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Knit Vintage: More than 20 patterns for starlet sweaters & other knitwear from the 1930s, 1940s & 1950s [Hardcover]

Madeline Weston , Rita Taylor
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Book Description

1 Sep 2012

Knit Vintage offers a fantastic selection of more than 20 timeless designs based on original women’s knitwear patterns from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Drawing from their own extensive collections of vintage knitting patterns, authors Madeline Weston and Rita Taylor have chosen garments for their classic style and updated them to appeal to 21st century tastes. The patterns, which incorporate traditional stitch formations such as cables, lace, Fair Isle and other motifs, have been adapted to suit an array of gorgeous modern yarns in fashion-forward colours and sumptuous textures, including merino, angora, cotton, bamboo, cashmere, alpaca and silk.

The five chapters ‘Pretty Tops’, ‘Cute Cardigans’, ‘Starlet Sweaters’, ‘Twinsets & Two Pieces’ and ‘Finishing Touches’ – include short-sleeve tops, cardigans, sweaters, twinsets, stockings, a beret, shawl and mittens. All feature classic touches that will appeal to anyone who loves the exquisite attention to detail found in vintage knitwear.

Beautifully styled and photographed, this bespoke collection of 20 projects will delight every knitter and fashionista who appreciates the classic elegance of the original sweater girls and the retro silhouettes of the silver-screen starlets.

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Knit Vintage: More than 20 patterns for starlet sweaters & other knitwear from the 1930s, 1940s & 1950s + Knit Back in Time: Includes Techniques for Updating Vintage Patterns and Retro-styling Modern Patterns + Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (1 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906417660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417666
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Elegantly silhouetted pieces'

(Mollie Makes)

'Featuring the beautiful attention to detail that we expect to find in the classic elegance and feminitiy of vintage knitwear'

(Knitting Magazine)

'Authors Madeline Weston and Rita Taylor have created a stunning collection of 20 knit wear designs by drawing on their own extensive collections of classic knitting patterns, and have tastefully updated them for a modern audience ... For knitters and vintage fashionistas everywhere, this is the book for you.'

(Making magaizne)

'Here's a fabulous collection of vintage style knits beautifully photographed in stylish surroundings. Probably my favourite knitting book of the year. Terrific!”

(Yarns & Fabrics)

About the Author

Madeline Weston and her partner opened their shop The Scottish Merchant in Covent Garden in 1970, and for 20 years it was known as the place in London for buying beautifully made, authentic garments sourced from all parts of the British Isles. Madeline also owned a yarn shop and has done extensive research into traditional knitting patterns; an authority on the subject, she is the author of Country Weekend Knits (Jacqui Small, 2008) and Country Weekend Socks (Jacqui Small, 2010). She now lives in Norfolk.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but limited 9 April 2013
As many reviewers have already stated, this is a thing of beauty and lovely to look at. The designs are very pretty and feminine and the models are styled in a vintage way to show off the outfits to perfection. It is a great coffee table book and a lovely 'read'. Others have also spotted numerous mistakes. I can't comment on that as I've only just got the book and haven't attempted anything. However, I would like to point out some other features/limitations which may affect your decision to purchase.
The designs are all for women. That might seem obvious but, if you expect your vintage knitting book to contain some Captain Hastings-style sweaters or wartime baby knits, this is not the book for you.
The designs mostly use very fine wool and small needles e.g. 4 ply and 3-3.75mm. I realise that patterns of the 30s and 40s tended to use such yarn but this book does include the 50s which saw more jackets and chunkier knits. I'm not expecting 20mm needles but some Dk or aran patterns would be nice.
Similarly, the patterns are rather small in that they mostly go up to a 38" bust or there abouts. If you are making a vintage style knitting book for modern times, then the patterns should be sized up accordingly. Most patterns books and magazines these days go up to 42" or even 44". I think this would have been 'doable' for these designs while still keeping the integrity of the overall look.
Finally, the book consists almost entirely of jumpers and cardigans. There is one shrug, a skirt (to match a jumper), one fairisle beret, a scarf, fingerless mitts and stockings. As the war years saw lots of accessory knitting, I would have expected some corsages, some collars, some capes and more hats.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely patterns 25 Mar 2013
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There are some really lovely patterns in this book with a true vintage feel but that won't look out of place now. There are several that I plan to knit and I've actually started the 'Wallis' cardigan. I'm so excited to finish it as it's looking good. However, I'm finding the instructions leave a little to be desired! Thankfully I'm quite an experienced knitter so am able to work out the bits and measurements that are missing!
All in all though I love this book and I'm hoping that it's only the 'Wallis' pattern that I find problems with.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Knit Vintage 13 Jan 2013
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I loved the styles in this book, but struggled to follow one of the patterns. I contacted one of the authors by phone who told me that there had been an omission in the instructions. She apologised and put me straight, but admitted that there was more than one mistake.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Ann
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When this book arrived , I was stunned by the beaty of the sweaters. I started straight away with a pattern. After an hour i found out that not a thing was correct , the number of stitches didn't correspond , even in knitting a motive , one row had 9 stitches , the next 12 .... I am not a beginner in knitting and after a great deal of time i found the mistakes. But i imagine for someone who isn't ... So even if it is a beatifull book i rate it two starts because of the mistakes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor. 13 Jan 2014
I, too, was very taken by this lovely-looking book and thought the garments were beautiful. i bought the yarn, but, before I even started the first pattern (Jayne, p.17) I realised the number of inches/cms given for the ribbed welt was completely wrong...far too few. I added several, knitted them, then looked at the instructions for the 8-row pattern...didn't make sense, numbers didn't add up at all. Had to give up. I telephoned the publisher. The outcome of this was that I was emailed the right pattern (watch this space). Very helpful people there, but they only gave me corrections for the above pattern and the Greta wristwarmers/gloves. I would be interested to know if any other purchasers have found other patterns to be wrong.

