Cornish Guernseys and Knit-frocks, Paperback Book

Cornish Guernseys and Knit-frocks Paperback


In late 19th century, Cornwall hand-knitting was a vital cottage industry and coastal villages developed their own distinctive patterns and names for the traditional navy blue guernsey or knit-frock.

Contract-knitting - the occupation of many Cornish women - had died out by the 1920s and was almost forgotten until Mary Wright started asking old people what they remembered of it.

Her research has resulted in a remarkable picture of social history.

This book includes many delightful contemporary photographs, and detailed instructions and charts show how to knit a Cornish guernsey incorporating one of thirty local patterns.

Mary Wright is a specialist knitting instructor. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United Kingdom, and in Japan.

Since the publication of Cornish Guernseys and Knit-frocks she has given many lectures and broadcasts.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 68 pages, 65 illustrations
  • Publisher: Polperro Heritage Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Knitting & crochet
  • ISBN: 9780955364884



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