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Introduction To Knitting

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  • 1. Introduction to Knitting
    Ms E. Gregory
    Textiles 2009/2010
  • 2. What is knitting?
    Knitting is one way that thread or yarn can be turned into cloth
    Basically loops called stitches pulled through each other
    Stitches are held on a needle until another loop is passed through them
    Knitting may be done by hand or by machine.
    Different yarns and knitting needles result in different end products
    Using needles of different thickness as well as different varieties of yarn adds to the effect
  • 3. What Knitting Looks LikeSource: Wikipedia (accessed October 25th, 2009)
    Diagram – notice the loops
    Photograph of Knitted Cloth
  • 4. History of Knitting
    The word “knit” comes from the word “knot”
    Uncertain start date because fabric disintegrates
    Earliest sample – blue and white cotton socks made in Egypt ~ 1000-1300 A.D.
    Mid 1300s to 1400s – Italian paintings showing knitting suggest that by the late Middle Ages knitting had arrived in Europe
    Both men and women knit in those days
    Men only guilds where men trained for six years to become a master knitter
    Most of it’s history, knitting has been a women’s craft, likely due to child-rearing
  • 5. Invention of the Knitting Machine
    Historically, a good source of income for many poor women too
    1589 – William Lee invented the 1st knitting machine to solve a problem… (http://www.hucknall-torkard.com/williamlee.html)
  • 6. The last hundred years…
    Before cheap, ready made clothing, knitting was usually a household chore
    It was “fashionable” during Victorian times
    During times of war, men & women were enlisted to knit socks and blankets for soldiers
    (http://www.rainfall.com/posters/WWI/544.htm - accessed on October 25, 2009)
  • 7. In the last five years…
    Recently knitting’s popularity is at an all time high across Canada, North America and around the world
    Clubs, guilds, blogs, online stores (Etsy) promoting and sharing the love for the craft
    Photo from Flickr.com - accessed Oct. 25th, 2009 http://www.flickr.com/photos/43446613@N00/465887705/
  • 8. Let’s start…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uw-nUvGrBY
    Search the web if you need for more sites, more demos, free patterns, etc.
    Your assignment:
    one knitting sample approximately 20 cm x 20 cm
    Supplies are in the cupboard
    Questions?

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