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A treasure trove of old knitting footage

April 21, 2014

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I fell down a bit of a rabbit hole last night when I remembered seeing that British Pathé had uploaded their entire archive to Youtube. Out of curiosity I searched the archive for knitting related clips and found much more than I expected. I made a playlist here, although I haven’t finished watching it so there might be some fairly unrelated stuff. My favourites are below. 

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Promotional film touting the benefits of knitting with cotton: “it’s not all fuzzy like wool!”

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“Now you can knit fashions for every occasion.” Now I am struggling to imagine the perfect occasions for dressing with a scene of lambs on one’s chest, or in imitation of a chessboard. 

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SO MANY QUESTIONS! “Swiss women in mountain village dress as men in Feminine demonstration.” The inter title apparently translates as: “Switzerland, a curious manifestation of feminism. In this sweet mountain village women have completely adopted masculine dress and attitudes.”

Masculine clothes, farm labour, pipe smoking, swagger #ANDknitting!  

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Hand knitted dresses – women knit parts of garments at home then send them to be assembled in Madame Madeleine’s workrooms. London. 

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Audio track is missing but some great examples of fair isle and intarsia jumpers, plus it’s always fun to see people knitting and sewing. 

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e “Something for wifey”. The narration might be cringeworthy but I would actually like an armchair with a hidden storage compartment that can be accessed while sitting in the chair. 

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Cowichan sweaters being made in Canada. 

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1952 showcase of knitted fashions that highlights the influence of earlier knitting on the designs. 

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An early video tutorial!

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Knitting with dog wool is practically a sub-category in this collection. This one highlights that no coupons are needed. 

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Fascinatingly the schoolgirls knitting in this clip knit in a fairly standard yarn-in-Right-hand manner, but some of the older women have the yarn looped around their necks in the Portuguese style. 

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