I posted this link in a comment, then I realized that it deserves to be promoted to a post of its own. The American Red Cross has an online WWII museum, including scans of original WWII knitting patterns. So cool, I can’t tell you how much I love these!
Military knitting patterns brook no dissent. Modern patterns ask you to swatch first, too. But I love how the military patterns tell you to adjust your own knitting until you are knitting the CORRECT number of stitches per inch, and then proceed.
I may end up giving the men’s coat sweater [PDF] pattern a shot. Because last night I took a more honest look at what I’ve made of The Cardigan so far? And I think I’m going to have to rip it back and start again. Sigh.