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Knitting Classic Style: 35 Modern Designs Inspired by Fashion's Archives Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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SARA CAMERON is a Montreal-based photographer. Her workin entertainment, fashion, advertising, portraiture, and fine arthas appeared in publications and campaigns throughout North America and Europe.
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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.
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.
"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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Martha Marques
**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
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 morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Mary Lavers (in Canada)
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
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 morePublished on March 13, 2013 by lindalovesreading
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
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 morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Janet
I bought the kindle version of this and it is missing over half the photos, how do I get that fixed? Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Janette Gilder