Chest Protector by Weldons

Chest Protector

by Weldons
Knitting
Double Berlin Wool
Andalusian Wool
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
One Size
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“Chest Protector” from Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Thirty-Fifth Series (1897) and republished in Weldon’s Practical Needlework Volume 12.

“An extra wrap to cover the chest is very necessary for those who have constitutionally delicate lungs, or who are recovering from an attack of pleurisy or penumonia. The protector illustrated here is quite a pretty little garment, but it is fully as easy to make as are the more simple kinds. The stitch is a particularly effective one, and, while rough and ‘ribby’ on the right side, the surface that lies next to the body is as smooth and soft as can be desired.

“The model is made with white Double Berlin wool, 2 ounces and a half being required, with less than half an ounce of finer wool of some bright color for the scalloped edging. Pale pink or blue Andalusian wool is the best for this ornamental addition to the protector. If a less expensive piece of work is desired, petticoat fleecy may be used, or coarse undyed yarn. but it will be found that for such a purpose the second quality of wool is quite as suitable as the first, and, indeed, being less compact in its twist than the better quality, is often softer, and consequently more comfortable in wear. Two pairs of bone needles, Nos. 8 and 12, are required, as the knitting should be executed rather closely. For the border, a bone crochet hook of medium size should be selected.”