With this year being the 100 year anniversary of World War One I decided to have a look for some vintage patterns from that period. So I set off to the Imperial War Museum for a morning of fun in their archives. The IWM archive has lots of patterns and craft ephemera – boxes and boxes of them – but sadly very few items survive from the First World War. Partly because ephemera is, well, ephemeral. Patterns just don’t have a good survival rate. And let’s be honest, few knitters can keep a pattern in pristine condition for long – we fold them, shove them inside craft bags, write notes for modifications all over them, leave teacups on top of them – and so I wasn’t really surprised to find that most of the really good items in the archive are a little more recent.
After a day playing in the archive boxes, I’ve identified three items I really, really want to make from the IWM Archive.
*Mystery Cardigan (of which, more later)
To make life easier, I’m starting with the most sensible of these patterns – the Land Girl’s pullover. This pattern has the bonus of
*being in my size!
*having a sort of proper gauge!
*having a picture of what it should look like!
I can hardly contain my joy.
More to follow on the history of the Land Girls and their spiffy outfits and my attempts to follow a pattern that is rather vague about things I consider kind of important – like proper instructions…