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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.
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Penelope Why shouldn't Men Knit?: Great wartime 1940s knitting book for convalescing servicemen, with simple items like scarves, wristlets and squares for a blanket as well as knitting instructions.

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vintage knitting patterns fopr the services in ww2 1940's

 

Secil 311w2: Vintage knitting pattern for forces knit wear, knitted in vintage 4ply so try modern double knitting in a tension square and see if you need to change needles. No date on this one, probably 1940's, but could be earlier.

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vintage service mens knitting pattern 1940s

Scotch Wool 7w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for service men, helmet and two different scarves, these leaflets were supplied free for knitting for the forces during the war. This may have been issued during the First World War 1914-18 as it is similar to a 1920 pattern that I have for service knitteds.

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wartime service knitting pattern

Sirdar Comforts For Men-w2: Vintage World War Two knitting pattern 1940s for those at home to knit for those away at war. The usual items, scarf, gloves, helmet, socks, jumpers, all easy to knit in stocking stitch. Garments knitted in vintage 4ply so try tension square to see if double knitting would work better. To fit 38 inch chest, but easy to add more stitches to make larger. 75 years old and has been used by countless devoted relatives of men at war. 12 pages.

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vintage service knit knitting patterns form world war 2 ww2 wartime 1940

Sirdar 768w2: Vintage wartime knitting pattern 1940s service mens pattern. Knitteds for Men in the Services: Great vintage knitting pattern for service men in 1940's round neck pullover to fit 39" chest, easy to alter as it is plain stocking stitch in vintage 4ply, socks, knee caps, body belt for that extra bit of warmth, mittens, gloves,scarf as on the front, stockings (long socks) sleeveless pullover to fit medium, no size given, helmets. Great wartime booklet.

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vintage wartime knitting patterns for the services Sirdar 768B: Vintage wartime knitting pattern 1940s service men's pattern. Knitteds for Men in the Services. This balaclava was for wearing under a steel helmet. Knitted in a yarn that would knit to modern 4ply. Also included in this pattern are instructions for plain balaclava and the scarf shown above.

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knitting pattern for the army navy and raf during world war two 2 Sirdar 768D: Vintage wartime knitting pattern 1940s service men's pattern. In this pattern there are instructions for the knee cap warmers and body belt as well gloves, fingerless and plain and scarf shown on above.

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world war two 2 knitting patterns for all the services Sirdar 768J: Vintage wartime knitting pattern 1940s service men's pattern. In this pattern there are instructions for roll top stockings or up to the knee socks as well as a plain pair of short socks worked in 4ply. Always work a tension square.

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vintage jumper for army in the wartime 1940s Sirdar 768K: Vintage wartime knitting pattern 1940s service men's pattern. In this pattern there are instructions for the V neck jumper shown knitted in modern 4ply and to fit medium which is about a 38-40 inch chest - always work a tension square. There are also instructions for a long sleeved round neck plain jumper to fit 39 inch chest.

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vintage wartime comforts knitting patterns

Sirdar 869w2: More Comforts for the forces: Great vintage knitting pattern 1940s service men knitting, has instructions for the helmet scarf a shown on the cover as well as socks, gloves and service helmet - these were as the ministry decree they should be - service regulation. and would have been knitted in service colours as well as grey and black. More little gems to keep those nimble fingers at work.

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Sirdar 888w2: Great Vintage wartime early 1940's pullover for the service man in your life. Services sleeveless pullover. So smart! Knitted in 4ply to fit 38 inch chest. Always work a tension square.

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vintage cardigan knitting pattern 1940s

SS1-Cardigan: Great vintage cardigan knitting pattern for the Service man in your life. Suitable for any Service will keep away winter chills. To fit 34-35 inch chest in a 4ply. Notice how small the sizes were at this time! Use larger needles or thicker wool to get a larger size.

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vintage wartime slipover knitting pattern SS2-Slipover: Great vintage cable slip over knitting pattern, ideal for the slim Service man in your life. This easy to knit cable has a deep scoop neck to wear under uniform jacket with showing. Knitted in vintage 3ply that should knit up well in a modern 4ply. To fit 36 inch chest. Instructions for long sleeves as well included.

