Welcome to Exercises in Knitting
This site has all of the original fifty-four knitting patterns from Cornelia Mee's 1846 book, Exercises in Knitting.
The first twelve patterns are labeled as chair covers; however, the author suggests that the stitch pattern can also be applied to such items as doilies or shawls; or, anything else you may think of!
Patterns thirteen through fifty-four are for a variety of items such as baby bonnets, shawls, comforters, bags, etc.
You will find all of these receipts (I love that they were called this! Also love that knitting needles were called pins!) on the Vintage Patterns Index/Table of Contents page.
Exercises in Knitting is in the public domain and the vintage patterns are offered here for free. I like to think that Cornelia would be pleased to know that so many of us appreciate her work, and have access to it.
(However, I ask that you do not copy from this site, but instead provide a link to let others know about us. Thank you.)
This is the front cover of Exercises in Knitting.
This is the Title Page of Exercises in Knitting