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Knitting Fashions of the 1940s: Styles, Patterns and History [Hardcover]

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   1.84 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Crowood Press
ISBN  1861268629  
EAN  9781861268624  

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Celebrates the patterns and designs of 1940s knitwear. Drawings and photographs from the original pattern magazines accompany modern colour photographs of the garments. This work also provides a history of wartime Britain and America, using the actual words of the knitters and designers used by the fashion magazines.

Publishers Description
A vintage collection of designs and patterns for 1940s women's knitwear—from simple hats to twin sets to beaded sweaters. This lavish guide celebrates a decade of imaginative and stylish knitting activity. Knitting Fashions of the 1940s features more than 50 patterns that have been adapted for today's yarns and needles, from snoods to sweater sets. Patterns are presented chronologically and progress from the very simple to the more intricate, including lacey and beaded designs. Throughout, 150 color photos show the garments as advertised in the 1940s and as re-knitted for today's wear. Informative introductions to the patterns make this a book that will delight all hand knitters and fans of vintage style.

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Fascinating historical perspective, neat patterns  Feb 27, 2008
I enjoyed reading the historical background on knitting during the war years, and the patterns are fascinating. Most could easily be modified for today, or are so classic that they would fit in any time period.
interesting sweaters from the second world war time  Dec 15, 2007
I showed this book to a prof of European history and he was really thrilled with the information and pictures and said it was just like he recalled from his childhood in Poland. The book is arranged chronologically from the homefront and the troops to the fifties. Other chapters are glamour, intricate stitches, fair isles and children. The patterns come from old leaflets and magazines in England of that time but have been updated. There are some very interesting sweaters included although only one size so the knitter may have to re-work it for herself. Sweaters then were closely fitted so as not to waste yarn and look quite different from the bulky overlarge sweaters we've gotten used to making. A lot of attention was given to the details. The clover leaf design is my favorite but I would need to change the pointed sleeves at the top. I like the fairisles (the children's section is loaded with them also) and a nice cable and bobble cardigan on back cover. The book is valuable on two fronts: history and knitting and definitely recommended, but probably for more advanced knitters who can adapt the patterns.
Limited size options  Sep 27, 2007
Most of the patterns in this book are given for only one size, and there are no schematics, so be prepared to expend a little effort modifying the patterns if you wish to knit them in a different size than the one given. I consider the effort to be worth it, given that you will end up with timeless classics that you can wear through the years.
Love the 40s, Dislike the Updates  Jul 27, 2007
The history at the start of each chapter is interesting as it put fashion in context with society. The impact of the war was the mother of all invention during this era and women's progress to non-restrictive garments jumped ahead, along with the leap into the workplace. Many of the updated versions of the knitwear lost some of the charm, most specifically in tailoring. In almost every case, I wish I had the original pattern, not the updated one. It appears that finely tailored tops became more shapeless or baggy when these were intended as form fitting tops. My biggest problem may also be a factor: Almost every pattern has one size...sometimes given as a range. For example, fits bust of 36 to 40 inches?! Or fits 38 inch bust?! I am 34 inches and as these were originally tailored sweaters, I am going to swim. All of the patterns tend to exclude the petite and the full-figured so if you are a happy medium, this is for you. I could have lived with this flaw has it been stated, along with suggestions about modifying for fit. My guess is either the author did not know how to calculate different sizes and/or did not want to take the time to knit up a variety of sizes...perhaps a rush to publish. Also, the photos did not show good detail on the garments, usually a sign of sloopy or hurried construction. One of the sweaters I like has a hot water bottle cover over the entire stomach and no other shots. One update only has the vintage photo, no update. I do not regret buying as I adore the styles of that decade and might take time to calculate my size when I have enough time. Buy with caution.
Flying back to the 1940's  May 18, 2007
This is a wonderful and informative reference book on the life and times of the 1940's. Many beautiful patterns for all levels of knitters. I have had many positive comments from friends (even the little greeneyed ones). A wonderful book that's well illustrated with original and modern photos. A must for any lover of this era.

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