History · Knitting

Arabic inscriptions on knitted stockings

A descriptive catalog of Textiles in Egypt 200–1500 AD in Swedish museum collections, prepared by Marianne Erikson and published in 1997, includes a “Knitted stocking with Arabic text.” It belongs to the Swedish Museum of Textile History (Textilmuseet in Borås) and is dated to the 11th–15th century CE. The photograph in the catalog shows the inscription… Continue reading Arabic inscriptions on knitted stockings

Cross-knit looping · History · Knitting

Coptic needlebinding and Islamic knitting

The preceding several posts examine older documents about the production of looped fabric in Scandinavia. The earliest of them, a Swedish text from 1730, makes a clear distinction between garments that are knitted (stickes) and those that are [needle]bound (bundna). Texts from the following decades use those terms with greater ambiguity. Although the crafts remain… Continue reading Coptic needlebinding and Islamic knitting

Knitting · Nalbinding · Nålbindning · Terminology

All binding is not nalbinding

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

Crochet · Knitting · Nalbinding · Terminology

Knitting and stitching in 1730

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

History · Looping · Nalbinding · Terminology

More historical terminology

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 yarn crafts under the heading of sheep husbandry: “Caps, mittens, stockings, and sweaters are knit [stickes] from both single and plied wool yarn. These… Continue reading More historical terminology