Medieval Knitting

Knitting in medieval times was general used for hose, socks, caps, and undershirts. Double pointed needles were the only type known and the knitting was generally done in the round, just like Fair Isle or old Nordic knitting. Usually wooden needles were more common than metal ones. Knitted shirts as an outer garment didn't become popular until the 16th century, when they were knit in silk, cotton, and linen as the dress of the rich.

A medieval picture of the Virgin Mary knitting.

16th Century knitted silk shirt

17th Century knitted silk shirt


A half completed shirt in the medieval knitting style


An almost fully completed shirt in the medieval knitting style.


Medieval Knitting Links

Medieval Knitting Info

Medieval Muslim Knitting

Pattern for Late Elizabethan Stockings

SCA message compilation about period knitting



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