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vintage cable slip over knitting pattern 1940s SS3-Slipover: Great vintage slip over knitting pattern, ideal for the slim young Service man in your life. This easy to knit chevron design has deep armholes and a deep V ideal for wearing under uniforms. The patch pockets are optional. Knitted in vintage 4ply that should knit up well in a modern 4ply. To fit small chest. Always work a tension square. Use larger needles or thicker wool to get a larger size.

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vintage jumper knitting pattern 1940s SS4-Jumper: Great vintage jumper knitting pattern for the Service man in your life. Square neck and simple design make this one ideal for under a battledress jacket (Army) To fit 37 inc bust knitted in 4ply. Always work a tension square. Use larger needles or thicker wool to get a larger size.

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mans jumper for the army 1940s SS41-1-8w2: Great vintage services polo jumper over knitting pattern from 1941. This design was made for men in the services to keep warm whilst on duty and away form home. Cable panels are interesting, to fit 37-39 inch chest and knitted in 4ply, the tension shows it might knit well in modern double knitting. Nice deep rib and set in sleeves. Change to a size larger needles for 40 inch chest.

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vintage RAF flying jumper knitting pattern from 1940s

Submariner Jumper: Great vintage polo neck jumper knitting pattern for a thick jumper as worn by Submariners in World War 2. There are instructions to knit this one in vintage double knitting that would have been similar to a thick Aran used today and it would have been made from oiled hardwearing pure wool to keep out the weather (try a thick aran for this one as tension is 5st and 6 rows to and inch on size 7 imperial needles 4.5mm) To fit 36 and 38 inch chest. Always work a tension square.

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Submariners Gumboot socks: Great vintage knitting pattern for those hard to find Gumboot socks - oiled Aran wool is best for these, but a thick aran will work well. Knitted in 4 needles. Can be knitted longer to pull over the tops of boots.

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vintage wartime hospital sock knitting pattern Sirdar 1250: Great vintage sock knitting pattern for hospital and war casualties 1940s. This little pattern from 1940s was invaluable to relatives of the wounded in the Second World War. Knitted in vintage 3ply. Always work a tension square. There are instructions for a stump sock, knee caps, body belt and socks with separate toe. Great for film and stage.

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vintage rib jumper for serice men knitting pattern 1940s Viyella 2460w2: Great vintage 1940s wartime Service knitting leaflet for men's jumper: This ons is to for 38 inch chest and is knitted in vintage 4ply which is similar to modern 4ply. Always work a tension square. This one is for the ARMY and it is suggest you use a Khaki shade. Instructions on how to alter size.  Allow a little more wool for a larger size.  Instructions for a polo version as well.

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vintage wartime knitting patterns

Viyella 2464w2: Great vintage wartime 1940 service men's knitting pattern for pullover and scarf knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern double knitting, to fit 36-38 inch chest. Simple, but the genuine article for those weekend re-enactment gatherings or wartime stage productions, easy to knit.

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vintage roll neck navel sweater knitting pattern world war two

Vogue 102w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for polo neck sweater 1940s. This pattern also has instructions for a pair ribbed socks. Sweater to fit 38 inch chest, neck of sweater and the socks are knitted in 4 needles. Vintage 4ply is suggested so try modern double knit in a tension square, you might find that modern 4ply will work looking at the needle size. But to be weather proof these jumpers and socks were knitted quite tightly.

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vintage knitting pattern for ear warmers 1940s

WWT-081: Great vintage knitting pattern for men in the Services in 1940s. This is a super little pattern for knitted ear protectors that could be worn with a tin helmet, rifleman's gloves in crochet and knitted shaped body belt (not shown). To be knitted in oddments of 4ply.

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vintage seaboot socks and storm hood knitting pattern from wartime 1940s

WWT-082: Great vintage knitting pattern for Navy men. Any sailor would have welcomed these little gifts. There are instructions for seaboot stocking, split-palm mittens and a hooded scarf to keep the storms at bay. The hood is knitted in a thick wool similar to our modern double knitting and the stocking are knitted in oiled seaboot wool (which was issued by the government in limited quantities - known as Dreadnought wool) similar to modern Aran. Socks are knitted on 4 needles.

