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Westminster Cathedral

Roman Catholic Primary School

Founded by
The Jesuit Fathers circa 1849

Year 5 Knitting

William Lee and the knitting machine

In this lesson Year 5 learned about the 4 different ways fabrics can be made and who invented the knitting machine. They looked at historical garments and the oldest ons found (which are in display at the V&A museum). They discussed how machines can make people feel threatened, because they may lose their jobs.

After that they had a go at knitting by hand.  Their goals were:

  • who invented the knitting machine.
  • cast on 10 knitting stitches.
  • knit a few rows
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