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A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt

By Richard Rutt

This reference offers a whole background of hand knitting via tracing the advance and refinement of the craft. With precise consciousness to the social elements of knitting, it examines the alterations in instruments and methods inside of various areas. tested intimately are the background of eu knitting ahead of 1500, knitting in Britain from Henry VIII to the Commonwealth, from the recovery to 1835, throughout the nineteenth century, and through global battle I and after. extra explorations give some thought to 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 ebook additionally defines knitting in terms of different yarn crafts similar to crochet and nalbinding and provides a historic word list and a transcription of the earliest identified English knitting pattern.

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It is the better preserved of the two cushions, dark brown with straw yellow patterning on both sides. Perhaps it was originally 35 Cushion from the tomb of the Infante Fernando de la Cerda. ) square. Late thirteenth century. 36 The diaper pattern from the cushion in the tomb of Fernando de la Cerda, c. 1275. 37 The Arabic word baraka, 'blessing', repeated round the borders of the cushion of Fernando de la Cerda. The other side of the cushion is covered with a more complicated trellis or web that di"vides the field into octagons interspaced with small squares.

The other pieces of Islamic knitting are hardly any easier to understand, but at least they can still be seen and examined. None of them is thought to be earlier than the twelfth century. C. were made in the twelfth century, possibly in India. Dr Bellinger was a most careful student, but she did not recognize that the Romano-Egyptian socks were made by nalbinding. She also wrongly asserted that they were worked from top to toe, and therefore thought that these blue and white stockings, which are knitted from the toe upwards, must have belonged to a different tradition.

91). '' deep red and golden yellow silk, stranded from colour to colour at the back of the fabric. A reconstructed chart of the pattern, which is elaborately geometrical, is given in figure 24. This fascinating specimen came from Fustat and was dated by Ikle to the seventh to ninth centuries. Now that it has been lost, the difficulty of assessing its significance has become perpetually insoluble. It may even be of later date. The other pieces of Islamic knitting are hardly any easier to understand, but at least they can still be seen and examined.

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