I have been knitting for years and this the first time I have ever come across mistakes like these....even free patterns in magazines are right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Knit Vintage 21 Feb 2014
By gilly
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I was delighted when the book arrived, but after attempting two of the garments, Jayne and Wallis, I am at a complete loss. Totally stressed and annoyed with the many mistakes in the instructions. I would like to know who I contact to get a set of instructions for Jayne and Wallis minus the mistakes. Help, At present I give no stars!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I was spoilt for choice when deciding which pattern to knit. I chose the Hedy Tyrolean cardigan and spent a lot of money on the wool. Having been instructed to buy 8 50g balls of the main colour, I am left with nearly 4! The instructions seemed haphazard and I found myself making a lot of it up! I am not a novice knitter but like clear, concise instructions. Not sure if I can go through the stress of starting another.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning 13 Jan 2013
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I've been knitting for almost a year but love the challenges "expert" difficulty patterns give and easily get bored by patterns that are plain. I have brought several books in this time in the hopes of finding something to inspire me this book is full of inspiration. I wouldn't knit and wear everything but I do want most of it. I haven't completed a garment yet but so far the instructions are easy to follow and I love the fact that many of the garments are shown in more than one picture. If you love vintage style knits that are designed for real woman with a bust and waist these are for you! Also unlike a lot of books the wools are all readily available in the UK (Rowan/fyberspates etc) which just adds to my love of this book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful patterns , unrealistic sizes
This could have been a wonderful book, but alas, it isn't. In the introduction it says these are vintage patterns, updated for modern yarns and to fit modern women. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jaine B
5.0 out of 5 stars knitting vintage.excellent
brillant book loads of lovely 3 ply patterns, recommended,good fast deivery, no problems. ideal for those who like something different.
Published 2 months ago by pudding
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
I would recommend this book to any experienced knitter interested in vintage knitwear. The patterns are so so very attractive.
Published 5 months ago by Ms Feroza Mountvala
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Vintage Look from this book.
The book has many delightful patterns which are mostly in 4ply which I find works very well for getting that 'Vintage look'. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dianne Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
I'm already on my second item from this book, they are all so wearable nowadays and won't look out of place
Published 7 months ago by Jeanette Challice
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely patterns
Very glad I bought this. There are lots of lovely unusual patterns to knit (over 20 ladies designs updated from the 1930s, 30s and 50s). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Snitzy-bitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Vintage
Gorgeous knitting patterns. Really lovely knitting book would strongly recommend to those who treasure their patterns and love knitting vintage style.
Published 7 months ago by Organic Blonde
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting
This is a lovely book with some really nice patterns. I have looked at several books and I think this has by far the nicest choice of patterns.
Published 9 months ago by L. Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacy Wristwarmers, my first attempt
From my knitting pattern book "Knit Vintage" I have so far only knitted the wristwarmers (p.130) and would like to make 3 observations. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jan Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting paradise
This book is full of beautiful designs. I can't wait to knit many of them, a real treat for any knitter!
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Carole Doye
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