- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (1 Aug. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091879299
- ISBN-13: 978-0091879297
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 0.8 x 25.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Vintage Knits: 30 stunning knitwear designs inspired by original postwar patterns Paperback – 1 Aug 2002
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Sarah Dallas shows you how to create your own hand-made knitwear from a selection of 30 exquisite vintage-inspired patterns - suitable for all levels of knitters
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Sarah Dallas shows you how to create your own hand-made knitwear from a selection of 30 exquisite vintage-inspired patterns suitable for all levels of knitters.See all Product Description
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The foundation patterns she's used (set in sleeves, tapered waist) make it easy to mix and match elements once you get a basic understanding of how she designs. Since I've become a better knitter I refer to this book often when designing my own knits.
While the criticisms of the other reviewers do stand (no level indication and small sizes), I still find it an excellent knitting book that's becoming a foundation of my wardrobe.
The first, and most serious, is the sizing: a 'large' is typically a 36" bust, with no extra large. Some designs are for one size only, e.g. 32-35" bust. There are a couple of the less exciting patterns that extend to a 38" bust. Ms Dallas regularly designs items for Rowan that extend to a 40" bust - would it have been so difficult to do this here?
It would also have been helpful to have some kind of indicator of the knitting standard for each pattern, e.g. easy, average, for the experienced knitter. Some visual indication of the shape of the final garment would have been useful too, as used in Rowan magazines.
A little more effort on the designer's part would have made this book much more attractive and useful to the average(-sized) knitter.
The most off-putting thing about the patterns is the apparent lack of fit - which is what the 1940s/50s were all about! Ease has been added (sometimes even where negative ease should be obvious) and therefore all the tops look loose and have no definition around the waist or bust. Worse yet, most of the sweaters finish an inch or more above the model's navel! Perhaps they chose their models badly, ignoring the need for an hourglass figure - they don't even include a nod to the era with hair, make-up or accessories, everything is very 1990s. In some pictures (e.g. the boxy green cardigan and the black bolero) it is pretty much impossible to see what the finished article looks like due to bad posing or light.
I wonder if they have "over modernised" the patterns or just badly graded them up - not just increasing the waist from, say, 21" but also removing the shaping to suit a modern pear-shaped figure (a completely different silhouette), forgetting that actually it was the foundation garments that did all the shaping work and many '40s enthusiasts know that and wear similar foundation garments.Read more ›
The patterns are gorgeous, a whole load of things where i know i COULD design it myself but it is so much easier to use someone else's patterns.
if you like 40s and 50s style clothes you will love the designs in this book. The sizes are possibly a bit limited, however it is really very little effort to adjust sizes if you really need to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Smashing designs, some simple others needing pretty good knitting knowledge!Published 18 months ago by Kamikazicowgirl
as I like knitting and it is quite a popular era to knit from, especially if you have someone in the family who loves all things vintagePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by Jeanette Challice
this is a great book, full of inspiring styles. They are not outlandish, and would suit most people wanting to look chic but not over-the-top.Published on 3 Aug. 2011 by perfumedpig