Large knit scarves and blankets are a huge trend right now. They are beautiful and cozy. Giant knit blankets are beautiful decorative pieces. Don’t we all want to drown in a big soft blanket when it’s chilly outside? Prices for these giant blankets range from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands (if you buy from a designer). But why overspend, when you can make it yourself? You will need: two PVC pipes, unspun wool roving and a couple of hours. Watch how simple it is, then LIKE and SHARE.
The word “knit” came from the Old English cnyttan, which means “to knot.” It is hard to determine when had people started knitting, because the treads they’ve used were made of cotton or silk, which decay rapidly. However, it is believed that knitting came after spinning and weaving. It is considered to have originated in the Arab world, from where it spread with the Crusades into Spain. One of the earliest examples of knitting (done on two sticks by pulling loops through loops) was a pair of cotton socks found in Egypt from the first millennium A.D.
The term “to knit” wasn’t added to English until the 1400s.
According to historians, knitting was initially a male-only occupation. The first knitting trade guild was established in 1527 in Paris.
The first knitting machine was invented in 1589 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth) by William Lee, who was a priest. After his invention, knitting was gradually taken over by guild-organized cottage industries in the 17th and 18th centuries. Like quilting, spinning, and needlepoint, knitting has become a leisure activity.
Queen Victoria was a great knitter. During her reign (1837–1901) all sorts of handwork were very popular, which coincided with the development of trade with the wool growers.
These days, many knitters enter the Guinness World Record Book. The world’s fastest knitter, Miriam Tegels from the Netherlands, can hand knit 118 stitches in one minute. David Babcock finished the Kansas City marathon in 5 hours 48 minutes 27 seconds, while knitting a scarf measuring 12 feet, 1¾ inches long. The longest French knitting is 16.36 miles (26.33 km) long, made by Edward Hannaford from the UK. He’s been working on it since 1989.