The knitting bishop

A new (to me) book! I’ve discovered A History of Hand Knitting, written by Richard Rutt, Bishop of Leicester, and published in 1987. I haven’t come across any other writing on the history, techniques and regional variations of knitting that go into as much depth or are as well written as this one. At 26 years old, Rutt’s writing still holds its own but is unfortunately out of print.

Sadly he died last year, and donated his collection of knitting-related reading matter to the University of Southampton. This has all been scanned and made available online by the University here. The items are in chronological order, from c. 18oo to 1911. Just click on any of the images and a pdf of the full item will download.