Family Ties the History of Knitting

The origins of knitting can date back to as early as the 11th century in Egypt. In the early 1970s in Scotland, fishermen knitted together beanies to stay dry and warm while passing time at sea. Professional male knitters can be traced back as early as the 1940s, it took up to six years of training to become a fully certified knitter. Today, beanies have transcended their practical origins to become a timeless fashion accessory and wardrobe staple.

Figure 1. Image of Ancient Knitting Egypt. (alfusaic.net, 2022).

Knitting has seen a rebirth over the last few years, and has been a cherished tradition in my family, passed down through generations. I learned the craft from my mother, who was taught by her mother. Our family prided itself on mastering intricate patterns like Argyle, famously worn by my Aunt and Great Aunties back in England pictured below. Learning to knit has been a stroke of luck for me, offering both a creative outlet, a way to connect with my heritage, and is meditative and relaxing.

Figure 2. My Family of Knitters. (Author's Own, 2024).

One of my favorite parts of the knitting process is collecting wool and waiting for the perfect color combinations to reveal themselves. I love the meditative rhythm of knitting more simple patterns compared to my family, this allows me to focus on the vibrant hues and textures of the wool.

At Sly Studio, we prioritise sustainable fashion. Our unisex beanies and jumpers are crafted from wool sourced from local charity stores, supplemented with high-quality New Zealand wool. Our merino socks are made locally in New Zealand from sustainably sourced merino. By choosing sustainable and ethical materials, we ensure that our knitwear not only looks good but also supports environmentally friendly practices.

In a world where fast fashion dominates, our knitwear aims to add an enduring value of craftsmanship and sustainability, blending past down traditions with simple styles and vibrant colours. Discover your fashion favorite with Sly Studio’s sustainable knitwear and New Zealand-made merino socks.

Shop hand knits here

https://slyandcompany.com/collections/knit-wear

Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knit_cap

https://www.alfusaic.net/blog/antiquity/the-history-of-knitting

https://blog.nms.ac.uk/2020/05/07/the-lost-sock/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_knitting