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Vintage Design Workshop: Knitting Techniques for Modern Style

Discover knitting techniques that allow you to adapt vintage patterns into the perfect fit for modern-day style!

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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.

Table of Contents
Why I Love Vintage Knits
Using This Book
A Guide to 20th-Century Knitting Fashions

Updating Vintage Patterns
-Finding and Assessing Your Pattern
-Gauge Swatching and Tension
-Taking Your Measurements
-Deconstruct to Reconstruct

Substituting Yarns
-Background to Vintage Yarns
-Finding yarn to Suit Your Pattern
-Calculating Yardage and Weight
-Yarn Charts

Adjusting Vintage Sizes
-Adjusting Widths
-Adjusting Lengths
-Adjusting Armholes and Sleeves
-Adjusting Shoulders
-Adjusting Necklines
-Working with Fair Isles and Stitch Patterns

Retro-Styling Modern Patterns
Adjusting Sizes
-Finding and Assessing Your Pattern
-Adjustment Considerations
-Volume and Ease
-Shaping Your Garment
-Adapting Sleeves

Patterns for Vintage Elements
-Patterns for Sleeves
-Patterns for Collars and Necklines
-Patterns for Pleats
-Patterns for Pockets
-Patterns for Cuffs
-Stitch Patterns
-Fair Isle Motifs and Embroidery
-Contrasting Edges and Crochet Trims
-Hemlines and Button Bands

Adding Elements to Patterns
-Adding Shoulder Pads to Sleeves
-Sourcing and Adding Buttons
-Tips for Finishing

Useful Resources
Needle Sizes
Glossary of US and UK terms
General Glossary
About the Author

About the Author
Geraldine Warner is a knitting novelist who has been knitting and crocheting since the age of 7. She has contributed articles to many popular knitting magazines and writes about her adventures in vintage knitting on her website:

SKU: 12KN20

Author/Speaker/Editor: Geraldine Warner

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596688391

Number Of Pages: 176

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