Story: Sewing, knitting and textile crafts

Schoolgirls knitting for the war, 1917

Schoolgirls knitting for the war, 1917

During the First World War, women knitted items like socks for New Zealand soldiers serving overseas. Girls took up their needles too, joining an endeavour that was both patriotic and practical. These are the girls of the Standard 2 (Year 4) class at Musselburgh Primary School in Dunedin in 1917, all knitting large socks for servicemen. Some have their workbags, which they kept their knitting in when they were not doing it. 

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Auckland University Press
Reference: Heather Nicholson, The loving stitch : a history of knitting and spinning in New Zealand. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1998, p. 90.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Sewing, knitting and textile crafts - Knitting, spinning and weaving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40530/schoolgirls-knitting-for-the-war-1917 (accessed 31 March 2017)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013