Knitskrieg A Call To Yarns!
A history of military knitting from 1800s to the present day
- Hardback (BB)
- 13 Mar 2016
- Uniform Press
Throughout warfare man has relied on knitted comforts and this book looks at many of these across three centuries. From the nineteenth century battles at Crimea, Waterloo and the American Civil War through to the twentieth century including the First World War, Second World War, Malaya, Korea and the Falklands, finishing with the modern soldier’s requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan. Learn what soldiers wore, why they wore it and who made it for them. A fascinating insight into what comforts soldiers wanted from the standard issue and essentials from home, such as socks, vests and the more bizarre like woven splints and smoking caps, complete with expert instructions; directions for knitting two socks at once. This book also looks at the types of knitwear produced by the many nations at war over the years, including Great Britain, France, Germany, USA and Australia, where during the First World War Australian women produced over one millon socks, this was surpassed by over three million in the subsequent conflict.
Joyce Meader is an expert on historic knits, providing advice and supplying reproduction clothing for living history groups and events, television, film and national museums. She also spends time giving talks and demonstrations around the country.