Where are the WWII service patterns for women?

Today, I’ve already been knee deep in WWII research on uniforms. You see, I wanted to design a service sweater (a sweater worn by each arm of the military) that was pretty accurate to the time period. One such sweater was for women serving. The truth is…I couldn’t find anything on why there don’t seem to be many knitting patterns for women in service except for one, which was published by The American Red Cross.

So…I did some digging.

A lot of digging.

It’s one of my favorite parts of my job. I feel like Miss Marple looking for clues in old bookshelves and manuscripts when, in reality, I’m here in my air conditioned apartment.

Nevertheless, would you like to know my findings?

To be blunt, there are no patterns. None. Why? There were a lack of proper uniforms for women at the time. No matter the arm of the military women were serving, American military services were unprepared to design women’s uniform garments when the WAAC was formed during WWII in 1942. Several revisions were made but women were told to wear out the bad fitting items before they would be issued new uniforms.

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Women were given the shortest end of the stick when it came to our country at the time (and still are – let’s face it) but it was more evident in service. They were given the leftovers and told to make do. Which they did. It was a duty and an honor for them to serve, some right near the front lines.

Some historians agree that the ill fitting (and lack of) clothing was one of the reasons enlistment in such branches as the WAAC diminished.

So…what does this have to do with knitting? Well, while we have a slew of men’s service patterns for WWII it seems that, save for a few hidden from the internet, these patterns just weren’t produced. If I put on my knitstorian hat I’d confidently say that women of the time knitted their own sweaters using the men’s patterns as a guide and altered them to fit their personal size and shape. I could be wrong, but it does seem to be the most logical conclusion.

xoxo, Rohn

Cottage Breeze Cardi

001_4002Cottage Breeze is **the** cardi for summer. Light, breezy, open filet fabric, and easy construction all come together to create a fun and quick to stitch cardi. Seriously. Quick. The sample took me all of a night to make.

You’ll need two skeins of Lion Brand Scarfie for the gradient ‘faded’ look BUT you can use any bulky weight yarn (or even two strands of worsted held together if you’d like) just make sure you achieve the correct gauge.

Is gauge important? Kind of. I didn’t make a swatch I simply worked the first 18 rows of the pattern and tried it on for fit. If you’d like to use this method – just make sure you’re prepared to frog if it comes to that!

Overall I LOVE this cardi and it’s SO much fun to stitch.

Get the Pattern Here!

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## Pattern Information ##

**Materials**
Lion Brand Scarfie (78% Acrylic/22% Wool) 150g/5.3oz 312yd/285m – 2 (3) Skeins
8mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle

**Yarn Alternatives**
You can use any Bulky yarn to achieve a similar piece.

**Tension**
Work 8 (dc, ch1) sts and 5 rows to measure 4x4in. in pattern stitch

**Pattern Notes:**

Cardi is worked in one piece from the back of the neck down. If more increases are needed, simply work increase rows and try on as you crochet for a perfect customized fit!

The gradient of colors occurs simply by changing color when one ball runs out, I joined the other color. You may choose one or two or three colors! Have fun!

My Most Popular Crochet Pattern!

This week I thought it would be fun to take a look at my crochet patterns and see which is the most popular. I have a lot of crochet patterns, so I wanted to narrow it down. Of course, I chose socks. What else is there?

So…what’s my most popular crochet pattern?

Candied Crossbones

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These socks are my fav too! So, here is the story behind these socks. In 2013 I started running my Holiday Crochet Sock Club. It was always SO much fun and I loved running it. As a matter of fact, make sure you are on the lookout this year for a new an improved crochet sock club!

Anyways, these socks were designed as the Halloween socks! The yarn I used was called Farmer’s Market and looked like a bowl of candy. The cross cables make me think of crossbones. So. It was a no-brainer.

I worked these socks up and LOVED every single stitch. The socks are just awesome and fit really well.

