You’ve probably already seen this book. You’ve probably already ordered it, received it, and cast on for at least six patterns from its pages.
But in case you haven’t? Three cheers for Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan’s Knitting it Old School: 43 Vintage-Inspired Patterns. (And read on for a CONTEST. Everyone loves a contest!)
Most vintage-update knitting books (and I own and love them all) are (1) full of understated, classy, mid-century white-lady housewifely styles; (2) quite limited in sizing, at both the smaller and larger ends; (3) short on designs for men; and (4) pretty.
With Stitchy and Caro at the helm, you’re probably unsurprised to hear that Old School is none of these things. There are loads of classic and classy garments, like Kirsten’s sweater featured on the cover and a number of other lovely, wearable sweaters and accessories (I’m wild about Diana’s and Cirilia’s designs).
But at least 50% this book is 100% bananas. Even the design I contributed — a houndstooth go-go dress – is one of its more reserved, staid garments. For example:
If you want a multicolor granny square dress to wear to your local community theatre production of Hair? Check.
An entire chapter full of patterns inspired by classic mid-century science fiction cinema? Also check.
Me, I’m whipping up a pair of Marnie MacLean’s crocheted hot pants to wear all over Rhinebeck next month. Yeah, that’s what I said.
Another remarkable thing about the book is the sheer number of patterns it offers — FORTY THREE, people. 43 patterns (9 of which are crocheted, plus a few bonus sewing tutorials). This is about twice what you’d find in most pattern books and, at the current list price on amazon.com, that comes out to about 38 cents per pattern. AND most of the designs come in sizes ranging from at least XXS to XXL.
My dress design, Rally, is available in chest sizes from 29.5 - 53.5 inches, with optional waist shaping, and bust darts for cup sizes A-DD. Plus the pattern includes 3 different skirt options, to increase away from the body at a 5, 10, or 15-degree angle (pencil, a-line, or circle). (It’s pictured in a size 33, with A cups and a 5-degree skirt.)
Find it on Ravelry!
Or on amazon.com!
Or at a trunk show coming this fall to your local knitting shop!
Aaaaand now for the contest: Leave a comment on this post saying which design from Knitting it Old School you love the most. On October 12, I’ll choose two commenters at random to win copies of the book, signed by authors Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan.