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A History of Hand Knitting [Hardcover]

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Traces the development and refinement of hand knitting, including discussion of legends, tools, techniques, and local traditions from around the world.

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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. This replaces 0934026351.

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.8" Width: 7.4" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2003
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1931499373  
ISBN13  9781931499378  

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1Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > General
2Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > Knitting
3Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > Textile Arts
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Popular Culture

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I Love this Book  Apr 9, 2008
I am really enjoying using this book to learn about the history of knitting. If you like to know where some of the things you knit were derived, this is the book for you!
He draws no conclusions ...  Mar 26, 2008
It is, alas, the reprinting which means the plates are black and white, not in color. I'll keep my eyes open for the original printing, but don't plan on mortgaging the house to get it. This is the bible for knitting historians. I can see why. He draws no conclusions, but presents an exhaustive review of knitting through the ages. He takes extant pieces, dates and analyzes them, he delves into other people's work and analyzes it, too. I've skimmed it a couple of times, and looked at the pictures several more times. But, like most of us I think, I have never read it cover to cover. Until now. I'm impressed. I'm educated. I'm inspired. Can't really ask for more than that, now can I?
One of my favorites -- now the rest of you can read it  Oct 23, 2006
I've lost count of how many times I've read this wonderful book. Along with Anne McDonald's "A Social History of American Knitting," it occupies a place of honor on my knitting bookshelf. If you are a history nut and a knitting nut, as I am, this is the book for you.
Reliable reference  May 29, 2005
Not a book to read straight through, for entertainment, A History of Handknitting is a well-researched reference to , well, the history of knitting. Few people know, for example, that the sweater is a very new garment style (only about 100 years old) and was designed for and by people who made a living by fishing. Gloves, on the other hand, are quite old. As a museum educator in the field of textiles, I find this work very valuable.
For the dyed in the wool, hard core knitter and the curious.  Apr 1, 2005
Well written and intelligent, I love having this book in my collection. The chapter on definitons and techniques is really interesting and the author was very thorough... but having said that, those who are unfamiliar with this book should know that it's main focus is on knitting in the British Isles.

Obviously, from this book, the bulk of knitting lore has survived from these areas which is a shame because most knitters are already greatly familiar with these styles. Who amongst the experienced has not knitted a cabled fancy or persisted with a delicate Shetland lace?

Mention is made, for instance, of Scandinavia and a chapter each is included on Eastern Knitting and the Americas but these are hardly extensive and serve as appetizers only. This book will not tell you about the lovely faroese shawls, so in vogue at the moment or Orenburg lace or even Turkish socks. Nor will it offer instruction on how to knit with five needles or with the yarn looped about your neck but it will tell you in which country you can find someone who does!


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