richie-fahey-pin-up-girl-quiet-please-librarianVintage lovers and book worms take note, our Vintage Librarian, the lovely Claire Pursglove, will be reviewing a book title in this new special feature each week. Have your cat-eye glasses at the ready! This week: Knitting Fashions of the 1940s – Styles, Patterns and History

knitting_fashions_of_the_1940sKnitting Fashions of the 1940s – Styles, Patterns and History

Crowood Press, £19.95

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With the climate turning colder of late I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book to see what I should be sporting in the way of knitwear this winter. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed, as this book is a treasure trove of vintage knitting patterns and original illustrations.

There are some really fabulous pieces in here which you definitely won’t find kicking around Topshop any time soon, and there is something for everyone with items for men, women and children.

My only gripe is the modern photographs which accompany the text, which seem to have come from the Eighties: knitwear aside, the only homage to Forties style is some token red lipstick!

Other than that everyone is badly dressed, badly groomed and badly lit (perhaps on purpose?). Nevertheless the vintage illustrations make up for this, so if you’re nifty with your needles, then this is definitely a book worth having.

2 Responses

  1. Lya de Putti

    There is a lovely new book called Stitch in Time available from Arbour House which has gorgeous patterns modelled by (amongst others) the beautiful Theo from the Shellac Sisters. Patterns are from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s – lots of GORGEOUS things. Here is a link:

    Toodle-pip – x