Vintage Knitting: 18 Patterns From The 1940s by Liza HollinghurstVintage Knitting: 18 Patterns From The 1940s by Liza Hollinghurst

Vintage Knitting: 18 Patterns From The 1940s

byLiza Hollinghurst

Hardcover | May 19, 2015

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This vintage guide is based on Knitting For All, written by Margaret Murray and Jane Koster, published in 1941 - the same year in which clothes rationing was introduced. It was just one in a popular series of books written by Murray and Koster throughout the 1940s that provided not only a complete instructional guide to knitting, but also contained an assortment of patterns for the whole family. Apart from the knitting of new garments the book also focused upon the re-making and repairing of existing items, clearly reflecting the contemporary 'Make Do and Mend' ethos. 

Following a quick introduction to the styles and spirit of the era, selections of their own charming knitting patterns - which typify this wartime austerity - are reproduced in their entirety in the latter part of this book. These clothes and accessories are still wearable some seventy years after they were first designed and can be easily knitted by the modern knitter (with the conversions provided). For the less experienced, and as rudimentary knitting skills have hardly changed since Knitting for All was first published, excerpts from the original 'Principles of Knitting' chapter that provide a basic 'How To Knit' guide are also included.

Patterns for the whole family include pullovers, cardigans, socks, scarves and gloves.

Liza Hollinghurst, also known as "The Vintage Knitter" - is a freelance writer specializing in knitting, Britain during the Second World War and vintage lifestyle.
Title:Vintage Knitting: 18 Patterns From The 1940sFormat:HardcoverDimensions:136 pages, 8.79 × 6.05 × 0.59 inPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1908402970

ISBN - 13:9781908402974

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Collection Nice collection of patterns. The patterns are in their original formats and most are wearable today. Nice reference book for vintage terms and a needle chart.
Date published: 2015-11-12

Table of Contents

Modern Conversions
1940s Knitting: Austerity on the Home Front
Designs for Women: Everyday Underwear, Fashionable Housecoat, Ribbed Cardigan, Cable Pullover, Sleeveless Waistcoat, Two-Colour Turban, Fascinating Fez, Afternoon Blouse, Classic Jumper, Black Frock
Designs for Men: Vest and Pants, Sleeveless Pullover, Large Size Pullover, Balaclava Helme, Muffler, Helmet, Evening Scarf
Designs for All the Family: Socks, Gloves
Principles of Knitting