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Knitting Vintage [Hardcover]

Claire Montgomerie
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Book Description

14 April 2011
"Knitting Vintage" aims to reinvent retro patterns for modern fashion trends. Divided into chapters according to eras, there are approximately five knitting projects per decade, from the 1900s to the 1980s - the last time that handknitting was popular with the masses and before catwalk trends were so readily available and affordable on every high street. The main fashion themes of each decade are also discussed via historical background text that compares cross-decade interpretations of a look, and via mood boards, which provide illustrations, photographs, materials and colourways that were used as inspiration for the projects.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847327346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847327345
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 21 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This beautifully illustrated book for knitting enthusiasts presents retro-inspired patterns that fit today's fashion trends. . . . Unlike knitting books that simply copy vintage patterns, this one reinvents retro patterns by adding details that reflect today's tastes in fashion."
" --Decorating Digest, Craft & Home Projects "

." . . a top pick for needle-hobbyists who want something old in their something new."
" --The Midwest Book Review

There is something for everyone from a lacy collar to a knitted dress. Beautifully presented, this book is an absolute treasure, we loved it. Highly Recommended! --Hot Brands Cool Places --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Claire Montgomerie is a textile designer specializing in knitting and crochet. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, she has designed her own range of knitted accessories, toys and garments called Monty. She has also created for the US fashion market, made knitwear for film costumes and knitted characters for music videos and animations. Currently teaching textiles at Barnet College, Hertfordshire, she runs knitting classes at Loop, the London knitting emporium. She is the author of Easy Baby Knits (2006) and Yarn Palette (2008). Claire lives in London.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best vintage knitting book I've seen 22 May 2012
By beccalikesbooks TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really love this knitting book!

I did a lot of browsing for vintage knitting pattern books, and in my opinion this one had the nicest patterns and things I'd actually like to make.

It's beautifully laid out, with patterns divided into different eras (20s to 80s) and a mood board and inspiration for each era. The photographs are big and the instructions are clear and thoroughly explained (UK knitting patterns, which I think is important to know as I hate buying pattern books and realising they're American and having to convert!). Here are some of the patterns that I love:

20s Fringed Flapper top, String of Beads, Cloche hat

30s Hollywood-style beret (snowflake-pattern)

40s Twinset sweater and cardigan, Emerald turban, Lacy peter pan collar

50s Dolman sleeve sweater

60s Chunky aran cardigan

70s Extra-long stripy wavy scarf, Easy poncho wrap

80s Leg-warmers! Glittery bat-wing sweater!

There is also a very comprehensive section at the back where they tell you not only about wool suppliers but places to get vintage fabrics, buttons etc. All together it is a great book with wonderful instructions and inspiring patterns.

[please not this review is from my blog, becca-likes-books.[...]. My blog review also includes pictures so you can see some of my fourite patterns!]
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting Vintage 13 Aug 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a book of knitting projects from the 1920's to 1980's. The historical imformation is very good and the pictures are superb!! I have started knitting the twin set and found the knitting instructions to be straight forward. I really love this book. If you are into knitting vintage then this is the book for you!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 29 Nov 2012
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I attend vintage events and was looking for vintage patterns. Most are difficult to get and expensive to buy seperate when you can get them. This book is lovely with a wide variety of patterns. I would recomend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is beautiful. It has 5 patterns for each decade from the 20s to the 80s. The only thing is that there aren't many pictures of the actual items to knit or step by step pictures to help you follow the patterns. Only really suitable for expert knitters.
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