Jul 20, 2011

A to Z of Crafts - K = Knitting

Knitting has no doubt earned its place as one of the most popular and well known crafts that there is. Knitting can be done by hand, for which there exists numerous styles and methods, or more recently by machine. Knitted products can come in a variety of different feels and textures by changing the size of the needles and the type of yarn used.

The work knit is derived from the word knot, thought to originate from the Dutch verb knutten, which is similar to the Old English cnyttan, to knot. One of the earliest known examples of knitting was cotton socks with stranded knit colour patterns found in Egypt from the end of the first millennium AD. Originally a male-only occupation, the first knitting trade guild was started in Paris in 1527. With the invention of the kitting machine knitting became a leisure activity.

Knitting has gone into and out of fashion many times in the last two centuries and at the turn of the 21st century it is enjoying a revival. The current revival is less about the 'make do and mend' attitude and more about making a statement of individuality.

Here are some great knitted items by members of the Dust team:

1 comment:

SallyAnnaScarves said...

Thank you for including my shawl. I really enjoyed your article. Knitting is a most wonderful craft; portable, relaxing, satisfying, creative, fun. I love it!!
Sally Anna


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