The university launches a book of knitting patterns based on its architecture

Women with knitted hats

Knitters will soon be able to make Glasgow University-inspired tea swags with the launch of a pattern book based on the historic architecture.

Designers from across Scotland came up with designs based on the “iconic” cloisters of the Gilmorehill campus and the “modernism” of the library.

Crafters will also be able to knit a scarf emblazoned with the arrows of the university.

A woman models a yellow scarf inspired by the University of Glasgow (University of Glasgow/PA)

The book comes after the university launched its own yarn called Cochno in 2018, which was “well received” by knitters around the world.

The university also employed a knitter-in-residence who helped create the patterns.

Staff and students were invited to enter a contest to produce original university-inspired knitting patterns, as well as being able to knit in Cochno yarn.

The book – Knitting The University Of Glasgow – was a joint venture between Professor Lynn Abrams from the university, Professor Marina Moskowitz from the University of Wisconsin and Christelle Le Riguer from Glasgow’s School of Humanities.

The University of Glasgow Cloisters inspired some of the designs (University of Glasgow/PA)

Professor Abrams said: “The genesis of this book of knitting patterns, inspired by the built environment of the University of Glasgow, lies in research by historians at the University of Glasgow into the economies and cultures hand knitting in Scotland from the 18th century to the present day.

“Scotland’s long tradition of knitwear production is rightly celebrated. It therefore seems fitting to celebrate the beauty of Glasgow University’s iconic buildings in a knitted form.

“We hope this book will be as well received by knitters around the world as our own branded yarn – Cochno Wool – was when we launched it in 2018.”

A man models a scarf based on one of the models (University of Glasgow/PA)

Professor Moskowitz said: “Our aim as historians is to investigate the place and significance of hand-knitted textiles in Scotland’s economy and culture, past, present and future. .

“The study of knitting can be used to reflect on the role of craftsmanship in linking individual creativity to economic pursuits, local design traditions to national heritage and national economies to Scotland’s creative economy. Scotland’s rich heritage of hand-knit textiles contributes to other national industries, such as tourism and fashion.

Ms Le Riguer said: “We hope this book will make its own contribution to help increase public understanding of how knitting improves health, well-being and cultural enrichment.

“We also hope the patterns will inspire people to visit Glasgow University and knit their own little part of the university.”

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