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Knitting for the war effort
by Betty the Homemaker (betty_homemaker)
at March 1st, 2008 (02:23 pm)

While surfing the net for sites about vintage needle sizes and converting them to modern sizes I came across the following knitting patterns.  If we weren't sending troops to the Middle East I would love to knit these up for our boys over seas!  I even found a perfect olive drab wool yarn!

Knitting Patterns from WWII

I might need to knit these up for my husband for work...


Posted by: mrs_ralph (mrs_ralph)
Posted at: March 1st, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)

Thanks for that. I downloaded the Watch cap pattern for myself. Can't have too many nice knitted caps. ;-)

Posted by: Betty the Homemaker (betty_homemaker)
Posted at: March 1st, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)

My husband and I want to do WWII reenactments so I had them bookmarked for costume purposes. I have a ball of red wool and want to make the mittens for myself- Too bad I live in California.

Posted by: mrs_ralph (mrs_ralph)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)

That sounds like fun and I am sure there is someplace you can wear the mittens to in California. ;-)

I collect vintage homemaking books so I can tell you that if you can find a copy 'The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Knitting' by Catherine Franks (it was published a bit before WWII) it has lots of everyday patterns in it that would be great for conversion. It has patterns for everything from underwear on out. My copy is a UK edition so I don't know if it was published in the US as well or not.

She wrote several other books including 'The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Dressmaking' which had lots of hints for restyling and repairing clothing and dress patterns and so forth you could enlarge so it might be worth keeping an eye out for it though the last time I had a search for it the cost was a bit out of my budget range. I think the government pamphlet that published excerpts from her book to help people during the clothing and fabric rationing period was up online somewhere a while back too.

Posted by: Betty the Homemaker (betty_homemaker)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)

I have the "Practical Knitting Illustrated" by Margaret Murray and Jane Koster. UK version as well. But at that time needle sizes were the same as the Aus. sizes. I have a 1940's Aus. needle gauge.

I have a lot of pre and post WWII sewing books and patterns. As a costume designer I like to keep any and all vintage patterns I come across.

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