A History of Hand Knitting

Richard Rutt

Published by Interweave Press, 1987
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Oversized Green cloth with gilt lettering. Appear unread. Text is clean and white, no marks. Unclipped DJ with $24.95 price shows minor edgewear. Illustrated with a range of 14 color photographs, 95 black and white photographs and 70 diagrams and charted designs. A full history of hand knitting which make for absorbing reading. Traces the development of the craft by drawing upon literary evidence, and it pays special attention to the social aspects of knitting. Separate chapters relate the history of European knitting before 1500, knitting in Britain from Henry VIII to the Commonwealth, from the Restoration to 1835, during the nineteenth century, and during the First World War and after. Further explorations consider local traditons of the British Isles, knitting as practiced east of the Adriatic, and developments in the Americas." (from the jacket). Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Hand knitting, to date, has received relatively little attention from textile historians. In this full history of the craft, the author offers a definition of the process in relation to other yarn crafts such as crochet. Literary evidence is drawn upon and the social aspects of knitting are a main concern. Well-known legends about knitting history are re-evaluated and the development of techniques and tools is covered, together with the history of the craft from before 1500 to the present day. Some local traditions of the British Isles are investigated, including the knitting of Shetland, Aran, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Yorkshire Dales. Knitting tradtions east of the Adriatic and in the Americas have separate chapters, and the book includes a historical glossary and a transcription of the earliest English knitting pattern. Richard Rutt's previous books have been about Korean and Chinese literature.

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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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Title: A History of Hand Knitting
Publisher: Interweave Press
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Printing

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