If you have seen the D.W. Griffith/Lillian Gish melodrama Way Down East, you may recall an early scene in which Lillian presents a handmade hug-me-tight to her sophisticated city cousins. Ever wonder just what a hug-me-tight is?
It’s basically a shawl meant to tightly wrap around the wearer that fastens on a sweater-like back. The design was meant to go over a corseted chest so it may not hang well on a modern body. However, it looks as warm as the dickens.
I have included two vintage patterns from the 1910’s, one for knitting and one for crochet. No gauge is given. I have not worked these patterns so you are one your own! But do tell me if you succeed in making one.
The knitting pattern is from the Priscilla Knitting Book (1912). The abbreviation knit pl or k pl means “knit plain,” in other words, garter stitch (knit every row).
The crochet pattern is from the Sunlight Book of Knitting and Crochet (1915). It is a little bit more elaborate but I really like the back detail.
The pattern calls for an “old afghan” stitch. I have included instructions.
So, now we know what a hug-me-tight is and we know how to make one if we need it!