Knitting circles at the Freeport Historical Society

The Freeport Historical Society in Freeport, Maine invites knitters to participate in a series of afternoon knitting circles focusing on historic knitting. The program will run Saturdays from March 17 through May 26, 2012.

From the website:

In conjunction with its upcoming summer exhibit, Buttons, Rum, and RakesFreeport’s Mercantile Past, Freeport Historical Society invites knitters to participate in a series of afternoon knitting circles.  We will focus on historic knitting patterns to illustrate the types of goods that were produced at home during the 1830s and ‘40s, just as the craft of knitting became a popular pastime in American parlors.  Beginning on March 17, from 1:00-3:00, and continuing every Saturday through May 26, the historical society will host knitters at Harrington House at 45 Main Street in downtown Freeport.

We will provide modern versions of original knitting patterns from the 1840s and will supply appropriate yarn for knitters wishing to knit from these historic patterns and then donate their finished item to the historical society.  These handknit items will be offered for sale as part of our summer installation of an 1830s-era general store.  Knitters may also opt to bring along their own yarn and keep their finished items. Or, just come along with a current project and enjoy the knitting camaraderie.  Knitters are welcome to attend any or all of our sessions!

The knitting sessions will be hosted by FHS staff member and knitter Katie Worthing.  Although assistance will be available during the workshop, knitters intending to knit from the historic patterns should be comfortable with skills like ribbing, increasing and decreasing stitches, and knitting in the round.

The workshops are free of charge for knitters wishing to donate their finished historic item to the historical society.  All other knitters will be asked to make a contribution.  For a list of necessary materials and to sign up for the sessions, please call (207) 865-3170 or email