I was asked by LAURENCE KING PUBLISHING LTD
if I would like to review this book: VINTAGE KNIT
1. Pictured above is just a sampling of the many vintage knit & crochet books that I have in my possession (psssst! I am obsessed with owning these! I hunt these down. Devour them. Search the world wide for them.
2. I love
to read books. 'Nuf said.
3. And then there is knitting. Sweet, sweet knitting.
So when I was asked to review a book
that "offers lovers of retro style 25 beautiful knitting patterns from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s"...
..well? Yes! How fast can you get it here?
And this book does not disappoint! While there are some patterns I would never attempt because they are so
not my style, there are just as many lovely, LOVELY sweaters and cardigans that I
would love to see will see
on my needles.
But wait a minute!
A few pages into the book and I read this:
VINTAGE KNIT is aimed at intermediate--advanced knitters.
I am definitely NOT that. There is no way I can do any of these patterns.
But then I read this key statement:
The main thing to anticipate when approaching an older pattern is often patience.
I read that sentence over. And over. And over.
And then sat down to attempt to knit a proper swatch. Proper, indeed! It actually came out!
Then held my breath and cast on for the back.
---> an actual back of a cardigan with increases and decreases for shoulders and arms.
I have never (huge emphasis on NEVER
) made a garment. Whether is be sewn, crocheted or knitted -- I have never been able to get over that invisible - but very obvious - hurdle of completing a home-made garment.
So if this sweater gets completed -- then this book is quite possibly one of the best knitting books I have ever owned.