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!

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