"Black-and-white illustrations and photos of the original garments Atkinson used as a springboard accompany their fine-gauge knit updates, allowing the reader to appreciate how she makes retro details relevant to a modern wardrobe. Time-travel has rarely looked so good." - Yarn Market News
"All the patterns, even the beaded tunic with no lace, are very feminine and pretty." - Pam MacKenzie, New Jersey Home News Tribune
"Sooo pretty! If you like lace, you are going to be very pleased." - Knit-O-Matic
"Timeless pieces that are sure to become treasured family heirlooms.... Gorgeous designs." - Knit 'n Style
"If you love couture fashion knit with a classic vintage look, you will enjoy A Handknit Romance." - Examiner.com
"A Handknit Romance by Jennie Atkinson is a book to fall in love with." - Molivermade.com
"There are jackets, skirts, camisoles, stockings, day gloves, sachets, jewelry, lots of lace and beaded knitting...it's a dream of frothy girly goodness." - Knitty.com
"My gosh: just lovely. It's a nice variety of patterns...not a large number of each 'type' of pattern, but the range of possibilities is wide. They're lovely to look at, too. Just paging through this book is a sensory treat." - KnittingScholar.com
"Beautiful garments." - The Detroit News
Praise for Jennie Atkinson's previous title, Romantic Style: Knits and Crochet to Wear or Display:
"The trend in knitting today is towards svelte, stylish, sexy hand-knit pieces. Even bulky winter sweaters are knit with shaping and sexy details. Another book in this arena is Romantic Style by Jennie Atkinson, a collection of over 20 patterns based on 1930s glamour. The majority of these patterns are knitting patterns, though there are a few crochet patterns (mostly for accessories) towards the back.
'Cotton Camisole' is a simple, easy-to-wear camisole with a shaped bust and spaghetti straps. 'Beaded Cape' is really a capelet--simple in shape, falling just past the shoulders, and with a spray of beading on the hem. 'Butterfly Dress' is the cover garment--a sheer, delicate lace slip dress. 'Beaded Jacket' is a sleek, vintage shape speckled with beads. Seed stitch pattern accentuates the hem, collar, and cuffs, and a wide satin ribbon at the waist makes it feminine and flattering.
'Beaded Shrug' is a fluffy mohair lace design with 3/4-length sleeves that lead up into a delicate hood. The hood is edged with beads for a subtle hint of glamour. 'Chevron Lace Top' looks like a 1930s blouse perfect for a day at the country club. Ribbed hem and cuffs give it shape, and a button neck that is not meant to be buttoned gives it a playful edge. 'Bed Jacket' is too cozy to be relegated to the bedroom. It features a hugely oversized collar (goes well past the shoulders), a tie closure in front, and triangle edging. If that is not enough for you, try 'Dressing Gown,' the floor-length version with a nipped waist. 'Diamond Throw' is elegant but a bit dull--seed stitch diamonds outlined by eyelet lace. The 'Crochet Shawl' takes traditional granny squares but does it in a modern mix of silver-grey, grass green, charcoal, cream, and grape. 'Lace Shawl' is a quick knit with medium-sized needles and a wide weave." - Knit Picks by Alyse Wax
Jennie Atkinson worked as a fashion knitwear designer for many years. Her designs are classic and feminine, focusing on shape, color, and stitch detail. She has worked as a freelance designer for the home-knit market, and her designs have been featured in Rowan magazines, Vogue Knitting, and The Knitter magazine. In 2006, Rowan Yarns published her book Beads, Buttons and Lace: 20 Romantic Knitting & Crochet Designs. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, with a Masters Degree in Design History. In addition to design work, she also lectures on fashion and knitwear history.
I love how the author took elements from real vintage clothing to create very elaborate designs.
I don't need to churn out knitting, in fact I don't bother with making workaday items when I knit and sew - what's the point of making anything less than special?
Such is the case here: I have to admit that if I had seen this book in a shop, pretty as the garments in it are, I would not have bought it.
Very nice photos. Would recommend it for anyone who loves the soft, sophisticated, vintage look. Easy to read patterns. Enjoy!Published 19 months ago by Newbie
I love how the author took elements from real vintage clothing to create very elaborate designs. This is one of those pattern books that, even if you don't have the time to make... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brenda Smith
I have not knitted anything from this book yet but it looks very challenging . I have to wait until the evenings drawn in and the eveningd are spent knittingPublished 20 months ago by kathryn
Sort of like "window shopping" even if I just look at if for inspiration. Probably need someone to come to my place, take me by the hand and help me get these projects... Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Virginia La Brie
This is a great book full of romantic patterns for knitters. The designs range in a variety of styles and weights of yarns. A great addition to a knitters library!Published on December 10, 2012 by M. Auker