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Who is the Patron Saint of Knitters? May 21, 2018

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Dances with Wools

Someone on one of the forums I haunt asked this question. Being extremely interested both in knitting and in religious history, it was necessary to immediately start a search. Some say that the patron saint is Fiacre. It seems he was the patron of cap makers, and when knitted caps were “invented”, Fiacre got the nod by default. An early guild for knitters was organized in Paris in 1527 was named The Guild of St. Fiacre. So who was this person with the strange name?

It is said that Fiachra, or Fiacre, traveled to France from Ireland, in search of a quiet place in which to withdraw from society and devote his life to God. The bishop of Meaux granted him a plot of land on which he built a hermitage with a garden and a hospice for travellers, which over time grew into the village of Saint-Fiacre in Seine-et-Marne…

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One Response to “Who is the Patron Saint of Knitters?”

  1. Al Hawthorne Says:

    Acccording to Wikipedia, Silk knitters in Barcelona chose St. Lucy (Lucia) and St. Ursula as their patron saints. St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated in Norway and Sweden perhaps more because she represents light, than for knitting. Knitters of wool stockings are reported to favor St. Sebastian, because his arrows resemble knitting needles. St. Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney and his little sister, Marguerite, were said to take knitting with them when they took family donkeys, cows, and sheep to graze. None of this would seem to take away from St. Fiacre as chronicled in the Katknit piece.

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