One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small knitted woollen square, numbers of which are sewn together to make blankets.‘children knitted peggy squares and women knitted balaclavas for the troops’
- ‘They sold quilts, peggy square blankets, handknits, doileys and embroidered cloths.’
- ‘I love old textiles - woollen blankets, handstitched doileys, crochet peggy square blankets, florals and old school prints, distressed furniture.’
- ‘They had afternoons sitting together making quilts for mission hospitals out of peggy squares.’
- ‘Her bedspread was made out of scores of Peggy squares.’
- ‘Articles of clothing of all descriptions, but especially warm underwear, and peggy-squares for rugs.’
- ‘Why would you suddenly want to knit peggy squares just because you're eighty-five.’
- ‘I am so glad I started collecting peggy square blankets last year as their popularity is making them scarce as hens' teeth and expensive.’
- ‘A Peggy square blanket: this is only a quarter of the size and its very solid but soft feeling.’
- ‘Every evening I knitted peggy squares, which were the simplest things I could think of.’
- ‘I remember my first Peggy squares being full of mistakes.’
1930s: from the name of Peggy Huse (1926–1994), who was associated with popularizing the squares during the 1930s Depression.
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