Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger. Ten Speed Press (October 6, 2009)
Vintage knits for modern babies has a distinctive poetic aesthetic that I am drawn into, the designs have a vitality and depth that rocks gently back and forth between pragmatism and romanticism and the photographs are of a fantastic quality. (photography by Angela Lang)
Many of the patterns in this book are designed for using some of the amazing alternative yarns that are so easily available now – organic cotton, angora and alpaca and wonderfully soft blends specially designed for babies – these are described in the introduction along with a short but easy to follow techniques section for some of the extra bits that are included in some of the patterns (such as knitted motifs, embroidery + pompoms).
The designs are suitable for beginners to more experienced knitters – and for newborns to toddlers – there is a sweet layette outfit in garter stitch – perfect for the beginner knitter, knitted bunnies and a most adorable double breasted ‘car coat’ for little girls – so so gorgeous – with a darling little collar and matching beret (intermediate knitters).
A perfect raglan pullover for busy little toddlers – and a must-have ballet crossover cardigan for your little girl – along with plenty of booties and bonnets and blankets -for every baby and every knitter.
[the petite beret pattern is available online here]