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Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters + 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
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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500514208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500514207
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A nostalgic trip down memory lane, even if you never plan to pick up a pair of needles'
-- Scotland on Sunday

'Takes the strife out of deciphering arcane terminology... offers the modern knitter the chance to recapture some of that lovely bygone elegance'
-- Stella Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph

'With such exciting patterns to inspire me, what better reason to pick up my needles and start knitting?' -- Diva

'Worth buying simply for fashion inspiration'
-- The Glasgow Herald

`Gorgeous classic knits'
-- Simply Knitting

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'With such exciting patterns to inspire me, what better reason to pick up my needles and start knitting?'

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By mad cat woman on 18 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just received my copy and am very pleased with it. Some beautiful patterns such as boleros, jackets, jumpers and scarfs, all bar one are graded as intermediate to advanced so not much for the beginner knitter. If like me you adore patterns from the 40's and 50's then this is the book for you. As all of the patterns have been resized they go up to a 42" chest (unlike the originals which usually only go up to about a 32"!. The choice of yarns is quite good for example Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, Capricorn mohair, Orkney angora, Jaeger machmaker merino but easy enough to substitute if you do a tension square.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By JY on 4 Feb 2009
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A small, neat book with 21 clear and well laid out patterns all with original pictures and new pictures of the designs knitted up in current yarns. Jackets, hats,scarves, sweaters, bed jackets. The garments are all for women though the accessories could be more widely appreciated. The sizes range from 32" -42" bust (81 -107cm) A nice addition to a bookshelf if you like old patterns and an introduction to them if you have not looked before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Snitzy-bitz on 23 Feb 2010
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Having flicked through this book, I'm delighted with my purchase, which was partly based on other reviews. It gives instructions and pictures (for USA and UK) for 21 lovely smart designs from the 30s, 40s and 50s, updated for modern sizes (from size 32"/81cm - 42"/107cm bust) and modern yarns. Vintage pictures of each garment are shown, together with a picture of the finished articles when knitted up, which look surprisingly modern.

The book has a glossary of techniques and abbreviations at the back, and the garments are each rated as either easy, for knitters with some experience, or for experienced knitters. Both USA and UK suppliers are also listed.

This is a lovely book and if another one is brought out I will certainly be buying it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hawkster on 28 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
I asked for this book for my birthday as it had good reviews online. I love it!
The designs are very wearable, gorgeous and there is a good variety of items and difficulty levels.
I even found some new stitches to try out! I totally recommend this book : )
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beatrix on 7 Oct 2010
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What lovely pictures there are in the book and I enjoyed just looking through it. I am not a knitter but I did ask my mother's friend to knit a bolero and a scarf and they are beautiful. The colours seem so vibrant.
She said that she found the book easy to follow, and that it worked well with modern yarns and modern body shapes. With that and my modern body shape in mind, I think I will ask her to knit a leaf pattern sweater as the next project.
I can thoroughly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Grime on 27 July 2010
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Couldn't have been happier with this purchase - especially because it arrive the next day, enabling me to give it as a present to a friend on time! Nicely wrapped and in good condition, thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Burgess on 20 Jan 2011
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Arrived very quickly! I bought it as a gift for my aunt who's a keen knitter, and she loved it. Its written (I believe) by a woman who makes period costumes for productions. She takes vintage designs and adapts them for modern people/shapes so that they stay true to the original design. Clearly laid out.The modern product and original pattern/images are laid out alongside each other. Very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TerryHeth on 21 Mar 2013
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Easy to follow & im a beginner! Ive started with the bolero & im loving it. Great book. Thank u
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