Saturday, October 24, 2015
In 1940s Britain hand knitting took on new importance. Women on the home front could make a contribution to the war effort by knitting for the troops using patterns that were often given away free. Many specialised patterns developed such as the balaclava helmet with ear flaps for use in telephone operations or mittens with a separate forefinger for firing a trigger in the cold.
Downloadable instructions are available here if you want to knit the garments yourself, though I can't imagine why you'd do that.
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