Looped Fabric

Shepherd’s knitting in 1780

This post is currently being revised

I have an article in the Winter 2020 issue of PieceWork, titled Evolution in Early Crochet: From Flat-Hook Knitting to Slip-Stitch Crochet. It supplants the text that originally appeared in this post, which will be refocussed on providing supplementary information to the article. Printed and electronic editions of the issue where the article appears can be obtained via a link on this blog’s Publications Page.

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Eleanor Gilchrist
Eleanor Gilchrist
25 April 2019 18:25

I have been doing my own brand of research into the history of crochet and have been somewhat frustrated at the lack of modern interest in the subject. I was therefore delighted to come across your blog a few months ago. Up until now, I have not felt qualified to comment but a minor point you make in this post didn’t quite follow through for me. You suggest that the pattern of wear on the crochet soles of the bootee indicate that the leather sole is a repair. I wonder if you could elaborate where exactly the wear has occurred. I have in the past worn knitted slippers with a leather sole attached to the outside (bought fully constructed) and the way the soles wore is similar to the way the lining of many slippers that I have owned has worn. The knitted sole or lining tends to wear from the inside under the big toe and under the heel due to friction with the foot or sock while the more robust outer sole remains intact for longer. I haven’t been fortunate enough to examine the bootees myself but I wonder if there is a possibility that they have worn… Read more »