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Vintage Crochet: 30 Specially Commissioned Patterns Hardcover – October 10, 2014

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"Cropper (Pretty Knits) enlisted the assistance of several well-known designers for this collection of vintage-inspired patterns that draws from a variety of eras, from the sophisticated 1940s and 1950s to the relaxed 1960s and 1970s. The book is organized by type of projectâ??clothing, housewares, accessories, and giftsâ??rather than period, so a classic-Hollywood style wrap, a 1970s-style mesh tunic, and a bobbled cloche-and-scarf combo show up in the same chapter. This can be a bit jarring, but it could also help crocheters find designs that may be outside their comfort zone. Directions are provided for each pattern; an appendix covers the specialty stitches used in the patterns. Most of the projects are appropriate for advanced beginners and beyond. And the styling is gorgeousâ??each project has a multipage treatment with fashion-style photos as well as detailed close-ups. VERDICT In the wrong hands, vintage or vintage-style patterns can take a turn for the costumey, but this collection avoids that fate by using the past as inspiration rather than directly imitating it. Fashion-forward crocheters will have fun with these designs." --Library Journal

About the Author

Susan Cropper's passion for knitting, crochet and textiles led to the opening of Loop in London in July 2005. Trusting in her creative instincts Susan conceived the kind of shop she wanted to be able to go to â?? one that is warm and friendly, sells fabulous yarns, has great pattern support and knowledgeable, helpful staff. Loop was voted one of the top 100 shops in London by Time Out magazine, as well as one of the hottest shops by Elle Decoration. Originally from New York, Susan studied Textile Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts, New York. For the past 20 years she has worked as an Art Director and Designer for major UK publications and companies in both home and lifestyle areas. She lives in London with her husband and three children.


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (October 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903221889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903221884
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,267,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Jo Sink on September 6, 2008
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The sweater shown on the front cover is lovely but everything else in the book is mediocre. I have enough patterns for shawls, scarves, afghans and pillows. I was hoping the book would have more garments.
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I’m just a beginner at crochet, but my grandma was definitely an expert. Looking through Vintage Crochet was like taking a walk down memory lane as I saw several items that were very similar to ones she had handcrafted for me as a child. I’m excited to recreate some of them for myself and I started out with the tiny, circular jar covers, which went pretty well, since the directions were really clear and straightforward.

I also really want to try out the roses for the rose blanket, so pretty! There’s lots of designers contributing their ideas, so there’s a wonderful variety. I also liked how Vintage Crochet has a great current spin on oldies with boho and hipster pieces added in there, too!
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