Saturday, 30 January 2016

Free patterns and the Victoria and Albert museum






If you go onto the Victoria and Albert museum website and put in free knitting patterns you come up with this.  When you are on their site all you have to do is click on them and download for FREE each knitting instruction pattern of 1940's Knits...... It is as simple as that.

Take a little look at what is available and then go over to their website .. I am afraid their link does not work on this blog (no link will for some reason) anyway have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your browse.

Happy Stitching and of course Knitting!!!





'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.
Click on an image to view the pattern. (on their web page .. not working on here I am afraid!!)



9 comments:

  1. Off to have a look.........
    Julie xxxxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Please let me know if you knit one!

      Sarah x

      Delete
  2. Most of the seventies every Saturday mum and I use to go to the V&A for the day. In the restaurant you could "buy a plate" and pick from the buffet and return as many times as you like. I think I know that museum by heart from then!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  3. How lovely Julie! I adore the V & A too.

    You have happy memories there. Hope you like the free patterns .. Do you knit?
    Sarah x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I knit, crochet both taught by mum, but she couldn't read patterns very well so I self taught myself to do that, tatting and bobbin lace (self taught). I prefer to knit patterns from the old Needlework magazines from the 20's to 50's, and aran and fairisle.
      Julie xxxx

      Delete
    2. ......also enjoy stitching "proper" embroidery from the same era's

      Delete
    3. You clever lady! How lovely .. I am just at the very beginning of learning crochet .. Who knew knots could be so beautiful!

      Happy Weekend!

      Sarah x

      Delete
  4. Fabulous Sarah. I've actually just finished knitting. Balaclava using a 1940's service mans pattern. OH loves it and ideal for this weather. X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How wonderful! Maureen .. I am pleased you liked the post too.
      Happy Weekend!

      Sarah x

      Delete