The History of Hand Knitting

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Interweave Press, May 1, 2003 - Crafts & Hobbies - 256 pages
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This reference provides a full history of hand knitting by tracing the development and refinement of the craft. With special attention to the social aspects of knitting, it examines the changes in tools and techniques within different regions. Examined in detail are the history of European knitting before 1500, knitting in Britain from Henry VIII to the Commonwealth, from the Restoration to 1835, during the 19th century, and during World War I and after. Further explorations consider local traditions in the British Isles, knitting as practiced east of the Adriatic, and developments in the Americas. Absorbing reading for knitters and nonknitters alike, this book also defines knitting in relation to other yarn crafts such as crochet and nalbinding and offers a historical glossary and a transcription of the earliest known English knitting pattern.

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User Review  - Rachel Murphy - Goodreads

I have mixed thoughts on this book. Some parts I found interesting, such as the chapter on Shetland knitting (but then I would, given that I come from Shetland, and a long line of knitters!). But ... Read full review

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User Review  - Deanna - Goodreads

Overall, the book is well researched and interesting. The author is hesitant to make assumptions (which is nice) but does seem to have strong opinions on the proper way to hold your knitting needles ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Richard Rutt is the former bishop of Leicester, a town that played an important role in the British knitting industry.

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