Vintage Design Workshop: Knitting Techniques for Modern Style

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Discover knitting techniques that allow you to adapt vintage patterns into the perfect fit for modern-day style!

Vintage Design Workshop is the guide that retro-loving knitters have been waiting for-a welcome relief for those who have been frustrated by vintage patterns that come in one size only.

Divided into two sections, this essential book first teaches you how to update any vintage pattern to accommodate modern sizes and gives advice on ...

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Overview

Discover knitting techniques that allow you to adapt vintage patterns into the perfect fit for modern-day style!

Vintage Design Workshop is the guide that retro-loving knitters have been waiting for-a welcome relief for those who have been frustrated by vintage patterns that come in one size only.

Divided into two sections, this essential book first teaches you how to update any vintage pattern to accommodate modern sizes and gives advice on choosing substitutes for yarns that are out of production. The second section demonstrates how to adapt modern patterns to create a vintage silhouette, teaching how to mix and match sleeves, necklines, or collars to the pattern of your choice to achieve a vintage look.

The author uses one vintage pattern throughout as the basis for separate tutorials on yarn substitution, sizing and gauge, deciding on alterations, adjusting shaping and length, and adding or altering details. Vintage Design Workshop is a key resource for any knitter who is keen on learning how very simple it is to update or customize patterns yourself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With its thorough examination of vintage knitwear dating from 1900 through the 1960s, this impressive book is for the experienced knitter who is ready to take his or her knitting back in time. Warner, a British knitting guru, leads the reader through the often mystifying world of vintage knitting patterns, which have a language, symbols, tools, and materials all their own. But the true value of this book lies in Warner’s more-than-thorough description of how to find and update old knitting patterns. She shows knitters not only how to translate them, but also how to update them for contemporary wear by lengthening a waistline or by changing a collar, and by helping determine what contemporary fiber will best mimic a yarn no longer available. The written directions and drawn illustrations are spot-on: informative, clear, and concise. But the photographs of Warner’s finished, updated projects hit a wrong note in their use of dowdy, outdated styling, in a book about modernizing the old. And there are no patterns for complete projects in this book, something that would have been helpful in demonstrating the many steps Warner takes to transform outdated patterns into things she can wear now. Still, nothing can detract from the thorough treatment she gives the subject of making the old new again. (Feb.)
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"Geraldine Warner offers a thoughtful and detailed process for making vintage patterns your own or adding vintage style to modern patterns in her book Vintage Design Workshop: Knitting Techniques for Modern Style." --About.com: Knitting

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596688391
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,502,173
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Geraldine Warner is a knitting novelist who has been knitting and crocheting since the age of 7. She has contributed articles to Let's Knit, Knit Today, and Knitting magazines, and writes about her adventures in vintage knitting on her website: skiffvintageknittingpatterns.co.uk.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
Introductory basics
How to use this book
Why knit vintage?
A brief history of 20th century knitting fashions and shapes
Abbreviations
Needle sizes and needle conversion chart
Equipment

Section 1: Updating vintage patterns

Chapter 1: Preparation
Finding and assessing your pattern
Gauge swatching and tension
Taking your measurements
Deconstruct to reconstruct

Chapter 2: Substituting yarns
Background to vintage yarns
Finding yarn to suit your pattern
Calculating yardage and weight
Colors

Chapter 3: Adjusting vintage sizes
Adjusting widths
Adjusting lengths
Adjusting armholes and sleeves
Adjusting shoulders
Adjusting necklines
Working with fair isles and stitch patterns

Section 2: Retro-Styling Modern Patterns

Chapter 4: Adjusting sizes
Finding and assessing your pattern
Adjustment considerations
Shaping your garment
Adding darts
Adjusting volume and ease
Shortening and lengthening sleeves

Chapter 5: Patterns for vintage elements
Sleeves
Collars and necklines
Pleats
Cuffs
Vintage stitch patterns
Fair isle motifs and embroidery
Contrasting edges and crochet trims
Hemlines and button bands

Chapter 6: Adding elements to existing patterns
Choosing your bodice
Matching sleeves to a bodice
Adding shoulder pads to sleeves
Matching collars to a bodice
Sourcing and adding buttons
Tips for finishing

Troubleshooting
Useful resources
Glossary of terms
Index
Acknowledgments

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