Knitting is the process of using two or more needles to loop yarn into a series of interconnected loops in order to create a finished garment or some other type of fabric the word is derived from knot, thought to originate from the dutch verb knutten, which is similar to the old english cnyttan, to knot its origins lie in the basic human need for clothing for protection against the elements more recently, hand knitting has become less a necessary skill and more a hobby. 1890s – development of the barmen machine contemporary 1889 – northrop loom: draper corporation, first automatic bobbin changing weaving loom placed in production over 700,000 would be sold worldwide 1900 – heinrich stoll creates the flat bed purl knitting machine 1910 – spiers invents the circular bed purl knitting machine. No idle hands: the social history of american knitting [anne l macdonald] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers “fascinating what is remarkable about this book is that a history of knitting can function so well as a survey of the changes in women’s rolse over time”— the new york times book review an historian and lifelong knitter.
The history of knitting knitting is believed to have originated in the middle east in the 5th century and travelled to europe with wool traders soon afterwards interestingly, the examples of early knitting from egypt are actually made from cotton fibres, not wool. Fact and fiction envelopes the invention of the latch needle in a similar manner to that of the bearded needlepierre jeandeau patented the first latch needle (also known as the tumbler needle) in 1806 but there is no evidence of its practical use [1,2. Instead, knitting’s history is made up of an assortment of clues, competing theories from scholars and half-rotted fragments on the verge of disintegration not exactly the fun romp through fairy tales i was hoping for.
Knitting history from hand knitting to knitting machines have been the first conversion from a single bed to a double bed frame and started a great period of inspiration for development for the knitting frames the hand- cranked knitter and sock machine by richard candee is the best resource book on the history of hand or treadle. The invention of machine techniques, the increasing development of new hand techniques by which to create lacelike fabrics, such as embroidered nets, crochet, and tape lace, and decreasing expectations among consumers led to lace and lacelike fabrics' widespread availability.
Evidently socks or stockings became a household necessity and creating them by knitting was the easiest way to get a good fit the tudors wore hand knit caps and king henry the viii made hand knit silk stockings, imported from spain, a fashion staple. Knitting guilds history, the first knitting guilds in europe were set up during the middle ages, and for men only men knitting history covers the 1200s-1700s if young men wanted to work in a guild and become a master knitter, well, needless to say, it was a huge commitment they would spend 6 years training. It helped in the development of the great civilizations of china, egypt, mesopotamia, persia, the indian subcontinent and rome that traded along the route history of clothing different cultures approached to the clothing in different ways under the influence of climate, fashion, religion, and ecosystem.
Knitting guilds developed from as early as the 14th century and another virtuoso example of 18th-century knitting in our collection is a carpet or hanging, believed to be an example of a journeyman's work it took three years of training to become a a trained apprentice or journeyman.