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Designing Britain 1945 - 1975 > Fabrics Forming Society > 1940s/1950s > Knitting
 
1940s - early 1950s: UTILITY/AUSTERITY - KNITTING PATTERNS

1940s Knitting Patterns
 
AIAB CLOTHING FOR LIBERATED EUROPE, 1940s
Ministry of Supply Relief Requirements Division Knitting Leaflet No 1 (domesticity, patriotism) FFS00781 AIAB CLOTHING FOR LIBERATED EUROPE, 1940s
Ministry of Supply Relief Requirements Division Knitting Leaflet No 1 (domesticity, patriotism)

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AIAB BEEHIVE BABY BOOK Knitting for the first 6 months,
Patons & Baldwins Ltd Pattern 1940s	
(domesticity, childhood) FFS00782 AIAB BEEHIVE BABY BOOK Knitting for the first 6 months,
Patons & Baldwins Ltd Pattern 1940s
(domesticity, childhood)

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AIAB Homecraft economy series DOLL’S CLOTHING, No 318
Cronit regd., Pattern 1940s
(childhood, domesticity, patriotism) FFS00783 AIAB Homecraft economy series DOLL’S CLOTHING, No 318
Cronit regd., Pattern 1940s
(childhood, domesticity, patriotism)

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AIAB Knitting to a budget, 1940s
Patons & Baldwins wools Pattern
(domesticity, patriotism) FFS00784 AIAB Knitting to a budget, 1940s
Patons & Baldwins wools Pattern
(domesticity, patriotism)

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AIAB Family knitting book of utility garments,
Viyella regd., Pattern 1940s
(domesticity, patriotism, Utility) FFS00785 AIAB Family knitting book of utility garments,
Viyella regd., Pattern 1940s
(domesticity, patriotism, Utility)

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AIAB Gloves Scarf Mittens of angora, No 1840
Bestway Leaflet Pattern 1940s	
(femininity, glamour) FFS00786 AIAB Gloves Scarf Mittens of angora, No 1840
Bestway Leaflet Pattern 1940s
(femininity, glamour)

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AIAB JULIET CAP & GLOVES in Gay Fair Isle, No 1229
Bestway Leaflet Pattern 1940s	
(femininity, glamour) FFS00787 AIAB JULIET CAP & GLOVES in Gay Fair Isle, No 1229
Bestway Leaflet Pattern 1940s
(femininity, glamour)

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AIAB 4 KNITTED HOODS 6 months to 4 years, No 2957
Bestway knitwear Pattern 1940s	
(childhood, domesticity) FFS00788 AIAB 4 KNITTED HOODS 6 months to 4 years, No 2957
Bestway knitwear Pattern 1940s
(childhood, domesticity)

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AIAB RIBBED BALACLAVA HELMET 1-9 years, No 524
Robin Pattern	1940s	
(childhood, domesticity) FFS00789 AIAB RIBBED BALACLAVA HELMET 1-9 years, No 524
Robin Pattern 1940s
(childhood, domesticity)

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AIAB WOOLCRAFT a practical guide to knitting and crochet booklet,
Patons & Baldwins Pattern 1940s	
(domesticity) FFS00790 AIAB WOOLCRAFT a practical guide to knitting and crochet booklet,
Patons & Baldwins Pattern 1940s
(domesticity)

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AIAB WOOLCRAFT a practical guide to knitting and crochet booklet,
Patons & Baldwins Pattern, 13th edition 1940s	
(domesticity) FFS00791 AIAB WOOLCRAFT a practical guide to knitting and crochet booklet,
Patons & Baldwins Pattern, 13th edition 1940s
(domesticity)

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AIAB VEST & PANTIE SET coupon economy..., No 436
Bairns-Wear Femina series Pattern 1940s
( femininity, patriotism, glamour) FFS00792 AIAB VEST & PANTIE SET coupon economy..., No 436
Bairns-Wear Femina series Pattern 1940s
( femininity, patriotism, glamour)

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AIAB MATRONS WEAR in Lavenda, patterns entitled after royal castles -
Windsor, Balmoral, Conway, Warwick...
Lavenda Pattern 1940s			
(domesticity, patriotism) FFS00793 AIAB MATRONS WEAR in Lavenda, patterns entitled after royal castles -
Windsor, Balmoral, Conway, Warwick...
Lavenda Pattern 1940s
(domesticity, patriotism)

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AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine July-August 1947,
Stitchcraft limited 1940s				
(femininity, glamour)
FFS00794 AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine July-August 1947,
Stitchcraft limited 1940s
(femininity, glamour)

