A history of hand knitting
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. This replaces 0934026351.
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Hardly had the children arrived at Tilty before, in July 1550, the account books
show twelve pence being paid 'for my nephew Francis for a pair of knit hosen' (
400). In September another pair was bought for fourpence (401), and four
pounds of wool were bought for 3s. 4d. for knitting hose for Francis (402). We
learn the name of the knitter, Elizabeth Ennyver, who was paid fourpence for
knitting a pair of sleeves (405). In 1554, when he was probably 9 years old,
Francis went to school in ...
John Nichols (1 823) records that at New Year 1561 Elizabeth received at least
three pairs of silk knit hose as gifts from commoners. Her partiality was quickly
known. Howes's version of the story of her first pair fits the date of this and other
evidence. The port books of 1560-80 show expensive silk stockings being
imported from Spain, and a letter quoted by Dean Burgon in his Life of Sir
Thomas Gresham (1839) adds a further instance. Sir Thomas was Queen
Elizabeth's leading ...
Stockings vary in price from Is to 10s per pair (a few pairs of extraordinary
fineness are sold for Q. per pair), and gloves from Is to 10s or even sometimes as
high as 15s per pair. Shetland lace Steamer services with the mainland started in
1836; Scottish sheep breeds were brought to Shetland; and the postal service
began in 1840. All these factors encouraged the knitters. Especially in the
northernmost island of Unst, the spinning of very fine yarn was maintained. The
articles knitted ...
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Definitions and techniques
Henry VIII to the Commonwealth
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