untitledThis week Queens’ editor Lena is reviewing a book on vintage knitting and crochet patterns. With so many vintage knitting books failing to capture knitwear in its true splendor through often shockingly bad photography, will this one deliver?

A Stitch In Time – Vintage Knitting & Crochet Patterns 1920 -1949 – Jane Waller and Susan Crawford

Arbour House Publishing
Available on Amazon for £27.99

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I instantly liked this one after I spotted our lovely Vintage Queen, pin-up Fleur de Guerre, modelling a gorgeous Thirties jumper on the back.

The book is divided into sections according to decades and shifts in fashion trends, with each new chapter introduced by a small paragraph on the cultural and sartorial events of that period – something I really enjoyed reading.

Each garment – from jumpers, cardigans to hats and swimsuits –  is introduced with the original pattern and photograph, taken from womens’ magazines from the Twenties to the Forties, followed by in-depth knitting and crocheting instructions, making in easy to select the right wool and sizing.

Every item is also showcased by a modern model in colour photographs, and it’s a real pleasure to see how make-up, hair styles and accessories were carfeully chosen to recreate each period to perfection.

This book had me oh-ing and ah-ing throughout and made me dust of the knitting needles to start working on a Thirties jumper. If you love vintage knitwear and know how to knit or crochet, then this is the book for you!

One Response

  1. Lynsey

    Just ordered this book, can’t wait to get it (and promptly ask a friend to make me something from it!).