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The patterns on these pages are genuine designs and patterns produced during the years of the Second World War 1939-1945 and were approved by various councils and committees concerned with the comfort of our fighting boys and girls overseas and in the many hospitals around the UK and at Red Cross stations all over the world in the midst of battle.
vintage wartime services knitting patterns

                                               WARTIME KNITTING FOR THE SERVICES: 

On these pages there are many wartime service knitting patterns 1940s for all that a man away in the services could need - woman knitted not only for their own men folk but for others who had no relatives. Even young girls at school knitted mittens, helmets, socks and scarves for sailors, airman and soldiers.

This one is called Service Woollies for Air, Land and Sea. But there are over 300 other patterns in this section for Men and women (see Ladies Services page) Garments call for double knitting, vintage 4ply, and vintage 3ply - something for everybody. Just what a group that does displays or re-enactment needs.

There are patterns for waistcoats, cardigans, different scarves, mitts, fingerless mitts, gloves, hospital stockings, with and without feet, knee cap cosies, body belts, bed socks, Naval sea boot socks, helmets with cape pieces, ribbed balaclava, hospital balaclavas for head injuries, sports cap, sleeping cap, operation jacket with ties, foot injury boot and don't forget the cholera belt!

Great little gems to knit, great set pieces for ladies in display groups to be knitting in the air-force blue, khaki green, navy blue, grey or black. All female members would be sitting knitting for the war effort, when ever they had time to spare from family knitting. Many knitted for orphans and destitute families that had been bombed out or lost members of their family in battle. There were special depots to send the knitted garments to for distribution to the forces or hospitals in the UK and overseas.

intage wartim ladies hat pattern 1940s

Bairnswear415: Great wartime ladies knitting pattern for hats and gloves 1940s. This is a super pattern with instructions for hood, balaclava, ear warmers, socks, gloves and mittens - all a service women could need to keep warm! Knitted in vintage 3ply and 4ply which was similar to modern 4ply and double knitting, always work a tension square and change needles if needed. Great for those re-enactment weekends!

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vintage world war 2 knitting book

Bestway 68w2: Great vintage Forces knitting pattern booklet from 1940s. There are many patterns in this book which are available separately below. There is a pattern for a slipover, cardigan, socks, scarves, helmet, gloves. Always work a tension square.

See Below for Patterns from this Booklet

vinbtage slip over knitting pattern from ww2

Bestway 68-2w2: For Extra Warmth: Great vintage wartime slip over from a Services knitting booklet. To fit 39 inch chest, knitted in a yarn that would be similar to modern 4ply. Always knit a tension square. Basic stocking stitch tank top.

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vintage wartime knitting pattern for forces comforts

Bestway 68-4w2: Keep Out The Cold: Great vintage wartime knitting pattern for essential comforts for those serving overseas during World War 2. There are instructions for a scarf, knitted cuffs, helmet with ear flaps, slit-palm mittens, cold-dodger vest, gunners mittens. All knitted in either modern 4ply or double knitting.

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forces jumper knitting pattern 1940

Bestway 68-6w2: Soldier or Sailor: Great vintage basic service jumper knitting pattern from 1940s. This type of pattern was very common as it was very basic and simple to knit. Suitable for all the services and to fit 39 inches knitted in a vintage 4ply, could be knitted in a double knitting for slightly larger size.  Set in sleeves and polo collar.

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vintage sailor operation comforts

Bestway 68-9w2: Forces Comforts: Great vintage operations stockings, socks and scarf knitting pattern from 1940s World War 2 knitting book. Socks and stocking in 4ply and scarf is in double knitting - all very easy to knit and basic kit needed at the front all throughout the conflict of 1939-1945.

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Bestway68-12w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for services jumper from WW2. This design was commonly made for all the services by relatives to be included as essential in the Lad's kitbag. This one is for 40 inch chest and is knitted in 4ply so that it easily fitted under battledress jacket, RAF jacket or naval reefer. Always work a tension square.

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vintage rib cardigan from world war 2 services knitting

Bestway 68-13w2: Great vintage World War Two knitting pattern for ribbed cardigan. This design was easy to knit and good sizing due to the wide rib. To fit average man of the time about 38-40 once pressed. Always work a tension square.

