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Do you know any knitting facts? If you don’t, then it may be time that you learn all those interesting facts about the hobby you love so much. Knitting doesn’t have to be just about having a distraction; it can be about learning a new skill that offers so much more than just entertainment.
Here Are The 10 Knitting Facts That Will Make You Love This Activity Even More
Fact #1. Some believe Egyptians were already knitting before anyone else
One of the earliest known products of what we consider knitting today is a pair of socks from Egypt, which were made in the first millennium A.D. At this time, symbols and scriptures were knitted on them. However, the practice wouldn’t be known as such until much later.
Fact #2. This practice has been around for centuries
It is hard to know when exactly people started knitting, but many believe it was around the middle Ages. Particularly because the term “knit” showed up in texts during this era.
Fact #3: Knitting used to be an all-male profession
Initially, knitting was a male profession. This is a fact revealed by the first union established in 1527 in Paris when no women were allowed to join.
Fact #4: Once the knitting machine was invented, the activity changed
It goes without mention, but once the machine was invented and could knit faster than the human hand, this trade became mostly a pastime. This machine first appeared in 1589 in Britain under Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
Fact #5: During World War I, knitting became a life-saving hobby
During the hard times of WWI, women knitted socks, scarves, and caps, not only for their family members on the battlefield but every soldier out there. This was particularly important in France, as it gave women a purpose and helped them get through the uncertainty of the times.
Fact #6: There are three types of knitting needles
If you are an avid knitter, then you already know this. But just in case, the three needles are standard “pin” style, double pointed, and circular.
Fact #7: Queen Victoria of England loved to knit
It is a well-recorded fact that Queen Victoria loved to knit until her death. During her reign, many handwork trades became popular. These included knitting, which also coincided with the boom of wool growers.
Fact #8: Famous actresses also love to knit
Some famous knitters include actresses Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vanna White, and more.
Fact #9: Knitting women became a primordial part of the French Revolution
The term Tricoteuse is French for “knitting women”, and it refers to the group of women that would sit next to the guillotine during the executions and knit. The Commune of Paris even paid these women as a means to ridicule the upper-class members being executed.
Fact #10: Continental and English knitting styles are used everywhere in the world
The Western world, meaning mainly the U.S. and Europe, prefers the English style of knitting, mostly due to the association of the continental style with Germany during WWII. However, Japan still prefers the continental style, as well as Peru, Turkey, Greece, and Portugal. China has adopted the English style as well.
See? Knitting is much more than just a hobby! This activity has done a lot for history and remains an important part of society.
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