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Sweater Girls: 20 Patterns for Starlet Sweaters, Retro Wraps, and Glamour Knits
     

Sweater Girls: 20 Patterns for Starlet Sweaters, Retro Wraps, and Glamour Knits

by Madeline Weston, Rita Taylor
 

Here are 20 patterns for a wardrobe of gorgeous knitwear—based on the original styles worn by such starlets as Jayne Mansfield, Bette Davis, and Greta Garbo, and by fashionable leading ladies from Wallis Simpson to Grace Kelly. This collection of must-have garments and accessories offers beautiful, classic patterns for knitting sweaters, cardigans and twinsets

Overview

Here are 20 patterns for a wardrobe of gorgeous knitwear—based on the original styles worn by such starlets as Jayne Mansfield, Bette Davis, and Greta Garbo, and by fashionable leading ladies from Wallis Simpson to Grace Kelly. This collection of must-have garments and accessories offers beautiful, classic patterns for knitting sweaters, cardigans and twinsets, plus sleek wraps and stoles that never go out of style. The patterns have been updated and adapted for use with modern yarns in wool, cotton, silk, and other blends.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Veteran knitters Weston (Country Weekend Knits) and Taylor (Knitting: 200 Questions and Answers) update a variety of knitwear patterns for modern knitters. Inspired by garments from the 1930s to the 1950s, the designs are feminine and fitted—just as you would expect from the era. The "updates" are, essentially, rewrites of the patterns using contemporary yarn and needle sizes—the designs are very true to the originals, and have a definite vintage feel. Basic information for knitters interested in adapting vintage patterns from their own collections is also provided. VERDICT The size range is limited—the largest bust size is 42" for selected patterns—and the styling tends toward the costume-y, but knitters with a taste for fitted, bombshell-style sweaters will gravitate toward this collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600854941
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/02/2013
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,330,790
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Madeline Weston and her partner opened their shop The Scottish Merchant in Covent Garden in 1970, and for 20 years it was known as "the" place in London for buying beautifully made, authentic garments sourced from all parts of the British Isles. An expert in traditional knitting patterns, Madeline is the author of two previous books: "Country Weekend Knits" and "Country Weekend Socks."
Rita Taylor has been a keen knitter since childhood, with a particular interest in traditional Scottish knits, especially Fair Isle and fishermen's knits. She now manages the Gansey and the Period Garment Schemes for the UK Knitting & Crochet Guild and is involved with the re-creation of ganseys for the Moray Firth Partnership. She is the author of "Knitting; 200 Questions and Answers "and the designer of many garments in 1930s and 1940s styles for period dramas in both theater and film.

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