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vintage mens wartime knitting pattern

Bestway 73w2: Vintage wartime knitting patterns. Service Woollies for Sailors, Soldiers and Airman. Great bit of social history. Great patterns to keep the service men warm during the Second World War. There are jumpers, sleeveless pullovers, gloves, fingerless gloves, mitts, long socks, several scarves, helmets, hats and gunners balaclavas,and two pages of nice adverts.  (click here to go to adverts)

See below for patterns that are available from this booklet.

vintage world war 2 knitting pattern for naval jumper

Bestway 73-1w2: Naval Jumper: Great vintage jumper knitting pattern for the Naval man from 1940s. This World War 2 knitting pattern has instructions for boat neck and polo neck. To fit 34-36 and 37-39 inch chest, very easy to knit in vintage wool that would be similar to modern 4ply. Always work a tension square. For a larger size use double knitting or a larger needle, but don't forget to allow several more balls of wool if you do this.

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vintage world war 2 army jumper knitting pattern Bestway 73-2w2: Royal Airforce Jumper: Great vintage jumper knitting pattern for the man in the RAF from 1940s. This World War 2 knitting pattern has instructions for round neck. To fit 35-37 and 38-40 inch chest, very easy to knit in a fancy rib, vintage wool that would be similar to modern 4ply. Always work a tension square. For a larger size use double knitting or a larger needle, but don't forget to allow several more balls of wool if you do this.

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vintage v neck jumper knitting pattern Bestway 73-2w2: Royal Airforce sleeveless V neck Jumper: Great vintage jumper knitting pattern for the RAF man from 1940s. This World War 2 knitting pattern has instructions for V neck sleeveless slip over. Knitted in a simple ringwood rib. To fit after pressing 38-40 inch chest, very easy to knit in vintage wool that would be similar to modern 4ply. Always work a tension square. For a larger size use double knitting or a larger needle, but don't forget to allow several more balls of wool if you do this.

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vintage knitting pattern for V neck jumper aremed forces Bestway 73-3w2: Royal Airforce V neck Jumper: Great vintage jumper knitting pattern for the RAF man from 1940s. This World War 2 knitting pattern has instructions for V neck. To fit 35-37 and 38-40 inch chest, very easy to knit in vintage wool that would be similar to modern 4ply. With long sleeves for general services and three quarter sleeves for Naval Men. Always work a tension square. For a larger size use double knitting or a larger needle, but don't forget to allow several more balls of wool if you do this.

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royal airforce windcheater vest knitting pattern

Bestway 73-5w2: Royal Airforce Windcheater Vest: Great vintage Vest for all services and can be made bib length as a chest warmer. Vintage 4ply is used and should be similar to modern 4ply, always work a tension square. Very quick and easy to knit. Steering gloves pattern included.(2 needles)

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vintage world war 2 accessories to keep armed forces warm

Bestway 73-9w2: 'Keep them warm over there' Accessories:  Great vintage World War 2 knitting pattern with instructions for steering gloves for the Naval man ( in a rib so will fit all sizes) Service gloves with or without fingers, not shown but included in pattern. Also there are instructions for ribbed socks, French heel and flat toes, 4 needles. Reinforced socks with Auto heel and flat toe on 4 fine needles with reinforced toe. Gum-boot socks on 4 needles 27.5 inches long. All socks are 10, 10.5 and 11 inch soles. An easy to knit scarf 66 inches long by 12 inches wide and double scarf knitted circular needle or 4 needles width 9.5 inches and 48 inches long.

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vintage helmets for the armed forces world war 2

Bestway 73-14w2: Great vintage knitting pattern from World War 2 for helmets. There are instructions for cap, short balaclava in rib seamless knitted on 4 needles and balaclava in stocking stitch on 2 and 4 needles with scarf ends that cross over the chest and tie at the back waist. All 5 version on the this pattern.

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vintage helmets for armed forces ww2

Bestway 73-17w2:Great vintage knitting pattern from World War 2 for long helmets. There are instructions for long balaclava fitting over the shoulders and is knitted on 4 needles. There is also the version with ear slits to allow head phones to be used. All 5 version on the this pattern.

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vintage wartime knitting patterns ww2 pattens

Bestway 106w2: Great World War 2 knitting pattern for the services. Instructions for balaclava, simple to knit scarf, mitts and socks, all knitted in vintage 4ply, so try a tension square for 4ply and double knitting and remember if you are doing these for a retro weekend then use dull forces colours like Khaki, navy air-force blue or natural colour pure wool.

