Knitting

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With knitted objects dating from the 12th century to the present day, our collection represents centuries of inventiveness. From underwear to outerwear, workwear to evening dress, made by hand or machine, professional or amateur, explore the rich diversity of items created using this technique.

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Representing knitting traditions from around the world, the collection includes objects for everyday wear, such as 16th-century knitted caps or 19th-century baby clothes as well as exquisite examples of craftsmanship such as an 18th-century knitted carpet and a petticoat. Functional knitted items sit alongside pieces prized for their inventiveness, such as the bold hand-knitted 1980s designs by Patricia Roberts, SIBLING’s playful take on traditional knitwear and stunning eveningwear by Julien Macdonald and Craig Lawrence.

Exploring Knitting

Photo of Peter gloves, Freddie Robins, 1997 – 9, England. Museum no. T.620:1&2-1999. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Peter gloves, Freddie Robins, 1997 – 9, England. Museum no. T.620:1&2-1999. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Evening dress, Craig Lawrence, 2010, England. Museum no. T.70-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Evening dress, Craig Lawrence, 2010, England. Museum no. T.70-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Shawl, Amy Johnston, 1935, Baltasound, Unst, Shetland islands, knitted shetland wool. Museum no. T.335-1980. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Shawl, Amy Johnston, 1935, Baltasound, Unst, Shetland islands, knitted shetland wool. Museum no. T.335-1980. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Evening coat, Biba, 1970, England. Museum no. T.202&A-1984. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Evening coat, Biba, 1970, England. Museum no. T.202&A-1984. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Romany cardigan, Patricia Roberts, 1982, England. Museum no. T.210-1985. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Romany cardigan, Patricia Roberts, 1982, England. Museum no. T.210-1985. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Golf jumper, unknown maker, 1920s, Shetland Islands, hand-knitted two-ply wool. Museum no. T.185-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Golf jumper, unknown maker, 1920s, Shetland Islands, hand-knitted two-ply wool. Museum no. T.185-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Knitting sheath, unknown maker, 1679, England. Museum no. 774-1907. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Knitting sheath, unknown maker, 1679, England. Museum no. 774-1907. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Sunflower Knitting Needle Case, knitting needle case and knitting needles, Bassat Powell, 1870 – 90, England. Museum no. T.712:1 to 28-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Sunflower Knitting Needle Case, knitting needle case and knitting needles, Bassat Powell, 1870 – 90, England. Museum no. T.712:1 to 28-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Rag rug waistcoat, John Allen, 1990, England. Museum no. T.229-2001. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Rag rug waistcoat, John Allen, 1990, England. Museum no. T.229-2001. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Tracksuit, SIBLING, 2012, England. Museum no. T.86:1, 2-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tracksuit, SIBLING, 2012, England. Museum no. T.86:1, 2-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Needle gauge, G. Chambers & Co., 1847 – 99, England. Museum no. T.276-1979. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Needle gauge, G. Chambers & Co., 1847 – 99, England. Museum no. T.276-1979. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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