Terminology

The earliest examples of knitted items date back to the 3rd to 5th century AD (Victoria and Albert Museum). For much of the history of knitting, the techniques had to be handed down through an oral tradition, so it is not surprising that there are many names for the same technique. The t-reference section of this website uses the terminology introduced by June Hemmons Hiatt in The Principles of Knitting, but also mentions other names for techniques as “also known as” within the index and articles. Although I try to use the same terminology in other sections, I record t-breaks and t-torials without reading from a script, with the result that I am less consistent in the use of terminology.