The First Two Great War Era Patterns

As you probably know, I have been working on knitwear for the film Tell Them of Us recently, and the first two patterns are ready to go on sale.

The first is a cardi/jacket for Violet, William’s girlfriend.

WWI 01 cover sm

It was knitted by Sheila Cunnea from a Bear Brand pattern in Rowan yarn.

Suburnburn 003

The construction of this one is a common one for the time. It is started at the back hem, and is worked in one main piece, casting on for the sleeves, then working over the shoulders and down the two fronts. The collar, cuffs and pockets are added later.

(C) Pauline Loven
(C) Pauline Loven

Like almost all patterns of the day, this pattern was originally published with just one size. I have added three more sizes. (The construction and the size of the pattern repeat made more sizes far too complicated!)

(C) John Bennett
(C) John Bennett

This pattern can be bought here: 

The second pattern is for a set of Dutch hood, scarf and fingerless mitts which can be knitted in Frangipani, DK or aran weight yarns.

WWI 02 ebook cover sm

The pattern (or ebook as Ravelry insists on calling it!) has two different stitch patterns which are charted and written out row-by-row. Either can be used for any item. This has four sizes – child, teen, woman, large woman/man. All patterns are very stretchy and will fit a wide range of sizes.

(C) Pauline Loven
(C) Pauline Loven

The Dutch hoods (or Dutch caps as they were known then!) were a popular shape for both women and children. The shape is very easy, but the result is both pretty and useful. I have seen photos of children wearing then with elastic under the chin, too.

hood merge 1

The scarves can be fringed or not. In the early years of the 20th Century they were very fond of fringing, but the fringe is optional. (I have given illustrated instructions for making the fringe.)

scarf 1

scarf 3 and 4

It seems to me everyone, whatever their age or class was wearing fingerless mitts, or ‘mittens’ as they tended to be called, in those days.

fingerless mitts 2

There are photos of them and patterns for them from the UK and USA in all weights of yarn, ranging from very fine, lacy ones for the opera to thick, warm ones for everyday wear.

fingerless mitts 4

The ones in this pattern are typical of the ‘working’ mitts of the time, with a long ribbed cuff which could be worn under or over a coat or jacket.

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This second pattern can be bought here: 

(You do not need to be a member of Ravelry to buy the patterns through the links.)

The header for all the patterns from the film ,released by various folk, was designed by Judith Brodnicki.  More about it can be found here.


10 thoughts on “The First Two Great War Era Patterns

  1. Lovely patterns. I was waiting for the jacket, but the suite of accessories is a bonus and a nice surprise.

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