Friday, July 25, 2014


Knitting was a dominant needlework craft in Amana for a long time.  It was taught to everyone after school.  Two very special pieces made were the patchwork rugs and lovely socks.  Some were original patterns, some from “Hausfrau”, a German magazine.  The yarns were made at the Amana Woolen Mill.  The cottons used were a finer tweed yarn made in blue and white or red and white.  The rugs were made in a garter stitch and pieced together to make a long runner for the floor or sofa cover.  The  socks were made differently for men and women but each finished with finely stitched initials on the top edge.  There are very unique!

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