Knitting a Hundred Years Ago

As we move into 2021, it is interesting to see what knitting was like a hundred years ago, in 1920. A quick search through the newspaper articles of that era revealed that knitting was very much a part of everyday life.

People joked about knitting as you can tell from this little article published in “Salida Mail”, Number 68 on February 3, 1920.

The image comes from the online archive of “Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection”

An article published in “The Tumut and Adelong Times” on May 6, 1920, clearly stated that there were men who enjoyed knitting and who considered it to be totally manly to make their own winter mufflers.

The image comes from Trove – an online collection of artefacts, curiosities and stories from Australia’s cultural, community and research institutions.

While men were knitting in Australia, knitting was dabbed as “A Woman’s Indoor Sport” in this advertisement published on February 4, 1920 in “The Vassar Miscellany News”, Volume IV, Number 28.

The image comes from HRVH Historical Newspapers – a part of the Hudson River Valley Heritage service administered by the
Southeastern New York Library Resources Council

People were getting together in what we now call knitting groups and enjoyed knitting and chatting as much as we enjoy it now.

It is great to know that knitting hasn’t changed that much since 1920. We still enjoy this craft, find it funny at times and invite everyone to knit regardless of their gender. Happy knitting, my friends đŸ™‚