Title: A History of Hand Knitting
Publisher: Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado
Publication Date: 1987
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Printing
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 # B101214
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.
About the Author: Richard Rutt is the former Bishop of Leicester and has published many titles including Korea: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary and The Bamboo Grove: An Introduction to Sijo.
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