These remains of a fashioned knitted jerkin or jacket (possibly of Dutch or Flemish origin) represent some of the earliest known examples of knitting. The wool, now light sandy-brown, was perhaps originally white or natural-coloured. It is all 2-ply, S-spun and then Z-plyed so lightly that the two threads often lie side by side. The cloth is used and worn, and therefor may have been recycled, intended for use as gun wadding.


  • Title: Jerkin
  • Date Created: 1720/1750
  • Location: Lindisfarne Priory
  • Original Source: LINDISFARNE PRIORY
  • Rights: English Heritage
  • Medium: Wool

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