This project is exploring the lives and skills of those involved in knitted garment and textile production, both as occupation and leisure pursuit at home and in the factory. Sources include historical documents and interviews with those who are – or were – involved in knitwear production.


In addition to makers, the project also considers the role of the consumer. As the opportunities to purchase knitted garments increased dramatically during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – fashion, retail and advertising became important influences on consumption patterns.