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vintage  world war 2 sock knitting pattern sea boots

Bestway 109w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for men in the Navy in World War Two. There are instructions for mittens, seaboot socks, cloves and ribbed socks. The seaboot socks were knitted in an oiled Aran type of wool, the other items in a 4ply. Always work a tension square.

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vintage service mens knitting pattern 1940

Bestway 113w2: Vintage wartime knitting patterns for service men. For Men in the Fleet: knitted comfort from home during the 1939-1945 World War. Balaclava, two scarves and two pairs of socks - great piece of social history. Ideal for enactment societies, school or college project. Great for adventurers and explorers! Also a trip down memory lane. (For more men's socks go to Socks and Slippers page)

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vintage wartime forces knitwear knitting pattern

Bestway 444w2: Great vintage knitting pattern with authentic designs all approved by the services especially for the fighting forces around the world in the 1940s. There are instructions for a simple to knit scarf, balaclava, gloves and a sleeveless slip-over or tank top and a V neck sweater all knitted in double knitting wool that may well have been a bit thicker than modern yarn, so try an Aran. Pullovers to fit 38-40 inch chest. It says that the scarf can be knitted in two size, both of which are approved by the services.

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vintage RAF jumper knitting pattern 1940s

Bestway 468w2: Great vintage RAF men's slip over and polo neck flying sweater for the Airforce.  Both knitted in 4ply or double knitting wool to fit 38 and 40 inch chest. This is an official pattern issued by the RAF Comforts Committee. Always work a tension square.

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Bestway 468-1w2: Here is the polo neck flying jumper to fit 38 and 40 inch chest in 4ply or double knitting.
vintage world war 2 knitting patterns world war two ww2

Bestway 469w2: Great vintage knitting pattern from World War 2 for the Royal Air Force. Socks. scarves, gum-boot stockings (flight stockings) and knee cap warmers (I am assured by an ex WW2 pilot that these were essential!). All worked 4ply or double knitting wool. The gumboot stockings would also do for seaman as they were knitted in oiled wool (sometimes obtainable from an Aran or Guernsey specialist wool producer)

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vintage service mens pullover knitting patterns

Bestway 471w2: Great vintage knitting pattern from the Second World War for a service man's V neck pullover, approved by the Director of Voluntary Organizations War Office - it says - this one is for the ARMY. To fit 38" chest and knitted in wartime special knitting wool - a 4ply specially issued to knitting parties! Try modern double knitting for a good result, tension squares are a must when making vintage patterns. You may need to change needles to get the size you require - try larger needles for a larger size or just add more stitches and add a bit to the body length and a few extra rows after arm hole shaping for a larger size, so allow a little extra wool. Great for re-enactment groups, authentic pattern. See below for one for a Patons one for the Air Force.

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vintage world war 2 knitting pattern for service men

Bestway 524w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for scull cap for under a helmet - great for home guard as well as gunners and other service men (described in the pattern as a lining for a tin hat!) and gumboot stockings. Vintage 4ply wool used for both - try tension square to see if you need to change needles to get size.

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vintage betway knitting pattern for ww2 service jumper for navy world war two world war 2

Bestway 612w2: Great vintage Wartime knitting pattern for service jumper for the NAVY designed in consultation with the Admiralty no less! Lovely cover, make great photo framed. This jumper is offered in sleeveless version too. To fit 34-40 inch chest it says as it stretches well. Worked in vintage 4ply so work a tension square first to see if you need to change needles - it suggest needles that would work better with double knitting, so give that a try in a tension square also.

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vintage world war two service garments to knit 1940s vintage knitting pattern

Boy Blue 45w2: Knitted Comforts for the Services: Great vintage wartime knitting pattern for men in the services 1940s. There are instructions for balaclava, ribbed scarf with fringe, fingerless mittens, ribbed slip-over, cardigan, gloves bed socks and service socks. The pullover is to fit 36-40 inch chest and has instructions for round or V neck, the cardigan 38-40 inch chest. 12 page booklet. Vintage 4ply was suggested so try modern double knitting in a tension square.  Pattern booklet in very good condition.

