Knitted Together: the knitting collections

The Knitting collections are made up of The Montse Stanley collection, The Richard Rutt collection and the Knitting pattern collection.

The collections

The Montse Stanley collection

The Montse Stanley Knitting Collection is a unique collection comprising a wide range of over 800 knitted objects and garments, 5000 magazines, 1500 knitting patterns, photographs, postcards and books, as well as small tools and sample yarns. The printed collection (books and patterns) are held at the Winchester School of Art Library. The knitted collection, selected patterns, postcards and photographs are held at the Hartley library in Special Collections.

Montse Stanley came from Barcelona and settled in England in 1974. Her personal enthusiasm for all aspects of the history of knitting was based in a professional and very successful career in knitting. A well known designer and maker, she did much to popularise the creative possibilities of hand knitting through books, television and video, and by curating exhibitions. She co-founded the Early Knitting History Group, now part of MEDATS and collected knitted textiles and related materials, amassing an extensive working research collection which came to the University of Southampton Library in 1999.

The Richard Rutt collection

The Richard Rutt collection comprises over 300 books, a large collection of knitting patterns and magazines and a small collection of knitted objects and garments. The knitting pattern collection ranges from the early 1900s to the 1980's, the magazines include Stitchcraft, Woolcraft and Weldons. This collection is held at the Winchester School of Art Library

The Knitting Pattern collection

We currently hold over 5000 knitting patterns. The collection spans from the early 1900's to the present day.