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

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