There is ribbing at the waist, which transitions in to pleats. The stitch pattern is a square pattern with purl "triangles" at the top of each square. At the bottom, some sort of chevron or feather and fan patterns. I think I would have just let my ankles show.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
I spent the afternoon browsing the "Underneath it All" exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. I ran in to some unexpected knitwear!
Apparently, when steel cages became popular, it also became in vogue to wear knitted petticoats for both warmth and to provide some modesty in case your hoop misbehaved and showed a little more limb than intended. The display said this red petticoat was from the late 1800s (1860 maybe?) but it looks like it could have been knitted yesterday. It was very well preserved! It didn't look worn at all. It certainly didn't seem to suffer from the dreaded saggy skirt bottom we know so well in modern knit skirts.