Friday, 10 April 2009

World War 2 mittens

These are now finished. Took a while longer than anticipated as I was knitting other things at the same time! Very pleased with the end result though. They are knitted to an authentic pattern, the one in the photo, I got from a friend several years ago when she was having a clear out. Theh wool is pure wool, in a close approximation of the wool I imagine ws used for the original mittens, knitted in the round on 4 needles. A long rib cuff is followed by several inches of "Ringwood" pattern; this I found very interesting. When I moved to Droset many years ago, I found out that there used to be a glove making industry in Ringwood, just over the border in Hampshire, and that there was such a thing in existence known as "Ringwood knitting", I presumed associated with the glove making. I have been unable to find much out about it though, but here it appears to be, in this pattern. It's a broken rib patter, giving a very nice texture to the knitted fabric - 1 round of 2x2 rib followed by a round of plain knitting. Motivated to do some more research now, need to get hold of Richard Rutt again I think, it may well be in his excellent book, I can't remember. I shall need to invest in that one, I can see :)
I'm not sure what I'm doing next, but I did find a lovely apttern for a vintage tea cosy on the net with which I am very taken, so it may well be that when I find some suitable coloured wool to do it.

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