1856 Opera Hood

As I continue to explore the wonderful world of historical knitting, I ran across a pattern for an Opera Hood that looked pretty neat. I found the pattern on Ravelry, and it comes form the Godey’s Lady’s Book from 1856.

An explanation of the pattern is posted on the blog, Ephemeral Chaos.

The original image and pattern are in the Godey’s Lady’s Book from 1856 located at HathiTrust here:

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015027389421&view=1up&seq=1154&q1=opera%20hood

(image 1154 has the image of the hood, and the pattern is on image 1224)

I had a bunch of Mounty Holyoke cashmere that I had purchased and never used, so I decided to make a shawl and opera hood from this beautiful yarn that is now discontinued. The hood is basically finished, except I need to sew up the back and add the edging. It is surprisingly warm. These are photos of mea wearing it without having done anything other than the knitting.

1856 Opera Hood
1856 Opera Hood
1856 Opera Hood, back
1856 Opera Hood, back
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I am a mom, small business owner, and lover of all things. I have a variety of interests and obsessions and use this website as an outlet for my eccentricities. I live in Missouri on a small farm, that was originally one of the first homesteads in Laclede County. I enjoy volunteering, gardening, foraging, knitting, canning, local history research, and genealogy. I am a member of Mensa, Phi Alpha Theta, Rotary International, Daughters of the American Revolution, Society of Indiana Pioneers, First Families of the Twin Territories, United States Daughters of 1812, Daughters of Union Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Clan MacBean, Clan Sinclair USA, and the list continues to grow.