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Marion Foale's Classic Knitwear: A Beautiful Collection of 30 Original Patterns Paperback – January, 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (January 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878575847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878575848
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,396,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Leslie D. Ehrlich on April 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you're anything like me, you see Marion Foale's extraordinary sweaters at stores like Barney's and think, "I could knit that $500 sweater, if only I had a pattern."
Well, this ISN'T the book for you. Perhaps the 1985 copyright date should have tipped me off, but these are true classics, not chic little body-hugging numbers with exquisite finish. Patterns include a couple of traditional cardigans, a sleeveless vest that's like a long tunic, and a number of pullovers. They have some of her terrific details -- for example, one of the pullovers has a garter stitch collar. But I wasn't looking for yarn-over eyelets in a diamond shape.
A nit: the book advertises something like 30 patterns, but many of them are variants -- ie, the same basic idea will be done as a cardi, a vest, and a v-neck pullover.
If Classics are your thing, you may like this book. If you're looking for fashion, pass.
PS -- if you find truly outstanding patterns for body-hugging sweaters that can take the place of jackets (rather than looking tarty) please let me know!
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Format: Paperback
If you love the look of sweaters of the 40's and 50's, this classic by Marion Foale will be an essential part of your knitting library.

There are vests, long cardigans, short bust-hugging "jumpers", kids sets, tennis sweaters. All with that long line and subtle knit-purl engraved patterning typical of the restrained era of knit design. One sweater is beaded. I've seen sweaters like these in vintage knitting books from World War II.

This is a great work for costumers, and for fashion students who are looking for classic lines in design. Also fun for knitters who want to make vintage-looking knits. Beautiful book.
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I received my copy yesterday. So far, I agree with all of the reviews but am glad to have the book. I am currently knitting a sweater from her latest book. I really like the pattern and the instructions and wanted more Marion Foale. I figure that if I want to add some fitting to the 1985 "boxy" patterns, I will simply add the modern fitting.
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I first saw this book in the library many years ago and it never left my mind. Now I have it for my own and I'm planning to knit at least 3 designs from it. I like the clean, lean lines and the timeless style. Plus, they are easy to knit and easy to wear. What a treasure trove collection!
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