By Richard Rutt
This reference offers a whole background of hand knitting via tracing the advance and refinement of the craft. With targeted consciousness to the social facets of knitting, it examines the adjustments in instruments and methods inside of diversified areas. tested intimately are the heritage of ecu knitting ahead of 1500, knitting in Britain from Henry VIII to the Commonwealth, from the recovery to 1835, in the course of the nineteenth century, and through global warfare I and after. extra explorations think about neighborhood traditions within the British Isles, knitting as practiced east of the Adriatic, and advancements within the Americas. soaking up analyzing for knitters and nonknitters alike, this booklet additionally defines knitting with regards to different yarn crafts corresponding to crochet and nalbinding and gives a old word list and a transcription of the earliest identified English knitting pattern.
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Mary Thomas gave no verifiable source or proof of the origin of the story, but even had she done so, "'e should have had no more than a trivial legend appended to a great religious myth. Andromache weaving (in the Iliad) and of Penelope weaving her father-in-law's shroud (in the Odyssey) were really about knitting. The story of Penelope unravelling her work at night by the light of torches to deceive her unwelcome suitors ~as, Henson thought, easier to understand if the fabric was not woven but knitted on pegs attached to a beam.
This picture is one of three panels, each of which. shows Mary seated on a chair Qr thi'6n~. sits in th,e chair beside her as she knits. She is. U11d~r her palms, carrying the light-coloured yam. lll). the right hand. mg a hollow' square, slightly rounded. The yam is on SJ)OOis a):ound board like the ones in the Lorenzetti pictures, but here the board is on Mary's lap. ns and early Italian paintings of saints. pictures already described - for the benedictine nuns of Buxtehude. t-hand side ofatriptych altar-piece, and is significantly different from the Italian pictures.
Louisa Bellinger, in the official publication of the find (1945), not unnaturally assumed that this was a fragment of flat knitting. She noticed the peculiar techniques of increase and decrease, and composed a recipe for reproducing the fabric. Her instructions are laborious and hard to understand. a b 20 (a) Nalbinding decrease, which cannot be simulated in knitting; (b) nalbinding increase, which can be simulated by knitting, but only with difficulty. Before 1SOO 31 30 Before JSOO Romano-Egyptian socks Several museum collections, notably in Paris (the Louvre), Prague, Toronto (Royal Ontario Museum) and Leicester, and above all the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, possess what are frequently called 'Coptic socks'.
A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt