Monday, 31 March 2014

Book Review Knit Vintage

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Knit Vintage offers a fantastic selection of more than 20 timeless designs based on original women’s knitwear patterns from the 1930s to the 1950s. 

Drawing from their own extensive collections of vintage knitting patterns, authors Madeline Weston and Rita Taylor have chosen garments for their classic style and updated them to appeal to 21st century tastes. The patterns, which incorporate traditional stitch formations such as cables, lace, Fair Isle and other motifs, have been adapted to suit an array of gorgeous modern yarns in fashion-forward colours and sumptuous textures, including merino, angora, cotton, bamboo, cashmere, alpaca and silk. 

The five chapters ‘Pretty Tops’, ‘Cute Cardigans’, ‘Starlet Sweaters’, ‘Twin sets & Two Pieces’ and ‘Finishing Touches’ – include short-sleeve tops, cardigans, sweaters, twin sets, stockings, a beret, shawl and mittens. All feature classic touches that will appeal to anyone who loves the exquisite attention to detail found in vintage knitwear.

Beautifully styled and photographed, this bespoke collection of 20 projects will delight every knitter and fashionista who appreciates the classic elegance of the original sweater girls and the retro silhouettes of the silver-screen starlets.

Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (1 Sep 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1906417660
ISBN-13: 978-1906417666

'Elegantly silhouetted pieces'(Mollie Makes)

'Featuring the beautiful attention to detail that we expect to find in the classic elegance and femininity of vintage knitwear'(Knitting Magazine)

'Authors Madeline Weston and Rita Taylor have created a stunning collection of 20 knit wear designs by drawing on their own extensive collections of classic knitting patterns, and have tastefully updated them for a modern audience ... For knitters and vintage fashionistas everywhere, this is the book for you.'(Making magazine)

'Here's a fabulous collection of vintage style knits beautifully photographed in stylish surroundings. Probably my favourite knitting book of the year. Terrific!”(Yarns & Fabrics)
About the Author
Madeline Weston and her partner opened their shop The Scottish Merchant in Covent Garden in 1970, and for 20 years it was known as the place in London for buying beautifully made, authentic garments sourced from all parts of the British Isles. Madeline also owned a yarn shop and has done extensive research into traditional knitting patterns; an authority on the subject, she is the author of Country Weekend Knits (Jacqui Small, 2008) and Country Weekend Socks (Jacqui Small, 2010). She now lives in Norfolk.
Vintage Details

Pretty Tops
Jayne Button Front Top
Bette Top with Keyhole Neckline
Doris Shell Top
Shirley Lace Top
Louise Latticework Jersey
Marilyn Magyar Top
Kate Lace Panel Blouse

Cute Cardigans
Hedy Tyrolean Pattern Cardigan
Ava Angora Bolero
Lauren Lace Stitch Cardigan
Wallis Pleated Cardigan

Scarlet Sweaters
Clara Bow Panel Sweater
Vivien Fair Isle Style Sweater
Grace Lacy Puff Sleeve Sweater
Marlene Lacy Sweater with Collar
Audrey Leaf Pattern Sweater
Natalie Feather Stitch Sweater

Twinsets and Two Pieces
Barbara Fine Cable Twinset
Celia Lace Fine Knit Twinset
Veronica Lacy Cotton Skirt and Top

Finishing Touches
Loretta Warm Lacy Stole
Kim Fair Isle Beret
Betty Lacy Stockings
Greta Lacy Wristwarmers

Directory of Garments


I love this book! This book is full of beautiful designs, and I really can't wait to start knitting from this book.  The designs are very pretty with a vintage feel.  I think this book is perfect for knitters who are  interested in vintage knitting designs and for anyone new to vintage knitting.
This book has 24 beautiful knitting patterns. I want to share some photo's from Ravelry of my favourite designs with you!

Marilyn Magyar Top
Kate Lace Panel Blouse
Hedy Tyrolean-Pattern Cardigan  
Wallis Pleated Cardigan
Clara Bow Panel Sweater  
 Vivien Sweater
Kim Fair Isle Beret   
Betty Lace Stockings

Grace Lacy Puff-Sleeve Sweater
Photo's from Ravelry

Knit Vintage is available from Amazon

Friday, 28 March 2014

Book Review Stitch Mountain

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Inspired by Olympic super-skiers and snowboarders, and the snowy slopes these athletes have conquered, Stitch Mountain showcases a beautiful collection of cozy, cold-weather knitwear. Thirty warm and stylish designs include hats, headbands, cowls, mittens, scarves and sweaters. Stunning photography captures dazzling Tahoe and Squaw Valley winter landscapes. Even non-athletes and weekend warriors will want to wear these! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Stitch Mountain will be donated to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation to support year-round athlete training, development, competition and educational needs.

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Sixth&Spring (7 Mar 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936096676
ISBN-13: 978-1936096671

About the Author
Laura Zander is the co-founder and co-owner of Jimmy Beans Wool (, which Inc. magazine named as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the US for four years (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012); it's also the first official yarn supplier to the US Olympic Snowboarding and Freeskiing teams for the 2014 Olympics. Zander was one of ten national winners of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurial Winning Women for 2011. Her books include Knit Red, Sew Red and Crochet Red, which she conceived as part of her Stitch Red initiative to support The Heart Truth® Foundation to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease.

A message from the U.S Ski and snowboard Association
A Perfect Match: Knitting and Winter Sports
Close Knit by Olympian Edie Thys Morgan
Peak Moments in US Winter Sports

 The Projects

Double Knit Cowl

Striped Sleeve Sweater

Twisted Stitch Mitts

Double Layer Hat

Striped Flip Top Mittens

Variegated Hat

Ruffle Scarf

Ribbed and Stripped Hat

Kitten Mittens

Nordic Hat

Gaiter and Mittens

Ribbed Ski Cap

Grandpa Vest

Snowflake Turtleneck

Slipper Sock

Personalised Headband

Sparkle Slouchy Hat

Cable and Garter Blanket

Whimsical Ski Hat

Spider Blanket

Slip Stitch Beanie

Slouchy Socks

Podium Pullover

Cabled Convertible Mittens

Snowflake Hat

Diamond Cowl

Ski Patrol Hoodie and Mittens

Reversible Cable Scarf

Fair Isle Ski Hat

Downhill Pullover

Knit Notes
Guide to Fibres for Cold Weather Knitting
Useful Information
Essential Techniques
Message from Red Heart and Rowan
Index, Additional Credits

Photo's from Ravelry


Stitch Mountain is a collection of 30 cold weather patterns. The instructions are clear  and the photographs in the book are beautiful and taken on the snowy slopes of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area.  The patterns in this book are for both beginners and the more experienced knitters.

A portion of the proceeds of sales will be donated to the US Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation to support year round training and competitions as well as educational and developmental needs.

Errata Stitch Mountain

Website Stitch Mountain

Stitch Mountain is available from Amazon

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Book Review 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops

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America's knitters have spoken! The 60 patterns in this stunning collection come from yarn stores across the US and Canada, who chose the styles their customers like best. Created especially for the book by more than 40 designers associated with the stores (an owner, employee, or customer) and featuring the popular and versatile Cascade 220® yarn line, the projects range from accessories (purses, shawls, socks and hats) to baby items and home d├ęcor, all in a range of skill levels so both beginners and advanced knitters will find something to enjoy.

Publisher: Sixth&Spring (7 Mar 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936096609
ISBN-13: 978-1936096602

About the Author
Sixth&Spring Books is the book division of So Ho Publishing Co., which publishes Vogue® Knitting, Knit Simple and other knitting and crafts magazines. Located in New York City, Sixth&Spring publishes 15 to 20 new knitting, crochet, sewing, crafts and lifestyle titles each year, and has a backlist of more than 100 titles.

1. Slouchy Lace Hat

2. Cable Hearts Capelet

3. Garter Lace Striped Shawl

4. Flowered Headband

5. Cable Cuff Mittens

6. Fair Isle Bonnet

7. Twisted Rib Hat

8. Bubble Hat

9. Cabled Boot Toppers

10. Ribs and Buttons Hat

11. Flowered Pull Through Scarf

12.Fair Isle Stocking

13. Holly Hat

14. Cabled Ear Flap Hat

15. Leaf Headband

16. Windmill and Flower Mittens

17. Lacy Cables Hat

18. Sporty Stripped Hat

19. Animal Vest

20. Two Way Cabled Beanie

21. Lace Edge Shawl

22. Faux Woven Scarf

23. Wave Lace Gauntlets

24. Simple Socks

25. Fair Isle Beanie

26. Felted Handbag

27. Welted Pine Tree Beanie

28. Stripped Dress

29. Swirl Beret

30. Snowflake Mittens

31. Acorn Hat

32. Slip Stitch Mittens

33. Sock Monkey Hat

34. Twisted Stitch Mittens

35. Column Cable Scarf

36. Fair Isle Branded Hat

37. Eyelet Gauntlets

38. Fair Isle Hat and Mittens

39. Baseball Hat

40. Colour Block Reversible Hat

41. Felted Cable Tote

42. Diamond Fair Isle Hat

43. Asymmetrical Shawlette

44. Felted Bowls

45. Two Colour Cable Cap

46. Colour Block Pullover

47. Rainbow Scales Wrap

48. Scalloped Lace Capelet

49. Beaded Ruffle Shawlette

50.Cable Paper Bag Hat

51. Cable Fingerless Mitts

52. Felted Elephant

53. Graphic Mitts

54. Football Dog Sweater

55. Slip Stitch Hat

56 Two Colour Lace Cap

57. Shell Lace Shawlette

58. Mitered Squares Cardi

59. Mesh Cowl

60. Ruffle Garter Capelet

Photo's from Ravelry

This book is all about patterns using Cascade 220 & Cascade 220 Superwash yarn.

This book has 60 knitting pattern designs from 40 designers associated with yarn shops all over America.  All the patterns are very quick and easy to do and most of the designs only require one or two skeins of yarn.  You will find designs for toddlers and infants, shawls, scarves, mittens and hats
All the patterns have well written instructions, charts and lovely photographs.

Publishers website for Errata: Pattern corrections

60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops is available from Amazon

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