The project will explore the lives and skills of those involved in knitted garment and textile production. It will examine knitted production at home and in the factory, as an occupation and as a leisure pursuit. It will consider how craft was combined with business objectives and influenced by technological innovation. Sources will include both historical documents and interviews with those who are or were involved in the knitwear industry.


In addition to exploring those who make knitted textiles, the project will also examine those involved in their consumption. Makers often made for themselves and their families. However, for those who could not knit, opportunities for purchase and commission increased dramatically over the period. The project will, therefore, explore the significance of fashion trends, retailing opportunities, and advertising to the acquisition of knitted goods.