You asked: How old is the craft of knitting?

When and where was knitting invented?

The oldest knitted items have been found in Egypt and are dated between the 11th and 14th centuries AD. Spanish Christian royal families employed Muslim knitters and their works are the earliest known knitted items in Europe. They were very skillful and made many different items like cushion covers and gloves.

When did knitting start in England?

We know from archaeological finds in medieval cities and surviving tax lists that the use of knitted goods spread in Europe from the 14th century. In England, the manufacture of knitted caps was sufficiently important to merit control by parliament.

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