My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Slightly Different

Today I have a slightly different type of book to review — I guess you could call it a history book:


This is
Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!: A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day by Joyce Meader, published by the University of Chicago Press. On right now it is the number one book under History / Military / Uniforms.

So yeah, history!

It is basically the history of “knitted comforts” for soldiers and covers three centuries, up to modern times and the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When you think of “knitting for the troops” the first thing that springs to mind is (at least for me) socks, followed by hats/balaclavas and scarves. This book covers all sorts of knitted items that have been produced over the years by different  nations involved in wars and skirmishes over the years.

The book is filled with a lot of great photos and facsimiles of old posters, leaflets, patterns, and other items. Here is a great photo of World War I soldiers knitting in hospital:


The book also contains patterns to knit facsimiles of some of these knitted comforts. and some contemporary photos of the items in use. I love this dapper fellow decked out in his Crimean War regalia:


And 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. Who’d like to read it next?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!: A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day by Joyce Meader,, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 23, 2016. I’ll once again prevail upon Loki’s good will to draw a winner.

He’s resting up.



  1. I’m working on a teaching credential in history and I knit all the time. I would love this book. 🙂

  2. Wow! Knitting for the troops has always interested me. This book looks so interesting. I’d love to win it!

  3. It sounds very interesting. Would love to read it!

  4. I would love to win this book! I knit for soldiers now.

  5. This looks like a really interesting book – I love history, and the history of knitting….what could be better. Thanks for the contest, Wendy. Loki should be really rested, because he sure sleeps a lot :).

  6. Linda Newcomb says:

    OMG! When I’m too tired to knit I love reading about knitting. I would SO love this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  7. Oh, this is a book I would love to have! 🙂

  8. maggie gean says:

    Oh, that would be great to own. I do have a very old ‘knitting for the military’ booklet that was in my mother’s things and a sister sent it to me. But I don’t think my Mother used it to knit for the WW2 armed Forces as I think she was a bit too young and I know my grandmother, her mother was not a very good knitter.

  9. Jane Page says:

    This book sounds like a very interesting read. I would love to read this book. Thanks, Wendy and Loki!

  10. I’d love to read it!

  11. Patricia Stanko says:

    I recently attended a workshop on knitting for soldiers and even made a scarf for a veteran. I would love to have this book.

  12. Heather Davidsmeyer says:

    I’d love to read this, I’m facinated by wwi and wwii knitting!

  13. Ann Hedington says:

    I enjoy the history of needlework and especially knitting; I’d love this book!

  14. Peggy connolly says:

    What an interesting book
    History can teach us a lot

  15. I’ve recently gotten interested in vintage knitting and knitting history. I used to be in the military as well. Give my best to Loki- such a handsome fellow!

  16. This would rank up there with the book No Idle Hands The Social Of American Knitting. There is a lot of info on military knitting. Worth locating as a used book.

  17. Sounds excellent – love knitting history!

  18. I love history, and have a lot of military history in my family. This looks fascinating.

  19. Looks like a fun read

  20. Wow, this book brings my interests and my husband’s interests together!

  21. Sophy0075 says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! I’ve been knitting watch caps and scarves for the World War II Museum’s “Knit Your Bit” program for years. I’m a history geek (just look at my book list on Audible and in my Nook library – heck, my bookshelves are all history, and three-quarters of it is military – Nelson’s Navy, The Revolutionary War, WWII). My favourite movie knitting scene is Cary Grant knitting in “Mr Lucky”. Using old patterns, whether from WWI, II, or earlier I’ve found challenging – I guess the writers assumed their knitters could read between the lines. A book describing historical military knitting and offering patterns would be wonderful to own and use.

  22. What an interesting book!

  23. That one looks fascinating – going on my Christmas wish list if I don’t win it! Hope things have calmed down for you a bit.

  24. Bluetoespinner says:

    I love it when history and fiber arts come together! It looks like an amazing book ?

  25. This book looks really interesting. I would love to know more about knitting in days gone by. Get you ZZZZZ’s, Loki!

  26. Oh I love reading knitting history, especially the history of knitting for the military.

  27. I do love knitting history books and this is a unique subject it seems.

  28. Susan Picciano says:

    Most awesome!

  29. Anna Housholder says:

    I would like to learn more about the history of knitting, it would be so interesting. Take care Loki.

  30. This looks so interesting. My two favorites – history and knitting all in one book. I’d love it.

  31. I would like this book.

  32. Lisa Fearing says:

    I love history and have been reading a great deal of WWI and WWII. This would add a dimension of understanding to my reading.

  33. Amy Schulze says:

    I would love to read it!

  34. Wanda Rosenbarger says:

    A group of us in our local knitting guild knit items for Fort Vancouver National Historical Site. The Director of the Costume Department is very particular that all knitted items must be period authentic, including pattern, weight and color of yarn and 100% wool. We are always looking for original patterns, and frequently find them difficult to translate to current knitting pattern terminology. This book sounds like a great resource for our group’s library. Thanks for sharing the information about the publication.

  35. That sounds like a fascinating book. I would love to read it.

  36. What an interesting book! I’ve read about teaching recuperating soldiers to knit in WWI. 🙂

  37. This might be the first knitting book the man I love might be interested in reading too : )

  38. Suzi in MI says:

    This looks like a great book!

  39. What a wonderful book. We are a military family in this era. It would be an exciting addition to my knitting book collection.

