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Book Description

This book of fifty vintage patterns gives today’s knitter the means to recreate yesterday’s style, from the classic embroidered mittens your grandmother knitted to the alluring mohair swater your mother stitched during her college days. Organized by decade from the 1910s through the 1970s, these patterns have been culled from the original pattern books published by yarn makers, and feature old photos, pattern book covers, and original instructions. 

 The patterns—for hats, mittens, socks, scarves, sweaters, vests, and shawls, all picked to exemplify the era of origin—also offer modern yarn and needle suggestions, new schematics, and updated sizing.

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Kari Cornell & Jean Lampe, Editors

Everything old is new again in this collection of fun, hip knitting patterns dating from the early 1900s through the 1970s.

Patterns for the Dolman Bolero from 1952, the Men’s Zip-up Cardigan from 1939, the Boy’s Cowboy Pullover from 1962, the 1920s Mildred Scarf, the Women’s Wolsey Swim Suit from the 1930s, and many more have been culled from a collection of vintage pattern books.

The knitting instructions, which include new schematics, updated sizing, and yarn and needle recommendations, are illustrated with the original images. The collection includes a wide variety of patterns for the beginning knitter and the veteran.

So pick up your needles and knit a little something reminiscent of days gone by today.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076032977X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760329771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Katy on February 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love the patterns in this book however almost all of the women's items are modified to fit a 38-40 bust. I'm a scrawny girl at 5'2 100lbs. Most of the patterns only have one or two size options and only 5 or 6 out of the whole book offer patterns with a 32" bust. I have a sneaking suspicion that the author is a 38" bust. If you are too I would recommend this book. Otherwise you may as well stick with the vintage patterns because this book is useless.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Hastings VINE VOICE on May 17, 2008
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This book met all of my expectations and more. This book is for the retro enthusiasts and any lover of fine knits. What I like about the old patterns is the creativity and the attention to detail. With fewer distractions, it seems to me that people had more time for their craft which resulted in intricate patterns or designs with a finer gauge. For the beginner or knitter of today who doesn't have the patience for fine knitting, as you get into the 1970's section of the book, you'll find that there are designs for bulky knitting! The original photographs for the old pattern booklets are great. You may find a photograph that features two or more designs that don't have a pattern and you'll think "Hey, I want that pattern!" The Authors have to do another book. I intend to write them and ask for more patterns. Well worth the money, every knitter needs this book in his/her collection. The book features designs for the entire family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hkudra on February 17, 2012
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I was super excited when I ordered this book but thank goodness I found a cheap used copy. I have many old pattern books from the early sixties and thought this would be updated, maybe with some circular knitting. Alas, most of the patterns are 'updated' by giving yarn recommendations. You can get an old pattern and figure that out yourself by making swatches or looking up old listing for yarn on the internet. It felt like a rip off. Plus some of the pictures don't have patterns which is a little odd. The patterns in the book are pretty traditional and not necessarily unique representations of the era. Ultimately, I use this as a look book and stick with writing my own patterns so I can knit top down in the round. If you knit in the round, this book is not for you, unless you like to write your own patterns and just need some inspiration.
From buying this I have learned one thing, I will check Ravelry before purchasing a pattern book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelyn Bailey on May 30, 2008
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Believe it or not, I actually made the '70s cape from this book during the '70s. I wore it, too, with pride, and still have it. (Although these days I mainly wear it on Halloween!) It was great fun to see that pattern again. Some of the other patterns are so interesting that I plan to make them. I highly recommend this book for people who are interesting in the history of 20th-century American knitting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on June 6, 2012
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This book is so-so. I have thousands of authentic vintage knitting patterns; three were actually in this book. Beware, if you are looking for ALL the patterns to be re-sized and sized up, you will be disappointed. For example, the shell from 1965 is the same size as the original, and I own the original pattern. I found the original of that pattern to be easier to understand and follow than the author recommendation. I won't complain too much, since I bought it used at less than five dollars. But as a lover of vintage patterns, this book fails big time in my opinion-and I've been collecting patterns and knitting since the late 80's.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Chau on June 29, 2008
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Really great book for knitters who are into vintage. There are a couple of choices for each time period. You can get to see the original picture with up-to-date yarn suggestion and lingo. However, I guess there is no harm to have at least one picture to show the FO of the product with the new yarn suggestion, gauge and everything. It is just kind of difficult for me to imagine the real FO and how it is going to look like on a 21st century body from those vintage photos, that's why I give 4 stars. But the whole book is so much fun to look at, happy to have got it.
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