A recent update on the project described packaging up yarn and patterns to send to the volunteers around the country (and around the world). There was a photo of a table strewn with copies of patterns, and I was thrilled to recognise them as ones I had sent.
|Photo by permission of Pauline Loven.|
|Paton's Helps to Knitters IX|
|Leach's Home Needlework Series no. 4 -- Comforts for Men|
One is a booklet of things to knit for soldiers and sailors, including the strange helmet with ear flaps on the cover - the idea is that the flaps could be tucked in to keep the ears warm, or folded back when it was important to be able to hear well.
The other booklet has instructions for garments for babies and small children, including the small boy's suit shown on the cover. It has a jersey, buttoned on one shoulder, and with a diamond pattern on the yoke, shorts, a cap and socks, all knitted. The instructions say that "It can be made in useful navy blue, brown or other dark shade, but white has a much better appearance." (You would have to really love washing clothes to dress a small boy in white wool. Especially in the days before machine washable wool and washing machines.)
|Leach's Home Needlework Series No. 10 - Garments for Children|
I recognise other patterns on the table from The Lady's World Fancy Work Book - maybe some from Weldon's Practical Needlework too. It's very satisfying to think of all these patterns being used again, to create the costumes for the film.