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vintage war time men's service knitting pattern 1940s

Copleys 1156: Great vintage knitting booklet from 1940s WW2. There are several designs in the booklet that were issued for those at home to knit for their menfolk in the services. Slip overs, cardigans, jumpers and polo sweater to keep them warm off or on duty.

See below for patterns that are available from this book.

vintage wartime service mans slipover

Copleys1156-11: Great vintage men's slip over in rib from 1940s wartime service leaflet. Deep rib, fancy rib design to fit well, knitted in vintage 4ply that would have been nearer modern double knitting, always work a tension square. To fit 38 inch chest.

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vintage servicemans wartime cardigan knitting pattern Copleys 1156-14: Great vintage men's polo sweater from 1940s wartime service leaflet. Super deep rib, brick design to fit well, with set in sleeves, knitted in vintage sportswool that would have been nearer modern double knitting, always work a tension square. To fit 38 - 40 inch chest.

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wartime service mand cardigan knititng pattern 1940s Copleys 1156-17: Great vintage men's plain cardigan from 1940s wartime service leaflet. Fancy rib, with pocket design to fit well, with set in sleeves, high V neck for warmth.  Knitted in vintage camel hair blend (try an alpaca blend for authenticity) that would have been nearer modern double knitting, always work a tension square. To fit 36 inch chest.

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vintage knitting pattern for servicemans wartime cardigan Copleys 1156-20: Great vintage men's plain cardigan from 1940s wartime service leaflet. Simple to knit stocking stitch, with pocket design to fit well, with set in sleeves, high V neck for warmth.  Knitted in vintage 4ply that would have been nearer modern double knitting, always work a tension square. To fit 38 inch chest.

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vintage world war two knitting pattern for service wear

Copley 1160w2: Comforts for the Services: Great vintage knitting booklet with lots of simple to knit items 1940s. Great for re-enactment weekends and the stage. Instructions for average sizes for gloves, mittens, balaclavas, socks, wrist-lets and scarf.  Vintage 4ply was suggested so try modern double knitting in a tension square. 8 page booklet.

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vintage world war two service knitting patterns

Copley 1300w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for the services during the second World War. Yet more things for those wives, mothers, daughter, aunts and sweethearts to knit for their loved ones on active service in the early 1940's. Cardigan  is for a 38" chest. All the garments seen on the cover are inside, clear instructions for each. Vintage 3ply is used, so modern 4ply would work well, some times it is used double. 20pages.

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vintage service knitting pattern mens1940

Comforts 98w2: Great vintage pattern from the early 1940's for socks, balaclava and mitts - ideal for gunners, tank crew, on board ship or aircraft - multi service comforts from home. Great for enactment societies, school or collage projects of for the outdoor sports man. Or just a trip down memory lane.

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vintage service knitting patterns

Gifts for men - w2: Vintage knitting pattern for the forces, balaclava, scarf for off duty, mitts. 1940's vintage 4ply so try modern 4plu but you may need to use different needles to get the correct tension, there are also two tie patterns but no picture for these, in vintage 3ply (modern 4ply) and/or silk and double knitting.

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vintage good housekeeping forces knitting book with lots of patterns from the second world war to knit for reinactment

Good Housekeeping Forces Knitting Book-w2: Great book with lots of items to knit for the men in conflict 1940s. There are instructions for over 14 items with good instructions and interesting notes.  A tension guide, abbreviations and how to knit the continental way is included in this book.  The patterns are available separately, see below. Plus here are seaboot socks, knee warmers, gloves, fingerless mittens.

individual patterns as shown below

vintage army waistcoat knitting pattern 1940s

Good Housekeeping Forces Knitting Book-4w2: Great book with lots of items to knit for the men in conflict 1940s.  Instructions for the waist coat shown on the cover in khaki for the ARMY or in other service colour if you like. To fit average chest, no size given. Knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern double knitting.

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vintage naval polo neck pullover knitting pattern 1940s

Good Housekeeping Forces Knitting Book-6w2: Great book with lots of items to knit for the men in conflict 1940s.  This is for the NAVY polo jersey knitted in double knitting wool and larger needles so might be an aran weight, always work a tension square, they suggests navy or grey for this service. To fit 38 inch chest. Very easy to knit.

