ONLINE: McGill24: Knitting in Code

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
12 PM to 1 PM EST

Codebreakers have infiltrated the public imagination of wartime efforts - but what about code-makers? Historian and knitter Kristen Howard will explore the role knitting played in wartime codes and correspondence, from providing a cover for women spies in WWII to the use of knitting to disguise or amplify messages. Case studies will include the French Revolution, American Revolutionary War, and the World Wars.

Kristen will also present a new knitting pattern incorporating both Morse Code and illusion knitting - a method of hiding secret messages in stitches - to demonstrate how knitting can be used today as a form of coded correspondence. The pattern cleverly combines simple knit and purl stitches to incorporate your chosen message. Can you crack the code?

About the Speaker:
Kristen C. Howard is a historian, knitter, and Master of Information Studies student at McGill University. She completed a PhD in History from the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the University of Arizona in 2020. She currently studies library and archival sciences, and is interested in animating special collections through public history and creative projects.


About McGill24:

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ONLINE: McGill24: Knitting in Code

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
12 PM to 1 PM EST




Online, Montreal, Quebec
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Register from Jan. 31 to Mar. 9, 2022


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