As discussed in a previous post, there is no demonstrable geographic or historical basis for categorizing the knitting of fabric primarily with twisted stitches as “Eastern” or knitting with predominantly open stitches as “Western.” Similar conditions apply to the terms “English” and “continental” when used to designate the two most widespread methods for holding yarn. Most… Continue reading More knitting geography
The description of Bosnian crochet given by Luise Schinnerer in 1897 and discussed in detail in the preceding post, is echoed in almost all points of detail in the article on crochet in the Encyclopedia of Needlework; New Edition by Thérèse de Dillmont. This work has appeared in numerous editions beginning in 1886 but the first one makes no… Continue reading More about Bosnian crochet
Several previous posts refer to generally held beliefs about the earliest knitters in Egypt using needles with hooked tips to make twisted-stitch stockinette fabric. More recent scientific examination of archaeologically recovered knitted fabric has radiocarbon dated the oldest known specimen of true knitting to the interval 425–594 CE. Counter to what the established tenet leads us to expect,… Continue reading Who said knitting started with twisted stitches and hooked needles?
I have been using the definitions of fabric structures provided by Irene Emery as starting points for the discussions of several forms of looping. Along the way, I tacitly noted that her definition of knitting is not as clear-cut as as the others are and realized that it would be useful at some point to consider… Continue reading True knitting
I’ve gotten myself fairly well bogged down in Scandinavian etymology while examining the origin of the term nalbinding (starting here). This is also a recurring topic in the current craft literature. However, one of the conclusions sometimes reached there is incorrect. The appearance of the word ‘binding’ (or one of the many variant or inflected forms of… Continue reading All binding is not nalbinding
Olof Johan Broman’s text from 1730 divides yarnwork into two categories: knitting and stitching. The first of them is the well-known form of looping that is still designated as knitting. It can be traced back before Broman’s day in both fashionable and utilitarian contexts, and in urban and rural traditions. His stitching is an older looping… Continue reading Knitting and stitching in 1730
In the third volume of his Glysisvallur — a massive description of all aspects of the Swedish province of Helsingland written circa 1730 — Olof Johan Broman includes the following description of yarncraft under the heading of sheep husbandry: “Caps, mittens, stockings, and sweaters are knit [stickes] from both single and plied wool yarn. These are… Continue reading More historical terminology