HNW - Master Knitters was Re: Sprang

Lisa Leong lisaleon at
Tue Oct 7 19:49:07 PDT 1997

On Tue, 7 Oct 1997, Donna Hrynkiw wrote:

> Yeah, but I thought those were done on a knitting frame. (I may be wrong,
> I've only glanced at a couple of articles. Hmm. I wonder if I can find them
> again.)
> Anybody have Rutt handy? I'm sure he must refer to them.

Yes, I do and he does.  One reference to carpets and frames is on p.

"The only clear evidence for the early existence of the peg frame is in
Gustav Schmoller Die Strassburger Tucher - und Weberzunft (1879), an
account of textile guilds in Strasburg.  He mentiones evidence for the
stuhl or gestell, a knitting frame, in 1535 and regulations drafted in
1618 about the number of stuhl to be allowed in a master-knitter's
workshop.  Thus it is at least possible that the Silesian and Alsatian
carpets of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (see p. 90) were made
on peg frames."

And on p. 90:
"It is not impossible that they were made on a series of double-ended
pins, but more likely that they were looped on a frame fitted with pegs.
Surprisingly, the method of knitting has been neither remembered nor
recorded." maybe the did and maybe they didn't... :\    -annora


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