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A History of Hand Knitting [Hardcover]

Richard Rutt
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1 May 2003
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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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc; U.S. Ed edition (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499378
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 18.8 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a knitter by profession and passion, I feel that this book is an essential addition to my collection." -- Knitter’s Review

About the Author

Richard Rutt is the former Bishop of Leicester and has published many titles including Korea: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary and The Bamboo Grove: An Introduction to Sijo. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I must have a different edition...... 21 Aug 2007
By Lucy
My copy has arrived today, and it has a red hardback cover and dustcover, with a picture of the a very brave cardigan( not words that often go together) My copy does have colour plates and a lot of black and white ones. Very high quality plates, very clear and very useful to me as I am a historical reenactor and crafts person by trade. This was a book recommended by another historical knitter, and deserves it's good reputation. If you want facts, figures, dates and instructions in a book that is well written and fascinating to read with some cracking pictures, this is it. Sorry to gush but I am chuffed to death with this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
When I opened my parcel I was initially disappointed in this book. It is a plain blue book (no dust cover - no picture on the front as seen in the listing). There are no colour plates inside, it is a text book rather than a coffee table read.

Delving into the contents however, I continued to delve and realised that an hour had passed. It is a fascinating book. All off the specific questions in my head (ie: why do I hold needles differently to my friends, what's "naalbindning") found an answer in this book.

It is an absorbing source book on both the craft of knitting itself and social history. I'm very glad I bought it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt 14 July 2009
an informative book which set me off researching hand knitting in Argyll

Thank You
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great history of knitting 23 Jun 2013
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This is a lovely history of knitting. I liked the fact that the knitters feature strongly and there are little biographies of some of the key people in knitting history. Good pictures too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History of hand knitting 9 Dec 2012
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History of Hand Knitting - a lovely history, great descriptions and pictures and a fascinating read. Expensive, but worth the money for me.
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