  40. So informative! Count me in.

  41. Two of my favourite topics in one book , knitting and history! Would love this. Thanks for the chance.

  42. Ellen Bates says:

    I love stuff like this. Count me in

  43. Pam Huang says:

    Looks interesting. Add my name to your drawing!

  44. Cathy Tyree Herb says:

    My dad was a career Army officer. I’d love to win this book!

  45. Helene Ross says:

    I would love to read this book. I have a history degree and this is a great combo of my two loves.
    Also, the photo of WWI veterans knitting illustrates the beginning of occupational therapy as a profession. I work for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation which has the national library and archives and those photos are treasures.

  46. This sounds great! Please count me in.

  47. Karen Guetti says:

    This book would be a great addition to my collection!!

  48. Jeri Weiser says:

    I would love this book – it would make a wonderful gift for a certain history professor I know who also knits.

  49. Fascinating to be sure! I’d love to have a copy of this/

  50. Gina Zahra says:

    Looks lovely…Loki, pick me 😉

  51. Very interesting. I love reading about the history of knitting, and this would be a fine addition to my library of knitting books.

  52. Thanks for showing us this book. I think it would be a fascinating read!

  53. Dorothy Bunch says:

    What a facinating book. I really enjoy history don’t you.

  54. Alice Moisen says:

    This would be a great addition to my collection of knitting history books!

  55. Looks like a great book.

  56. Thank you again, for another wonderful give-a-way.

  57. Heather Crowe says:

    Thank you for offering us this book. It looks like a fun read. I like the mix of knitting and history.

  58. Jennifer in Ann Arbor says:

    I love books like this, and especially that it includes/shows men knitting, which is pretty rare today overall. I would really enjoy reading this, so my fingers are crossed. 🙂

  59. Helen Johnson says:

    This book looks really cool–I knit, but would like to know more history on knitting for the troops, having done some of it myself.
    Please give Loki an ear scritch for me. 🙂

  60. Yes please. I have a collection of Red Cross knitting patterns from WWI that intrigue me so this book would be much appreciated.

  61. Cecilia David says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book for a library.

  62. As a history buff, this sounds wonderful

  63. Love the history of all textiles and esp. knitting.

  64. Cricket54 says:

    Two of my favorite things: knitting and history!

  65. I love history, and I love knitting, so this sounds like a good fit for my reading list. Thanks for introducing me to the title, and for the chance to win it.

  66. Jennifer T says:

    That book looks so fascinating.

  67. I would love to have this book! I am developing quite a library of knitting books and this just cries out to be one of them! It looks like a great read.

  68. Count me in on the drawing. How interesting that you could do a whole book on what has been knit for military members in the last 300 years. I love the social side of history.

  69. Janet White says:

    If I don’t win it I’m buying it. Thanks for the chance. MissJanetLee

  70. That title is definitely worth adding to my knitting history collection! I’ll have to put it on my wish list just in case I’m not the lucky one!

  71. Nannett McDougal says:

    Would love to win this….Being Navy wife, I have seen some wonderful things that have been
    knitting in the Navy…..A treasure I found and repaired was a Navy Nurses Cape….I would love to see what other teasures are out there…

  72. Mary Beth says:

    Knitting and history … two of my favorite things! Pick me, please!!

  73. Pick me, pick me. It sounds like a fascinating read. I would love to add it to my collection.

  74. History is a great way to get me…and knitting wow!

  75. Wonderful idea for a book!

  76. Fascinating! I love history, and the history of knitting is even better.

  77. As a former Air Force member, daughter, daughter-in-law, niece and wife of military folks, and current knitter of “scarves for the troops”, I would be very interested in this book. Thanks for publicizing it.

  78. Kathleen Cornell says:

    I am always fascinated by knitting history. Knitters have always found a way to pay it forward and help others. (crocheters, too.)

  79. Love everything about this book. I’ve always been drawn to knitting for the troops. I’ve even made helmet liners in the past to send out to military men and women.

  80. Oh my, that book sounds fascinating! I love reading how knitters pull together for those they love, support and care about. I’d cross my fingers, but can’t hold knitting needles that way.

  81. So fun! I’ve been in the Navy for 24 years and would love a book that ties knitting back to the military past!

  82. I’d never given much thought to the different items that would be made for the military. I remember socks mostly, esp from circular sock knitting machines. Given out because socks were not being knit fast enough and wool socks kept feet from developing disease, even if your feet were damp.

  83. Susan Forman says:

    Truly would be a lovely addition to my library If not lucky enough to win I will surely purchase. Thank you

  84. Heather K says:

    Knitting and History – surely it can’t get any better. My dad was Army, my mother was a war bride, and I was married to the USAF. I still knit for the military – and I would love this book.

  85. Sidney Boardman says:

    Knitting history. Thanks for the heads up on the book. That’s a great picture of Loki!

  86. Knitting and history – in one book? Would love to read it!

  87. I love history and the history of fiber arts, especially knitting. This sounds like a wonderful book! I’ve always wondered where the wool came from to knit with, as one would expect most of it to go into making cloth for uniforms.

  88. Ann Liebert says:

    Already on my Amazon wish list. Looks to be be very interesting.

  89. Sounds like a neat book!

  90. I would love to receive this book. A picture of Cary Grant in I Was A Male War Bride knitting, keeps popping into my mind. I taught many of my students to knit. There are websites that show teachers how to include knitting in >every< subject. Than you for this opportunity.

  91. I would love this! Fabulous historical content….Thanks

  92. Donna Christiansen says:

    neat book. would love to have!

  93. Tina in NJ says:

    Love this type of history book. Loki, please pick me.

  94. I’d love to read it!