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Knitting History

Compiled by Ava Coleman

Did you Know:
  1. The Shetland Hand Knitters Association (SHKA) was established in 1943 to maintain high quality and lobby to set realistic prices.
  2.  In 1922 The Prince of Wales started a fashion trend when he wore a Fair Isle sweater on the golf course at St. Andrews.
  3.  Revolutionary War knitter, Mrs. Elliot, knit the date "1776” into the socks she made for soldiers.
  4.  In 1842 Cornelia Mee published Manual of Knitting, Netting and Crochet.
  5.  A "cloud” is a knitted scarf dating from the 1870s.
  6.  Peterson’s Magazine of 1860 featured a pattern for a "knitting apron”.
  7.  "Frolic” and "Knitting Bee” were 19th Century terms for knitting parties.
  8.  In the seventeenth century laws were passed in the Channel Islands forbidding knitting during seaweed harvest .
  9.  Martha Washington organized groups to knit socks and bandages for Revolutionary War soldiers.
  10. The American Red Cross and the Navy League Comforts Committee established the specifications for hand knitting
    articles for Soldiers and Sailors.

These "history bits" were contributed by Ava T. Coleman and can be found in various issues of Cast On Magazine:

  • Aug-Oct 2008 - "Knitting Throughout History and the World - How It All Began"
  • May-July 2009 -  "Have You Any Wool (Part One)"
TKGA Knitting Historians
Knitting historians (L-R) Ava Coleman and Janet Johnson Stephens.

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