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There is an ideal outfit for every season, and what better way to welcome in the autumn and winter than by wrapping up in some elegant and stylish knitwear. Usually made with wool or cotton, it is manufactured in such a way that it feels handmade (when stretched out, you can see tiny gaps in the fabric). The texture of the knitwear can vary depending on the needle thickness (this determines the size of the knit), as well as the pressure applied to the fabric or thread during its creation.
This is one of the oldest forms of making clothing, knitted socks and tights date back to 11th century Egypt, or even earlier according to some studies. In Europe, knitwear formed a part of daily life from the 14th century onwards, proving particularly popular in Great Britain and Scandinavia, especially among fisherman. In 1816, the first circular knitting machine was developed in England (perfect for underwear), and at the same time, fashion magazines began to heavily promote knitwear. By the beginning of the 20th century, these garments had become even more popular, with sporting and casual styles coming into fashion, as an elegant and functional way of dressing. Over the next century, different styles began to flourish, creatively combining colours, with sweaters becoming very popular among women.
This style continues to increase in popularity to this day, with particular demand for handmade knitwear. To look after knitwear properly, it can only be lightly steam ironed (excess steam will ruin the fabric). It must not be ironed under pressure, but rather by lightly passing the iron over, and applying the force of the steam. Once ironed, the garment must be left to hang while it cools, and once cooled, it should then be folded before storing, as this will avoid creases.
The growing popularity of knitwear is down to the fact that it offers a superior quality, with flexibility, thickness, strength and durability, making clothes that will last for years and years (as long as they are cared for properly), and providing softness, comfort and warmth.
Until next time,
Juan David Rojas Arrunátegui