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
But wait a minute!
A few pages into the book and I read this:
VINTAGE KNIT is aimed at intermediate--advanced knitters.
What? 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.
Then held my breath and cast on for the back.
and look! ---> 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.