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vintage helmet knitting pattern from world war 2

WWT-083: Great World War 2 knitting pattern for Armed Forces Comforts. There are instructions for helmet on 2 needles, tubular cap scarf on two needles and gloves on 4 needles. Knitted in 4ply. Always work a tension square.

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vintage comfots knitting pattern for the war 1940s

WWT-084: Great World War 2 knitting pattern for Armed Forces Comforts. There are instructions balaclava with shoulder and chest protectors, gauntlet gloves, flying stockings and a body belt.

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vintage comforts for the world wars

WWT-085: Great World War 2 knitting pattern for Armed Forces Comforts. There are instructions for a collar, cuffs to add extra warmth to any Service man or woman. Sock shoes, Gloves on 2 needles and pair of socks on 2 needles.

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vintage balaclava knitting pattern from 1940s ww2 WWT-086: Great vintage World War 2 knitting pattern for long balaclava. This one would be great to tuck in and keep all the draughts out and is so simple to knit. Great for service men and women, fishermen (and women) all outdoor sports and activities.

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vintage knitting pattern for service men world war two

Weldons 7w2: Woollies for our Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen, from 1940's. Good selection of cardigans, jumpers, slip-overs, mitts helmets scarves all authentic war time knits for that great re-enactment weekend. Vintage 3ply and 4ply used so try modern 4ply and double knitting for good fit.  Some of the pattern contained in this book I think have their roots in the First World War as they are referred to Trenchwear and the top jacket is very similar to one my great-grandad wore when he helped in the WW1 as a volunteer fireman in Kent.

some patterns from this booklet are shown below

vintage military jumper knitting pattern rom 1940s

Weldons 7-3w2: Great vintage Servicemen's jacket knitted from 1940s. This jacket is in very thick wool, similar to our modern Aran and to fit 40 inch chest. Always work a tension square. This jacket has a hight button collar and little flaps to pockets.

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vintage helmet knitting pattern from the war

Weldons 7-10w2: Way Ahead: Great vintage balaclava knitting pattern, good fit and snug from wartime magazine for Servicemen. Great for fisherman, watchmen and outdoor activities in the colder weather. Knitted in 4ply.

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vintage under uniform jumper knitting pattern 1940s

Weldons 7-11w2: Wind-cheater: Great vintage knitting pattern from 1940s war for smooth, well fitting jumper knitted in double knitting wool to keep the chills at bay. Very easy to knit back and front alike and sleeves alike. To fit 39 inch chest. Always work a tension square. This jumper was recommended for men in the Trenches along with the helmet above.

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bootliners from wartime knitting pattern

Weldon 7-16w2: Oversocks: Great vintage knitting pattern for oversocks to wear inside Gumboots or Sea Boots. Knitted in double knitting wool- quick and easy, great for comfort parcels and Red Cross packages to sent to the front.

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vintage world war 2 knitting book for hospitals

Weldons 8: Hospital Woollies: Great book with many wonderful garment to help wounded Service men during World War 2. There are patterns for hospital boots, operation stockings, bed socks, vest, head injury helmets, operation jacket, bed jacket, slippers, stone hot water bottle cover, knee cap comforters. Some patterns offer crochet as well as knitting instructions.

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vintage knitting pattern for hospital plaster shoes

Weldons 8-2w2: Great vintage knitting pattern from WW2. 1940s. This pattern is for hospital boots for injured feet, the lace up the front so are easy to get on and would fit over bandaging or even plaster. Knitted in thick wool with rings sewn behind the button holes for the laces and felt used for the sole.

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vintage knitting pattern for men's wound jacket 1940s

Weldons 8-4w2: Great vintage hospital operation jacket knitting pattern from WW22. 1940s This is super! The jacket is laced together at the shoulders and sleeves, similar to some hospital gowns today. This allowed for injured arms to still be covered and the garment removed without disturbing any bandaging. All edges are bound and the three pieces are tied together along the top of the arms and shoulders  press studs could also be used, it can be either knitted or crocheted. So useful even today. Will fit up to 44 inch chest.

