This reference provides a full history of hand knitting by tracing the development and refinement of the craft. With special attention to the social aspects of knitting, it examines the changes in tools and techniques within different regions. Examined in detail are the history of European knitting before 1500, knitting in Britain from Henry VIII to the Commonwealth, from the Restoration to 1835, during the 19th century, and during World War I and after. Further explorations consider local traditions in the British Isles, knitting as practiced east of the Adriatic, and developments in the Americas. Absorbing reading for knitters and nonknitters alike, this book also defines knitting in relation to other yarn crafts such as crochet and nalbinding and offers a historical glossary and a transcription of the earliest known English knitting pattern.
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Richard Rutt is the former bishop of Leicester, a town that played an important role in the British knitting industry.
It's difficult to imagine a more thorough examination of the history of knitting than this one. Scholar Richard Rutt has put together a detailed description of the craft itself, including definitive opinions about the origins of knitting and in-depth explanations of particular garments worn throughout history. Narrator Melissa Hughes's light, musical voice lends a bright note to what is most certainly an informed, if occasionally exhaustive, narrative. Her ability to pronounce the titles of obscure texts and vocabulary in a variety of languages without interrupting the narrative flow is laudable. Casual knitters may find this account tedious, but textile specialists and serious knitters will find the details intriguing, perhaps listening while practicing their craft. B.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Interweave Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110934026351
Book Description Interweave Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0934026351