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April 06, 2021

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Carol

Lovely pictures. Delightful post. Your quilt is going to be great. We are reading Winter Holiday outside in Michigan in 81 degree weather.

Brittany

I have been reading Patrick O'Brian too! They occasionally speak of a "comforter," something to wear in cold weather - I think Louisa Wogan knits one for Stephen when they are sailing through the high forties. I wonder if you know what kind of garmet it is?

Jeanne

Brittany, perhaps unsurprisingly I did some digging around when I was reading "Desolation Island"! I couldn’t find an actual pattern or even a description, much less a picture, but I'm pretty sure it's a scarf, possibly what was later sometimes called a chest protector, a short scarf whose ends were laid over one’s sternum and chest for extra warmth.

If you're interested, the blogger at One More Stitch (who, alas, has not posted in years) is also an Aubrey/Maturin reader and has knitted miniature (!) and full-sized versions of some of the garments mentioned in the books --

http://historyknits.blogspot.com/2008/

And though it's from the 1830s, there is this one in double-knitting (the kind that makes a tube if you do it right) --

http://christianregency.com/blog/2014/11/03/gerards-red-and-black-scarf/

and the date isn't really that far off. This one might be thought of as "new and different" from the common garter stitch kind, which could be why Miss Watts thought it worthy of including in her book.

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