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Overview

Looking for classic and romantic knits with current style?

Inspired by traditional knits, up-and-coming designers Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn put their own contemporary spin on knitting in Vintage Modern Knits, offering designs that you will simply want to wear! From classic designs with fashion-forward color combinations to funky cable sweaters for weekend living, each pattern takes its inspiration from classic silhouettes and adds a a modern spin for an irresistible combination.

Vintage Modern Knits features several different traditional techniques--cables, Fair Isle, lace, colorwork, and more--all showcased in modern, luxurious projects that are fun to knit and lovely to wear. Divided into three sections (Vintage Feminine, Rustic Weekend, and Winter Harbor), Vintage Modern Knits features pieces with tailored lines, close fit, and easy-to-wear, stylish classics. Projects range from quick accessories to garments in a variety of knitting techniques. Packed with perfect weekend wear, Vintage Modern Knits puts a contemporary twist on classic knits you-ll love wearing!

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Finalist in the About.com Reader's Choice Awards for Best Knitting Book of 2011.

"20 gorgeous patterns that are full of WIN. This book is truly worth its weight in qivuit." - Margaux Hufnagel, Tenten Knits

"Lovely projects. Courtney and Kate both possess a keen eye for modern styling and fit." - Lauren Weinhold, Lolly Knitting Around

"I finally got my hands on a copy and whoa, amazing it is!" - Melissa LaBarre, co-author, Hats 2.0

"Each design has roots in a vintage style or technique, and then is given a modern twist. Each piece is thus very thoughtful, and it's interesting to read the history behind each one." - Hannah Fetig, Knitbot.com

"Although I would consider most of the patterns intermediate in difficulty, it looks like any would be a good first project of the given technique." - Stephannie Tallent, Sunset Cat Designs

"It's so amazing. There are plenty of vintage patterns floating around out there. There are plenty of modern patterns...But there is a real dearth of not only lovingly-designed but effective, well-fitted patterns out there in vintage style. Kate and Courtney's book solves this problem times one million zillion billion." - Shannon Okey, author, The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design

"What's not to love about this book is what I would like to know." - Miranda Walker, Narrating Life

"I really liked the designs in here. I like vintage techniques. I like the craftsmanship that evolved over centuries. I like getting to try them out, and perhaps most important, I like being able to wear them when I'm done." - Knitting Scholar

"Absolutely stunning, fantastically wonderful...Kate and Courtney are two immensely talented, smart, fun and very hard working women; this book is yet another of their amazing contributions to the knitting world and I am truly in awe." - Cecily Glowik MacDonald, co-author, New England Knits

"Gorgeous. The projects, the photographs, the styling. All of it, gorgeous." - Melissa Wherle, NeoKnits.com

"The thing I like most about this book are the introductions to the various traditional, vintage knitting techniques that have been used throughout the years." - Wendy Bernard, author, Custom Knits

"Beautifully photographed, it's an inspiring collection of patterns." - Yarn Lounge

"One major pitfall of many vintage–style knitting books is that the garments and accessories make wearers look like they're going to a retro costume party. Kelley and Osborn, co–owners of the yarn company Kelbourne Woolens, avoid this by taking aspects of vintage style--classic tailoring, delicate details, and feminine touches--and incorporating them into garments and accessories that look contemporary. The majority of the patterns are best approached by intermediate to advanced knitters, but adventurous beginners will find exciting challenges as well. A classic, accessible collection." - Library Journal

"Knitters of a certain age will take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, while the younger set will love the fresh take on classic styles and techniques. The patterns are a mix of quick accessories and challenging garments. Romantic and luxurious, all pay homage to traditional sources for inspiration, while incorporating a thoroughly modern color palette." - Knit 'n Style

"I love the way Interweave has the books on their site set up so you can see the projects in them. In scrolling through some of the projects I found a few that I really liked." - Knitting

"The core idea in this book of lovely designs is a contemporary twist on traditional patterns and techniques. The designs are shaped and detailed with techniques and time not usually given in modern patterns and all knit from the Fibre Company's luxurious yarn. That's not to say that the designs are dated and stiff, knit at a tiny gauge, no. These designers know exactly what they are

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One major pitfall of many vintage-style knitting books is that the garments and accessories make wearers look like they're going to a retro costume party. Kelley and Osborn, co-owners of the yarn company Kelbourne Woolens, avoid this by taking aspects of vintage style—classic tailoring, delicate details, and feminine touches—and incorporating them into garments and accessories that look contemporary. The majority of the patterns are best approached by intermediate to advanced knitters, but adventurous beginners will find exciting challenges as well. A classic, accessible collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596682405
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Gagnon Osborn co-owns Kelbourne Woolens, distributors of the Fibre Company's unique artisan yarns with Courtney Kelley. Their popular patterns have appeared in Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, and Vogue Knitting. She lives in Philadelphia.

Courtney Kelley co-owns Kelbourne Woolens, distributors of the Fibre Company's unique artisan yarns, with Kate Gagnon Osborn. Their popular patterns have appeared in Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, and Vogue Knitting. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents


Introduction

Vintage Feminine
Ginger Lace Cardigan
Adelaide Fair Isle Pullover
Yvette Roositud Hat
Yangzee Cardigan
Baltic Mittens and Beret
Innsbruck Legwarmers and Mittens
Abigail Fair Isle Handwarmers
Rustic Weekend/Western Outdoors
Bramble Stitch Beret
Maple Bay Cowichan Cardigan
Whitby Fair Isle Stockings
Brigid Cabled Cardigan
Cady Twisted Stitch Mittens
Madeleine Garter-Stitch Shawl
Margrethe Faroese Shawl
Winter Harbor
Vorderheim Hat
Ajiro Scarf
Rhodes Point Gansey
Telemark Legwarmers
Tilghman Island Boat Neck Pullover
Sorrento Anchors Pullover
Glossary
Sources for Yarn
Index

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