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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 commitees 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 service ladies knitting pattern 1940

Bestway 111Lw2: Vintage Wartime knitting pattern for  snug hood, gloves and socks ideal for girls in the services or working on the land during the 1939-45 war. Knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern double knitting  as 4ply was thicker in those days - great for re-enactment weekends, especially with this British weather! Be authentic! Socks and gloves knitted on 4 needles, the hood on 2 needles. See below for more Service wear for women in the services or working as Land Girls.

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vintage ladies service knitting patterns 1940s

Bestway 139w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies knitwear in the forces during Second World War. There are instructions for  sleeveless gilet or jerkin with tassel, socks, gloves and helmet to match knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern double knit as modern 4ply is a bit thinner than that of the 1940's. Jerkin fits 36" bust, use smaller or larger needles to change size.

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ladies vintage service jumper WRAAF

Bestway 908w2: Isn't this fabulous? War-time pattern for the girls in the W.A.A.F - my mother was a driver in air force during the war and instantly recognised this pattern - every girl knitted in those days, even their stockings and underwear if you wanted to keep warm in chilly billets. This one is to fit a trim 32-34 inch bust. (easy to enlarge, just add a few stitches at each side to make up width - work a tension square first to establish how many stitches you need per inch or knit in a thicker ply)

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vintage ladies pattern book for the services 1940

Copley 1170w2:  Great vintage wartime knitting booklet servicewomen in Uniform 1940s. 12 patterns especially designed to wear with uniform or at leisure on camp. There are cardigans, jerkin, hooded jacket, jumper and gloves, scarf and socks - even close fitting undies to keep the chill at bay under uniforms. From  33-36 inch bust and  worked in vintage 4ply and thicker knit (probably like modern double knit) always work a tension square. These patterns are wonderful for those of you who do re- enactment weekends, or love retro clothes.32 pages

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vintage wartime cardigan knitting patterns

Copley 1170-3w2: Great vintage ladies mock cable cardigan knitting pattern for the Service Girl 1940s. This pattern is in a book designed for the young ladies in the various services during World War 2. This cardigan is knitted in vintage 4ply that knits as modern double knitting and is to fit 34-36 inch bust. Always work a tension square. Use larger needle size for large jumper, but allow more wool if you do this. Always work a tension square.

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socks and gloves for the service ladies 1940s world war 2

Copleys 1170-6w2: Great vintage ladies socks, gloves and scarf knitting pattern from World War 2. There are instructions for these most useful items any young lady in the forces would need. Ankle socks with fancy turn over in 4ply on 4 needles, thick knit scarf in an Aran weight wool, fingerless gloves and ordinary gloves, both in modern double knitting and both knitted on 4 needles. This pattern is in a book designed for the young ladies in the various services during World War 2. Always work a tension square.

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vintage hooded jacket world war 2 Copleys 1170-13w2: Great vintage ladies hooded jacket knitting pattern for the Service Girl 1940s. This pattern is in a book designed for the young ladies in the various services during World War 2. This jacket is knitted in vintage 4ply that knits as modern double knitting and is to fit 34 inch bust. Always work a tension square. Simple rib, with neat breast pockets. Use larger needle size for large jumper, but allow more wool if you do this. Always work a tension square.

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Copleys 1170-18w2: Great vintage ladies cardigan knitting pattern for the Service Girl 1940s. This pattern is in a book designed for the young ladies in the various services during World War 2. This cardigan has instructions for long and short sleeves. This cardigan is knitted in vintage thicker wool that knits as modern Aran and is to fit 34 inch bust. Simple rib, with neat slanting breast pockets. Use larger needle size for large jumper, but allow more wool if you do this. Always work a tension square.

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ladies polo k=neck jumper knitting pattern for ladies in the services

Copleys 1170-21w2: Great vintage ladies polo neck knitting pattern for the Service Girl 1940s. This pattern is in a book designed for the young ladies in the various services during World War 2. This jumper is knitted in vintage 3ply that knits as modern 4ply and is to fit 33-34 inch bust. Simple rib, with neat yoke. Use larger needle size for large jumper, but allow more wool if you do this.

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vintage wartime undies knickers vest undewear ww2 1940s

Copley 1170-30w2: Great vintage wartime 1940 underwear knitting pattern from the above booklet for wear under uniform for a smooth line and comfort and warmth. Worked in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply to fit bust 34 and waist 26-28 (adjustable as it is elastic) Be thoroughly authentic at the next re-enactment weekend right down to your skin! Easy to knit.

