Knitting it Old School: 43 Vintage-Inspired Patterns

Knitting it Old School: 43 Vintage-Inspired Patterns

by Stitchy McYarnpants, Caro Sheridan

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43 patterns inspired by the '40s, '50s, '60s, and '70s

Knitters love all things vintage-but it's not as easy as picking up an old pattern from decades past. Oftentimes, they use obsolete yarns, aren't sized for today's body shapes, and are written differently than current pattern instructions.

Now, retro-minded crafters get the best of both worlds in this unique collection. Drawing from the fashion trends of the '40s through the '70s, Knitting it Old School offers a bold new twist on vintage-inspired knitting patterns.
  • Vintage patterns feature newly created designs that flatter today's figure and use contemporary yarns
  • Fun, wearable patterns that echo styles of days gone by
  • Four bonus sewing patterns to whip up complimentary vintage-themed accessories

With a balance of classic and kitsch, wardrobe basics and saucy specials, Knitting it Old School is a breath of fresh air for knitters who love "old" but want to be "new."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470524664
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/30/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 922,521
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

STITCHY McYARNPANTS is the creator and curator of the Museum of Kitschy Stitches, an online and print gallery of notorious knits ( Stitchy has appeared on the DIY Network's Knitty Gritty.

CARO SHERIDAN is the woman behind the popular craft blog, and her sewing and knitting tutorials have been featured on, among other sites. Caro has appeared on HGTV's Uncommon Threads.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Beach Blanket.


Bright colors and airy yarns combine with just the right amount of quirky, summer style.

Wiley Wahine.

Crocheted tunic (Robyn Chachula).

Hala Kahiki Beach Tote.

Crocheted pineapple drawstring bag (Regina Rioux).


Tank top (Claire Moore).

Sunshine Day.

Crocheted women's tunic/dress (Maryse Roudier).

Cheeky Hot Pants.

Crocheted shorts (Marnie MacLean).

Ahoy, Sailor.

Women's sweater (Diana Loren)

Sewing Project 1: Bottle Buddies.

Chapter 2: Snowbound.

Woolen hand-knits and cold weather go together like marshmallows and hot cocoa.

Staghorn Pullover (Cheryl Burke).

Staghorn Hat (Cheryl Burke).


For Him and For Her sweaters Stephen Houghton and Tammy George (For Her pattern engineered (Jackie Pawlowski).

Après Ski Skirts (Kelly Bridges).

St. Moritz.

Women's pullover (Snowden Becker).

Peppermint Lounge Set.

Hat and mittens (Adrian Bizilia).

Sewing Project 2: Café Apron.

Chapter 3: Vrrrrooom!

Fashions that inspired an homage to car culture.

Pump Jockey.

Men's cardigan (Jodi Green).

Double Decker.

Cardigan and hat (Cirila Rose).


Dress (Pamela Wynne).

Fast Lane.

Speedway and Lady Speedway cardigans (Caryn Lantz (pattern adapted for Lady Speedway by Amy Herzog).

Saucy Convertible.

Women's sweater (Marnie MacLean).

Sunday Drive.

Crocheted car coat (Annie Modesitt).

Chapter 4: Shake a Tail.


Part of the joy of dancing is the styles that evoke a bygone era.

Swing Time.

Women's pullover (Kirsten Kapur).

Sock Hop.

Turtleneck and knee socks (Erin Slonaker, a.k.a. Mintyfresh).


Dress and topper (Staci Perry and Melissa LaBarre).

Go-Go Granny.

Crocheted dress (Maryse Roudier).


Rude Boy and Rude Girl sweaters (Caro Sheridan).

Sewing Project 3: Swanky Wristlet.

Chapter 5: Sci-Fiber.

Set your phasers to stunning; the future of decades past is anything but ordinary.

Atomic Bowling Bag (Regina Rioux).


Apocalyptus and Apocalypta sweaters (Kellee Middlebrooks and Amy Herzog).


Men's sweater (Christy Varner).

Not An Extra.

He's Not An Extra and She's Not An Extra sweaters (Julia Vesper).

Hello World.

Hat (Christy Varner).

Intergalactic Pals.

Crocheted Mitma the alien and Kusku the alien sidekick pet (Paola Navarro).

Sewing Project 4: Toasty Tote.

About the Designers.



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