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The production of hand-knit stockings was a major cottage industry. Domestic work for the hosiery industry was often done by families with small farms. While the father knit, the children produced yarn and the mother sewed the stockings together.

The production of hand-knit stockings was a major cottage industry. Domestic work for the hosiery industry was often done by families with small farms. While the father knit, the children produced yarn and the mother sewed the stockings together.

The art of stocking-frame-work-knitting, Bodleian Library

The art of stocking-frame-work-knitting, Bodleian Library

Wooden hand-knitting frame, based on Lee's system, 17th century. The frame, which was originally iron, was usually reproduced in wood. In Germany, the machine was widely distributed under the name "Rösschen-Stuhl". ("Little Horse Knitting Frame")

Wooden hand-knitting frame, based on Lee's system, 17th century. The frame, which was originally iron, was usually reproduced in wood. In Germany, the machine was widely distributed under the name "Rösschen-Stuhl". ("Little Horse Knitting Frame")

Knitting frame with three needle rows produced by Hilscher in Chemnitz (Saxony), based on the Paget system.

Knitting frame with three needle rows produced by Hilscher in Chemnitz (Saxony), based on the Paget system.

Troyes 1927_reconstitution-atelier-de-bonnetier

Troyes 1927_reconstitution-atelier-de-bonnetier

Paget Frame with two needle rows, Hilscher, Chemnitz, app. 1870.

Paget Frame with two needle rows, Hilscher, Chemnitz, app.

ockings were produced on wooden knitting frames until the 1930's in Saxony and Thuringia.

ockings were produced on wooden knitting frames until the in Saxony and Thuringia.

Jeff Oxley's frame in G.H.Hurts shawl factory

Jeff Oxley's frame in G.

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