- Hardcover: 180 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470524669
- ISBN-13: 978-0470524664
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knitting it Old School: 43 Vintage-Inspired Patterns Hardcover – August 1, 2010
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43 patterns inspired by the '40s, '50s, '60s, and '70s
Love "old" but want to be "in vogue"? Welcome to Knitting It Old School, where you'll find patterns for knitting and crocheting everything from cheeky hot pants to his-and-hers sweater sets, all drawn from the fashion trends of the '40s, '50s, '60s, and '70s. All patterns feature newly created designs that flatter today's figure and use contemporary fibers—and that are written so modern crafters can easily follow along.
From classic to kitschy, wardrobe basics to saucy specials, get ready to start making beautiful handmade clothing the way your mother and grandmother did!
We're knitting it old school, folks!
From the Back Cover
Retro-minded knitters rejoice!
This sassy book is chock-full of all things vintage—retro color combinations, classic styles, and even fake eyelashes. Inspired by the '40s, '50s, '60s, and '70s, these fun, wearable projects make everything old new again.
So grab your needles and start knitting it old school!
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Once I got over the surprise of all the bright colors and "different" styles, I really looked closely at the photos and saw that they are all really beautifully designed. And, not all of them are "kitchy". There is a sailor sweater that is really nice; a striped turtleneck that I like a lot; a short sleeved, ribbed sweater that has two buttons at the back of the neckline. It's really gorgeous. There is a cardigan/jacket that has fabric covered buttons, and a matching hat with a strip of the same fabric woven through it in a really unique way.
One thing that you don't find out until you start looking through the book is that there are quite a few crochet patterns - approx 10 of them. There are also 4 sewing patterns. The crochet patterns are probably the most unusual, and they include a pair of crocheted hot pants and a granny square dress.
Most of the patterns are meant to fit snugly, but the sizes on most of them range from Small to 1 or 2X. That is a real bonus because I bought a book of vintage type patterns once and the largest bust size was 38. They say the patterns are meant to fit the modern woman and I guess we are all a little bigger than they were in the days these styles were first worn. I also have to add that the patterns all look a little complicated, so this book probably wouldn't be good as a beginner's knitting book (unless you are just looking for inspiration). Each pattern has a very nice photo and there is a little written description of each item. The writing style is really fun and I enjoyed reading through the book.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a book to have on your shelf that you will use again and again for basic patterns, this is probably not the book for you. But, if you love knitting books like I do, and are looking for something that you don't already have - definitely get this book. You will really have a fun time with it!
In an unusual move that I am sure is appreciated by cross-crafters, the book contains both crochet and knitting, with a sewing project thrown in for good measure. Again with the chock full. I also liked the text in this book - I'm not usually one to read all the chapter intros and such, but the descriptions are fun and the walk down memory lane is enhanced by all the little details and descriptions the authors added.
So yes, I recommend it, and I honestly think anyone should be able to find something for them in here, but even if they didn't, they'd have fun looking.
If you are looking for something retro for the younger set, this might be for you, but I would run the patterns by any potential recipient first. There are a couple very nice classic designs that would be appropriate for a more mature woman, but that's about it for the over 40 set.
I have very mixed feelings about this book and have thought about returning it, but will probably keep it instead. If you want to get an idea of the "flavor" of the designs inside, the cover says it all. Very sassy, lots of attitude, "far out" and definitely retro, with an author named "Stitchy McYarnpants". These are not updated vintage designs but new unique designs patterned after the wilder less classic designs of the past.