WWI Hot-Water Bottle Cover
British and Americans alike knitted and sewed “comforts” for the men of the Army and Navy during World War I (1914–1918). Official patterns included articles for troops in the trenches and for injured soldiers and sailors in hospitals. Hospital stockings, knee caps, wash cloths, bandages, and covers for hot-water bottles would have been among the articles knitted for injured officers in the hospital established by Lady Grantham at Downton Abbey. This pattern has been adapted from a World War I knitting pattern book to fit a contemporary plastic hot water bottle, which is remarkably similar in size, shape, and color to hot water bottles made of rubber during World War I by the B. F. Goodrich Company.