Researching knitting for my thesis

Hello! I confess, I am not a man, but I *am* an avid knitter, and so when it came time to choose my anthropology thesis topic, knitting seemed like the obvious choice. :) I'm interested in changes or continuities in knitting over the past century or so, and among other things, I'm trying to talk to as many knitters as possible about what they do, how they learned, what knitting means to them, and so on. I was wondering whether anybody here at menwhoknit would be interested in completing an online survey that I put up at:

The survey takes only about 20 minutes and does not ask for personal/identifying information (responses are also encrypted).

I'd also love to get recommendations on books or articles that you guys think are important. I'm finding loads of pattern books out there, but sources about knitting as a cultural activity seem to be more elusive, although I've heard there's stuff out there.
Thanks in advance-

MMario's picture

Are you signed up to historic knits?

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

eyedoc's picture

Hi there! I just completed your survey. I have only been knitting for about two years... self-taught from a kit I purchased. Good Luck on your thesis!


Serge664's picture

All done. hope your thesis is a++.

My favorite bit of knitting history is the knit for victory movement.

here's a link on that:

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

potterdc's picture

Done. Will you share the results with us?

Jonathan in DC
waiting for snow...

Think less, enjoy it more.

JPaul's picture

A couple of books you might want to check out:
A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt
No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting by Anne Macdonald

Tried to fill in your survey but it wouldn't let me continue. Said I hadn't filled in the answers required by an asterisk, although I had. So, sorry. I tried . . .

~Mike in Tampa
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Bill's picture

That happened to have to put a "0" in the empty percentage can't leave them blank...

RCC's picture

Done! If you are able, would you please post your thesis electronically at this site. Would much appreciate looking at your findings.

kylewilliam's picture

I did my part - I do hope you'll post the link to your thesis - I know we would all love to read it!!

good luck on your project. let us know if we can do anything else for you.



That's was easy, kinda fun too. I would add my voice to the chorus of the ones who have already said, "keep us posted re: the results."


Thanks everyone! I'm in the middle of writing this whole thing now...becoming worried that the quality of my paper can't live up to all of the support I've gotten from knitters! There's just so much of interest out there. I am planning to put the final product online, but can't even begin to think about that until after I've finished and submitted it. When I do, I will post a link!

BTW - Both Richard Rutt and Anne Macdonald's books were really interesting, and I definitely recommend them even if not trying to write a paper! :)