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'Essentials for the Forces' (front cover), Jaeger, 1940s

'Essentials for the Forces' (front cover), Jaeger, 1940s

The 1940s in Britain was a high point for hand knitting. Women on the home front could make a contribution to the war effort by knitting for the troops using patterns that were often given away free. Many specialised patterns developed such as the balaclava helmet with ear flaps for use in telephone operations or the mittens with a separate forefinger for firing a trigger in the cold.

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Downloadable instructions are available here for how to knit the garments yourself

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