The inspiration for this pattern came from the 1846 edition of Decorative Needlework by Francis Lambert. This modern adaptation of the pattern differs from the original in that this shawl uses 5 shades of green (instead of 4) and a wider stripe of scarlet. It has been translated into modern knitting abbreviations and brought up-to-date for the contemporary knitter.
The instructions to make these “Very Pretty Cuffs” appear in Francis Lambert’s publication My Knitting Book, first published in 1843. They appear again as “Graham Muffatees” in the 1846
edition of Decorative Needlework, also written/compiled by Francis Lambert. A muffatee is a wrist cuff that may or may not have a hole for the thumb. Today we sometimes call them
wristers or fingerless mitts. This modern edition of the pattern has been translated and brought up to date for the contemporary knitter. Finished objects produced using this pattern may be worn by re-enactors looking to wear authentic items that would have been knit in the middle of the 19th Century. The Graham Muffatee has been documented for use from the 1840s through the 1860s.