Art Deco Knits Hardcover – 3 May 1990
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I love Clarice Cliff's designs and am a compulsive knitter with a strong interest in intarsia. I've been looking for this book for a while and finally got hold of a copy. It hasn't disappointed!
Published in 1990, most of the styles hark back to the bulky, sloppy-joe shapes of 80s knitwear, with a nod to the boyish styles of the 20s and 30s. There are 19 projects, including a hat, gloves, a tunic, a jacket and a coat as well as cardigans and sweaters, three of which are for men - though finding a man willing to wear them might be a problem! Each pattern is introduced by citing the pottery series which inspired it - sadly, there are no photos of some series - and is accompanied by detailed colour charts. Several charmingly evocative colour photographs, using models who resemble film stars of the era, show the finished garment from different angles.
The book starts with a potted biography of Clarice Cliff, by the chairman of the Clarice Cliff Collectors Club, and ends with some brief information about suitable yarns.
It is definitely not a book for the beginning knitter. Matching the colours alone would require a fair degree of confidence and skill. There are many people who would knit these projects as they stand, but I'm not one of them - for me they are too dated. However, the charts could be adapted for use in accessories, and perhaps even socks - again though, this would require some experience.
I found the book inspirational: I'm adapting the charts to work with the designs - and it got me into dyeing my own wool to re-create the colours!
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