Leviathan (Giant!) Knitting

Leviathan yarn1

In the latter part of the Victorian era until at least the 1930’s, knitting with large needles and small yarn was called “Leviathan knitting”–there are even references to using “Leviathan needles” made for the purpose.  The yarn was fingering to lace weight, and the needles were up to 10 mm. Sometimes the yarn was held double.

Now, however, it is becoming popular to use even more humongous needles and appropriately giant yarn.  I recently acquired a vintage Cowichan spinning wheel, used originally to spin the bulky-weight singles yarn used to knit the famous–and still popular–Cowichan sweaters.  I am going to use this wheel to produce extra-super-giant yarn to knit and crochet fun new designs.


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