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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
TEXTILE Cloth and Culture

For a Special Issue on
Unravelling Contemporary Knitting

Abstract deadline
25 October 2021

Manuscript deadline
04 January 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr Alison Mayne, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
[email protected]

Dr Rose Sinclair, Goldsmiths, University of London
[email protected]

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Unravelling Contemporary Knitting

About this special issue

We would like to invite you to contribute to a special edition of TEXTILE Cloth and Culture, which examines some of the issues, concerns and opportunities about contemporary knit and crochet.

It builds on debate generated during the In the Loop at 10 conference held in Winchester in August 2018 but also draws on significant undercurrents questioning the perception and place of yarncraft in modern society which have grown over the last few years.  During the plenary of the In the Loop conference there was much discussion about discomfort with the gaps, silences and outdatedness which remain in scholarship about knitting:  Whilst interests in physical and emotional health benefits (Brooks et al 2019; Fisk 2020), craftivism (Pérez-Bustos et al 2019; Day et al 2018), placemaking (Carden 2019) and leisure (Court, 2020; Harrison and Ogden 2020) are becoming more widely understood, there are still complications to unpick regarding tradition, feminisms, activism and inequalities.

The aim of this special issue is to present different ways that knowledges about knitting, crochet and yarncraft can be unravelled and reshaped to create a stronger, more robust fabric. It will explore a range of arguments and perspectives, from challenging knit activism practice in the current political climate through to discussions about privilege and prejudice in the knitting community.

We are especially interested in the following topics and anticipate publishing several articles on connected topics within the issue

  • How looking to the past can inform the future of knitting
  • Queering knitting
  • Subversive knitting
  • Yarn guerrilla activism and the ‘criminology’ of knitting
  • Knitting from the margins
  • Knitting and Charity
  • Knitting and gender
  • Knitting and authenticity
  • Knitting and social media
  • Gaps and silences in knitting

However, we are open to other ideas and responses, as well as alternative formats to the traditional academic article – please contact us to discuss different ways this publication might rethink contemporary issues in knitting.

If you’d like to talk about potential ideas for this call, please docontact Dr Alison Mayne [email protected]

Hearing a range of voices

For freelancers and those not affiliated to a research institution, we understand that doing this work for free is too much to ask.  However, we believe you have something interesting to communicate about how you perceive issues in contemporary knitting and wanted to provide an opportunity to share this if you wish.  We are aware of the challenges of spending time on an article for academic publication, rather than on paid commissions.  We cannot provide financial support for this work and completely understand that may affect your ability to respond. If you are a freelancer, practitioner or activist not based in academia but would like to work in partnership with a researcher to contribute an article and navigate the conventions of academic publication, please let us know.

Submission Instructions

The process

Your article may be approximately 4k words including references,

Each article may include up to 12 images.

Submission Procedure

Completed submissions should be emailed to Alison Mayne [email protected]   Please include two versions – one which includes your name and affiliation where relevant and one from which all identifiable information has been removed.  This version will be submitted for double anonymous  peer review.

This review process means that your anonymised work will be considered by two specialists who will follow a clear code of conduct to provide constructive feedback and recommendations for

  • Acceptance without further work
  • Acceptance with minor corrections
  • Acceptance with some structural or theoretical changes
  • Rejection, with suggestions for submitting to an alternative publication

A revised submission, considering the recommendations of the reviewers is then emailed to the same address

All submissions should follow guidance included in the Taylor and Francis instructions for authors.  In particular, it is important to ensure that all images used have been cleared for copyright:


Important dates:

Abstract submission to editors: 25.10.21 (please do contact [email protected] for initial inquiry)

Completed articles to editors: 04.01.22

Returned anonymous peer review comments for redrafting: 30.3.22

Revised submissions to editors: 28.6.22

Completed special issue submitted to Textile Cloth and Culture: 27.7.22 (publishing schedule tbc)

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