Digital Resources from the Knitting Reference Library WSA

The Richard Rutt Collection at Winchester School of Art 

Richard Rutt is a scholar and former bishop who is widely known for his classic book 'A history of hand knitting', published by Batsford in 1987. Rutt’s library of books, journals, magazines, patterns and cuttings specifically on knitting is held at Winchester School of Art Library. This follows his wish to donate his library to the University of Southampton in order to join it with Montse Stanley’s Knitting Collections as an acknowledgement of their shared interest in knitting and their consequent long standing friendship.

A particular distinction and strength of his collection is the range and number of nineteenth century knitting books which commenced publication in the 1830s. They may be seen as a precursor of the contemporary knitting pattern and the “how-to-knit” books which are still being published, over 180 years later.

In addition, his library includes a comprehensive run of the knitting magazine Stitchcraft dating from the 1930s to the 1980s which richly illustrates the changing graphic image and layout of knitting patterns through the decades of the twentieth century. He also had an interest in Scandinavian and Korean knitting which is reflected in his collection.

   
Myra's knitting lessons no.1

c.1800

Myra.

Myra's knitting lessons. No.1. Ccontaining the rudiments of knitting and various useful patterns for this work

First series of the knitters companion

c.1800

Mee, Cornelia, Mrs.

First series of the knitters companion

Helping the trawlers

c.1800

Helping the trawlers

The ladies' knitting and netting book

1838

The ladies' knitting and netting book

The Lady's Assistant

1840

Gaugain, Mrs.

The Lady's Assistant for executing useful and fancy designs in knitting, netting, and crochet work. Illustrated by fifteen engravings, showing various stitches in the art of netting

The Lady's Assistant  for executing useful and fancy designs in

1842

Gaugain, Jane.

The Lady's Assistant for executing useful and fancy designs in knitting, netting, and crochet work: illustrated by fifteen engravings, showing various stitches in the art of netting

The ladies' book of knitting

1843

The ladies' hand-book of knitting, netting and crochet; containing plain directions by which to become proficient in those branches of useful and ornamental employment

My knitting book

1843

My knitting book

Mrs Gaugain's minature knitting netting and crochet book

1843

Gaugain, Mrs.

Mrs Gaugain's minature knitting netting and crochet book

The ladies' hand-book of knitting

1844

The ladies' hand-book of knitting, netting and crochet. Containing plain directions by which to become proficient in those branches of useful and ornamental employment

Mee's companion to the work-table

1844

Mee, Cornelia.

Mee's companion to the work-table: containing selections in knitting, netting & crochet work

The Lady's Assistant

1845

Gaugain, Mrs.

The Lady's Assistant for executing useful and fancy designs in knitting, netting, and crochet work. Illustrated by fifteen engravings, showing various stitches in the art of netting

The accompaniment to second volume of Mrs Gaugain's work

1845

Gaugain, Mrs.

The accompaniment to second volume of Mrs Gaugain's work on knitting, netting and crochet, illustrating the open patterns and stitches to which are added several elegant and new receipts

My knitting book

1845

Lambert, Miss.

My knitting book

The knitted lace collar receipt book

1846

Baynes, G. J, Mrs.

The knitted lace collar receipt book

The knitters' friend

1846

Gaugain, Mrs.

The knitters' friend: being a selection of receipts for the most useful and saleable articles in knitting, netting and crochet work

Exercises in knitting

1846

Mee, Cornelia.

Exercises in knitting

Knitting, crochet and netting

1846

Riego De La Branchardiere, Mlle.

Knitting, crochet and netting, with twelve illustrations

My knitting book

1847

My knitting book

The floral knitting book

1847

The floral knitting book: or the art of knitting

Mrs Gaugain's knit Polka book

1847

Gaugain, Mrs.

Mrs Gaugain's knit Polka book

The knitter's casket

1847

Hope, Mrs.

The knitter's casket: a series of receipts in ornamental knitting and netting

The Winchester fancy needlework

1847

Savage, Mrs.

The Winchester fancy needlework instructor and manual of the fashionable and elegant accomplishment of knitting and crochet

The knitting book

1848

Riego de la branchardiere, Mdlle.

The knitting book

The royal magazine of knitting

1848

Rigolette de la Hamelin, Mdlle.

The royal magazine of knitting, netting, crochet and fancy needlework

The ladies' work-table book

1850

The ladies' work-table book; containing clear and practical instructions in plain and fancy needle-work, embroidery, knitting, netting, crochet, tatting, &c., &c. with numerous engravings, illustrative of the various stitches in those useful and fashionable employments

The royal exhibition knitting

c.1850

Carter, W.

The royal exhibition knitting, netting and crochet book. No. 3

The royal exhibition knitting

c.1850

Carter, W.

