Gloves knitted in the Sanquhar pattern

Contributed by Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

These gloves belonged to John Swan Waugh, the first Sanquhar volunteer for the Boer War.  © Dumfries Museum

This design has similarities with traditional knitting from places such as Scandinavia and Afghanistan.The craft of knitting came relatively late to Scotland. The origins of the traditional patterns of Sanquhar knitting are obscure, but date from the late 1700s. They have similarities with traditional knitting from Scandinavia to Afghanistan. Ideas may have travelled these distances but it is also possible that they arose independently from the simple coincidence of similar solutions being found to similar problems.
Today the growing appreciation of traditional knitting has led to the story of Sanquhar's knitters becoming world famous. Most recent books on the topic of traditional knitting contain information on Sanquhar knitting. During the last few decades journalists and researchers from across the globe have written articles on the patterns, and requests for patterns and wool are received from all around the world. During the last few years the gloves have become something of a fashion statement in Japan!

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  • 1. At 16:09 on 4 August 2011, charlie wrote:

    Patterns available from Scottish Women's Rural Institutes

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