Pass on Your Historical Knitting Knowledge

Historical knitting continues to be a beloved topic not only for the PieceWork staff but our readers, too. Embedded in each stitch is a connection to culture, family traditions, and the past. Once again we devote the January/February 2019 issue to this timeless theme—our 13th annual Historical Knitting issue. What story about knitting can you share with us?

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Figure purses. Maker(s) unknown. Knitted and crocheted. Handspun sheep’s wool. Purchased in a market in Cuzco, Peru. Date unknown. Male, 11¼ Inches (28.6 cm) tall; female, 9¼ inches (23.5 cm) tall. Collection of Liz Ligon. Photo by Joe Coca. Featured in the January/February 2009 issue of PieceWork. Read more about them in our blog post “Trekking the Globe in Stitches: South America.” Photos by Joe Coca.

Generation after generation passes on knitted-stitch patterns, skills, and techniques. Today, we benefit from this bounty of historical knitting knowledge. Do you have a story about a family heirloom to pass along? Does your cultural heritage add a different twist to the knitted stitch and its fabric? Is there an unusual knitted garment that you’ve got tucked away in a cedar chest just waiting to be brought into the light? What fascinates you about knitted socks and mittens from days of yore? We want to know more!

January/February 2019— HISTORICAL KNITTING

Humans have been knitting for at least a couple of thousand years, which adds up to a lot of history. Our 13th annual Historical Knitting issue will explore the fragments, memories, documents, heirlooms, diaries, and tall tales that trace the story of knitting through the ages. What can you share? Send it our way!
Proposal deadline: May 7, 2018

Send submissions to: or to the mailing address:
PieceWork Submissions
4868 Innovation Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525-5576 USA

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Anne Berk’s re-created Gordon Highlander sock. Kilt and accessories from the collection of Kelly Orbanic. Featured in the January/February 2011 issue of PieceWork.

Here are the submission guidelines and the 2018-2019 Editorial Calendar, which includes information for the January/February 2019 issue plus other upcoming themes. We’re so looking forward to hearing your ideas! If you have any questions, please email Additionally, we always welcome your submissions even if they don’t fit tidally into our theme. Send us your proposals and projects and continue the long tradition of passing on knitting from generation to generation.

—All of us at PieceWork

Featured Image: Ulrika Bos Kerttu’s knitted mittens in a variety of colorways with motifs inspired by those used by Märta Stina Abrahamsdotter on her coverlets. Featured in January/February 2007, PieceWork’s first Historical Knitting issue.

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