Knitted Bedspread

DSC00401Here are some photos of an old bedspread we purchased at an antique store recently.  A Christmas gift from my husband.  I’d always wanted something like this, but old textiles, I have learned, can be quite expensive, so I’ve never found one I felt was affordable.  But here was this amazing piece and only $50!  On the way home  I wondered what kind of shape it was in, as we did not unfold it at the store.

Left side head seems incomplete.

It appeared to be complete, at least it seems as if the person making it, never quite finished, but I’m not sure.  You’ll see what I mean when you see the photos.  For example, the top right head looks finished, while the left side seems incomplete in that it’s missing the little tag.

Top right hand portion of the trim.  The head of the spread is flat, while the other three edges have a beautiful trim
Top right hand section at the head of the spread. The trim ends neatly. The head of the spread is flat, while the other three edges have a beautiful trim.

My reason for this post is to ask you wonderful people if this is a valuable textile and should be treated with special care, or if it really is worth only $50 and I don’t need to worry overmuch about my dogs laying on it.  I question the value because of the detail involved in this piece.  It is by far one of the most complicated knitted object I’ve ever seen.  I am putting it on my bed every day, but after having it only a few weeks I notice it already looks a bit yellow.  I’m worried about how to properly clean it.

There are a few flaws, some loose stitching, the apparent incomplete boarder.  I thought about taking some white thread and fixing a couple areas, but I’m not sure I should attempt it, since I’m not a seamstress, and certainly can’t knit.

One of the flaws.
One of the flaws.
Center flower.
Center flower.

I say this is knitted only because we showed a sample piece to a woman who has been knitting and crocheting for probably more than 50 years (she’s at least in her late 70s).  She said she could not figure out some of the stitching, especially the raised flowers in the center of each little block, and on the trim.  She said she was pretty sure it had been hand knitted by a very skilled hand.  It brings to mind a wedding.


I’d appreciate any comments or questions.  I can take more photos and even considered doing a short video of it and sending it to someone for an appraisal.  This is my first step.  I’m hoping one of you lovely people will take an interest and have knowledge about this masterpiece.

6 thoughts on “Knitted Bedspread

    1. It is an amazing bit of knitting, isn’t it? I don’t know how old it is, but I’d say it’s between 80-100 years old.

      Hand washing was what I was planning to do, but I was hoping for an alternative. The thing is twice the width of a king bed and must weigh 25lbs. Wet? I don’t think I could lift it. And where can I lay it to dry? I never thought about that aspect when we bought it. I guess the caretaking techniques have passed on along with this type of skill.

  1. Wish I could help but I don’t knit or crochet… It looks beautiful. Maybe someone who does knit could complete the part that isn’t …Maybe you could find out .. looking on the web how to care for it. ?? No help at all from me .. Diane

  2. wow that is so so gorgeous! my grandmother did crochet and some of it looks like things i saw her do many years ago. of course i can’t say if it is knitting or crochet, could it be a mix? hope someone can help you.

    1. I’m actually waiting for someone to tell me it’s machine made. lol But I will start doing some online research. As to whether it’s crocheted or knitted, for all I know this is some sort of tatting. I’ll keep people updated.

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