Wed, Jul 14


Learn to Knit a Bit of History

Learn to Knit a Bit of History: The Gunnister Pouch, Session 1 of 4

An introductory four session course to knitting history!

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Learn to Knit a Bit of History: The Gunnister Pouch, Session 1 of 4

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Jul 14, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Learn to Knit a Bit of History

About the Event

Learn to Knit a Bit of History - The Gunnister Pouch

Our project is based on the Gunnister Man’s Pouch. Found in a bog in Shetland in 1951, this late 17th – early 18th century hand knit pouch gives us a window into items used by regular folk to carry coins and small tools. The acidity of the bog preserved the knitting which does not normally weather damp conditions. The Gunnister Purse is included in Knitted Garb, a collection of knit patterns of period knitwear from the Plimoth/Patuxet Museum.

You will learn how to cast on, do the knit and purls stitches to create garter stitch, stockinette and ribbing. The bag ends with a row of eyelets to accommodate the loosely braided drawstring. The tassels are worked using a household serving fork. Bag measures 4 ½ inches wide and 8 ½ inches tall. Tassels are not included in overall measurement.

Participants should acquire the following materials: 

· 1 skein 100% worsted weight wool (Patons Classic found at Joann’s and Michaels or I Love Wool found at Hobby Lobby) Select a medium color neutral color.

· US 8 (5mm) 9 or 10 inch straight knitting needles

· Yarn needle (large eye, dull point)


This event will be hosted VIRTUALLY via WebEx. Those who register will receive a link upon complete registration.

This program is free and open to the public. It is Presented by the Passaic County Board of County Commissioners, and the City of Clifton. It is funded in part by the Passaic County Cultural Heritage Council, a parent of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.

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