Cornish Guernseys & Knitfrocks


In late 19th century Cornwall hand-knitting was a vital cottage industry and coastal villages developed their own distinctive patterns and names for the traditional navy blue guernsey or knit-frock. Contract-knitting - the occupation of many Cornish women - had died out by the 1920s and was almost forgotten until author Mary Wright started asking old people what they remembered of it. Her research has resulted in a remarkable picture of social history. Cornish Guernseys & Knit-frocks includes many delightful contemporary photographs, and detailed instructions and charts show how to knit a Cornish guernsey incorporating one of thirty local patterns.


Rights Information

World rights available.


"A remarkable picture of social history" Guardian

Author Biography

Mary Wright is a specialist knitting instructor, living in Cornwall. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United Kingdom and in Japan. Since the first publication of Cornish Guernseys & Knitfrocks in 1979 she has given many lectures and broadcasts.



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Bibliographic Information
  • English
  • 9780955364884 / 0955364884
  • Paperback
  • Primary Price: 6.95 GBP
  • Pages: 68
  • Polperro Heritage Press
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Published
  • Edition: 2 Rev Ed
  • Dimensions: 186x200 cm
  • Illustration: Yes
  • Reference Code: BDZ0008327159