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vintage wartime pattern book for ladies in the services 1940s

Copley 1170-27w2: Great vintage wartime 1940 knitting pattern for pixie style helmet for those chilly nights on watch! Worked in vintage 4ply, so try double knitting wool to fit average head. Look great at a winter retro re-enactment gathering or just as stylish for that trudge across moorland on a spring day! I have one to take the dogs out on a windy day - fabulous to keep the wind out and no bulky scarf needed!

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vintage usa forces knitwear from ww2

Knit For Victory - 2a: USA: Great vintage knitting pattern for authentic 1943 slip-overs and scarf for the men and women over here. Knitted in worsted which similar to our double knitting, but always work a tension square (gauge). This slip-over or tank top could be knitted in 32, 34, 36, 38, 30, 42, 44 and 46 inch bust/chest, very easy.

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vintage ladies forces knitting leaflet for waistcat tank top socks scarf and gloves 1943 Lavenda 902w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies in the services in World War 2 1940s. Here is a selection of essential items for the girl on active service in the 1940s. Instructions for a waistcoat (vest) and tank top, stockings, gloves and a scarf. The slipover can be worked with or with out sleeves and in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square to fit 32-34 and 34-36. The waistcoat is to fit 34-36 and knitted in 4ply, so try modern double knitting. All other garments to fit average woman. A must of the re- enactment weekends or stage.

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ladies jumper knitting pattern froim 1939

LSS-39-Celia: Great vintage service jumper knitting pattern from 1939. Although uniforms were supplied replacements were often slow in getting to the services so relatives and ladies in the services were encouraged to knit. This easy to knit V neck jumper in stocking stitch would have been good for any service, regular or volunteer. Nice deep rib, fitted sleeves and V neck to show tie.  This young lady is part of the Fire Watch Service. The jumper pattern is to fit 34-36 inch bust and is in a ply which would have knitted as a modern 4ply - try a merino wool in navy, khaki, olive green, grey airforce blue etc. Very basic but at the time much needed. Great for re-enactment and period week ends.

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vintage land army jumper and stocking knitting pattern 1940s

LWW2792: Great vintage ladies World War Two jumper for Land army and stockings (long socks) 1940s. Knitted in vintage 4ply which knitted up as modern 4ply. Always work a tension square. The Jumper is to fit 36 inch bust and is in simple stocking stitch with a nice deep welt. Long socks has simple double rib turnover and are knitted on 4 needles, very fine one! Auto heel and flat toe. To fit between 9 and 10.5 inch foot - this is adjustable.

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vintage ladies stocking knitting pattern 1940s

Patons 766: Great vintage ladies wartime service stockings knitting pattern 1940s. This pattern was for ladies in the services, and includes instructions for scarf and gloves as well, all knitted in vintage 4ply. Try modern 4ply in a tension square. Knitted in two needles. There is no size for this one, but should be adjustable as it is in plain stocking stitch - just allow more wool if you are taller or have larger feet than average.

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vintage land army land girls jumper and socks long socks stockings 1940s

Penelope 1100w2: Land Army: Great vintage ladies knitting pattern for Land Army jumper and socks 1940s. This is a rare find, a genuine jumper and pair of long socks knitting pattern that were worn by the Land Army Girls in the early 1940s. To fit 34 inch bust and the socks to fit average foot - knit to fit. Knitted in 4ply. Always work a tension square.

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ladies RAF gloves issue pattern 1940s

RAF Ladies Gloves: Great authentic World War two knitting pattern from the Royal Air Force Comforts Committee for ladies gloves , fingerless mittens and a scarf are included in the pattern.

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ladies Air force jumper or tank top knitting pattern from 1940s

RAF Ladies Sleeveless and long sleeved Jumper: Great authentic World War two knitting pattern from the Royal Air Force Comforts Committee for ladies slip over or tank top to fit 34-38 inch chest and is knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern 4ply as tension suggests this would work well. 4 double pointed needle needed for the arm hole and V rib, but this can be done on two needles or a circular needle if preferred. Also included in this pattern are instructions for a long sleeved jumper.

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vintage wartime knitting pattern for service women

Sirdar 767w2: Service Woollies For Woman: Great booklet with several patterns in socks, mittens, helmet, undies, sweater all to keep the brave women who fought in World War 2 warm and cosy. Knitted in vintage 3ply and 4ply so try modern 4ply and double knitting - great to strike that authentic note at those re-enactment weekends or parties. Individual patterns shown below.

Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies helmet to be worn under tin hat! Knitted in a modern 4ply yarn from the above book. Also included in this pattern are a pair fingerless gloves and plain gloves. Always work a tension square.

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vintage wartime sweater for land girl

Sirdar 767-1w2: This is one of the vintage knitting patterns from the book above to keep land girls warm in those early winter mornings. Knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply - it was layers in those days that counted. To fit bust 34" use larger needles or double knitting for bigger sizes - if you do this make sure you have enough extra wool - don’t forget that tension square. Also includes instructions for a pair of ankle socks.

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Sirdar 767-9w2: Great vintage authentic wartime knitting pattern for ribbed trunks to wear over undies to keep out the chills. Knitted in a 4ply that is similar to modern 4ply, but do work a tension square to fit waist 26 inches but is close fitting and will stretch due to the rib.

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Sirdar 767-11w2: Great vintage ladies wartime forces knitting pattern for scarf, gloves and fingerless gloves. All knitted in a modern 4ply. Always work a tension square. 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 fight boys and girls.

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ladies world war 2 slip over knitting pattern SS41-1-9L: Great vintage services slip over knitting pattern from 1941. This design was made for ladies in the services to keep warm whilst on duty and away form home. Fancy panels are interesting, to fit 34-36 inch bust and knitted in 4ply, the tension shows it might knit well in modern double knitting. Nice deep rib and round neck.

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vinage ladies wartime service cardigan knitting pattern 1940s

Viyella 3524: Great vintage ladies service cardigan and gloves knitting pattern 1940s. This little pattern has instructions for a simple to knit deep rib cardigan that could be worn with a uniform. To fit 32, 34 and36 inch bust and kitted in a wartime 4ply that is nearer our modern double knitting wool. This pattern has advice on how to make garments larger.

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vintage ladies waistcoat knitting pattern for the services 1940s

WTL01: Great vintage World War 2 ladies waistcoat knitting pattern. This little waistcoat is quick and easy to knit in modern 4ply to fit 36 inch bust. Nice shape and will fit under any uniform - WAAF shown here. Always work a tension square.

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vintage wartime knitting pattern 1940's

Weldons 11-11w2: Great vintage World War 2 knitting pattern. Hoods for him and her. Great designs from 1939 just as the war was starting, and winter was getting going. Knitted in aran or chunky weight wool, try tension square and knit to size required.

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Weldons 11-16w2: Great vintage ladies wartime ladies in the services knitting pattern. There are instructions for cravat scarf, gauntlet style gloves on two needles no ply given, but a tweed type of wool was used. Stockings on 4 needles also in 4ply and rib socks in 4ply on 4 needles as well as a man's pair of socks. Great fun to knit for the Service Girls at the re-enactment gathering.

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Weldons 11-17w2: Great vintage ladies wartime ladies in the services knitting pattern. There are instructions for 2 cravat scarves, gauntlet style gloves on two needles no ply given, one set crocheted. Knitted gloves - the embroidered set on the bottom right are on 4 needles.  An instructions for classic rib scarf. Great fun to knit for the Service Girls at the re-enactment gathering.

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Weldons 14: Service Woollies for Women: Fabulous vintage service ladies knitting patterns from the 1940s. My mother spend most of her off hours knitting and sometimes when waiting in the car for her officer - she was a Sargent Driver in the WRAF.  There are instructions for jumpers for each service including the Land Army Girls, hats, socks and interesting comforts- wonderful! Some of the patterns are on offer below.

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Weldon 14-3w2: Ladies Balaclava: Great vintage ladies balaclava knitting pattern 1940s. This is super for the services  now as then, or for walking the dog, fishing or sailing! Neat and snug knitted in vintage 4ply (modern 3ply) doubled through out. Knitted on 4 needles.

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Wren war time cardigan knitting pattern 1940s Weldons 14-5w2: WRNS Cardigan: Great vintage ladies plain service cardigan suitable for any of the wartime services, pictured here on a WREN. Wrist-lets pattern included. Knitted in vintage 4ply so try modern double knitting in a tension square. To fit 32-34 inch bust or 36-38 inch bust. Little pocket at welt, classic V neck.

