Vintage men's knitted swimwear.

raydio's picture

The boxers KAL had me thinking of vintage swimwear finely knitted in wool...

http://www.theretroknittingcompany.co.uk/images/1Nov09/strutts9507a.jpg

http://www.theretroknittingcompany.co.uk/images/16oct/stitchcraftmen-3a.gif

http://www.theretroknittingcompany.co.uk/images/underwear/greenocktwopiecea.jpg

Scroll down to see the fabulous white cabled trunks:
http://www.gypsywearvintage.com/Wint1940.htm

And they didn't give it a second thought:
http://www.theretroknittingcompany.co.uk/images/05Aug09/patons2895swa.jpg

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BrentCLW's picture

Somewhere, I have a pattern

Somewhere, I have a pattern for knitting one of these bathing suits.......My partner and I have talked about having them as a joke - someone in a couples social group that we were part of wore one to a pool party (his originally and he was so proud to have "kept his figure")

Of course, the pattern isn't for us full figured fellows so it would take a lot more yarn, knitting, work, sweat, cussing and so one to produce one, let alone two.

I wonder what I did with that....

Brent Troth  Clearwater, Florida

michaelpthompson's picture

Those were different times

Those were different times in so many ways. At least these were a lot better than what women were wearing.

seriously... these are so

seriously... these are so wrong. I'm glad that men's fashion has evolved somewhat since then. Although I had to laugh that everyone in the illustrations were smoking. I think that looked even stranger than some of the garments!

PaulJMC's picture

too funny for words! I

too funny for words! I can't imagine how awkward they must have been to wear in the surf!!

P

Kerry's picture

What fun :)

What fun :)

TheKnittingMill's picture

Loved them! Thanks for

Loved them! Thanks for posting. These patterns should have come with a finely printed advisory--

*WARNING--if your husband asks you to make any of these items or starts knitting one of our patterns for himself, you are most likely a sexually frustrated fag hag and your husband a closeted cake boy!

Mill

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

LOL!! -- Books, knitting,

LOL!! -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Iacobvs's picture

It's the belts, Robertl. The

It's the belts, Robertl. The belt's make the suit! Loved these. Thanks for posting them!

scottly's picture

I'm sorry but those are just

I'm sorry but those are just kinky. Are the patterns available? ;-)

jessemkahn's picture

OH LAWDY, that's some high

OH LAWDY, that's some high camp.

Mnjack's picture

I loved the sites. I don't

I loved the sites. I don't thik I would care for a wool bathhing suit. I hate the smell of wet wool. Maybe they didn't go in the water. Thanks for sharing.

These could not have been

These could not have been that comfortable.
Linens2lace
http://linens2lace.blogspot.com

MMario's picture

Actuallly very comfortable

Actuallly very comfortable and they dried quite quickly, which surprised me.

RickMartin's picture

And I'm surprised you would

And I'm surprised you would know this.
Rick

MMario's picture

New England Family Use it

New England Family

Use it up, wear it out, make it do.

Hand me down knit wool swim trunks. From one of my Italian uncles.