The Curious Case of Documenting Gansey Patterns

For this week’s blog, we look at some historical challenges that might affect our ability to document gansey patterns and knitting traditions in the present day. Introduction In 1955, Gladys Thompson published Patterns for Guernsey, Jerseys & Arans, bringing these patterns to pen and paper for use outside of knitting communities for the first time.Continue reading “The Curious Case of Documenting Gansey Patterns”

The Origins of Seamless Knitted Garments

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). The origins of knitting remain uncertain, but importantly theories have been put forward that its origins can be traced back to fisherman’s net making. The link with fishing is significant to this research. ‘TheContinue reading “The Origins of Seamless Knitted Garments”

The Significance of Wholegarment© Technology

For this week’s Blog, we have an extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). We will be publishing more extracts from this relevant and fascinating thesis over the next few weeks – watch this space for more to come on knitwear manufacture. The development of Wholegarment© knitting machineContinue reading “The Significance of Wholegarment© Technology”

A Brief History of Knitted Garments

The use of wool in garments can be hard to trace precisely as it predates written records and the material, on exposure to oxygen, is so beautifully biodegradable! We do know that for a period over the Middle Ages and into the pre-industrial era, the British Isles were considered to be a world-leading centre ofContinue reading “A Brief History of Knitted Garments”