Introduction To Knitting

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Introduction To Knitting

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

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