Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!

A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day

Joyce Meader

Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!

Joyce Meader

Distributed for Uniform Press

144 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2016
Cloth $28.95 ISBN: 9781910500330 Published October 2016 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
This book offers a wholly new and unexpected angle on warfare, looking at the role of knitted garments in conflicts over the centuries. From the Crimea and Waterloo to the American Civil War and on into the many wars of the twentieth century, Knitskrieg reveals the surprising prevalence of knitted goods of all kinds in a soldier's kit. Joyce Meader shows us not just socks and vests, but splints, smoking caps, Lord Cardigan's famous sweater, and much more. It includes facsimile knitting patterns, as well, enabling today's knitters to bring a little bit of history to life.
 
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Open Letters Monthly
"A delightful hodgepodge of information, artifact, propaganda and personality, Knitskreig! A Call to Yarns...examines the challenges of expense, shortages and human weariness, all in the face of increasingly rapacious military need. The book is filled with absolutely fascinating stories, people, artifacts and research, and it fills a needed niche as it privileges and deeply explores women’s contributions to various war efforts as providers of uniquely female 'familial-industrial' artifacts. A Call to Yarns is a captivating read that will surprise and interest an unexpectedly wide audience."
Wendy Knits
"Filled with a lot of great photos and facsimiles of old posters, leaflets, patterns, and other items. Knitskrieg also contains patterns to knit facsimiles of some of these knitted comforts and some contemporary photos of the items in use. There are lots and lots of interesting odds and ends—facsimiles of old patterns and even songs about wartime knitting! It’s a fascinating read."
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