History of Knitting

Interesting information and facts about the history of knitting.

Andean Knitting star
Pre-Columbian or Conquistador origin? Whichever is true, the region is home to a respected and rich tradition of fiber, weaving, spinning, and knitting.

Aran Sweater Symbolism? star
The ageless appeal of Aran patterns, shrouded in the mists alongside Irish monasteries.... a lovely legend, but unfortunately untrue. Read on...

Bohus Stickning star
Everyone was hungry during the worldwide Great Depression of the 1930’s. In Sweden, however, a woman named Emma Jacobsson decided to do something about it. The result is knitting history.

Cowichan Sweaters star
Thick, warm, and pleasantly woolly, the Cowichan sweater was originally designed by members of this Coast Salish tribe. Enjoy this summary of the design's origins.

Estonian Lace star
Lace knitting has been around for centuries, with each area of the world developing its own traditions. The small Baltic country of Estonia's lace knitting started as a means to sell tourist souvenirs. Today, it's one of the focal points of European needle lace.

Gansey Knitting star
Longing for a fisherman's sweater but put off by heavy cabling? Consider Guernsey patterns! These knit-and-purl beauties are straightforward to knit and easy to wear.

Hand knitting patterns star
Links to sites with free hand knitting patterns.

Machine knitting star
Free patterns for the machine knitter.

Mary Maxim Sweaters star
Iconic in Canada, the Mary Maxim sweater has an iconic presence. Enjoy some historical facts and observations about the label!

Orenburg Shawls star
Since the creation of the city, these shawls have been a beautiful tradition.

Sanquhar Knitting Patterns star
Sean Connery would definitely approve if you decided to knit a pair of gloves using one of these historic patterns!

Spanish Knitting Traditions star
We don't know that much about historical knitting in Spain, but it's research well worth continuing!

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