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
in the garden in a milder season. It may of course be made of double
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
~ 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
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
of stitches and each end of the needle, knitting the centre third in
stitch, decreasing once the end of every row, until only one is left.
Take up the stitches all round the edge,
and with the coarse
wooden needles knit with the white Shetland *m1, K2t* (yarn forward,
together) all round, repeating until a lace of a depth of three inches
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
the foundation of the lace, bringing it to a point over the forehead.
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
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
a radiant sea. On
steeply sloping hillsides where thickets of wild lilac bloomed, the
from his tiny throat a tumult of glad music. In shadowed niches of the
lilies waited to fill with light their gleaming ivory cups."
The Mariposa Legend by
Charlotte Herr (1921)