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vintage service woolies knitting pattern 1940s

Good Housekeeping Forces Knitting Book-10w2: This is the slipover that will look good any any of the service colours - navy, air-force blue, khaki, green. To fit 40 inch chest in vintage 3ply, so work a tension square in modern 4ply, they had to be in a reasonably fine yarn so as not to be too bulky under a service tunic or jacket.

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vintage service mens knitted garments 1940s

Good Housekeeping Forces Knitting Book-11w2: Great vintage wartime balaclava and tin hat skull cap in the same pattern from the above book. Knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern double knitting in a tension square. Knitted in 4 needles. Knit in Khaki, navy or Air Force blue.

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Good Housekeeping Forces Knitting Book-14w2: Great vintage wartime knitting pattern for socks and a tie1940s. This one is for regulation socks and a knitted tie to fit 11 inch foot, but can be adjusted. Knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply on 4 needles.

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vintage soldiers scarf hat knitting patten

Good Housekeeping Forces Knitting Book-21w2: Great wartime knitting pattern for a circular scarf 1940s. This was a very useful scarf as it could be worn as a cap as well knitted on 4 needles in modern double knitting in any of the forces colours. Pair of wrist-lets included in this pattern.

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vintage soldiers or airmans slip over knitting pattern 1940s Greenock 1w2: Great vintage army or air-force ribbed pullover knitting pattern 1940s. This is knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern double knitting in a tension square. To fit 38-40 inch chest. Great for re-enactment weekends, stage or film, genuine pattern from the war years.

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vintage services knitting patterns WW2 1940

Knitted Garments and Hospital Comforts for H.M. Forces: This lovely vintage booklet is from WW2 1940's and has many patterns in it, a selection are featured below. There are instructions for the Royal Navy and Minesweepers, Balaclava, steering gloves, scarf, polo neck sweater, sea boot socks, over socks, three quarter gloves, wrist-lets. And for the Army cardigan 38" chest, sleeveless pullover 36". For Royal Air Force helmet with ear-holes, scarf, sleeveless pullover, fingerless mittens, and more. Hospital comforts as below. 24 pages. illustrated. Vintage 4ply and double knitting suggest in text, so do tension squares and see if you need to change needles to get the correct tension.

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vintage hospital comforts 1940's services

Hospital Comforts: Bedwear: Vintage 1940's wartime service knitting patterns for wounded fighting men during World War 2. Hospital stockings, hot water bottle cover, heelless bed socks. From the book above.

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sewing pattern for making socks from knitted garments and old socks watime

Homecraft 350s: Great vintage SEWING pattern to make items from knitted socks and machine made woollies. Interesting bit of social history. Produced during the war years to help with the 'make do and mend' drive. There are instructions for making gloves, bed socks Wellington socks and a hood. Included here just as an interest item, contains no knitting instructions only sewing suggestions.

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vintage service comforts knitting patterns 1940s

Leachway 53w2: Knitted Comforts For Service Men:  Fabulous vintage wartime knitting pattern 1940s. This booklet has 16 pages and a wealth of service knits for the re-enactment group, wartime service buff or just for a good serviceable garment. There are instructions for  all the items shown on the cover plus many more, fingerless gloves, gloves, balaclava with warm neck piece, body belt warmer, socks and  2 different scarves and sleeveless pullover (tank top) recommended by the services, a fabulous comforter hat, see below, A waistcoat for those off duty moments and round neck sweater, under-vest with short sleeves.

individual patterns as shown below.

vintage slip over knitting pattern 1940s

Leachway 53-3w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for servicemen's slip over or tank top. Very necessary and added warmth under all uniforms.  To fit 37 inch chest and knitted in 4ply. Always work a tension square, larger needles or thicker wool will give a larger size, allow more wool if you do this. Easy fancy rib.

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vintage balaclave knitting pattern WW2

Leachway 53-4w2: Balaclava: Great vintage 1940 wartime service men's knitting pattern from the above book for balaclava with neck warmer. Worked in vintage 4ply, great to wear in winter re-enactment groups or for fishing, outdoor sports etc.

