A Handknit Romance: 22 Vintage Designs with Lovely Details


Inspired by women's clothing, lingerie, and accessories from the 1900's to 1930's, A Handknit Romance offers designs that are intricate and exquisite. Step back in time with techniques including pin-tucks, picot trims, crochet edges, lace beading, and embroidery that convey modest and flirty classic fitted patterns using a range of lace, superfine, fine, and light yarn weights.

Attention to detail is demonstrated throughout and the result is a collection of unique, precious ...

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Inspired by women's clothing, lingerie, and accessories from the 1900's to 1930's, A Handknit Romance offers designs that are intricate and exquisite. Step back in time with techniques including pin-tucks, picot trims, crochet edges, lace beading, and embroidery that convey modest and flirty classic fitted patterns using a range of lace, superfine, fine, and light yarn weights.

Attention to detail is demonstrated throughout and the result is a collection of unique, precious garments that reflect today's vogue for vintage-inspired fashion. Rowan designer Jennie Atkinson offers beautiful projects that range from small accessories to full-size garments and suit beginner and seasoned knitters alike.

Along with a fresh assortment of beautiful garments and accessories, you'll find advice on yarn substitutions as well as tips on how the patterns can be customized to fit all sizes. A Handknit Romance is the ideal design book for knitters who embrace creativity and the want to produce truly unique pieces

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Black-and-white illustrations and photos of the original garments Atkinson used as a springboard accompany their fine-gauge knit updates, allowing the reader to appreciate how she makes retro details relevant to a modern wardrobe. Time-travel has rarely looked so good." - Yarn Market News

"All the patterns, even the beaded tunic with no lace, are very feminine and pretty." - Pam MacKenzie, New Jersey Home News Tribune

"Sooo pretty! If you like lace, you are going to be very pleased." - Knit-O-Matic

"Timeless pieces that are sure to become treasured family heirlooms.... Gorgeous designs." - Knit 'n Style

"If you love couture fashion knit with a classic vintage look, you will enjoy A Handknit Romance." - Examiner.com

"A Handknit Romance by Jennie Atkinson is a book to fall in love with." - Molivermade.com

"There are jackets, skirts, camisoles, stockings, day gloves, sachets, jewelry, lots of lace and beaded knitting...it's a dream of frothy girly goodness." - Knitty.com

"My gosh: just lovely. It's a nice variety of patterns...not a large number of each 'type' of pattern, but the range of possibilities is wide. They're lovely to look at, too. Just paging through this book is a sensory treat." - KnittingScholar.com

"Beautiful garments." - The Detroit News

Praise for Jennie Atkinson's previous title, Romantic Style: Knits and Crochet to Wear or Display:

"The trend in knitting today is towards svelte, stylish, sexy hand-knit pieces. Even bulky winter sweaters are knit with shaping and sexy details. Another book in this arena is Romantic Style by Jennie Atkinson, a collection of over 20 patterns based on 1930s glamour. The majority of these patterns are knitting patterns, though there are a few crochet patterns (mostly for accessories) towards the back.

'Cotton Camisole' is a simple, easy-to-wear camisole with a shaped bust and spaghetti straps. 'Beaded Cape' is really a capelet--simple in shape, falling just past the shoulders, and with a spray of beading on the hem. 'Butterfly Dress' is the cover garment--a sheer, delicate lace slip dress. 'Beaded Jacket' is a sleek, vintage shape speckled with beads. Seed stitch pattern accentuates the hem, collar, and cuffs, and a wide satin ribbon at the waist makes it feminine and flattering.

'Beaded Shrug' is a fluffy mohair lace design with 3/4-length sleeves that lead up into a delicate hood. The hood is edged with beads for a subtle hint of glamour. 'Chevron Lace Top' looks like a 1930s blouse perfect for a day at the country club. Ribbed hem and cuffs give it shape, and a button neck that is not meant to be buttoned gives it a playful edge. 'Bed Jacket' is too cozy to be relegated to the bedroom. It features a hugely oversized collar (goes well past the shoulders), a tie closure in front, and triangle edging. If that is not enough for you, try 'Dressing Gown,' the floor-length version with a nipped waist. 'Diamond Throw' is elegant but a bit dull--seed stitch diamonds outlined by eyelet lace. The 'Crochet Shawl' takes traditional granny squares but does it in a modern mix of silver-grey, grass green, charcoal, cream, and grape. 'Lace Shawl' is a quick knit with medium-sized needles and a wide weave." - Knit Picks by Alyse Wax

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596687790
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 735,224
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennie Atkinson worked as a fashion knitwear designer for many years. Her designs are classic and feminine, focusing on shape, color, and stitch detail. She has worked as a freelance designer for the home-knit market, and her designs have been featured in Rowan magazines, Vogue Knitting, and The Knitter magazine. In 2006, Rowan Yarns published her book Beads, Buttons and Lace: 20 Romantic Knitting & Crochet Designs. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, with a Masters Degree in Design History. In addition to design work, she also lectures on fashion and knitwear history.

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Table of Contents

Proposed project list:

Lacy camisole—This design is based on crisp, white cotton Victorian camisoles trimmed with lace. Easy to knit in a 3-ply cotton.

Fitted jacket—Victorian women were never without their corsets, which gave them their exaggerated hourglass figures. This jacket, knitted in 4-ply mercerized cotton, is inspired by that look, with shaping accentuating the waist, and a flared “bustle” at the back.

Lacy sailor collar blouse—Edwardian-inspired pretty, fine blouse knitted in fine crochet cotton and a variety of simple lace stitches.

Panel skirt—Inspired by the Victorian knitted petticoat, this is knitted in sections, starting with the bottom pleated border. The ribbed yoke and drawstring allows it to be worn on the waist or hip, thus varying the length.

Lace blouse—This has a crochet edging around the front edges and collar and, as with the original blouses, the finishing touch is provided by some pretty vintage glass buttons.

Beaded top—The 1920s was a period in fashion when heavy beading on clothing was in vogue. This top is knitted in a rayon yarn with the beading concentrated at the hem, lessening toward the shoulders.

Beaded mitts—These can be worn with the beaded top for an even more dramatic effect, or would “glam up” a plain dress.

Beaded bag—If a whole beaded garment is daunting, then this beaded bag is a happy compromise. Knitted in firm fabric stitch, it doesn’t need to be lined and can be made to match a favorite outfit.

Small beaded purse—Heavily beaded, but not difficult to knit, this purse would make a lovely gift.

Flapper dress—This dress is also inspired by the 1920s, and a simple shape is given drape and movement by a viscose yarn. The dress is knitted in the round as a simple tube.

Lacy wool vest--Garter stitch has a lovely old-fashioned look. The body of the vest is knitted in a 3 ply marled wool and the lace border in a crochet cotton, but the whole garment could be made in one yarn. It is finished with a lace edging around the neck and armholes, sewn together to form the straps.

Lace shrug—This little shrug is based on a Victorian “hug-me-tight”—a simple cover-up knitted in one piece in a gorgeously soft alpaca/silk/cashmere yarn in a pretty lace stitch that needs no finishing.

Lacy stockings

Zigzag bag—A pretty summer bag inspired by the 1930s.

Lace gloves—Cotton lace gloves: the simple stitch combined with the pretty lace border make these ideal for a wedding or formal occasion.

Heart-shaped lavender bags

Necklace and bracelet—Made from the lovely glass beads of a broken vintage necklace: just join together your own chosen beads using a fine crochet cotton and chain stitch.

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    Posted December 1, 2011

    New release

    This book hasn't been released yet! It is due out in 2012. Ask me later!

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