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vintage ATS jumper knitting patterns 1940s Weldons 14-7w2: ATS Pullover: Great vintage wartime 1940s ladies knitting pattern for jumper and footlets. Here pictured on a young ATS girl. To fit 34-36 inch bust and knitting in vintage 4ply, always work a tension square and change needles if needed. Fancy rib with a V neck, suitable for any of the services to keep a young lady warm whilst she does her duty. Cosy little footlets too, that can be kept in your bag until needed or worn neatly with any service shoe or working shoes. Great for re-enactment weekends or the stage and film.

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vintage waaf slipover 1940s waRT TIME KNITTING PATTERN Weldons 14-8: WAAF Slipover: Great vintage ladies slipover knitting pattern 1940s. To fit 31-34 or 35-38, knitted in vintage 4ply, so try a tension square and either change needles of ply of yarn. Easy to knit as it is just rib, will stretch and fit comfortably.

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vintage service knitting pattern 1940s Weldons 14-10w2: A.R.P Air Raid Precaution Warden: Great vintage hood and gloves knitting pattern 1940s. A pixie hood with neck scarf and gloves for the outdoor girl on a chilly night. Pictured here on an ARP Warden. Useful for other volunteers and re-enactment weekends. Knitted in vintage 4ply so work a tension square and see if you need to change needles with modern yarns.

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vintage ladies fire service jumper 1940s Weldons 14-11w2: WAFS:Women’s Auxiliary Fire Service: Great vintage wartime ladies jumper pattern from 1940s for service wear. This one is for the Woman's Auxiliary Fire Service, great for re-enactment weekends, be different! To fit 33-35 inch bust in vintage 4ply so try modern 4 ply in a tension square and change needles if needed. Neat rib, very useful even today.

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Weldon 14-12w2: Land Army: Great vintage hand knitting pattern for a jumper with V neck for the Land Army girl of 1940s. This pattern is for a 32-34 inch bust and is knitted in vintage 4ply, looking at the needles size try modern 4ply in a tension square and change needles size if needed. See below for stockings (long socks to complete the land army set)

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vintage knitting pattern for land army socks 1940s Weldon 14-13: Land Army Stockings: Great vintage knitting pattern for Land Army socks or stockings 1940s. To fit average foot or 9 inches, can be adjusted as can the leg length. Knitted on 4 needles in 4 ply wool. Always work a tension square.

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hatwaterbottle cover forces knitting patterns

Weldons 14-14w2: VAD Ward Comforts: Great vintage knitting pattern for hospital comforts 1940s style. This is from the above book that was issued in the early 1940s to help wounded service people as well as those injured in bombing raids all over Britain. The stone hot water bottle was still in use as the cover here shows and the simple spiral bed socks was a common pattern and easy for volunteers to knit. Don’t forget if doing re-enactment scenes most people would be knitting this type of thing or socks and scarf, mittens or knee warmers for the services in their down time. Men, women and children would be knitting!

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ward sister nurses spencer or under vests for chilly nights 1940s Weldons 14-15w2: VAD Nurse Comforts: Great vintage knitting pattern for the wartime nurse or volunteer VAD, a spencer or vest 1940s. This cosy little top would be worn under the uniform to keep out the night chills. To fit 34-36 inch bust and knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square and change needles if needed. There are instructions for long or short sleeves. Could wear it as a cardigan now a days.

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vintage service womens knickers knitting pattern 1940s Weldons 14-16w2: Service Stockings: Great vintage ladies service stockings knitting pattern 1940s. This was an indispensable pattern for all service women to be able to knit you own warm stockings was a great boon as was the woolly knickers pattern below! To fit 30.5 inch leg and 9.5 foot, but both were adjustable. Knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square.

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ladies service knickers knitting pattern world war 2 Weldons 14-17: Service Knickers: Great vintage knickers or pants knitting pattern 1940s. My mother said she had several pairs and was very glad of them on chilly nights at the lonely Air Fields during 1942 -1945 when she was serving in WAAF. Easy to knit and snug to wear - even in these chilly days! To fit 26-29 inch waist. Knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply for a better fit. Always work a tension square.

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knitting pattern ladies jumper

Wolsey 531: Great vintage knitting pattern for ladies jumper from 1940s. This simple to knit jumper was ideal for the service knitted the correct colour. To fit 34 inch bust and knitted in a yarn that was similar to modern 4ply. There are instructions for jumper shown in plain stocking stitch and tank top or sleeveless pullover.

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Pictures from one of the many service knitting books that were produced during the war years to promote home knitting for the services. Click each picture to enlarge

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