History of Knitting
Pre-Columbian or Conquistador origin? Whichever is true, the region is home to a respected and rich tradition of fiber, weaving, spinning, and knitting.
Aran Sweater Symbolism?
The ageless appeal of Aran patterns, shrouded in the mists alongside Irish monasteries.... a lovely legend, but unfortunately untrue. Read on...
Everyone was hungry during the worldwide Great Depression of the 1930’s. In Sweden, however, a woman named Emma Jacobsson decided to do something about it. The result is knitting history.
Thick, warm, and pleasantly woolly, the Cowichan sweater was originally designed by members of this Coast Salish tribe. Enjoy this summary of the design's origins.
Lace knitting has been around for centuries, with each area of the world developing its own traditions. The small Baltic country of Estonia's lace knitting started as a means to sell tourist souvenirs. Today, it's one of the focal points of European needle lace.
Longing for a fisherman's sweater but put off by heavy cabling? Consider Guernsey patterns! These knit-and-purl beauties are straightforward to knit and easy to wear.
Hand knitting patterns
Links to sites with free hand knitting patterns.
Free patterns for the machine knitter.
Mary Maxim Sweaters
Iconic in Canada, the Mary Maxim sweater has an iconic presence. Enjoy some historical facts and observations about the label!
Sanquhar Knitting Patterns
Sean Connery would definitely approve if you decided to knit a pair of gloves using one of these historic patterns!
Spanish Knitting Traditions
We don't know that much about historical knitting in Spain, but it's research well worth continuing!
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