|I like the fact costumes are repeated in different episodes; people didn't have masses of clothes|
in the 1940s. Also, this vaguely military grey is appropriate for the era.
Set immediately after the Second World War, the series straddles the end of a physical war and the growing Cold War, referring back to Nazis and forwards to tension between the West and the USSR. This was an era when rationing was still in force, and Britain took a fair old time to rebuild (derelict bomb sites were still common in large cities into the 1960s.)
Knitwear was seen as very much casualwear at this time, and so the main characters, Foyle and Sam, don't wear it for work. They mostly wear suits, though Sam wears cardigans and jumpers at home and, when undercover in the first episode, wears my favourite knitted in the whole series, a grey fitted jumper with a zigzag pattern worked in. She wears it again in episode two, and you get a better look at it. It strikes me as a little long in the body for a 1940s jumper, but it is very nice. Find a pattern for a fitted jumper and work out a zigzag chart on some graph paper and you could make a replica very easily.
EDIT: Simone tells me in the comments that the pattern is from Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters by Lise-Lotte Lystrup - so you don't have to go to the trouble of working it out for yourself. Thanks Simone!
I like the fact they repeated garments over this series, but wish they'd repeated some of Sam's jumpers from earlier series. A good woollie will last you for years (I've had one of mine for over two decades) so it's not unreasonable to think that characters would have carried on wearing old garments, and some of the ones in past issues were so nice it would have been lovely to see them again!
|I wish we'd seen more of the colourwork jumper on the left!|
|This looks like an extremely fine knit - done with darning wool?|
|There's a simplicity and cleanness to this cable panelled jumper.|
|Adam and Sam, flying the flag for dull knitwear...|
|Yeah, they'll never remember that...|