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Knit Back In Time
Geraldine Warner

Search Press
10 January 2013/ ISBN 9781844489046
How-To Books/Knitting
AmazoN US || UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Do you have vintage knitting books or patterns that you would like to make up but cannot find the yarns?  Or maybe you have bought a new pattern but want to alter part of it or change the size.  Help is at hand with this innovative new book.

There are many knitting books around these days, but this is something new.  It starts with a brief overview of what to expect from the styles dating from 1900 to the 1960s, and how to obtain some vintage patterns of your own.  Think about your figure type, and if it will flatter you and go with what you already own – how about that long vanished yarn?  There are clues all over patterns that you can follow, rather like in a detective story, to work out what modern substitute you can get instead. This is all, to my mystery-loving soul, rather fascinating.  Learn, too, how to deconstruct a pattern and work out how to add in the all-important missing details so as to know what the exact size will be and whether it will fit a modern figure.  There is more detective work to delve into as you find out about vintage yarns and their modern equivalents, work out pleasing color schemes when your pattern is in black and white, and adjust the pattern in other ways.  The author recommends this book to beginners and intermediate knitters, but I would place it firmly with the latter; this is not a book on how to knit, and you need quite a few garments under your belt to get the best out of it.  When you have had fun with your vintage pattern and are proudly wearing your creation, the rest of the book shows you how to retro-style modern patterns.  There are sections at the back on how to add certain features to modern patterns for a vintage look, and various other hints and tips.  Now all you need to do is head out to that jumble sale. A very unique and rewarding book; I can imagine all knitters wanting to own. 

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2013