Knots! October 15, 2011 by Mary Jane 8 Comments Gudrun’s dad brought out some vintage sweaters his kids wore, and one even older… a look inside revealed the finishing….knots! In this case carefully woven in, the following one…not!
Robin Allen says
That’s some skilled colorwork. I always knot my ends before I weave them in, but I’ll split the plies and pull one end under a strand, then tie the ends together.
I’m thinking that way back there was not much time to knit, and even less time to finish – so knots were the easiest way of “finishing” and these examples show they they stand the test of time. So many knitters look at stranded (fair isle) knitting and bemoan all of the ends….well, here’s a simple solution!
Helen (of troy) says
I’ve always secretly laughed at self proclaimed authorities who say “no this, or “never that” and PRESUME that the way we finish stuff today (when we are not driven by time and money) is the way things were done in the past! I don’t USUALLY knot when i knit–but I don’t rigidly proclaim “never KNOT” either. Knot are useful–and if i had to churn out a sweater a week to keep myself (as many knitters in the past had to) I think I would knot with abandon!
That’s really interesting! Do you know when were those jumpers were knitted?
KNOT so! Oh the horror………hmmmm….maybe if I start ‘knotting’ it will speed things up a bit!
Knots…something to think about. I usually weave in without knotting, maybe I’ll try it. Turkish knitters would often leave everything just hanging, no knots, nothing.
I love these knots! I’m with Helen who scoffs at the “right” way of doing things. I’ll admit and many of my students will attest to the fact that I’m often like the Turkish knitters Misa mentions, I just let the ends hang…of course, I’m always glancing down and telling myself I’ve got to weave them in, which is truly my preferred finishing…but sigh…I’m either lazy or always in a hurry to begin something else!
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