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vintage world war 2 hospital operation stockings

Weldons 8-6w2:Great vintage hospital operation stockings and bed socks knitting pattern WW2 1940s.  Easy to knit rib stocking and bed socks in designs approved by the British Red Cross. So easy to make. They were in high demand by the various Comfort Committees during 1939-1949.

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Weldon 8-8w2: Great vintage Head Comfort Helmets for hospitals WW2 1940s. These helmets helped to hold dressing in place and made patients with head wounds feel less traumatised. They were either as shown or with open fronts for easy access to dressings, a scarf can be added for neck comfort and as field hospitals were often cold this was also a benefit. There are instructions to knit one and crochet one including the scarf.

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Weldons 8-10w2: Great vintage wartime knitting pattern for hot water bottle cover WW2 1940s. This cover is for the stone type of bottle used well into the 1950s - we had them when I was little. See Hot Water Bottle page for designs like this. This pattern also comes with a slipper design seen below.

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vintage world war slippers for hospital wear 1940s Weldons 8-10w2: Great vintage wartime knitting pattern for hospital slippers with sole, but cork, felt or leather can be used. Knitted in moss stitch, the ankle flaps can be pulled up for extra warmth. Size 9, but can be made to fit other sizes. Knitted in double knitting wool.  The hot water bottle cover WW2 1940s is also included as seen above. This cover is for the stone type of bottle used well into the 1950s - we had them when I was little. See Hot Water Bottle page for designs like this.

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vintage mens bed jacket knitting pattern from the war

Weldons 8-11w2: Great vintage World War 2 hospital bed jacket for men knitting pattern 1940s. This bed jacket is to fit up to a 44 inch chest. Knitted in a 4ply it has a neat stand up collar and zip for extra warmth. Very easy to knit.

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vintage wartim vest for hopsital wear 1940s

Weldons 8-14w2: Great vintage Service style vest for wearing in hospitals in WW2 1940s. This vest has half sleeves and nice long body with placket. The description says 'Most serviceable vest for all Service men particularly those unfortunates who find them selves in our hospitals wards' To fit chest 36 inches, but can be made larger quite easily. Try modern 4ply for this garment. Always work a tension square.

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war tim slip over for hospital wear

Weldons 8-16w2: Great vintage serviceman's slip over knitting pattern from WW2 1940s. This one fits 36 inch chest and is made in a 4ply wool.  Always work a tension square.

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vintage knitting patter for evacuee

Weldons11-8w2C: Great knitting pattern for evacuee children from 1940s. So needed for the little ones that had to leave their homes and parents during the war. Instructions for scarf, gloves and socks. To fit 5-13 years old, socks for 3-4 years and gloves for 5-7 years. Gloves and socks on 4 needles 4ply used.

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vintage wartime knitting pattern 1940's

Weldons 11-11w2: Great vintage wartime knitting pattern for 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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vintage cable socks for men in the miltary 1940s

Weldons11-14w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for men's cable socks. Great for the Service men. Warm and snug. To fit 10.5 foot, but adjustable, leg 18 inches. Knitted in 4 needles.

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vintage mens jumpers wartime knitting patterns

Weldons13w2: Pullovers for Men: Great vintage wartime service men's knitting pattern 1940: This pattern has a great selection of pullovers for all occasions for the man at war and on leave. See below for  a couple from this book.20 pages of great designs as shown on the front page. Chest measurements 38-40 chest. There are instructions for fancy rib V neck, Zip lumber jacket, a reversible sleeveless pullover, polo neck fancy stitch sweater and plain round neck (this one goes up to 44 inch chest) 2 different patterns for a V neck sweater for the air-raid warden!these two are 36 and 38 inch chest. A plain v neck 39 inch chest, cable and rib, rib sleeveless pullover small size 34 inch chest.

some patterns from this booklet are shown below

vintage mufti jamper knitting pattern

Weldons13-17w2: Great vintage knitting pattern for men's slipover from1 940s. This pattern comes from the war years and was ideal to relax in at home on leave or when demobbed. To fit 34 inch chest and knitted in 4ply.

