Kitchener Not German, But Germane!

New York Built's picture

The Kitchener Stitch is named after Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, British military hero of Boer War and WW 1. He associated himself with a Red Cross plan to dragoon US womanhood into knitting 'comforts' for the men in the trenches, and contributed his own sock design, which included a squarish grafted toe. Hence the Kitchener Sock; hence Kitchener Stitch.

The design is actually drawn from African knitting, where this nobleman obviously observed this traditional craft. He may also be a founder and participant observer of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell tradition of the modern military.


rvicarus's picture

Wow! I love it!