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Mens 1930s Swimming Trunks

Susan Crawford Vintage
Knitting
September 2013
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
22 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in slip stitch rib pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
to fit 30-36 inch waist
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These stylish mens 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.

Please note: Yarn is used double throughout

The pattern is written for the following size:

To fit waist : 76-92 cm (30-36in)
Actual waist size: 76cm (30in)
Body length: 35cm (14in)

Requirements
Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Yarn (159m/174yd per 25g ball)100% Shetland Wool

13 balls shade 141

1 pair 2.25mm needles

1 pair 2.75mm needles