vintage knitting

This pattern comes courtesy of a rarer borealis – more vintage patterns available from the archive.


Kristen Rengren author of Vintage Baby Knits (read the interview here) is starting a series on her blog – all about knitting vintage and will include useful information to anyone who’s ever wanted to knit from vintage patterns – and some tips for anyone who’s ever wanted to alter a pattern to fit without losing its original style.

vintage baby knits

[Image from book Vintage Baby Knits

The first in the series is Finding, Evaluating & Understanding Vintage Patterns and to articles to follow include:

* Crash Course in Fashion History: Understanding the Era = Understanding Fit & Style
* Determining What Size to Knit and A Treatise on Ease in Vintage Patterns
* Altering Your Pattern to Fit Without Losing Its Vintage Appeal
* Choosing a Yarn to Match your Vintage Pattern
* Using Swatching as a Tool in Vintage Knitting
* But is it Yours? What You Need to Know About Vintage Patterns & Copyright


I am very excited to be a stop on Kristen Rengren’s blog tour for her new book – vintage baby knits. Kristen will be stopping by here on 10 July to discuss the history of knitting from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. She will be talking about the styles and techniques and how these have or have not changed over time. I am really looking forward to it. In the meantime enjoy some lovely photos from the book – by the very talented Thayer Allyson Gowdy. More photography and more about the book at Melanie Falick Books website.

Vintage Baby Knits: More Than 40 Heirloom Patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s by Kristen Rengren. STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (June 1, 2009).

Here is the book tour schedule starts today (1 July) at the Panopticon Dolores the Sheep gets real w/ Kristen Rengren Most of these stops on the tour will be doing giveaways of the book as well.

July 6 – Yarn talk at Go knit your hat
July 8 – A book review at Sheep in the city
July 10 – Knitting in the 1930s-50s here at whipup
July 14 – Show and tell: projects from the book! at Grumperina
July 16 – Book review at Knit Smiths
July 17 – Book review at Hand made news
July 20 – Something interesting at Heather Ross’s blog
July 22- House at Hill Road will be hosting
July 24 – To finish off a Knitting Q and A at Hand made news