A courageous pioneer in headlines

Knitting has become really fashionable again, a really popular hobby – and not just knitting to make garments, but knitting to produce art works. Knitters from the past, mainly women, are now being recognised as really creative people. Retro styles are also coming back, and  a twenty-first century take on 1940’s clothes is everywhere,

I’m not entirely sure that the two-coloured turban will ever be really popular… But just in case you want to start a trend, here, from the 1946 book, Knitting For All,  is something about it:

Tying yourself in knots

Girl guides, scouts ans sailors learn all about knots as a matter of course. it has now become or should become, part of what every woman  knows owing to the prevailing fashion in turbans, and their allied forms of headgear.
Now, as regards this two-coloured turban, it has been suggested that the two ends should be twisted and tucked in. Incidentally, the gathered end may be placed either to the front or to the back of the head, to suit the wearer. It may be found advisable to pin the gathered end in position with a hairgrip before arranging the ends.
To use up odd half-ounces of wool, introduce three colours – one for the wide part and two more for the narrow ends.
If you prefer actually to tie a knot with your ends before tucking them in, the secret of a successful knot is to pad it – tie a pad of cotton wool for instance, in the knot. This is an especially useful tip where the turban is knitted to produce a thinnish fabric and give a streamlined effect. The knot needs to be given bulk, otherwise it may a look a bit under-fed or, after wearing for a while, like a piece of string.
Another idea for the really courageous pioneer in headlines is to tie the knot over an ornamental skewer, the ends of which stick out on either side of the knot and you will add a charmingly rakish air to your turban


It might amuse us, the way this is written, ‘the really courageous pioneer in headlines’ and the ‘charmingly rakish air to your turban’, but the country was just emerging from over six years of war, wool was still rationed, and clothes and the materials to make them expensive and in short supply. After so long with the grey and the dreary, everyone must have been doing all they could by their meagre means to be bright and colourful, cheerful and fashionable.

We live in such a throw-away society, we wouldn’t keep half ounces of anything in case it might be useful, or try and find ways of actually using left-overs… I’m not suggesting we should return to such times, but I think we might want to adopt some of the values! … I’m still puzzling over the ornamental skewer!


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