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Knitting Classic Style: 35 Modern Designs Inspired by Fashion's Archives [Kindle Edition]

Véronik Avery , Sara Cameron
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Book Description

In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out . . . and the day after that, you’re back in again. Designers are always referring to fashion’s rich history as they imagine its present and future, and retro looks remain ever-fresh as they are renewed—and restyled—for the next generation of wearers.

That’s precisely what top knitwear designer Véronik Avery is up to in Knitting Classic Style. Mining fashion’s endless archive, Avery has created 35 smashingly contemporary garments that take their cues from decades and designers past. The collection of clothing and accessories Avery presents is organized into four thematic chapters that highlight women’s wear, men’s wear (and its influence on women’s and children’s clothing), traditional ethnic garb, and sportswear.

Aimed at both beginning and more advanced knitters, the book’s projects range in difficulty from a simple drawstring purse, French beret, and Afghan-inspired slipper-socks to a shawl-collared cardigan, a geometric ski sweater based on a popular 1950s Native American design, and Avery’s own reinterpretation of the trimly elegant Chanel jacket. The author introduces each project by explaining its historical/cultural roots; Sara Cameron’s moody photos evoke the settings that have inspired Avery’s reworkings of the classics.

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About the Author

VÉRONIK AVERY is the creative director for JCA Yarns. Her designs have appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Handknit Holidays and Weekend Knitting from STC, Interweave Knits, Woman’s Day, and the webzine Avery lives in Montreal.

SARA CAMERON is a Montreal-based photographer. Her work—in entertainment, fashion, advertising, portraiture, and fine art—has appeared in publications and campaigns throughout North America and Europe.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9397 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SG81Z8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Veronik Avery is an extremely talented designer of handknitted garments who has had her designs published by the elite of the handknitting world: Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, and in books published by Stewart Tabori & Chang. She finally has published her own book full of beautiful designs and it's a must have for the handknitter.

The majority of the garments are for women, with a handful for men and girls; most are sweaters, with a few accessory items (such as lace socks and a mohair scarf). Avery draws inspiration from fashion history and sources as diverse as a Japanese sash, traditional Scandinavian sweaters and a Victorian corset cover. The styles are updated to reflect more contemporary silhouettes (i.e., set-in sleeves). Techniques such as stranded knitting, lace and cabling are used to beautiful effect, so if you're sick of making boxy drop-shoulder garments out of stockinette stitch, you'll want to check these out. Avery's eye for color is also apparent in the designs using multiple colors of yarn (particularly a gorgeous set of Latvian-inspired gloves). Avery uses a variety of fibers and gauges throughout. There are at least 5 designs that I'm eager to cast on, and several more after that calling to me.

The production values of the book are also high. Gorgeous color photography, schematics and color charts, multiple pictures of the same garment, nice sturdy paper and clear typefaces. Throughout the book, shots of Montreal -- Avery's hometown -- provide a lovely backdrop for the models (incidentally, the models are not the typical blonde waifs, but reflect a more urban, cosmopolitan look).

I have long loved Avery's design sensibility and already count this book among the favorites in my (extensive) knitting library.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Classics August 31, 2007
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This book is hot off the press, so I haven't knit any of the patterns yet, but I'm very pleased with my purchase. There are some really thoughtful construction elements in these patterns, and Avery has done a good job of trying to find something for a wide variety of ages and lifestyles without straying from the "classic style" premise of the title. Since I am tremendously piggy when it comes to knitting books, I count anything that has at least three patterns I really want to knit as a keeper, and this volume is easily double that. (My copy arrived last night and is already bristling with tabs!) The beautiful construction means that most of the patterns are probably best suited to intermediate and advanced knitters, but today's new knitters are so fearless, I hesitate to class these patterns as out of anyone's league.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic fair isle September 20, 2007
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What makes this book special for me is her fair isle cardigan updated with a slim silhouette and set-in sleeves but otherwise knit in the traditional way using border patterns and shetland yarn. Other items I might knit are her shawl, faroese sweater, layered skater's top in lace, her Setesdal sweater modified with set-in sleeves. This book is one of the better ones I've seen this year and includes a 3 page section on special techniques. One quibble is that her yarns don't have any kind of indication as to their size category (sport, worsted, etc). Also my copy came without an outer cover and I have no idea if this is missing or was never made.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mehhh February 16, 2008
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I'm extremely underwhemled. I read the rave reviews, and a few of the pans, and I decided that the raves won. For me, I should have paid more attention to the pans.
This book does not showcase all the elements that I have come to admire in Avery's work. Nothing inspired me to pick up the needles and cast on. There didn't appear anything truly innovative. Many of the patterns were done in a large yarn and needle gauge, so that they appeared coarse to me, though others may find that the interesting part. For me, I wish I had had the chance to see the book first, because there is nothing in here that interests me at all. The texture work was coarse, and so was the color work. Everything meant for those who might have shorter attention spans, but nothing that seems elegant, as so much of Avery's work has been in the past.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting things people will wear today November 1, 2007
Reviewed by Janelle Martin