The royal exhibition knitting, netting and crochet book. No. 5

The lady's assistant in knitting

1850

Gaugain, Mrs.

The lady's assistant in knitting, netting, and crochet work; with an appendix containing directions and remarks for working in embroidery or worsted work, raised cut work, tatting, &c. illustrated by upwards of forty coloured designs

The ladies' work-table book

1852

The ladies' work-table book; containing clear and practical instructions in plain and fancy needle-work, embroidery, knitting, netting, crochet, tatting, &c., &c. with numerous engravings, illustrative of the various stitches in those useful and fashionable employments

The industrial handbook

1856

The industrial handbook: containing plain instructions in needlework and knitting; together with directions for the cutting out of all usefulgarments. To which are added some rules and receiptsfor ornamental needle-work patch-work and worsted-work fancy knitting and crochet. Adapted to the use of mothers of families schoolmistresses and matrons of emigrant ships

Manual of knitting beautifully illustrated

1860

Mee, Mrs.

Manual of knitting beautifully illustrated

The Lady's Assistant

1863

Gaugain, Mrs.

The Lady's Assistant for executing useful and fancy designs in knitting, netting, and crochet work, with illustrated patterns originally composed by the late Mrs Gaugain

How to knit stockings:

1865

Ryder,E. Miss.

How to knit stockings: this packet contains general rules for knitting stockings, ladies' ribbed stockings, gentlemen's knickerbocker stockings, boys stockings

The Abergeldie winter book

1867

Branchardiere, Riego de, Mlle. T

The Abergeldie winter book

The point lace sampler

1869

Blanchardiere, Riego de la.

The point lace sampler: containing complete instructions for the stitches, with original registered designs

The stocking-knitter's manual

c.1870

Cupples, Geo. Mrs.

The stocking-knitter's manual: handy book for the work-table

How to knit socks

c.1870

Ryder, E. Miss.

How to knit socks: full and simple directions by which persons may teach themselves
How to knit socks

c.1870

Ryder, E. Miss.

How to knit socks. With full and simple directions by which persons may teach themselves

A knitting-book of counterpanes

c.1871

Cupples, Geo. Mrs

A knitting-book of counterpanes: toilet-covers, pincushions and other articles of fancy work

The lady's knitting-book

 

c.1875

Corbould, Elvina M.

The lady's knitting-book

The home knitter

1876

The home knitter: a manual for making useful articles for the family

Winter comforts and how to knit them

1876

Ryder, H. P., Miss.

Winter comforts and how to knit them. Directions for knitting gentlemen's hunting mittens and driving gloves, ladies' house mittens and chest protector

How to knit spun silk socks & stockings

1876

Ryder, E. Miss.

How to knit spun silk socks & stockings with full and simple directions by which persons may teach themselves

The lady's knitting-book

c.1878

Corbould, Elvina M.

The lady's knitting-book. Containing four dozen patterns of useful and ornamental knitting

The standard guide to knitting

1879

A lady manager.

The standard guide to knitting according to the new code

The knitting teacher's assistant

1881

The knitting teacher's assistant designed for the use of national girls' schools

How to use Florence knitting silk

1881

How to use Florence knitting silk

The lady's knitting-book

1881

Corbould, Elvina M.

The lady's knitting-book

Mother's knitter

1882

Corbould, Elvina M.

Mother's knitter. Containing some patterns of things for little children

How to use Florence knitting silk

1883

Nonotuck Silk Company.

How to use Florence knitting silk

Wools and how to use them

1884

Lewis, Mrs.

Wools and how to use them

How to use Florence knitting silk

1885

Nonotuck Silk Company.

How to use Florence knitting silk

Needlework for ladies

1886

Dorinda.

Needlework for ladies for pleasure and profit by "Dorinda," containing suggestions how to make needlework remunerative; instructions for all the newest and most fashionable kinds of fancy work; practical directions and recipes for making numerous useful, pretty, and saleable articles, and list of all the established work societies

The book of hats and caps

1890

Elliott, M.

The book of hats and caps

The gift netting

c.1900

Giles, J. W. Mrs.

The gift netting, knitting and crochet book; or, knitter's present. Containing receipts for the most novel and elegant designs in raised netting, knitting and crochet

The second book of 'hows

c.1900

Loch, Miss.

The second book of "hows" or what may be done with wools in every home

The book of 'hows'

1900

Loch, Miss.

The book of "hows" or what may be done with wools in every home. Learning to knit

Ladies work for sailors

c.1902

Ladies work for sailors

Pearsall's illustrated handbook for knitting in silks

1906

M.T. and H.T.

Pearsall's illustrated handbook for knitting in silks

The seventh book of 'hows'

1911

The seventh book of "hows" or, how to knit and crochet wools