HISTORIANS from Scottish and American universities have come together to produce a book of knitting patterns inspired by the architecture of the University of Glasgow – in collaboration with Scottish knitwear designers.
Knitting The University of Glasgow book was compiled by Professor Lynn Abrams and Professor Marina Moskowitz – both historians of Scottish knitted textiles – and Christelle Le Riguer, research coordinator at the University’s School of Humanities.
The book is part of the Fleece to Fashion project, which studies the history of knitted textiles in Scotland from around 1780 to the present day.
Knitting enthusiasts can knit a cozy teapot inspired by the windows of the historic main building, a beanie inspired by the iconic arches of The Cloisters or a scarf whose design is inspired by the university spiers that pierce the Glasgow skyline.
Professor Abrams from Glasgow said: “The genesis of this book of knitting patterns, inspired by the built environment of the University of Glasgow, lies in research by historians at the University of Glasgow into the economies and hand-knitting cultures in Scotland from the 18th century to the present day.
“Scotland’s long tradition of knitwear production is rightly celebrated. It therefore seems fitting to celebrate the beauty of Glasgow University’s iconic buildings in a knitted form. We hope this book will be as well received by knitters around the world as our own branded wool – Cochno Wool – was when we launched it in 2018.”
Professor Moskowitz from the University of Wisconsin said: “Our goal as historians is to investigate the place and significance of hand-knit textiles in Scottish economy and culture, in the past, the present and the future.
“The study of knitting can be used to reflect on the role of craftsmanship in linking individual creativity to economic pursuits, local design traditions to national heritage and national economies to Scotland’s creative economy.
“Scotland’s rich heritage of hand-knit textiles contributes to other national industries, such as tourism and fashion.”