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Knitting Vintage: 30 Knitting Projects Inspired by Period Fashions Paperback – April 1, 2011

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"This beautifully illustrated book for knitting enthusiasts presents retro-inspired patterns that fit today's fashion trends. . . . Unlike knitting books that simply copy vintage patterns, this one reinvents retro patterns by adding details that reflect today's tastes in fashion."
--Decorating Digest, Craft & Home Projects

". . . a top pick for needle-hobbyists who want something old in their something new."
--The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Claire Montgomerie, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, is a textile designer who has worked in both the British and U.S. fashion markets. She has designed her own collection of knitted accessories, toys, and garments using the trade name Monty.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764146629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764146626
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 18, 2011
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As a knitting history buff, I like this book a lot. It's a pattern collection with a twist: the patterns are inspired by knitting fashion eras. Fashionable handknits and knitting fashion trends in each era (the roaring twenties, the glamorous thirties, the thrifty forties, the fabulous fifties, the swinging sixties, the groovy seventies, and the dramatic eighties) are described at the beginning of each era's chapter, and then illustrated with photos taken from the era's knitting pattern books.

What I particularly like, is the way that each garment pattern captures the flavor of its era. For example, there is (1) a bed jacket from the forties, converted to a modern bolero (the cover photo), (2) a cloche hat from the twenties, complete with artificial flowers, (3) a beaded angora cardigan from the fifties, (4) an Aran cardigan from the sixties, (5) a poncho from the seventies, and (6) a batwing sweater knit in glittery yarn from the eighties. In addition, there are patterns for twinsets, headbands, a lacy accent collar, a Pucci bag, flapper and mini dresses, a Fair Isle vest, oversized pullovers, socks, and leg warmers.

The original patterns inspired by each era are updated in sizing and fit to accommodate current knitting fashion tastes. Yarns used to knit the garments are all modern yarns that are currently available (or an equivalent yarn is available).

Probably I'll never knit any of these patterns, but the garments are attractive. Certainly the book is not a serious reference for knitting historians, but I enjoyed reading the historical text and looking at the photos. Overall, I rate this book at 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4 stars ("I like it").
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen B on July 24, 2012
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I really wanted a great book of vintage knitwear, mostly from the 40's. The cover of this book had me very enticed. This ended up going to Goodwill. There aren't a whole lot of patterns in this book and really only one thing I felt I might want to make. I would recommend Stitch in Time vols 1 and 2 by Susan Crawford. Tons of patterns (80, I think in each!) and much prettier.
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I thought this book had really lovely pictures and the patterns were interpreted beautifully so they were wearable, and yet still had a vintage feel.

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