"Don'ts for Sock Knitters"
from Red Cross WW I Patterns
Taken from a pattern issued to knitters by the Red Cross during World
War I. Reprinted here largely for historical value, although most of these
suggestions still have merit!
- Don't cast on tightly. An otherwise well-knitted sock may become
useless by a tight cord at the top. All knitting is better if rather loose.
Casting on and binding off MUST be loose.
- Don't knot your wool. Join the ends by splicing, or by knitting
the ends double for 2 or 3 inches.
- Don't make a heel with a seam on the sole. Remember a man may
not have a chance to change his socks for many days, and a lump or knot
brings a blister. If the blister breaks, blood poisoning may set in and
result in the loss of a foot or even a life. We cannot afford to lose our
men through negligence or ignorance.
- Don't use black, dark or bright colors. Here again lies danger
of blood poisoning. Use only light gray, natural or white wool.
Ed. note: Note the change in color preference for today's knitters!
- Don't use needles too fine for the wool. The knitting should
be elastic, if too tightly knitted the sock becomes hard and boardlike
- Don't make a foot less that 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches. Use rule
to measure (not tape line).
- Don't use pins in fastening pairs together.
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