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Knit Back in Time: Includes Techniques for Updating Vintage Patterns and Retro-styling Modern Patterns Paperback – 10 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844489043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844489046
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vintage is still big. This book shows you how to use vintage patterns and update them to today's yarn and sizing. It also shows you how to customise patterns. Included is a guide to vintage knitting patterns from before the 1920s to the 1960s plus vintage yarns and colours. Tension, swatches and measurements are all discussed. Patterns for sleeves, collars, pleats, pockets and necklines are included. There are also some stitch patterns. This is recommended for those who want to alter patterns, it is not a pattern book as such. --Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts

If, like us, you're forever falling in love with and collecting vintage patterns but you're not sure how to go about finding the right yarn, resizing it to fit or adapting it to make it a little more wearable, this is the book for you. It's absolutely stuffed full of clear, helpful and clever instructions, beautiful photography and illustration, and inspiring knits. The only thing it doesn't have is the actual patterns but it does include lots of mix and match elements to create your own unique twist on retro styles. --Knit Now

This excellent book is the complete toolkit for knitters who want to update vintage patterns to suit modern body shapes and yarns. It starts with a detailed guide to making an accurate 'deconstruction' of an original pattern, to create an accurate template to work from. Substituting vintage yarns is also examined in detail. Next, Geraldine shows how to adapt the sizing and shape to suit you for example, widening the bust measurement or lengthening the armholes providing the calculations you need to change the stitch counts. The book also takes a close look at vintage design elements and how they can be applied to modern patterns. Step-by-step instructions show how to calculate stitch counts to incorporate features such as waist shaping and bust darts, or how to add vintage-style sleeve shapes, pleats, pockets, collars and necklines. --The Knitter

About the Author

Geraldine Warner has been knitting and crocheting since the age of seven, taught by her mother and grandmothers who instilled in her a love of vintage knitting patterns. Over the years she has developed a style of her own, adapting these wonderful designs for a modern fit and yarn choice. She has worked at the creative end of the media and digital marketing industries, but knitting has always been her first love. In her spare time she likes to write about the evolving possibilities of modern and vintage at her Skiff Vintage Knitting blog. Geraldine lives in Lewes, East Sussex, UK, with her husband, young son, and a collection of cats and dogs.


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This is a brilliant book for those knitters who want to produce vintage-style pieces. It tells you how to adapt vintage patterns to fit today's yarns and sizings and also how to add a vintage twist to modern patterns. There are no actual patterns to knit, but there are lots of examples of how to achieve the vintage look with the patterns you already have (or subsequently buy!)

I thoroughly recommend this book.
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By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2013
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Vintage is still big. This book shows you how to use vintage patterns and update them to today's yarn and sizing. It also shows you how to customise patterns. Included is a guide to vintage knitting patterns from before the 1920s to the 1960s plus vintage yarns and colours. Tension, swatches and measurements are all discussed. Patterns for sleeves, collars, pleats, pockets and necklines are included. There are also some stitch patterns. This is recommended for those who want to alter patterns, it is not a pattern book as such. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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Excellent guide to the topic, I think it would be for dedicated knitters only as it involves a considerable amount of measuring and maths (not too difficult ). I had intended to resize a vintage pattern that I had but was frankly put off by the amount of work entailed and I have decided to use a similar updated vintage pattern from another book which has reworked the old pattern and done all the resizing for me.
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Both these knitting books I would recommend for anyone who wants to create that "Vintage Look' as the actual knitting pattern book has many delightful patterns. 'Knit Back in Time' is a useful 'must have' book as it will enable even a novice knitter like myself to create their own individual styles. It is just about finding a pattern with the shape and weight of yarn you desire and working out how you can adapt and change the look of a basic pattern that you may have knitted before and found the size and fit perfect.
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This book not conly contains updated vintage patterns for modern knitting, but also contains a wealth of information about knitting techniques. It will prove to be an invaluable reference book. I stongly recommend this to anyone interested in this topic.
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I was disappointed that the book did not include some patterns to actually knit but the techniques were quite useful providing I can find some old patterns quite difficult to buy.
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A lovely book full of beautiful retro patterns which are easy to follow and very pretty. The book arrived in good time and in exceptional condition. Very pleased
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So helpful glad I got it. I'm hoping for a knitting machine version as that would be awesome as most of my vintage knitting is done on a machine
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