Knitting in Wartime


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Knitting in wartime: something everyone can get into.

Much more info on the history of wartime knitting can be found here – it’s super fascinating! The Canadian Red Cross manual can be found right here.

Additionally, reader torrilin wrote in:

Important bit of missing info. The needle sizes are the old British system where a bigger number means a smaller needle. With the stitch numbers given, I’d try something around a 2 to 2.75mm needle. Maybe up to 3.5mm for mittens or sweaters. I didn’t catch gauge measures, but 28st/10cm is a pretty usual gauge for “fingering” yarn.

And if your feet are biggish (I wear a woman’s 10 in US sizing) a 60 stitch sock may be too small. I need to use 20st/10cm sort of yarn to get away with that few stitches.

(Yes, knitting takes math. Lots of math. Pretty much all fiber arts take math. Anyone who says women can’t do math never tried to sew.)

(RP readers are just the best.)

  • archersangel

    wasn’t knitting used a therapy, much like basket weaving, for solders who suffered from shell-shock (PTSD in today’s terms)? which might be the subject of the “why shouldn’t men knit?” booklet.