Origin of Knitting - Requisites - Casting on with One or Two Pins - Plain Knitting and Purling

- Decreasing - Three Methods of Increasing - Casting Off

Hand-knitting, or the forming of a looped web, was a favourite pastime in Spain and Italy for many years before it was introduced into England in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. One of Henry VIII.'s wives was presented with a pair of knitted stockings, and these appear to be the first mentioned in history.