So, if you should happen to be a handsome gentleman in the 18th century, there would be an essential item of clothing that we rarely see in the 21st century. You would be wearing a lace jabot.
A jabot is a tiered tie made from lace. It attaches around the neck, and drapes down the front of the chest like a bib.
If you were an 18th century wife, you probably knitted jabots for your husband (and sons) with lots of love. They showed off your wifely skill around their necks.
So, while I’m waiting for the kilt straps and buckles to arrive, so I can finish that project, I’m knitting a jabot.
Here are the links to the instructions.