Medieval Knitting Class

24 Jul 2007

History of Knitting

  • Extant items – Egyptian socks (TDE, HHK), Cushions of Las Huelgas (HHK), Relic Purse (HHK), Bishop’s Gloves (HHK), Woolen Hats (HHK, Mary Rose)
    • Photos
    • Dates
    • Materials
    • Gauge
    • Use

  • Knitting in Art (HHK, Pent.)
  • Knitting in England (Wool trade, Wires) (HHK, Pent.)


  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Knitting in the round
  • Stranded knitting
  • Felting/Fulling


  • Rutt, Richard History of Hand Knitting. Publisher: Interweave Pr; U.S. ed edition (June 1, 1989) ISBN: 0934026351
  • Tissus d’Egypte: Temoine du fabrique arabe.
  • Turnau, Irena
    • “Diffusion of Knitting in Medieval Europe” from Cloth and Clothing in Medieval Europe: Essays in Memory of Professor E. M. Carus-Wilson (Pasold Studies in Textile History, 2), by N. B. Harte (Editor), E. M. Carus-Wilson (Editor), K. G. Ponting (Editor), Kenneth G. Ponting (Editor), Ashgate Pub Co (February 1, 1984) ISBN: 0435323822
    • History of Knitting Before Mass Production, European wide study Medieval to 1800. Mostly C16th & C17th.Publisher: Institute of the History of Material Culture, Polish Academy of Sciences (1991) ISBN: 8390021323

  • Thomas, Mary. Mary Thomas’s Knitting Book (1938). Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1972) ISBN: 0486228177
  • Strehl, Melinda. “Knitting Eleanora of Toledo’s Stockings.” Tournaments Illuminated #168. Spring 1998.