I'm working on a project to do with historical knitting. Basically, I take patterns, and intersperse with the instructions a story of my own, like the story of the knitter knitting the garment. And I'm especially interested in historic patterns for this project, because knitting has such a rich history. That said, I am having trouble finding patterns.
I've searched the Intarwebz all over for a pattern for a stocking (not Christmas, but actual sock-like stocking)... to no avail. Ideally, it would be a pattern like what might have been used in the 18th century. My idea here is for a story about a tricoteuse knitting at the foot of the guillotine during the French Revolution. A stocking pattern that is similar to what would have been knit then but not exact to the period will do, but I'm having trouble even finding one.
Can anyone be of assistance there? Or, if you can think of anything else an 18th century French woman might have been knitting there (plus pattern) that would also be amazing. And... if you want to see the results of my work, I'll be happy to post it.
Likewise, if you have any interesting stories related to knitting history, especially regarding the origins, or male knitting, I'd be happy to hear them. My local library is less than well-stocked on knitting history books, a lack which I find personally offensive, so my resources there are limited. Any help is more than welcome and so very much appreciated. :)