Hønsestrik ~ Chicken Knit

Emerged in the early seventies, as part of the protests of 1968.
A sort of left-wing-political-free-style-knit where you would not let anyone (knitting industry/society) dictate pattern, colors or yarn anymore.

This was the beginning of a time with very colorful knitting. Motifs found worldwide in folk art: Ancient inka art mixed with simple cross stitch and old norwegian knitting designs.

In 1973 the first book about "Chicken Knit" was published by Kirsten Hofstätter - the prime mover of this new knitting movement.

When Kirsten Hofstätter first asked the publisher Red Rooster (Røde Hane) if they would publish what she called "The knitting Manifesto", they turned her down, since they did not find the subject serious in political contexts. She then started her own company - and named it a bit ironic - Chicken Publish (Hønsetryk) and the book was called Chicken Knit. (68 more books were published by Chicken Publish).

This christmas my father gave me a copy of the 2nd book. I sure can feel chicken knit coming :O)

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