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Knitting in espionage

While looking online, trying to find something I could post for Story Saturday, I came across a story about knitting. During World War I and II, knitting, embroidery and the like were used as an espionage tactic to send messages to soldiers. For the purpose of this post I will be concentrating on knitting.

Knitters spent hours knitting messages about the activities and chatter of opposing forces. This information was invaluable and changed the course of the war.

Morse Code was most predominantly used as it raised less suspicion that using a predetermined code and cypher. This allowed people to pass important information to the resistance under the guise of making warm hats, scarves, and even whole sweaters for soldiers. However, some knitters used a binary code systems using knit and purl stitches in place of ones and zeros.

These knitters changed the course of history by using their talent in a very unique way. I’m excited that the craft that I love has a long rich history with people who risked everything to help others. I find it very inspiring.

You can read the full article here:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/knitting-spies-wwi-wwii

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