Synopses & Reviews
Here are 20 patterns for a wardrobe of gorgeous knitwear--based on the original styles worn by such starlets as Jayne Mansfield, Bette Davis, and Greta Garbo, and by fashionable leading ladies from Wallis Simpson to Grace Kelly. This collection of must-have garments and accessories offers beautiful, classic patterns for knitting sweaters, cardigans and twinsets, plus sleek wraps and stoles that never go out of style. The patterns have been updated and adapted for use with modern yarns in wool, cotton, silk, and other blends.
First published by: London: Jacqui Small, 2012.
About the Author
Madeline Weston and her partner opened their shop The Scottish Merchant in Covent Garden in 1970, and for 20 years it was known as "the" place in London for buying beautifully made, authentic garments sourced from all parts of the British Isles. An expert in traditional knitting patterns, Madeline is the author of two previous books: "Country Weekend Knits" and "Country Weekend Socks."
Rita Taylor has been a keen knitter since childhood, with a particular interest in traditional Scottish knits, especially Fair Isle and fishermen's knits. She now manages the Gansey and the Period Garment Schemes for the UK Knitting and Crochet Guild and is involved with the re-creation of ganseys for the Moray Firth Partnership. She is the author of "Knitting; 200 Questions and Answers "and the designer of many garments in 1930s and 1940s styles for period dramas in both theater and film.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTSIntroduction: Then and nowKnitting fashions in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and how these styles and patterns can be re-created and brought up to date. Vintage DetailsModern yarns and how to adapt original vintage patterns accordingly. Vintage trimmings – ideas for embellishment with pretty buttons, ribbons, buckles and other accessories. CHAPTER 1: Pretty Tops, Jayne
Button-Front Top, Bette
Top with Keyhole Neckline, Doris
Shell Top, Shirley
Lace Top, Louise
Latticework Jersey, Marilyn
Magyar Top, Kate
Lace-Panel BlouseCHAPTER 2: Cute Cardigans, Hedy
Tyrolean-Pattern Cardigan, Ava
Angora Bolero, Lauren
CHAPTER 3: Starlet Sweaters,Clara Bow-Panel Sweater, Vivien Fair Isle-Style Sweater, Grace Lacy Puff-Sleeve Sweater, Marlene Lacy Sweater with Collar, Audrey Leaf-Pattern Sweater, Natalie Feather-Stitch SweaterCHAPTER 4: Twinsets & Two-Pieces, Barbara Fine Cable Twinset, Celia Lacy Fine-Knit Twinset, Veronica Lacy Cotton Skirt & TopCHAPTER 5: Finishing Touches, Loretta Warm Lacy Stole, Kim Fair Isle Beret, Betty Lace Stockings, Greta Lacy Wristwarmers AbbreviationsTechniquesDirectory of GarmentsResourcesAcknowledgements