vintage 1943

the knitted Turban, UK 1943

a knitting visual from 1943 to 2010

knitting in 1943, UK & Germany

knitting in 1943, UK 

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.

Once the war was over both clothing and knitting wool were still rationed but people turned to knitting as a cheap way to enhance their wardrobes. Fine wool and pretty lacy patterns became fashionable.


'A new design in Cable Stitch' V&A Museum collection, London

Pattern for a cardigan

From Woman's Weekly, 13 July 1940


'Spiral-spun waistcoat' V&A Museum collection, London

Pattern for a waistcoat

From Essentials for the Forces, Jaeger Handknit 1940s

knitting in 1940s, fully fashioned Berchtesgadener Strickjacke, Germany


German magazine, 2 different Berchtesgadener Strickjacke - photos to the left and skecth M below right - 38er Jahrgang from April 1934

The separate patterns ( Schnittbogen) for the technically interesting hand knitted Berchtesgadener Strickjacke, so popular at this time in Germany,  were unfortunately lost.

Photo of Berchtesgadener Strickjacke as worn by BDM girls during Germany´s most turbulent times, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

Courtesy the Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

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fully fashioned machine knitted Berchtesgadener Strickjacke front & back, 1950s or early 60s, Germany

collection Constance Willems

0 = Metroplis Helm, 1930

vintage gallery 1930s

 6 = Knitted Turban,1943

vintage gallery 1943

1 = Five O´Clock Hat,1938

vintage gallery 1938 

 7 = Bobble Hat,,1947

vintage gallery 1947

 2 = Dazzler Hat,1940s

vintage gallery 1940s

 8 = Jet Set Hat, 1960

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3 = Flower Hat,1940s

vintage gallery 1940s

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4 = Tartar Toque,1940s

vintage gallery 1940s

 5 = Knitted Hood,1940s

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