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Knit Your Bit – Knitting (or Crocheting) for Vets November 13, 2007

Filed under: Crafting,Holidays — LotusMama @ 1:03 am

Did you know that the Red Cross organized US citizens into knitting brigades during WWI and WWII? Nope, me either. Apparently, the Red Cross gave knitters yarn and instructions for socks, gloves, scarves, sweaters, anything that service personnel could use during the war (in blue or olive drab only). Children were asked to knit to help the war effort and a famous poster from 1917 asked people to Knit Your Bit.

Cool, huh? There is a way that we can honor those past Veterans today with a renewed Knit Your Bit Campaign. The WWII museum in New Orleans began this drive in 2006 and is continuing the work in 2007. Get more information here as well as the pattern for knitting or crocheting the V-for Victory scarf. Scarfs donated will be delivered to Veterans in need of warmth this winter. I’m going to Hook my Bit and make a crochet scarf to send off.

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2 Responses to “Knit Your Bit – Knitting (or Crocheting) for Vets”

  1. Professor Says:

    that’s great piece of “fun” history! (Tho I would’ve been kicked out of the knitting brigade… all i usually end up with is yard or two of holey, knotty, messy, blobs of yarn!)

  2. […] huh? Long time readers already know I have a soft spot in my head for the homefront war effort of “Knit Your Bit”, but this little booklet got me thing thinking. What other V for Victory type of projects were […]


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