62. Knitting Belt

100 Objects

Knitting belts are traditional in many places and are still made and used in Shetland today. A knitting belt helps the worker by providing support for a double pointed needle. A Shetland knitting belt is usually worn with the pad to the right and the number of holes allows the knitter to find the most comfortable one for the length of the needle being used.

This example, from the Knitting & Crochet Guild Collection is in brown leather. From Shetland, its pad measures 20cms/8ins in length, by 7.5cms/3ins deep. The waist belt is 70cms/28ins long. It came into the Collection in 1992, having been used as an aid by a knitter who had lost the use of one hand, following a stroke.