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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 c 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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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 c 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.

37 review for Knitting Fashions of the 1940s: Styles, Patterns and History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    This was so incredibly fascinating. The chapters took the reader through the history of knitting in the UK during WW2, which was necessarily a look at the British home front, rationing, wartime shortages, and other wonderful bits of history. The patterns themselves were quite intricate and way out of my skill set. They showed pictures of models from the 40s and models from now wearing the completed item, though - with few exceptions, what looked wonderful back then looked awful now. I don't know This was so incredibly fascinating. The chapters took the reader through the history of knitting in the UK during WW2, which was necessarily a look at the British home front, rationing, wartime shortages, and other wonderful bits of history. The patterns themselves were quite intricate and way out of my skill set. They showed pictures of models from the 40s and models from now wearing the completed item, though - with few exceptions, what looked wonderful back then looked awful now. I don't know if it was the modeling, the photography, or that the items chosen were too specific to the decade, but there really wasn't anything worth knitting unless you're a reenactor. But it is definitely worth reading for the history alone. Apparently, knitting for the troops was so common place, there were dozens of (bad) songs about knitting - including one performed by Glenn Miller! Too funny.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    A very good book that has the history of knitting during and just post the 2nd World War (mainly the UK but some information from the US and Australia as well!), then the patterns are shown with both the original picture and then the up to date one (and the patterns have been adapted to make them suitable for todays knitters), well recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Starfish

    "The well-corseted girl has a figure which will last her for life, a good carriage and feet many times smaller than those of the uncontrolled." This is one of the knitting books that Kym told me would make me extremely jealous. It did. It's really interesting having patterns and social history (albeit limited to knitting and fashion context) presented side by side in chronological order -- good stuff. "The well-corseted girl has a figure which will last her for life, a good carriage and feet many times smaller than those of the uncontrolled." This is one of the knitting books that Kym told me would make me extremely jealous. It did. It's really interesting having patterns and social history (albeit limited to knitting and fashion context) presented side by side in chronological order -- good stuff.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Louise Armstrong

    This book is a good read, I enjoyed the history and the choice of original patterns, but I didn't like the modern versions of the sweaters. If you widen and lengthen a sleeve, to me, it no longer looks like a 40s sleeve, in fact, I felt that there was a relaxed 80s feel to the reworked patterns. There wasn't one in the book that I'd knit. If you were in tune with the author's style, this would be a fabulous book, if you like pure 40s style, then the history is the best part. This book is a good read, I enjoyed the history and the choice of original patterns, but I didn't like the modern versions of the sweaters. If you widen and lengthen a sleeve, to me, it no longer looks like a 40s sleeve, in fact, I felt that there was a relaxed 80s feel to the reworked patterns. There wasn't one in the book that I'd knit. If you were in tune with the author's style, this would be a fabulous book, if you like pure 40s style, then the history is the best part.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Meh. The patterns weren't as glamorous as I thought they would have been. Meh. The patterns weren't as glamorous as I thought they would have been.

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