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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 now female relatives. Even young girls at school knitted mittens, helmets, socks and scarves for sailors, airman and soldiers. This one is called Service Woolies 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-encatments needs. as well as waistcoat (37" chest), cardigan (37" chest)3 different scarves, mitts, fingerless mitts, gloves, hospital stockings, with and without feet, knee cap cosies, body belt, heeless bed socks, fishermen's sea boot socks, socks with French heel and flat toe, socks with Dutch heel and flat toe, bed socks, helmet with cape peices, ribbed balaclava, sprts cap, sleeing cap. Great little gems to knit, great set peices for ladies in display groups to be knitting in the airforce blue, kahki 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 familys that had been bombed out or lost members of their family in battle. There were special depot to send the knitted garmnts to for distibution 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 mens wartime knitting pattern

Bestway 73w2: Vintage wartime knitting patterns. Service Woolies 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. 

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vintage wartime knitting patterns ww2 pattens

Bestway 106w2: Great World War 2 knitting pattern for the services. Instructions for blaclava, 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 airforce blue or natural colour pure wool.

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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 peice of social history. Ideal for enactment societies, school or college project. Great for adventureres 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 slipover 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 world war 2 knitting patterns world war two ww2

Bestway 469w2: Great vintage knitting pattern from World War 2 for the Royl Air Force. Socks. scarves, gum-boot stockings (flight stockings) and knee cap warmers (I am assuered 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 mans 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 scul 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 jumpoer 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 slipover, 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.

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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.

Shown below are some that are available as photocopies or pdfs.

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, wristlets and scarf.  Vintage 4ply was suggested so try modern double knitting in a tension square. 8 page booklet.

original pattern as shown £4.50

photocopy £2.99

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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 activce 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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pdf £2.99

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 seperately, see below. Plus here are seaboot socks, knee warmers, gloves, fingerless mittens and interesting adverts.

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.

colour photocopy £1.50

pdf £1.25

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, airforce 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 mdoern double knitting in any of the forces colours. Pair of wristlets included in this pattern.

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vintage soldiers or airmans slip over knitting pattern 1940s Greenock 1w2: Great vintage army or airforce 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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pdf £1.50

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, wristlets. And for the Army cardigan 38" chest, sleevless pullover 36". For Royal Air Force helmet with earholes, scarf, sleeveless pullover, fingerless mittens, and more. Hospital comforts as below. 24 pages. illustrated. Vintage 4ply and double knitting suggest in text, so do tensioin squares and see if you need to change needles to get the correct tension.

Book as pdf £2.99

original booklet as shown £5.50

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, heeless 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 woolies. 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 servicable garment. There are instructions for  all the items shown on the cover plus many more, fingerless gloves, gloves, balaclava with warm neck peice, 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, undervest with short sleeves. Also included some period adverst that are in the original book.

individual patterns as shown below.

vintage balaclave knitting pattern WW2

Leachway 53w2: Balaclava: Great vintage 1940 wartime service mens 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 53w2: Comforter Cap: Great vintage 1940 wartime service mens 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 as s scarf 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 modenr 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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vintatge army pullover 1940 knitting patterns

Leachway 53w2: Army jumper: Great vintage mens wartime jumper knitting pattern 1940.  Easy pattern for a mens 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 army jumper 1940s wartime ww2

Lavenda 741w2: Great vintage wartime knitting pattern mens service knitwear 1940. Pullover shown on cover, with or with out sleeves, also one with ronud neck, cardigan with or with out sleeves, polo sweater, scarf, gloves, socks, balaclava, steering mitts, fingerless gloves, SEA BOOT stockings and heeless 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.

original pattern as shown £4.50

photocopy £2.99

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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 neeldle 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 athentic feel to your weekend or party. See page 2 for more for the air force.

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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 instuctions 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.

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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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Patons 2754w2: Great R.A.F long sleeved pullover vintage knitting pattern 1940s in totem knitting wool, simialr 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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vintage servicemen's knitting patterns

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 inactment groups or period weekends.

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vintage army jacke knitting pattern 1940s

Patons 2777w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for man's service jacket from 1930s. 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.

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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, heeless 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 peices, ribbed balaclava with long neck peice, 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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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 inlcuding long johns and vest and army and airforce sweater, some of which you will find on this page.

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