Sunday, May 15, 2011

Knit for Defense

For today's normal, non- giveaway related post, I thought I'd share my most recent acquisition, a fantastic 1941 Knit for Defense booklet.

The inside front cover sums up what it's about best:

"The National Defense Program isn't all tanks, airplanes, and battleships. It's people, too- you and I and 130,000,000 others. North, South, East, and West women are taking up behind- the- scene tasks of an Unlimited National Emergency. You too, can play a leading role in the greatest defense program of all history by anticipating the needs of our boys in training.
Whether he is in the Army, the Navy, or the Air Force, he will appreciate the warmth and comfort of sweater and woolen accessories knitted especially for him. With that in mind we have included in this book garments specifically designed for men of action and patterned after regulation specifications."

This book is full of really great knitting patterns, which I've added to my etsy shop as a PDF.
But mostly, this book has 1940's military eye candy:

Crew Neck Pullover

Round or Turtle Neck pullover
Sleeveless V-Neck Pullover

Plain gloves, Scarf, and Neck Protector
Aren't these gents just dreamy?
If you'd like to know more about the knitting for defense, or knitting for Victory movements, there's a great article here.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! What a great find! I did go to your etsy shop, but I didn't see any .pdfs of the Defense knitting patterns there. Are you going to offer them in the future? My husband and I do WW2 reenactment (He's 101st Airborn, 502 PIR, and I do homefront and American Red Cross Clubmobile service impressions) and I'd love to knit up one of the sweaters you picture for him. It would also look rather cool at living history events to be "knitting my bit" for the boys... :) I'd appreciate if you'd let me know if you will be making .pdfs of this particular booklet's patterns. My email address is canteencorpscrumb at gmail dot com.

    You've got a really neat blog here!

    Berni C.