Knitting History Forum 2024 Conference


February 3


11:15 am - 04:45 pm

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Knitting History Forum

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Join the Knitting History Forum annual online conference for an interesting range of presentations on knitting techniques and traditions.

Knitting History Forum Annual Conference

Saturday 3 February 2024 – online11.15am to 4.30pm GMT

This event will be held live online via Eventbrite and Zoom

Please log into your Eventbrite account and update Zoom ahead of the start time

Conference programme

11.15am: Online arrivals

11.20am: Welcome by Professor Sandy Black, Knitting History Forum Chair


A royal waistcoat re-examined (see image below)

Beatrice Behlen, senior curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts, Museum of London, UK


When there are no words: using reconstruction as a tool for understanding the creation of knitted liturgical gloves (see image below)

Lesley O’Connell Edwards, independent scholar researching the history of hand knitting, using archives and artefacts, UK


The lost biography of Frances Lambert (see image below)

Sally Kentfield, independent scholar researching historical knitting documentation in digital and physical archives, UK

1.15-2.30pm: Refreshment break

1.45-2.20pm: Refreshment break with group chats for “show & tell” or discussions


The fascinating Korsnäs sweater (see image below)

Dr Marketta Luutonen, author and former managing director at Taito the Finnish Crafts organisation, Finland


Yarns for knitting – the influence of twist (see image below)

Dr Katrin Kania, freelance textile archaeologist and reconstruction practitioner, Germany


Past and present knitters on Fair Isle: a case study of Fair Isle knitted fishermen’s keps (see image above)

Dr Jennifer Daley, former millinery designer with Philip Somerville and specialist in clothing and textiles for sailors in the British Royal Navy, UK (recorded presentation with live Q&A)

4.15-4.30pm: Thanks and closing remarks

4.30-4.45 pm: Informal chat (optional)

Please note that there may be changes to the published programme

The conference will be recorded and ticketholders will have unlimited access to the recordings soon after the event. There will be a password protected link to the recordings. It will not be possible to download the presentations. (Please note that the recording of Jennifer Daley’s presentation will be available for one month only after they made are accessible.)

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Senior conservation scientist at the National Archives, Marc Vermeulen, undertaking microfading testing with Museum of London textile conservator Emily Austin, 2022 (Image: Beatrice Behlen, © Museum of London)

Recreations of knitted-in cuff patterns from three knitted liturgical gloves, showing the variety of such patterns, which will be discussed in the presentation (Image: © Lesley O’Connell Edwards)

Miss Lambert’s My knitting book (7th edition, 1844), reference number ao-krl00394035 (Image: University of Southampton)

A Korsnäs sweater at the National Museum of Finland

The difference between knitting with plied and non-plied yarns shows clearly after wetting the piece. Knitted with plied yarns, the fabric stays straight (bottom). It ‘leans’ when knitted with two unplied yarns held together (top)

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