Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Wartime jumper

A pattern from the Second World War, kindly donated to the Knit For Victory archives by the King of Empty Shops, Mr Dan Thompson. Our model dons his tin helmet and kit bag and fixes his stern gaze on some ne'er-do-well Johnnies in the distance.

"Here is a long-sleeved pullover that every man will welcome, whether he needs it for Service or home wear. It will be particularly popular because of its Raglan sleeves which men always find so comfortable to wear; also because of its splendid fit and the fact that it gives no feeling of bulkiness."

There's something about the haircut, pose, and geometrical lines of the background that presages Kraftwerk's Man Machine cover by about 30 years.


  1. Just spotted more of this kind of stuff, including an intriguing 'chest protector' design for knitters who lose interest halfway through a jumper: http://imprint.printmag.com/daily-heller/war-in-vogue/

    dAN x

  2. Ha, love it! I think this merits a blog entry of its own. I have never seen a "chest protector" before.

  3. A grand precaution against stray breezes? Yes

    A grand precaution against stray bullets? Probably not...

  4. Maybe if you knitted it in steel wool?

  5. You can probably buy kevlar wool. I can say this with confidence because I am unlikely to ever need to know for sure.