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Creative Outreach Toolkit

Tools and resources to create and host a collections-based creative project or outreach event.

Knitting Reference Collections and Materials

  • University of Southampton Knitting Reference Library: The Knitting Reference Library (KRL) includes the published works collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller. These comprise books, exhibition catalogues, knitting patterns, journals and magazines. 

    • Victorian Knitting Manuals: Digitized Victorian-era manuals on knitting from the Richard Rutt collection at the University of Southampton.

    • Related Knitting Sites: A list of knitting history sites, blogs, projects and collections curated by the Knitting reference library.

  • Ravelry: (Login required) A free website for knitters, crocheters and fiber artists. A very useful network and database for finding knitting patterns, project inspiration, fibre inspiration and communities.

  • Internet Archive: A non-profit library of millions of free books including knitting books. Searching the internet archive by keywords will return thousands of books, magazines spanning the 1800s to present day. Some items are public domain and freely available. Others can be freely borrowed from library collections.

  • Victoria and Albert Collection: The V&A holds the British national collection of textiles and fashion, which includes more than 75,000 individual objects or sets of objects that span a period of more than 5,000 years, from Predynastic Egypt to the present day. Of note for Knitters

Tutorials and Patterns

Contact a Librarian

Jacquelyn Sundberg, Outreach Librarian
@Wellsinton on Ravelry

Kristen Howard, Liaison Librarian

@theclosestknit on Ravelry

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