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Men's 1930s Swimming Trunks

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  • These stylish men's trunks have appeared regularly in knitting books in the 1930s and 1940s, never changing other than the photograph to promote them. They were knitted in pure Shetland wool doubled on a very small needle to create an extremely firm fabric. There is a knitted gusset for extra room for movement and the trunks are held up with a belt and numerous belt loops. It is recommended that the belt is backed to prevent it from stretching. The broken rib stitch creates a pleasing surface pattern and is enjoyable to knit.  The pattern is currently only available in one size to fit from 30-36inch (75-90cm) waist.

    The pattern contains full written instructions.
  • Sizing
    To fit waist : 76-92 cm (30-36in)
    Actual waist size: 76cm (30in)
    Body length: 35cm (14in)

    Susan Crawford Excelana 4 Ply, 100% British wool (159m / 174yds per 50g skein)
    13 skeins, shade Guacamole (Note: Yarn usage is 2074m/2269yds with yarn held double throughout)

    22 sts and 40 rows = 10cm(4in) measured over ribbed pattern, knitted flat, without blocking. We obtained this gauge using 2.75mm needles.

    Suggested Needles

    2.25mm straight needles

    2.75mm straight needles

  • Basic knit and purl stitches, Shaping, Sewing up, reinforcing knitted fabric

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