"Fashion, as we knew it, is over; people wear now exactly what they feel like wearing." Mary Quant, quoted in the introduction to Knitting Classic Style: 35 modern designs inspired by fashion's archives

Véronik Avery had one main goal when creating the patterns in this book- to inspire knitters "to knit whatever it is you feel passionate about wearing." Unlike past fashion periods, today divergent clothing styles are desirable, yet many retail clothing stores offer consumers more of the same. To help fashion individualists find a more personal look, Avery has explored classic designs to create the designs in this volume.

For Knitting Classic Style, Avery has focused on four main themes: Fashion Mavens (women's wear); Tomboys (menswear); Global Travelers (ethnic costume); and Thrill Seekers (sportswear). For each pattern Avery discusses the fashion history and inspiration behind the design. The Bias Shell pays homage to Madeleine Vionnet, a cutting-edge couturière from Paris known for her bias garments. Avery's Tabi Socks draw inspiration from Japanese hosiery and speculation that samurai may have knit tabi socks (socks with separate big toes) to supplement their income at the end of the Edo period.

Avery includes a wide range of sizes for her designs. Women's patterns range from a finished chest of 29.5" to 52.75" (75cm to 134cm), averaging 34" to 48" (86.5cm to 122cm). Two girl's sweaters (size 2 to 8) and three men's sweaters with a finished chest of 34" to 57.75" (86.5 cm to 147 cm) are included. Accessories round out the pattern offerings with designs for socks, hats, gloves, and wraps.

Avery gives her Québec heritage and the Montreal Canadiens a nod with her traditional Montreal Tuque.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential to my Knitting Library
This is the second copy of Avery's Knitting Classic Style that I have purchased. The first copy was given to one of the women in my knitting group who had borrowed it from my... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Martha Marques
4.0 out of 5 stars Classics to Spare
**Note: I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.**

Veronik Avery is a very talented, well-rounded professional knitter. Read more
Published 23 months ago by xydrella
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure this is "beginner"...or maybe I'm not
So a few weeks ago I decided to learn to knit. Well, decided might be too strong a word. Mike was learning to knit and I thought I might try it too, since I had done a little... Read more
Published on April 25, 2013 by Mary Lavers (in Canada)
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
The book is a great inspiration. I has lots of lovely patterns. They are easy to follow. And has diagrams also.
Published on April 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I haven't had a chance to knit any of the patterns yet, but this book is amazing! The patterns are easy to follow and the photos are stunning. Read more
Published on March 13, 2013 by JulieA
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I received this book from NetGalley. And I am very please!

Although I am an experienced knitter, there are still many things I can't do, many of them in this book. Read more
Published on March 6, 2013 by Marishka Valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless design, flawless patterns
I usually count myself lucky to pick up a knitting book with 2 or 3 patterns that attract my attention, but Avery's "Knitting Classic Style" is a bonanza Nearly every project cries... Read more
Published on February 24, 2013 by Janet
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing half the photos
I bought the kindle version of this and it is missing over half the photos, how do I get that fixed? Read more
Published on February 21, 2013 by Janette Gilder
4.0 out of 5 stars Several Good Designs
This book is a little odd. The photos are dark and done on what looks like a cheap budget. But there are several good patterns. Read more
Published on January 23, 2013 by Angela Mcclelland
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Projects for Everyone
This collection of modern takes on classic styles includes patterns for men, women, and children. There are patterns for everything from a classic knitted tie and an argyle vest to... Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by Rebecca Haden
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