Kim Hargreaves' Vintage Designs to Knit Paperback – 1 Dec 2011
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"The designs are easy to knit with a wonderful range of textured stitches and Kim Hargreaves' trademark finishing details, which offer interest and challenge to more experienced knitters."--"Knit 'n Style"
About the Author
Kim Hargreaves is a knitwear designer who formerly managed the Rowan brand and created hundreds of individual designs. She is the author of "Rowan Babies, Touching Elegance, " and "Vintage Knits." Kate Buller is the senior brand manager at Rowan Yarns and the editor-in-chief of "Rowan" magazine. She is the author of "The Ultimate Knitter's Guide: Patterns and Techniques." She has worked with all the major knitting designers in the UK, including Kim Hargreaves, Erika Knight, and Kaffe Fassett.
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Some of the yarns referred to in the patterns have been discontinued, and there are recommendations for the current yarns in Rowan's stock. The patterns are presented in their original form, from the magazines, no reknits here. That's a nice touch, because you get the 'history' of the garments, but it feels modern at the same time (the presentation and the type face). A lot of the garments are medium weight (double knit) yarns. There's the odd nod to kid silk haze, but a lot of the designs are kid classic and felted tweed (that sort of classic yarn). There are a couple of men's jumpers, but the book is primarily women's garments (and the odd accessory - like gloves made out of kid silk haze).
It would have been nice to have a foreword by Kim Hargreaves herself. She's the reason why I stayed with knitting so long, and her garment was the first garment I ever knit for myself (Salina) and it fit so well.
Over all a good book to have in the wardrobe. A solid retrospective of Ms Hargreaves work, and a sigh of relief to know that design wise, her best days didn't stop with Rowan.
If they are truly vintage, there may be no straightforward way to translate or update what was in the mind of the author, or authors when the book was originally compiled, and there may also be difficulties about tension,sizing and the fibre used at the time may have long been discontinued,with nothing that remotely comes near it now, .
Conversely,when some modern "vintage" interpretations are put together, the results can be truly awful, and one does wonder where the spirit of "vintage" may actually be.
I am happy to say that with Kim's "vintage" designs,none of the above apply, and her book is full of great knits, clearly explained and delightful to make. i must confess i am a fan of her designs anyway, but this book is well worth a place in your knitting library
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I bought this book as I particularly wanted to knit the shrug featured on the cover.
Although the designs are all vintage classics, Rowan said that they had made... Read more