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

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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 ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600854941
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/2/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 811,434
  • 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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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Then and now
Knitting fashions in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and how these styles and patterns can be re-created and brought up to date.
 
Vintage Details
Modern yarns and how to adapt original vintage patterns accordingly. Vintage trimmings – ideas for embellishment with pretty buttons, ribbons, buckles and other accessories.
 
CHAPTER 1: Pretty Tops, Jayne Button-Front Top, Bette Top with Keyhole Neckline, Doris Shell Top, Shirley Lace Top, Louise Latticework Jersey, Marilyn Magyar Top, Kate Lace-Panel Blouse
CHAPTER 2: Cute Cardigans, Hedy Tyrolean-Pattern Cardigan, Ava Angora Bolero, Lauren Lace-Stitch Cardigan,Wallis Pleated Cardigan
CHAPTER 3: Starlet Sweaters,Clara Bow-Panel Sweater, Vivien Fair Isle-Style Sweater, Grace Lacy Puff-Sleeve Sweater, Marlene Lacy Sweater with Collar, Audrey Leaf-Pattern Sweater, Natalie Feather-Stitch Sweater
CHAPTER 4: Twinsets & Two-Pieces, Barbara Fine Cable Twinset, Celia Lacy Fine-Knit Twinset, Veronica Lacy Cotton Skirt & Top
CHAPTER 5: Finishing Touches, Loretta Warm Lacy Stole, Kim Fair Isle Beret, Betty Lace Stockings, Greta Lacy Wristwarmers
 
Abbreviations
Techniques
Directory of Garments
Resources
Acknowledgements

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