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What's a Fascinator? What's a Cloud?

A Fascinator is a ladies' head scarf. I found this one on the internet. I can see how this pattern would work well for this type of scarf.

According to Wikiapedia: A fascinator is a fashion accessory, more commonly worn by women, on the head or in the hair.[1] While it is simply defined as a head scarf, it may be anything from a small hair piece to a more complicated creation, but generally it is less substantial than a hat. It may be made from many materials, e.g. feathers or lace, and attaches to the head by varying means. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascinator

Here's a swatch and a detail from the swatch from The Art of Knitting 1897 that's titled
Design for Knitting Shawls, Fascinators, Clouds, etc.
A cloud was a little harder to find but here's a description from The Best of Everything.http://tinyurl.com/2y7oln

Or you can click on the clipping below.


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Aug. 31st, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
modern cloud?
Hi Cindy! My scarf cowl pattern is now available on my website for free. If I had to come up with a modern equivalent to a "cloud" it would be something like the scarf cowl...it's knit from laceweight so it is that light. I think it would also make a fine heavier weight scarf with fingering weight yarns... Thanks for posting about this! It gave me a real sense of how connected I am to past designs! Neat! Joanne
Here's the link:
Aug. 31st, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: modern cloud?
I think your scarf cowl pattern would quality as a cloud. It's funny how the names of garments of the past just dsiappear.
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