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vintage mufti knitting pattern from 1940s

Weldon 13-8w2: Great vintage men's polo jumper knitting pattern from the war time 1940s. This jumper is knitted in a thicker wool that was near to double knitting, always work a tension square. To fit 38-40 inch chest. Great for the service man on leave.

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vintage air raid wardens jumper 1940

Weldon 13w2: Air-Raid Warden-1: vintage knitting pattern World War Two air-raid warden sweater. To fit 36 inch chest in vintage 4ply, for a larger size cast on more stitches - work a tension square and see how many stitches yo knit to an inch in the wool chosen and just add more stitches, make the arm hole a little deeper and allow a little more wool. Work in double knitting wool for a slightly bigger size anyway.

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vintage air-raid warden sweater 1940

Weldon 13w2: Air-Raid Warden-2: vintage knitting pattern World War Two air-raid warden jumper. To fit 38-40 inch chest in vintage 4ply, for a larger size cast on more stitches - work a tension square and see how many stitches yo knit to an inch in the wool chosen and just add more stitches, make the arm hole a little deeper and allow a little more wool. Try double knitting in a tension square, but you may find this one will knit to modern 4ply as the needles are for this ply of wool.

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vintage service mans woolies for army 1940s

Weldons 16w2: Woollies for the Army: Another great vintage knitting book for the men at war 1940s. This one has lots to knit, three front line pullovers with V necks 38-40 chest in double knitting, tubular scarf that is also a hat, heavy weight socks on 4 needles, a set in sleeve and a raglan sleeve rib pullover38-41 inch chest, mittens, fingerless gloves (great for postman, fishermen and other outdoor workers), balaclava, fur lined fingerless gloves, gloves, helmet, wristlets, tank corps lining gloves, battledress slipover (tank-top), easy to knit garter stitch scarf - all in all 20 items that were essential to the army during the war - and possibly today! 20 pages.

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vintage knitting pattern for front line jumpers 1940s

Weldons 16-4w2: Front-line Pullovers: Great vintage knitting pattern for Services in 1940s. There are instructions for 3 different jumpers knitted in vintage 4ply that should work well with modern 4ply for two of them and one will probably work well with a double knitting. Always work a tension square. To fit 38-40 inch chest. All three in one patterns, all V neck and set in sleeves.

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vintage knitting pattern for hats and scarf 1940s soldiers

Weldons 16-8w2: Head to Foot: Great vintage knitting pattern for the Services from 1940s WW2. There are instructions for a tubular scarf so easy on a circular needle and a hat comforter that was so popular as it could be worn as a hood and a scarf, knitted on two needles also instructions for heavy and light weight socks both knitted on 4 needles.

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vintage knitting pattern for jumpers for service men 1940s

Weldons 16-8w2: On the March: Great vintage knitting pattern for the Services from 1940s WW2. There are instructions for 2 V neck jumpers in a simple rib, one with set in sleeves and one with new style raglan sleeves.  Both knitted in a modern 4ply, always work a tension square. To fit 38-41 inch chest. Ideal to wear under a uniform or at the mess or on leave.

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oversea set of comforts knitting pattern 1940s service knits

Weldons16-10w2: Overseas Kit: Great vintage knitting pattern for the Services from 1940s WW2. This little lot will see your soldier keeps warm on the march. There are instructions for a balaclava, mittens, fingerless mittens, wristlets, gloves, fur lined mittens and a helmet and socks.

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tank lining gloves knitting pattern

Weldons16-14w2: Tank lining Gloves: Great vintage knitting pattern for the Services from 1940s WW2. There are instruction for these gloves especially for tank drivers to wear under their leather gloves for extra warmth and protection. Can be worked on 2 or 4 needles. There is also instructions for a simple scarf.

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vintage knitting pattern for battledress jacket

Weldons 16- 15w2: Battle-dress Slipover:Great vintage knitting pattern for the Services from 1940s WW2. There are instructions for this slipover that is extra long for wearing under a Battle Dress. Very easy to knit in simple stocking stitch and 4ply wool. To fit 38 inch chest, but easy to make larger.

