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The Fine Art of Knitting


Sadly, not much is known about the full history or exact origins of knitting. There are no famous gods or goddesses who knit. Although Homer wrote of it in his Odyssey, no lovelorn goddess knitted a bridge into the afterlife to save her hero.

What we do have interesting artefacts, and bits of wisdom from the ages.

Knitting has existed throughout the ages, to clothe and beautify people. Knitting is a technique that forges fabric from yarn or wool. In fact, the very word is derived from the work knot – thought to be derived from the Dutch word ‘verbknutten’. This is similar to the Old English word ‘cnyttan’ which likewise means ‘to knot’.

Historic knitted Egyptian socks from ca 1200 AD

Because knitting does not require heavy, onerous equipment nomadic and non-agrarian peoples considered it the perfect way of producing clothing to protect themselves from the elements.

It is believed that socks and stocking were the first items of clothing produced with techniques similar to knitting as we know it today.

Interesting Facts About Knitting

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Read some fascinating History of Knitting - while the exact origins or unknown - the read is still a very intriguing one.

The Joy of Gorgeous Knitwear

Historic knitted Egyptian socks from ca 1200 AD

Wearing a garment that has carefully been forged by yarn, and meticulously manipulated to create something beautiful is a fashion experience. This experience infuses the practicality of quality, handmade knitwear with the luxury of a gorgeous item of clothing designed to last.

Knitwear can be comfortable, sexy or both. Most knitwear will conform to your silhouette like a glove – designed to flatter by moulding to your curves but still wear comfortably. Knitwear gives you the freedom to choose the fit you want. While a loose garment is a comfortable cocoon of luxury, a fitted piece can show off your figure.

Love Your Garments

Here’s how you care for your knitwear!

How you wash your garment will be dependant of the yarn it’s made of. Make sure you know the yarn type (which will be featured on the label) before selecting the appropriate washing method. Here’s some conventional wisdom on how best to wash various types of knitwear:

  • Superwash wool can be hand or machine washed. In the machine,
    make sure it’s on a gentle cycle in cold water.
  • Regular wool must be washed by hand in cold water, or it may shrink
  • Cotton, linen and ramie yarn may be washed in your machine on a gentle
    cycle. You may use either cold or warm water
  • Acrylic and other synthetic yarns can be washed and dried in your machine,
    with your other items
  • Don’t take the risk with unknown fibres – hand wash them in cool water

Your knitwear can be air dried, by laying the items out flat. Do not wring out or tumble dry your garments as they will lose shape. Remember that a washing liquid or detergent with a low Ph is advisable.

For questions on how to care for VHR items, email directly.

For more information on caring for knitwear in general, here are some helpful links:

Tools of the Trade

In knitwear, like with all great art forms – form follows function. Summer and spring collections are generally created on a very fine gauge machine, the yarns are thin enough to breathe and the overall effect is a fresh, cool look. Autumn and winter collections beg to hand knit. When they are forged on a machine a chunky gauge is used.

Says Vicky: “As a conceptual designer it is crucial that all pieces fit in with the storyline and that the method used translates the idea.”

For the Love of Stitches

Certain stitches create a looser effect in the garment, while others draw the knitting in creating a tighter look. VHR garments are stitched in accordance to the silhouettes and shapes that the garment is intended to create.

Cable stitches are tight, while lace stitching is loose and feminine. Ribs offer incredible flexibility and easily adapts to any shape. In creating the garments on this site, Vicky undertakes a process of manipulating the yarn in various ways to create the vision she has in her mind. As hard as it is to choose a favourite, she bashfully admits a predilection for ribs – as it produces an elegance, a strength and a simplicity in either 1x1, 5x5 or 10x10.