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world war 2 cap 1940

Leachway 53-6w2: Comforter Cap: Great vintage 1940 wartime service men's knitting pattern from the above book for cap which is made from a long circular piece of knitting that doubles as a comforter - scarf to you and me! Knitted on a circular needle, then folded  to make the cap or left long for the scarf, or used as a muff  to keep hands warm - they pattern says has many uses - would like to know if anyone can think of any other uses for this!Worked in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply. Great for that mystery Christmas give for an outdoor man - wear in winter re-enactment groups or for fishing, outdoor sports etc.

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vintage waistcoat knitting pattern from service man's knitteds

Leachway 53-8w2: Great vintage World War Two knitting pattern for waistcoat, very useful with uniform or mufti (civilian clothes). To fit 38 inch chest and is knitted in 4ply. Always work a tension square. Easy to make larger size with change of needles or yarn. Allow extra wool if you do this.

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vintatge army pullover 1940 knitting patterns

Leachway 53-9w2: Army jumper: Great vintage men's wartime jumper knitting pattern 1940.  Easy pattern for a men's sweater approved by the armed service in 1940 to wear with uniforms. To fit 38 inch chest, worked in vintage 4ply so try modern double knitting in a tension square as this may work better.

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vintage wartim socks and mittens knitting pattern 1940s service knitts

Leachway 53-11w2: Great vintage sock and glove knitting pattern. More essentials for the lad's overseas. Warm ribbed socks for a good fit, 11.5 inch sole, but can be adjusted. Knitted in 4ply on 4 needles. Gloves and fingerless mittens both knitted on 2 needles in 4ply. Always work a tension square. Great for re-enactment weekends and easy to knit.

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vintage vest or undershirt knitting pattern from ww2 service knitts

Leachway 53-12w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for World War Two under-shirt or vest. Essential bit of kit for the boys overseas! Easy to knit in stocking stitch, authentic pattern from 1940s.  Knitted in 4ply, always work a tension square, to fit 36 inch chest. Easy to make larger either by using larger needles or adding more stitches by the inch.

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vintage scarf knitting pattern for the boys in the forces in ww2

Leachway53-13w2: Great vintage knitting pattern from World War Two. This is instructions for two scarves to knit in modern 4ply. The plain rib is 59 inches by 9 inches. and the patterned on is 50 by 9 inches. These essentials were often knitted by girls at school, in Guides or other groups. Every woman and girl what ever her age was proud to do her bit. Nice to have a young girl or older lady knitting one of these at a re-enactment weekend. Knitting was taken up at every opportunity. Body belt also included, see below.

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vintage bady belt knitting pattern from service knitting booklet 1940s

Leachway53-14w2: Great addition to any young servicemen's kitbag. This was another piece of kit that all service men needed and was knitted by young relatives or friends for that extra bit of warmth. Easy to knit and very important - good piece to learn knitting. Included with above scarves.

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vintage army jumper 1940s wartime ww2

Lavenda 741w2: Great vintage wartime knitting pattern men's service knitwear 1940. Pullover shown on cover, with or with out sleeves, also one with round neck, cardigan with or with out sleeves, polo sweater, scarf, gloves, socks, balaclava, steering mitts, fingerless gloves, SEA BOOT stockings and heelless bed socks and cap. All worked in vintage 3ply or 4ply so try modern 4ply and double knitting in a tension square, change needles if needed. Great basics for those re-enactment weekends. Choose khaki, Navy or Airforce Blue or grey for socks. 12 pages. Pattern is in nice vintage condition.

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vintage service mens knitting patterns

Lavenda 752w2: Fabulous vintage knitting pattern AIRMANS KNITWEAR WORLD WAR 2 1940s. Pullovers, with or without sleeves, to fit 34"-39" chest knitted in vintage 4ply so try double knitting, change needle size for bigger sizing, button helmet, balaclava with ear holes (for use with head phones), scarf, wristlets, mitts and cardigan 34"-39" chest knitted in vintage 4ply or try double knitting, good variety, great for re-enactment groups, easy and quick to knit for that authentic feel to your weekend or party. See page 2 for more for the air force. Pattern has stamp to front and has been well used with split to spine.

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vintage services leaflet for knitting pattermns

Lavenda 802w2: Great vintage service knitting pattern from 1940s. There are a selection of comforts for the boys overseas in the WW2. Mens gloves on 2 needles, mittens on 2 needles, Bedsocks on 2 needles, Hospital stockings on 2 needles, Knee caps, Spiral Sea Boot Stockings (see below)Flying jersey insertion(windcheater), helmet with ear phone slits and cap scarf. All a service man could need! 4ply and a thicker yarn nearer our modern double knitting is used for these items. Always work a tension square.

