Winter is fast approaching and the stores are once again presenting their finest jumpers, cardigans and other knitted items to keep us warm while looking stylish. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with knitwear for a long time, but nowadays I tend to love a good jumper when the temperatures drop.
My current love for knitwear made me wonder why this fabric is so different and how it came to be a main focus in our wardrobes during the colder months.
The word knitting is thought to come from the, wait for it, Dutch verb knutten (don’t ask me what that means please). The technique has been around for a long time, since the 11th century to be exact, mainly to protect us from the elements. Seeing as knitting is quite an easy way to create clothing, with only three items needed (two needles and yarn), it used to be an essential skill to learn. Whereas nowadays trendy youngster are picking up knitting purely as a hobby, oh how times change!
The first step into the world of fashion
During the 1920s, one of my favourite fashion eras, knitting suddenly became trendy in the western world. Jumpers were worn by everyone, and this is also when knitwear made an introduction into the world of sport. Knitwear with stripes in the collar became an icon for tennis and cricket. The legendary Chanel confirmed knitwear’s place in the fashion industry in this decade, a decision that was backed by Vogue immediately. A few decades later, during the 50s and 60s, knitwear became more bright and colourful and pattern were introduced.
Now that we know a bit more about knitwear, let’s have a look at my current favourite knitwear picks:
Which one is your favourite?
Lots of love,