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Tiny Tippet

Knitting
October 2008
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
US 8 - 5.0 mm
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This pattern is based very loosely on a Victorian tippet pattern I found in The Ladies Knitting Book of 1879, which describes tippets as ‘useful little gifts for poor children’ but also that they are made from any soft wool, that they are warm and quickly made, and be either made to tie around the throat or to fasten with a button.

The stitch pattern I have used is also in the book as an ideal stitch for this sort of work as it creates thickness and warmth.

Tippets are traditionally knitted end to end but I have worked this one top to bottom. This little tippet can be worn many different ways, crossed over at the front as shown, turned upside down and with a single button worn like a wing collar, with 2 buttons across the side edge, as a cowl by sewing together the front seams and turning to the back and even as a head band.

Materials
1 skein Babylonglegs SW Merino DK
Shade Rusty Cage
1 pair 5mm needles
2-3 buttons

Alternative yarn
The Tiny Tippet was originally knitted in Noro Silk Garden (the blue/grey tippet in the photographs) which makes a good alternative.