Vintage Baby Knits: More Than 40 Heirloom Patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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While working as a vintage clothing dealer, combing through estate sales and eBay listings, longtime knitter Kristen Rengren amassed hundreds of knitting pattern booklets from 1920 through 1960. Now a knitwear designer, Rengren brings us the result of her combined passions in Vintage Baby Knits, a charming collection of more than 40 contemporary updates of timeless baby patterns.

 

Projects range from small, quick-to-knit items like hats, booties, and shrugs to larger, more...

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Vintage Baby Knits: More Than 40 Heirloom Patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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Overview

While working as a vintage clothing dealer, combing through estate sales and eBay listings, longtime knitter Kristen Rengren amassed hundreds of knitting pattern booklets from 1920 through 1960. Now a knitwear designer, Rengren brings us the result of her combined passions in Vintage Baby Knits, a charming collection of more than 40 contemporary updates of timeless baby patterns.

 

Projects range from small, quick-to-knit items like hats, booties, and shrugs to larger, more challenging designs for sweaters, onesies, and dresses, including a lace christening gown. Beautiful photographs capture a bevy of adorable babies and toddlers wearing these knitted treasures. Also included are sidebars on baby fashion and knitting culture in this bygone era, and a complete reference section. Destined to be a classic itself, Vintage Baby Knits promises family heirlooms for 21st-century babies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453274354
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Kristen Rengren is a freelance knitwear designer who specializes in vintage styles. Previously she worked as a vintage clothing dealer and as a public relations specialist for independent theater companies and as a development director at DePaul University in Chicago.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    Amazing!

    In response to the notion that some of the patterns are impractical for the modern baby; read the title "VINTAGE BABY KNITS." Also, cloth diapering has come back into vogue. I actually bought this book for the soaker pattern alone. I absolutely fell in love with not only the resulting soaker but also with other pieces I ended up knitting. Perhaps this book is best suited for those with a little bit more knitting experience and classic tastes.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2009

    Love this beautiful book!

    This book is wonderful! The photography is gorgeous and the ideas are so beautiful. The honeycomb blanket is worth the price alone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Fascinating history + adorable patterns

    I highly enjoyed reading this book. I can't wait to make a lot of these patterns. This book also serves as an introduction to vintage knitting history. The resources section in the back on modifying other vintage patterns is exceptionally helpful; often when I come across a vintage pattern the yarn is obsolete and conversion information practically nonexistent. Not only do I have a great knitting book but also a newfound interest in vintage knitting. Plus all the patterns are for babies who are (obviously) small, which is great for people like me who have short knitting attention spans!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Excited to Start Knitting

    I bought this simply for the honeycomb blanket for a baby gift. However, I will have to try a few more patterns once I've finished the blanket.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Pictures and diagrams cut off

    Most of the pictures and diagrams are not properly aligned in the Nook version, causing them to be cut off when viewed in the upright position. You can't even see most of the finished items in the photos--only a sleeve if you're lucky! Changing the font size doesn't seem to help the cut off diagrams either.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

    don't bother.

    The cover photo is charming and that's about it. Some of the knitting projects are bizarre--knitted soakers p.26 p.86 ???? they look like knitted shorts/diaper type thing--ugly and silly. Why bother including something so impractical for today's baby. Some of the sweaters look so poorly designed--p 104, sailor sweater and girl's cape p.96. In the photos, they look badly made. One sweater is cute--felix cardigan (cat motif). I'm not happy with the book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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