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Vintage Knits: 30 stunning knitwear designs inspired by original postwar patterns Paperback – 1 Aug 2002

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Product details

  • 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)

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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.

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Granted the sizes are s,m,l, but as a 5'5", 130 lb person I think they're great. I've made 4 jumpers (though made all of them longer than she calls for) and I wear them constantly. Some of the patterns are quite simple (stocking stitch with k1p1 rib) and suitable for a beginner, though that's not stated.
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.
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Sarah Dallas has made a great job of updating vintage designs from the 40s and 50s. Her colours and designs are wonderful. However, there are a number of drawbacks to this book.
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.
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I was quite excited by the idea of '40s and '50s vintage patterns translated into modern yarns and ideas, but this book turned out to be a huge disappointment. If you're bigger than a 38" bust you can forget finding a top in here that fits unless you can size up patterns. None of the patterns are particularly inspirational and somewhere along the road the vintage look of them has been lost, for the most part the modern samples look loose fitting, too short and generic in style. I could have found most of these patterns online for free in the "easy / beginners" section of pattern websites.

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.
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The knitting patterns in this book are great to look at. However the sizes for the patterns are small, medium and large, which translate as UK 8-10, 10-12 and 12-14. A more generous range of sizes would make this more than just a picture book for me.
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I bought this book based on some patterns which caught my eye. Should have known better for not reading into some comments by other reviewers. The sizes are just too small and being a novice knitter, the instructions a bit/very vague. Good thing that comes out of this is that I am now better at "making up" as I go along. What can you do if you have knitted a pretty vest in pure silk to find it a tad too small!!!
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I really looked forward to this book, but there's very little in it I would want to knit. I would have liked a much clearer comparison with the original pattern(s) used, and also more information about the firms that did the designs. A section on how to bring old patterns up-to-date for ourselves, and also some suggestions about enlarging patterns for which there is only one size would have made the book really useful. As it is, I'll stick to my three volumes of Vogue reprints that came out in the late 1980s.
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The other reviews of this book highlight sizing problems, but as a fairly large (size 16) person this really was not a problem for me.

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.
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