Sunday, 12 June 2011

Review: Vintage Knits

Vintage Knits: 30 Knitting Designs from Rowan for Women and Men

Reviewed by Eddie

This book is purely a pattern book - but oh what patterns. Rowan has collected 30 patterns by 8 of the UK's top hand knit designers. I can't wait to get going with some of the patters. The patterns themselves are obviously not vintage but instead, vintage inspired by photos from the post war period and films such as "Chocolat" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
The patterns are mostly for shawls and cardigans but they are all unique and beautiful. Some include embroidery while others incorporate intricate cable-work. About half the knits are for men and half for women. A great collection for anyone who enjoys great design and vintage style.
The designers behind this book are: Kaffe Fassett, Sarah Dallas, Kim Hargreaves, Martin Storey, Sharon Peake, Louisa Harding, Brandon Mably and Lucinda Guy.
My personal favourite patterns are definitely Kim Hargreaves "Beau" and "Jarrett", two wonderful and stylish knits for men, Sarah Dallas' exceptional cardigan for women: "Tyrolean" and Martin Storey's "Bridget" which to me has a lovely Scandinavian look, that is a classic but still fresh.

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