The Mariposa is so called from its  fancied resemblance to a butterfly. It is a graceful and elegant headdress, whether worn in the house, in cold weather, or in the garden in a milder season. It may of course be made of double instead of single wool, in which case it will be considerably warmer. Knitting Pattern from Godey Lady's Book (1860).


Half an ounce of single Berlin wool of any appropriate colour (suggestion ~ 8ply for a comfortable size with corresponding needles) and a small quantity of white Shetland (4ply for lace section ~ this part needs to drape gently).

With the coloured wool cast on 3 stitches, and knit in plain garter stitch, increasing one at the end of every row until a half square is done (a triangle), long enough to meet under the chin.

Now, cease to increase, and knit any fancy open stitch for the depth of one inch and a half. After this, cast off one-third entire number of stitches and each end of the needle, knitting the centre third in garter stitch, decreasing once the end of every row, until only one is left. Fasten off.

Take up the stitches all round the edge, and with the coarse wooden needles knit with the white Shetland *m1, K2t* (yarn forward, knit two together) all round, repeating until a lace of a depth of three inches is finished, then cast off loosely.

Make on a frame some daisy-velvet trimming, of white with one colour, just as the woollen mats are made (any wide trim may be chosen). Cut it into strips one ball wide, and sew a row along the fancy knitting, at the foundation of the lace, bringing it to a point over the forehead. Add cords and tassels to tie under the chin. (These dangle most charmingly if made with silky, tight-twisted cord.)

The Little Girl's Own Book by Lydia Maria Child (1847) offers this on the making of daisy-velvet: "Daisy trimming consists of little tufts of cotton fastened on a cord at regular distances, and then cut almost as close as velvet."


Victorian Antique Green Velvet Ribbon Trim


"Kiss your shadow in every corner of the room, without laughing."



"Beneath the golden mists of sunrise danced a radiant sea. On steeply sloping hillsides where thickets of wild lilac bloomed, the lark shook from his tiny throat a tumult of glad music. In shadowed niches of the canyons lilies waited to fill with light their gleaming ivory cups."

The Mariposa Legend by Charlotte Herr (1921)