Early origins of knitting
Historically, it’s interesting to know that the oldest knitted items have been found in Egypt, these one dating from the XXIthand XIVthcenturies.
In the same vein, it is worth mentioning that this activity has some mysterious origins… Who invented knitting? A relevant question difficult to answer when we know that the particulars of knitting’s origins are lost to history…
The spread of knitting in Europe
Besides, the obvious fact is that, as history marches on; the activity grew up and spread in various regions of the world. We suppose that this activity should have its origin somewhere in the Middle East. From there, this trend should be expanded to Europe by Mediterranean trade routes and finally reached the Americas through European colonization.
Over the centuries, the phenomenon has known a great development particularly into the Western world with the discovery and the exploitation of new textile materials, as for instance: wool, cotton, linen, etc.
This development process could be illustrated by the Spanish Christian royal families which formerly employed Muslim knitters in order to manufacture different items like cushion covers and gloves.
Next to that, archaeological findings from the many cities of Europe show that knitting spread throughout Europe in the XIVthcentury and later, in the XVIthcentury, through Britain.
During the XVIIthand XVIIIthcenturies, knitting becomes preoccupation of many countries; as for example the Scottish Isles. There were cases of whole families who did knitting as a form of a job, an activity which emerged as an important source of their income.
Sweaters were one of the major items that were knitted because they proved useful to the local fishermen but progressively, many elaborate designs were appeared and revealed the great textile industrial revolution in Europe.
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