Knitting historian Richard Rutt, dead at 86

Former Anglican Bishop of Leicester Monsignor Cecil Richard Rutt, known to knitters worldwide as Richard Rutt, author of A History of Hand Knitting, died July 27, 2011 in Falmouth, England. Rutt was 86 years old.

Serving for years as an Anglican priest, Rutt converted to Catholicism in 1994. In addition to his studies in the history of knitting, Rutt served as a missionary in South Korea, and is also known for his books on Korea and the Chinese language.

According to blogger Donna B. Conway, Richard Rutt "was known for knitting his own vestments, bishop's miter, and sacramental textiles. At the time of his death he was the president of the Knitting and Crochet Guild, a national organization that publishes the journal SlipKnot.."