Looping · Systematics · Terminology

Thinking outside the loop

In his book titled Ethnological Studies among the North-West-Central Queensland Aborigines, published in 1897, Walter E. Roth describes a man’s cap that includes what is now frequently referred to as ‘simple looping’ and its extended ‘loop-and-twist’ variant. This is among the earliest documentation of its type and illustrates the cap and its structure separately. “Head-net…a sort of… Continue reading Thinking outside the loop

History · Knitting · Nalbinding · Terminology

The 3000-year-old stitch eyes of Emilie Bach

Emilie Bach (b. 1840), a founding director of the Royal School for Artistic Embroidery (k. k. Fachschule für Kunststickerei) in Vienna, was one of the initial participants in the discussion of the techniques used for the early production of non-woven socks in Egypt. She was the first to identify a cross-knit fabric structure in such… Continue reading The 3000-year-old stitch eyes of Emilie Bach

Crochet · Nalbinding · Techniques · Terminology

Crocheted nalbinding

The post before last discusses the appearance, in ordinary crochet, of structural elements taken from the long-hook crafts of Tunisian crochet and crochet tatting. It focuses on Swedish practice in the second half of the 19th century and one of the source documents is the Handbook of Women’s Handcraft (Handbok i fruntimmers-handarbeten) by Hedvig Berg,… Continue reading Crocheted nalbinding

History · Terminology · Tunisian crochet

Spreading the word about the Tunisian crochet stitch

The 9 January 1858 issue of the German bi-weekly publication Der Bazar; Berliner Illustrirte Damen-Zeitung (The Bazaar; Berlin Illustrated Women’s Magazine) presents instructions for an elaborate “crocheted cape” (gehäkeltes Tuch). The text goes into detail about the unnamed “type of crochet, which in any case will not be familiar to all of our readers.” It describes what is… Continue reading Spreading the word about the Tunisian crochet stitch

History · Knitting · Loop-and-twist · Nalbinding · Structures · Terminology

Knitless knitting

The term ‘slip stitch’ has figured prominently in the preceding suite of posts, designating the definitive element of plain crochet. The same label is used for something quite different in knitting, where a slip (or slipped) stitch is a loop that is moved from the holding needle to the working needle without knitting a new… Continue reading Knitless knitting

Crochet · Description · Knitting · Terminology

From knitted loop to crocheted stitch

In the past few posts I’ve considered different approaches to the graphic description of looped fabric structures. Although largely in abstract terms thus far, my intention is to apply relevant aspects of them to the analysis of specific objects that have themselves been the focus of other posts or are in the queue for such… Continue reading From knitted loop to crocheted stitch

Crochet · Knitting · Systematics · Terminology

Crochet as warp knitting

I ended the preceding post with what I thought was a radical suggestion about simple crochet being a handcraft equivalent to industrial warp knitting. It was intended as an upbeat to a more detailed consideration of the use of hook-tipped needles in all forms of mechanized knitting, beginning with the stocking frame invented by William… Continue reading Crochet as warp knitting