Vintage Knits: 30 stunning knitwear designs inspired by original postwar patterns Paperback – 1 Aug 2002
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Sarah Dallas shows you how to create your own hand-made knitwear from a selection of 30 exquisite vintage-inspired patterns - suitable for all levels of knitters
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Sarah Dallas shows you how to create your own hand-made knitwear from a selection of 30 exquisite vintage-inspired patterns suitable for all levels of knitters.See all Product description
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The foundation patterns she's used (set in sleeves, tapered waist) make it easy to mix and match elements once you get a basic understanding of how she designs. Since I've become a better knitter I refer to this book often when designing my own knits.
While the criticisms of the other reviewers do stand (no level indication and small sizes), I still find it an excellent knitting book that's becoming a foundation of my wardrobe.
The first, and most serious, is the sizing: a 'large' is typically a 36" bust, with no extra large. Some designs are for one size only, e.g. 32-35" bust. There are a couple of the less exciting patterns that extend to a 38" bust. Ms Dallas regularly designs items for Rowan that extend to a 40" bust - would it have been so difficult to do this here?
It would also have been helpful to have some kind of indicator of the knitting standard for each pattern, e.g. easy, average, for the experienced knitter. Some visual indication of the shape of the final garment would have been useful too, as used in Rowan magazines.
A little more effort on the designer's part would have made this book much more attractive and useful to the average(-sized) knitter.
The most off-putting thing about the patterns is the apparent lack of fit - which is what the 1940s/50s were all about! Ease has been added (sometimes even where negative ease should be obvious) and therefore all the tops look loose and have no definition around the waist or bust. Worse yet, most of the sweaters finish an inch or more above the model's navel! Perhaps they chose their models badly, ignoring the need for an hourglass figure - they don't even include a nod to the era with hair, make-up or accessories, everything is very 1990s. In some pictures (e.g. the boxy green cardigan and the black bolero) it is pretty much impossible to see what the finished article looks like due to bad posing or light.
I wonder if they have "over modernised" the patterns or just badly graded them up - not just increasing the waist from, say, 21" but also removing the shaping to suit a modern pear-shaped figure (a completely different silhouette), forgetting that actually it was the foundation garments that did all the shaping work and many '40s enthusiasts know that and wear similar foundation garments.
The instructions do look worryingly brief, with no indication of finished length, waist size etc that we are used to seeing on schematics. The reader is left to judge whether the pattern falls within their skill level.
What was also very disappointing is all the attention is focussed on the modernised result and very little about the original vintage pattern - in fact that is reduced to a tiny thumbnail at the top of the (brief) instruction pages. More history would have been nice and I would love to have seen better pictures of the original patterns (a few make it into a brief feature section in the book) and more examples of other vintage patterns for further inspiration. It would have been nice to see some diversity as well, coats and jackets, combinations, vests, etc. Amazingly there is only one pattern each for hat, scarf, mittens and socks, the rest are all tops and cardigans.
There are one or two nice sweaters with a vintage feel and a prettier look but the rest are simple rib-knit, stocking and lace pattern sweaters and cardigans with few details to them and a couple of (unappealing) camisole vests, hardly inspiring. There are a lot of twin-sets in here, which is one of its limited appeals, as twin-sets seem to have almost died out and I find myself occasionally needing them for costume work. That is about the only reason stopping me from sending this book straight back, although I am tempted to anyway - or to give it to someone who will appreciate the basic sweater patterns and not care about the lack of vintage accuracy.
To give the book some pluses, the quality of the pages and many of photographs is good although often not the clearest view of the garment (the poses are "arty") and I was surprised by, and like, the way that the photography and descriptions of the items are grouped together in the front of the book and then the instructions follow at the back. Unfortunately these fail to be saving graces for a book that is too lacking to even be a photographic reference.
The patterns are gorgeous, a whole load of things where i know i COULD design it myself but it is so much easier to use someone else's patterns.
if you like 40s and 50s style clothes you will love the designs in this book. The sizes are possibly a bit limited, however it is really very little effort to adjust sizes if you really need to.
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