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They also look great in both solid and variegated yarns. I would even love to see it in self-striping yarn – that would be a whole heck of a lot of fun.

If you’re interested in working these up just click here to get the pattern for only $4.00. It comes in three sizes to fit a 7 (8, 9)” circumference! The length is totally adjustable and the repeat for the cuff is pretty customizable.

Anyways, have a great weekend yall!

xoxo, Rohn

Free Crochet Pattern – Sunday Stole

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Growing up Sunday was the day all the women of my church would dress up. From shawls to hats to dresses, it was a concert of modesty. This shawl is an ode to those women, each of them unique in their own way, each holding a place in my heart.

Sunday’s were also about my Nana and I. The love and kindness she put in my heart is still there. And while I was making this shawl I couldn’t help but think of her. That’s why when I finished it…I gave it right to her.

So, I’m giving it to you all as well. The Sunday Stole is my gift to y’all for being just about as special to me as anyone can be.

 

You can download the Sunday Stole Pattern, or get it from Ravelry Here.

As for the shawl…here’s a bit of info:

Starting at one end a large number of stitches are cast on and worked up to create the base of the stole. The edging is picked up and worked in a join as you go fashion, anchoring the scarf with a fun pop of lace.

Get creative – this is YOUR shawl! Use 1 color, or 2, or as many as you want. Make it with bright colors, or more relaxed. This is the perfect opportunity to play!

Yarn: Dk/Sport Weight Yarn – Approximately 1100yds/300g in multiple colors

Suggested yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo

Hook: 5mm

Notions: Tapestry Needle

Gauge: 4.5 sts in pattern stitch equals 4”

Finished Measurements: Wingspan – 65.5in

Techniques to Indulge In: Chain, Double Crochet, Chain, Clusters, Decreases…you know…FUN!

 

Gradient Puff Stitch Cowl

I love crochet and lately I’ve been obsessed with working with those gradient yarns, you know the ones. They’re being made by just about every yarn company out there from indie dyers to big box companies.

A few months ago…well…more than a few months ago Premier Yarns (my FAV yarn company) contacted me and asked if I’d like to design something with their new yarn, DIY Gradient. Thus the Gradient Puff Stitch Cowl was born!

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I mean…how can you not love this? It will work with ANY worsted weight gradient yarn you’ve got but I do kinda love this DIY Gradient…why? Well…you DIY! Each DIY Gradient Box contains five 40 gram balls of medium weight, 100% anti-pilling acrylic yarn. That’s plenty of yarn to make a scarf, a cowl, a hat and mitten set, or a baby sweater. So, that means you get to choose which order to work it in. Of course, you could also work it in one color, if you’d like.

You can download the free pattern from Premier Yarns here or just go ahead and follow along below!

Gradient Puff Stitch Cowl

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 36”

MATERIALS
Premier® Yarns D.I.Y. Gradient Yarn (100% An – pilling Acrylic; 40g/72 yds per skein; 200g/360 yds total)
• #1046-04 Violet – 1 box
Hook: US Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle

GAUGE

6 Long Puff Stitches x 6 rows = 4”

Save time, check your gauge.

PATTERN NOTES

Cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up. The colors in the box are worked in order, starting with the darkest color and ending with the lightest color.

 

STITCH GUIDE
Long Puff Stitch – yo, insert hk in next st, yo, pull up loop matching loop height to previous ch-3 or lp, [yo, insert hk in same st, yo, pull up lp matching loop height to previous lp] twice, yo, pull through all 7 lps on hk, ch 1 to close st.

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With darkest color, ch 100, join to work in the round being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3, *Long Puff St, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * around, join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Rnds 2-10: Rep Rnd 1, working 2 rnds in each color from darkest to lightest.
Rnd 11: With lightest color, ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 sp around.
Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in each sc around.

Bottom Edge
Rnd 1: Working in unused lps of beg chain, join darkest color, ch 1, sc in each ch around, join with sl st in sc. Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st in sc. Fasten off.

Weave in ends. Block gently.