Lisle, the knitted fabric used in these gloves, employs a highly refined cotton that has the look and softness of silk. This allows for the creation of an intricate pattern such as the zig zag example here
Stockings Date: 1865 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Heel to Toe: 8 in. cm) Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Mildred C. Gray, 1954 Accession Number: b Metropolitan Museum of Art Full item description and additional photos here.
Evening gloves Date: Culture: American The openwork knit pattern adds an extra decorative dimension to the wearer's arms. The combination of the silk knit and the patterned knit is not unlike the way silk stockings covered and decorated the legs.
Mitts Date: fourth quarter century Culture: possibly British Medium: Leather, silk Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009 Accession Number: b