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AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine April 1947,
Stitchcraft limited 1940s				
(femininity, glamour) FFS00795 AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine April 1947,
Stitchcraft limited 1940s
(femininity, glamour)

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TEXTS

Alice Carroll, Knit & Crochet your own fashions of the forties, Dover Publications, New York, 1973
Pat Kirkham, ‘Fashion, femininity and ‘frivolous’ consumption in World-War Two Britain’, in Utility Assessed, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1999, pp.143-156.
Colin McDowell, Forties Fashion and The New Look, Bloomsbury, London, 1997
Helen Reynolds, ‘Your Clothes are Materials of War, in The Culture of Sewing; Gender, Consumption and Home Dressmaking, Berg, Oxford, 1999, pp. 327-339.
Jane Waller, (ed), A Stitch in Time, knitting and crochet patterns of the 20s, 30s & 40s, G. Duckworth, London, 1972
 
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Early 1950s Knitting Patterns
 
AIAB 'for the NEW BABY...8 woollies for the first six months',
Patons & Baldwins limited Pattern 1950s			
(domesticity)
FFS00540 AIAB 'for the NEW BABY...8 woollies for the first six months',
Patons & Baldwins limited Pattern 1950s
(domesticity)

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AIAB Classic 4-ply Cardigan, No 494
Patons & Baldwins wools Pattern 1950s		
(masculinity)
FFS00542 AIAB Classic 4-ply Cardigan, No 494
Patons & Baldwins wools Pattern 1950s
(masculinity)

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THREE 4-PLY STYLES BY P & B FOR MEN, No 429		
Patons & Baldwins wools Pattern 1950s	
(masculinity)
FFS00710 THREE 4-PLY STYLES BY P & B FOR MEN, No 429
Patons & Baldwins wools Pattern 1950s
(masculinity)

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AIAB TWIN SETS each in 3 sizes, No SC10
Stitchcraft Pattern 1950s
(childhood, domesticity, femininity) FFS00537 AIAB TWIN SETS each in 3 sizes, No SC10
Stitchcraft Pattern 1950s
(childhood, domesticity, femininity)

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AIAB Sweaters for the Family, No 1061
Robin Pattern 1950s
(childhood, domesticity, femininity, masculinity)
FFS00731 AIAB Sweaters for the Family, No 1061
Robin Pattern 1950s
(childhood, domesticity, femininity, masculinity)

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AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine for knitting and embroidery, May 1953
'... more lovely Coronation designs...'
Stitchcraft 1950s				
(femininity, glamour, patriotism)
FFS00538 AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine for knitting and embroidery, May 1953
'... more lovely Coronation designs...'
Stitchcraft 1950s
(femininity, glamour, patriotism)

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AIAB Lady’s Jumper and Stole, No 1961
Copley’s  Pattern  1950s				
(femininity, glamour)
FFS00730 AIAB Lady’s Jumper and Stole, No 1961
Copley’s Pattern 1950s
(femininity, glamour)

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AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine, November 1956,
Italian design influence
Stitchcraft					
(continental fashion)
FFS00541 AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine, November 1956,
Italian design influence
Stitchcraft
(continental fashion)

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AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine, February 1958
Stitchcraft				
(continental fashion)
FFS00728 AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine, February 1958
Stitchcraft
(continental fashion)

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AIAB MODERN KNITTING, the Monthly magazine for Machine Knitters,		December 1956
Knitmaster publication 1950s		
(domesticity, technology)
FFS00539 AIAB MODERN KNITTING, the Monthly magazine for Machine Knitters, December 1956
Knitmaster publication 1950s
(domesticity, technology)

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AIAB Quick-Knitting Booklet, presented with WOMAN, 16 February 1957
Woman Pattern  1950s				
(femininity, glamour)
FFS00729 AIAB Quick-Knitting Booklet, presented with WOMAN, 16 February 1957
Woman Pattern 1950s
(femininity, glamour)

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TEXTS

Christopher Breward, ‘Early twentieth century: clothing the masses’, in The Culture of Fashion, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1995, chapter 6, pp. 181-224
Deirdre Clancy, Costume Since 1945, Couture, street style and anti-fashion, Herbert Press, London, 1996
Martin Harrison, Appearances, Fashion Photography Since 1945, Jonathan Cape, London, 1991
Colin McDowell, Forties Fashion and The New Look, Bloomsbury, London, 1997
Peter McNeil, 'Put Your Best Face Forward: The Impact of the Second World War on British Dress’, in Journal of Design History, volume 6, no 4, 1993, pp. 283-299
 
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