Knitting in the 1920s

If you are familiar with some of my earlier posts, then you know that knitting is a personal hobby of mine that has crossed over into the realm of my academic research interests. I’m a fairly confident knitter and have taught friends and family. I can read lace charts and I know how to knit socks on DPNS and with the magic loop. I don’t think I will ever enter the arena of designing my own patterns, though, I greatly admire individuals who have that skill.

When my passion manifests itself regarding knitting, I find myself tracing the backstory.


I just can’t shake this curiosity about the past.



Or maybe it’s the cats that I am drawn to… Illustration from Corticelli Yarn Book, No. 18 (1922).

My research and writing project is shaping up for this semester, and I’m finding that my questions are rooted in the 1920s and women and labor and leisure. I’m not far along enough in the process to share too many ideas; it needs to develop more before I feel like I can confidently discuss it. A cliffhanger, oh no!

I’m curious, though, if there are readers who may be interested in sharing why they knit, crochet, or sew. Who taught you and why did that individual participate in handicraft hobbies? What do you love or dislike about your hobby?

I’ll be updating this project as I go along, especially because I am choosing a knitted garment from the 1920s to test out. Was it do-able? Lots to discover with this, I’m excited for it, and I hope that others will be, too.

Until next time,




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