Cool Vintage Patterns for Men, Women, and Children from the 1900s through the 1970s
By Kari Cornell and Jean Lampe
Everything old is new again in this collection of fun, hip knitting patterns dating from the early 1900s through the 1970s. Within the pages of this book you'll find everything from the pattern for those classic embroidered mittens your grandmother knitted to the alluring mohair sweater your mother stitched during her college days.
Retro Knits collects 50 vintage patterns for items as stylish today as they were in their time. Organized by decade, these patterns have been culled from vintage pattern books published by yarn makers, and feature old photos, pattern book covers, and original instructions.
The patterns--for hats, mittens, socks, scarves, sweaters, vests, and shawls, all picked to exemplify the era of origin--also offer modern yarn and needle suggestions, new schematics, and updated sizing.
I can't wait to make stuff from this book! There is a wonderful stocking cap that I think is first on my list!
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Check out this wonderful write up from Knit Today from The UK.
And in addition to all the wonderfulness that is Retro-Knits, the author Kari has indulged us with her:
List of 10 things probably no one else has done:
1. Assembled models of a California missions from sugar cubes during my day job in downtown Minneapolis.
2. Sewed countless pairs of boxer shorts using old hospital gowns and then actually wore them…in public.
3. Knit a Fair Isle cardigan sweater while riding to Door County, Wisconsin in a Citroen 2CV
(If you don't know what one of these babies looks like, here's an example:
4. Managed to knit three (yes, three) neon-green mohair mittens, none of which were the same size.
5. Drove cross-country to Yellowstone National Park with my 1-year-old and 3-year-old boys…and only used the DVD player once!
6. As a teenager I kept a journal of Casey Kasem’s top 40 songs of the week, just so I could figure out which song would be number one for the year.
7. Designed my very own quilt when I was 10, featuring all of my favorite things: rainbows, hearts, strawberries, and a sun…oops, forgot the unicorns.
8. Spent four days in Scandinavia without sleeping in a single hotel
9. Nursed my week-old baby boy while sitting in front of the milking demonstration booth at the Minnesota State Fair… and drinking a milk shake
10. As a young-in, I dedicated an entire wall of my bedroom to Duran Duran images, clipped from magazines and concert programs. The kicker is that each month I lived 2 weeks at my dad’s house and two weeks at my mom’s house…so I spent every other Saturday reassembling the shrine.
What a great list, I think my personal favorite is number 9! And I think it's clear that knitting and retro are an integral part of Kari's life and why she was the one to coauthor a book about Retro Knits.
And we want to hear from you! What is your favorite "Retro Knits" story? Leave a note or link in the comments section and in exchange for sharing your fiber-blast from the past by Wednesday May 25th we will randomly pick a lucky winner to receive a free copy of Retro Knits! Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you.