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Lavenda 802-1w2: Here are pictures of the bed socks, hospital stockings, helmet, gloves, knee caps and the flying jumper insertion.
Lavenda 802-2w2: Here are the sea boot socks knitted on 4 needles in double knitting wool.
vintage pullover knitting pattern 1940s wartime

Lever1w2: Great wartime 1940s knitting pattern leaflet service jumper given away with Lux soap for washing woollens.  There are instructions for the V neck pullover on the front, a balaclava, glove, s fingerless mitts, socks, scarf with colour stripe, and washing instruction. The pullover is to fit 37-38 inch chest, but easy to make bigger as it is a simple stocking stitch pattern. Pattern is clean with split to bottom of spine.

original pattern as described £2.50

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Lux 300w2- Balaclava: This is the balaclava from the above pattern, to fit the average head, knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern double knitting in a tension square or modern 4ply for a small head.

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pdf £1.00

vintage knitting pattern for world war two service wear 1940

Patons 2749w2: Great vintage service knitting pattern world war two, this pattern has instructions for helmet, hat and two scarves worked in vintage 3ply, so would be modern 4ply. Scarves measure 8 inches wide by 54 inches long - both measurements are adjustable. The back has illustrations of other patterns available at that time, some of which you will find on this page. Pattern is in super condition.

original pattern as described £3.00

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Patons 2754w2: Great R.A.F long sleeved pullover vintage knitting pattern 1940s in totem knitting wool, similar to modern aran, work tension square to see if wool is right ply, change needles if needed to get size. To fit 38" add a few stitches to get correct size or change needle size. All these patterns were well used in the 1940's by wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and cousins, not to mention Grandmothers to help there men at war - and women!

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comfots for ww2 soldeirs

Patons 2772w2: Great war time pattern for men in the services. (World War 2) late 1939 pattern. There are instructions for a Balaclava, mitts, scarf and wristlets. Knitted in vintage 4ply so try modern double knitting for these wartime treasures. Great for re enactment groups or period weekends. Pattern is in nice condition fold to centre, but clean and sound, with small amount of shelf wear to back page.

original pattern as decribed £2.50

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vintage army jacke knitting pattern 1940s

Patons 2777w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for man's service jacket from late1930s. This pattern has instructions for the button up jumper jacket with collar knitted in double knitting, always work a tension square. To fit 38 inch chest.

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vintage wartime services knitting patterns

Patons 6699-1: Great vintage wartime authentic RAF service jumper and aero cap and jumper from 1940s. This pattern is to fit 40 inch chest and is knitted in a thick double knitting, try modern Aran as tension is 5.5 stitch to an inch (2.5cm) on sizes 7 imperial needles (4.5mm). Long line to keep back warm and easy to knit set in sleeves, high roll neck with cables at yoke. The cap is also knitted in this thicker wool. Always work a tension square. Pattern book is in lovely clean bright condition, the cover has come adrift, but is clean and sound.

original pattern as described £4.50

See below for patterns that are available from this book.

Patons 6699-12: Great vintage wartime authentic service knits from 1940s pattern. There are instructions as shown for a waistcoat (37" chest) knitted in thick double knitting or yarn similar to modern Aran, cardigan (37" chest) same as for the waistcoat, 3 different scarves, mittens, fingerless gloves and plain gloves. Always knit a tension square. All items shown are included in this pattern. Suitable for all the services.

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Patons 6699-12: Great vintage wartime authentic service knits from 1940s pattern. There are instructions as shown for hospital stockings, with and without feet, knee cap cosies, body belt, heelless bed socks, fishermen's sea boot socks, socks with French heel and flat toe, socks with Dutch heel and flat toe, bed socks. All knitted in double knitting wool. Always work a tension square. All items shown are included in this pattern. Suitable for all the services.

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Patons 6699-19: Great vintage wartime authentic service knits from 1940s pattern. There are instructions as shown for helmet with cape pieces, ribbed balaclava with long neck piece, sports cap one with peak, sleeping cap. All knitted in thick double knitting wool. Always work a tension square. All items shown are included in this pattern. Suitable for all the services.

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pdf £1.50

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