie Bush
00:05:44
Play 05 Chair Cover 5 - Beautiful Diamond Pattern Karen Savage
00:02:33
Play 06 Chair Cover 6 - Pretty Feather Pattern Karen Savage
00:01:13
Play 07 Chair Cover 7 - Rose-Leaf Pattern Betsie Bush
00:03:52
Play 08 Chair Cover 8 - Pretty Spider-Net Pattern, with Open Work between Betsie Bush
00:05:22
Play 09 Chair Cover 9 - Shield Pattern, surrounded with Open Work Sarah Jennings
00:04:56
Play 10 Chair Cover 10 - Canvass Pattern Sarah Jennings
00:01:46
Play 11 Chair Cover 11 - Leaf Pattern Kristin LeMoine
00:03:41
Play 12 Chair Cover 12 - Another Leaf Pattern Gesine
00:04:04
Play 13 Narrow Vandyke Edging Betsie Bush
00:03:03
Play 14 For a Baby's Hood—very pretty Betsie Bush
00:03:22
Play 15 Very Pretty Pattern for a Fish Serviette Karen Savage
00:02:34
Play 16 Two pretty Fringes for Chair Covers, &c Sarah Jennings
00:01:51
Play 17 New Pattern for Lace Edging Kara Shallenberg
00:02:42
Play 18 Sugar-Plum Stitch Betsie Bush
00:01:16
Play 19 Leaf Pattern for Half-Square Shawl Erin Hastings
00:05:18
Play 20 Baby's Shoe and Stocking Betsie Bush
00:03:31
Play 21 Shell Pattern for a Baby's Cap vickienj
00:05:28
Play 22 For a Knitted Bodice Lizzie Driver
00:02:33
Play 23 Pretty Open Pattern Gesine
00:01:48
Play 24 Shell Knitting for a Bag, in German Wool Betsie Bush
00:02:54
Play 25 Pretty Pattern for Basket Serviettes Gesine
00:01:44
Play 26 Oriental Mat, or Hookah Carpet Anne Cheng
00:02:05
Play 27 Very elegant Knitted Pelisse Jennie Hughes
00:04:57
Play 28 Half Cap for Wearing under a Bonnet Betsie Bush
00:02:58
Play 29 For a Muff sharknit
00:02:13
Play 30 A Swiss Pattern for the Top of a Mitten or Muffatee Alex Whittaker
00:01:16
Play 31 Beautiful Pattern for a Shetland Shawl Jennifer Stearns
00:02:38
Play 32 For a Comforter Kathy Jacobs
00:01:18
Play 33 For Another Comforter Tonia
00:01:01
Play 34 Raised Knitting, a kind of Bell Pattern, for a Counterpane Sarah Jennings
00:02:43
Play 35 For a Knitted Penwiper Betsie Bush
00:03:04
Play 36 Beautiful Pattern for a Scarf Sarah Jennings
00:05:18
Play 37 Twisted Knitting Tonia
00:01:00
Play 38 A Pretty Pattern for a Baby's Shoe Betsie Bush
00:03:56
Play 39 Pretty Open Diamond Border Tonia
00:01:36
Play 40 Honeycomb Cuffs Betsie Bush
00:01:37
Play 41 Fan-Pattern Knitting for a Mitten Betsie Bush
00:03:14
Play 42 Corkscrew Muffatees Betsie Bush
00:01:44
Play 43 Gentlemen's Cuffs: an Excellent Pattern Anne Cheng
00:01:14
Play 44 Receipt for a Stocking Betsie Bush
00:11:48
Play 45 For a Brioche Betsie Bush
00:02:26
Play 46 Very Pretty Vandyke Border Betsie Bush
00:06:56
Play 47 For Children's Gaiters Erica Sims
00:01:44
Play 48 For an Under Spencer Betsie Bush
00:06:11
Play 49 Netted Shawl Betsie Bush
00:01:49
Play 50 Another Pretty Pattern for a Knit Purse vickienj
00:01:14
Play 51 For a Knitted Collar Betsie Bush
00:14:20
Play 52 Pretty Feather-Pattern for the Border of a Shawl Betsie Bush
00:01:04
Play 53 Open Diamond Pattern for the Centre of a Shawl Betsie Bush
00:04:10
Play 54 Fan Pattern Gesine
00:01:27