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Welcome to the Knitting Cove & Yarn Shop, Located on Historic East Main Street in Beautiful Port Jefferson

116 E Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
(631) 473-2121

A Brief History of Knitting

The earliest definite examples of knitting date from Europe and Egypt in the 14th century, although some claim that the technology dates back into centuries BCE. However, many of those samples actually worked in a process called Naalebinding (Nahl-bin-ding) which predates knitting. Some of the confusion is due to problems of translation. The verb "to knit" often meant to bring two things together, as when we talk about a close-knit community, the healing of a wound, or one's brows knitting together.

The first knitting trade guild was started in Paris in 1527, establishing the occupation as male-dominated for centuries to come. Knitting became a household occupation with the growing popularity of knitted stockings and by the end of the 1600s, one to two million pairs of stockings per year were exported from Britain to other parts of Europe.


Knitting Enjoys a Huge Revival

With the invention of the knitting machine, knitting "by hand" became a useful but nonessential craft, and its practitioners increasingly female. Similar to quilting, spinning, and needlepoint, knitting became a social activity, performed while the crafters conversed among themselves.

Hand-knitting has gone in and out of fashion many times in the last two centuries, and at the turn of the 21st century, it is enjoying a revival. According to the industry group, Craft Yarn Council of America, the number of women knitters in the USA aged 25 to 35 increased 150% in the two years between 2002 and 2004.

Modern knitters come from all ages, walks of life, and (increasingly) genders; a social stigma against male knitters has been rapidly disappearing, and most knitting circles now sport at least a few men. Additionally, many contemporary knitters have an interest in blogging about their knitting, patterns, and techniques.

The Knitting Cove & Yarn Shop - a Leading Source for Knitters & Crocheters

For over 20 years, the Knitting Cove & Yarn Shop has been a leading source of yarns, needles, patterns, and accessories. We also provide instruction for beginner and intermediate knitters and crocheters. Call for more details or to sign up today: (631) 473-2121.

Knitting Cove & Yarn Shop
116 E Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
(631) 473-2121

Store Hours:

Expanded Shop Hours:

Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm

Wednesdays 11am - 8:30pm

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