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Vintage Design Workshop: Knitting Techniques for Modern Style
     

Vintage Design Workshop: Knitting Techniques for Modern Style

by Geraldine Warner, Warner Gerry
 

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

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.

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.)
From the Publisher

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596688391
Publisher:
Interweave Press
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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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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