WWII Mittens

WWII Mittens

Just in time for summer ... mittens from a WWII knit-for-the-troops pattern.  The accent stripes created extra work evening up the stitches and weaving in the ends, but in a solid color the mittens knit up really fast.  Since our boys in Iraq probably have little need for these, I'll just put them away until it gets cold again.

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Paul's picture

These are great mittens! 

These are great mittens!  Love the colors and the stripes!  Thanks!

Aaronknits's picture

Great mittens, and those

Great mittens, and those patterns all look pretty simple, yet very practical. Please forgive me for seeming a bit dumb, but, what's with the needle sizes?

The needle sizes given in

The needle sizes given in the patterns seem to be English--larger numbers indicate smaller needles.  UK 10 = US 3, UK 12 = US 2.  I used US 2 needles for this project.

JPaul's picture

Not english, but very

Not english, but very similar.  These are the sizes for US steel double-pointed needles which were sized differently than standard needles.  The larger numbers, as Stuart mentioned, indicate smaller needles, but the numbers aren't exactly the same as English equivalents.  For instance, the UK 12 = US Steel DP 11 = US 2.  So, like I said, close, but not exactly the same.  Here's a great chart with all the conversions:


Just when you thought it was

Just when you thought it was complicated enough ...
Maybe one day people will actually understand and use metric measurements.

kiwiknitter's picture

Stuart - I say a loud Amen!

Stuart - I say a loud Amen! to that!  I get confused as I've got patterns from the UK, Australia and New Zealand as well as the US and Europe.  I also have the vintage war patterns.  It can be confusing at best.  I wish that all the new patterns were in metric.  Cheers,  Jesse 


I've got knitting fever in the worsted way.

kiwiknitter's picture

What great mittens!  The

What great mittens!  The stripe was worth all your extra efforts.  War patterns and Red Cross patterns are wonderful.  Some of the patterns are still useful, others, like the "cholera belt" (whatever that might be) are well, sort of out-of-date.  I have a very large collection of the war pattern leaflets and I enjoy just looking through them.   

I've got knitting fever in the worsted way.

drmel94's picture

As to the origin of the

As to the origin of the cholera belt, there's a short answer here and a full article from Medical History here.