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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (5 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596688394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596688391
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Geraldine Warner offers a thoughtful and detailed process for making vintage patterns your own or adding vintage style to modern patterns in her book "Vintage Design Workshop: Knitting Techniques for Modern Style."" --About.com: Knitting

About the Author

Geraldine Warner is a knitting novelist who has been knitting and crocheting since the age of 7. She has contributed articles to "Let's Knit," "Knit Today," and "Knitting" magazines, and writes about her adventures in vintage knitting on her website: skiffvintageknittingpatterns.co.uk.


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A book all about alterations, maybe not for someone who is new to knitting, you should probably have knitted a sweater before taking a vintage pattern and alter it to fit, using this book. For those who, like me, need a bit of help when it comes to fitting a pattern this will be helpful.
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The book contains very clear explanations and calculations to customise your knitting projects. I would have liked it to have some knitting patterns, at least those of the pictures.
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delighted with this book answers lots of questions on the subject. Would recommend this to all interested in making vintage knitwear
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GREAT BOOK - VERY QUICK DELIVERY!
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HASH(0x9ba08c00) out of 5 stars Full of useful techniques and advice 15 Feb. 2013
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as I have a large collection of vintage knitting that my Grandmother gave me. I am a good 10 inches taller than she was, and nowhere near as skinny as she was back in her youth. This book is full of techniques that helped me re-size those patterns so I could create the same clothes my Nana wore in the 40's and 50's for my figure. And it gives advice on yarn substitution, as many yarns referenced in vintage patterns are no longer available.

It also has a brilliant section on how to add vintage touches to your modern patterns - if you have a sweater pattern that fits you perfectly, but prefer vintage styling, then the techniques Geraldine Warner gives you allow vintage Peter Pan type collars to be added, or ruffled sleeves.

It doesn't give you any patterns, but it is does give you the ability to recreate vintage patterns in a wide variety of sizes, and it gives you the knowledge and confidence to create your own unique knitwear.

And since the internet is full of FREE vintage patterns, this book is a fantastic buy full of useful techniques and advice.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba08c54) out of 5 stars Step-by-Step Reference for Replicating Vintage Sweater Designs in Today's Yarns and Sizes 19 Feb. 2013
By Lynne E. - Published on Amazon.com
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VINTAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP is really a design reference book. It's a book that explains in detail how to replicate an old 20th-century knitting pattern (especially one published between 1920 and 1960) to fit a woman of today, using today's yarns and knitting tools. Who hasn't run across an old Sirdar, Bernat, or Vogue sweater pattern that simply calls out "knit me"?

But what a lot of work goes into replicating even one vintage pattern design! Figuring out the thickness and gauge of an unknown, long-discontinued yarn is only a first step. You must also find a modern yarn that will give a similar drape and stitch definition. And you must adjust torso widths and lengths, which will in turn require armhole and sleeve adjustments; and you must usually do this working from row-by-row instructions without schematic drawings. Alternatively, you can start with a modern pattern for the basic shape and measurements, and add back the vintage design elements (e.g., puff sleeves, a Peter Pan collar, darts).

VINTAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP leaves me in awe of Geraldine Warner's knitwear designing skills. She chooses a couple of vintage patterns, then takes the knitter step-by-step through all the phases of replicating each pattern. The finished examples look every bit as good--or better than--the original designs. Warner has also included charts for needle size conversions; instructions for creating and shaping elements like square necklines, leg of mutton sleeves, shaped color blocks, and vertical darts; tips on substituting yarns; and additional "pro tips" in colored boxes all along the way. Everything is beautifully illustrated with b&w and color photos, line drawings, and charts.

As a book for serious knitting designers, this is a 5-star book. As a book for a knitter like myself, who would like to try some of Bernat's vintage classics (e.g., the famous "shell" pullover) but would not want to spend hours working out the pattern changes, it's more of a 4-star book. Nevertheless, the introductory historical "Guide to 20th-Century Knitting Fashions", the many photos of vintage patterns (mostly Sirdar), and all the resizing and reshaping reference material makes this a worthwhile book for any serious knitter's reference shelf.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba08f30) out of 5 stars Design tool for costumers & knitters; techniques galore, no patterns per se 5 April 2013
By Joanna D. - Published on Amazon.com
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First off--let's get this right out of the way. There are NO knit patterns to make in this knitting book. This is a book about designing knits in vintage style. And by "vintage" the author means 1900's up to 1950's--not that 60's and 70's aren't vintage, but for knits, the heyday of fashion knitting pretty much stopped at the Fifties. If you don't believe me, you should look at a first edition copy I have of Barbara Walker's "Knit from the Top" which is from 60's-70's and has some totally atrocious designs in bell-bottom pant suits and a lot of bargello-like patterns. Yes, we really did wear stuff like that, and I'm cringing forty years later at the memory.

So this is for someone who wants to adapt vintage patterns and get the fit for modern, larger figures or who wants to design with a vintage feel. I myself actually learned to knit from one of these types of books (a WWII-era knitting book with English jumpers, and even skirts, suits and underwear--yes, bras. All knitted in fine fingering weight wool, and the author had the same problem I did--I was stuck knitting with baby wool in all the limited pastels.) The author starts with a description of how styles changed over the decades, then a discussion of colors typical to an era, and then on to construction-deconstruction.

A lot of the knitting is flat and dressmaker-style; you knit set-in sleeves, yokes, collars, all fitted with gathering, easing and darts. If you are a knitter who learned to knit in the round, doing Elizabeth Zimmerman style sweaters, or Icelandic yokes, Nordic sweaters knit in a tube and cut, then this will be foreign territory. Looking at the examples of jumpers (sweaters) I am amazed at how the designers copied cloth blouses to make knitted tops. Likewise, the fit is close to the body and unforgiving of figure lumps and bumps. Since I carry my weight above my waist, I stopped using vintage designs long ago and favor the loose fits of today. But for the young or the svelte, these designs fit well with the retro skirts and dresses that are very popular at the moment.

If you want to delve into vintage knitting design, this is a very good start for drafting or adapting vintage patterns. So it's a specialized book and aimed at a particular set of knitters. If you aren't in that set, this isn't for you. But for costumers, designers and lovers of vintage looks, this is a very good technical book on vintage knitting.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba0c474) out of 5 stars What a great idea! 15 Feb. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have patterns from when I was younger for styles that no longer fit me, but this book allowed me to adjust the fit for my new, slightly older figure, and now I'm wearing knitwear that flatters me with the vintage styling I grew up with, I've been an avid knitter for years but this book taught me a lot.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba0c48c) out of 5 stars One of the few knitting books worth reading! 23 Dec. 2013
By uumomknits - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First-- let me explain the title of this review. In my experience, books on knitting are either useful for patterns or technical reference. This books falls squarely in the latter category, but it also includes a lot of interesting information about the development of knitting styles in the 20th century, color choices for a specific era's styles and incorporating vintage design elements in your own designs-- all presented in an engaging conversational tone, And the photos from vintage pattern booklets are loads of fun.

If you're looking for vintage patterns, there are plenty for free on the internet and in thrift shops. If you're looking for vintage patterns with more updated proportions, I'd recommend Patons Forever Favorites. However, if you enjoy vintage styles and want to know how to adjust older patterns or create your own designs, then this book is a great resource and a good read.
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