Tradition says that the cloth the Jesus wore on his way to his crucifixion was made all in one piece and was such a beautiful piece of work that the guards cast lots to see who would get it instead of dividing it up. I've seen artwork showing Mary knitting in the round with lots of double pointed needles making clothing for Jesus. Don't know how accurate that is, but I would guess that double pointed needles and knitting in the round have been around for a very long time!
Love love love LIW and all things Little House on the Prairie! Everyone should read those books!