The Kitchener Stitch: Knitting in Wartime Study Day

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Friday 27 March 2015, 10am-4pm

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

 During the First World War it is said that Herbert Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, prompted the invention of a special graft for socks to prevent chafing. It came to be known as ‘the Kitchener Stitch’.

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This study day focuses on the relationship between knitting and wartime. We are all familiar with the image of women on the home front knitting socks for the troops but knitting encompassed much more than this: Knitting was propaganda, knitting was fashion, knitting was therapy, knitting was a reminder of home and knitting was survival.

Come and knit a balaclava or a sock for the troops; learn about knitted comforts; browse historic knitting patterns from Glasgow Women’s Library.

Speakers include:

  • Jane Tynan (Central St Martins): ‘Comforting Body and Soul: Knitting in First World War Britain’
  • Joyce Meader (‘The Historic Knit’): ‘Knitted Comforts from Crimea to the Modern Day’
  • Maggie Andrews (University of Worcester): ‘”Men went to war and women knitted” : domesticity and  crafts on the Home Front in Britain’
  • Barbara Smith (Knitting and Crochet Guild): ‘Useful Work for Anxious Fingers – Knitting & Crochet in the First World War’

The event is free but please register here


The Full programme will be posted here closer to the event.

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