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vintage mens service woolies knitting book 1940s wartime

Weldons 24: New Woollies for Sailors, soldiers and Airmen: Great vintage service knitting book from the 1940s. This book  was issued to help home knitter to provide much needed extra garments for men at war in all the services. Most of them are on offer below as individual patterns.

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mens scaf hat knitting pattern wartime 1940s Weldons 24-4w2: Naval Scarf-Hat: Great vintage knitting pattern for the universal scarf hat, a helmet and scarf in the same garment from 1940s, so warm on watch aboard a battle ship or at an AK-Ak station Knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern double knitting in a tension square.

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army tank top knitting pattern for soldiers 1940s Weldons 24-6w2: Army Slipover: A great vintage knitting pattern for a simple tank top or slipover for the men of the forces 1940s. This simple to knit round neck top without sleeves is to fit 38 inch chest and is knitted in vintage 4ply, try a tension square in modern 4ply and double knitting and see which works better. Keep those service boys warm!!

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battledress under collar and scarf knitting pattern 1940s Weldons 24-7w2: Army Battle-dress Scarf and Under-collar: Great vintage knitting pattern for scarf and neck warmer from 1940s for service wear. Very easy to knit and essential bits of kit for those chilly nights for any service, just knit in colour for which ever service you like, Navy, Khaki, Airforce Blue, Grey or dark Green. The button up warmer was called a Battle-dress under collar.

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raf pullover and ear flap hat 1940s knitting patterns

Weldons 24-8w2: RAF Slipover and Helmet with Ear Flaps: Great vintage 1940s knitting pattern for RAF helmet with ear flaps, so they could use ear phones in flight, there is also a V neck slipover pattern to fit 38-40 inch chest to knit in airforce blue or grey. Always work a tension square, these are knitted in vintage 4ply so try modern double knitting wool. Instructions for a plain garters titch scarf are also included.

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vintage army cardigan knitting pattern 1940s Weldons 24-11w2: Cardigan and jumper for all the forces: Great vintage men's service cardigan knitting pattern 1940s. There are instructions for a V neck cardigan to fit 40-42 inch chest and jumper to fit 38-40 inch chest in broken rib pattern and knitted in 4ply, always work a tension square, instructions for a scull cap to wear under a tin hat as well.

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vintage sea boot sock knitting pattern 1940s Weldons 24-12w2: For the Sailors Sea Boot and Over Socks: Great vintage wartime 1940s knitting pattern for socks. There are instructions for 4 pairs of socks, sea-boot socks, over-socks, service short socks and up to the knee socks all to fit about 10-11.5 inch foot, but all adjustable. The sea boot socks (great for sailors and fishermen) are knitted in oiled double knitting or aran yarn. The others are knitted in vintage 4ply. Always work a tension square. There is a note to remind knitters to safety pin the two socks together when they send them to the receiving depots to keep them together!

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vintage helmet with peak  knitting pattern 1940s Weldons 24-16w2: Peaked Helmet: Great vintage knitting pattern for wartime servicemen's helmet. This one is knitted in easy rib and has peak 1940s. Knitted in vintage 4ply so work a tension square and see if modern 4ply will work. Knitted on 4 needles with a piece of canvas to stiffen the peak.

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vintage naval sweater knitting pattern 1940s

Weldons 163: Great vintage NAVY jumper knitting pattern 1940s. This jumper is knitted in vintage 4ply, so try modern double knitting in a tension square and the scarf is knitted in double knitting wool.  Jumper is to fit 38-41 inch chest.

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vintage mens service woolies knitting pattern world war two

Wolsey 848: Great vintage knitting pattern for wartime woolies for the men in your life 1940s. Instructions for a jumper, cardigan both in rib to fit 38-39 inch chest knitted in vintage 4ply, so try a modern double knit and change needles if needed. Also a pair of gloves and a pair of mittens. Some nice pictures on the back of other patterns available at that time.

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