Knitwits: Knitting the Bluestockings

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone




This event, hosted by The Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online Project (EMCO) and Oxford Brookes University, invites scholars and knitters to explore the secret of the famous 'blue stockings' of the 18th - century Bluestocking Circle. Experts will discuss knitting and dyeing wool in the eighteenth century, and will introduce us to the fashion of stockings in polite society. We will explore why the Bluestockings were given their nickname - a name that is still used regarding intellectual and learned women today.

The knitwear designer Kate Davies has designed easy patterns for the infamous blue stockings. During the event, we will share details of her designs with the audience, and start knitting!