A Handknit Romance: 22 Vintage Designs with Lovely Details

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Inspired by women's clothing, lingerie, and accessories from the 1900's to 1930's, A Handknit Romance offers designs that are intricate and exquisite. Step back in time with techniques including pin-tucks, picot trims, crochet edges, lace beading, and embroidery that convey modest and flirty classic fitted patterns using a range of lace, superfine, fine, and light yarn weights.

Attention to detail is demonstrated throughout and the result is a collection of unique, precious garments that reflect today's vogue for vintage-inspired fashion. Rowan designer Jennie Atkinson offers beautiful projects that range from small accessories to full-size garments and suit beginner and seasoned knitters alike.

Along with a fresh assortment of beautiful garments and accessories, you'll find advice on yarn substitutions as well as tips on how the patterns can be customized to fit all sizes. A Handknit Romance is the ideal design book for knitters who embrace creativity and the want to produce truly unique pieces

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Jennie Atkinson worked as a fashion knitwear designer for many years. Her designs are classic and feminine, focusing on shape, color, and stitch detail. She has worked as a freelance designer for the home-knit market, and her designs have been featured in Rowan magazines, Vogue Knitting, and The Knitter magazine. In 2006, Rowan Yarns published her book Beads, Buttons and Lace: 20 Romantic Knitting & Crochet Designs. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, with a Masters Degree in Design History. In addition to design work, she also lectures on fashion and knitwear history.

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"Black-and-white illustrations and photos of the original garments Atkinson used as a springboard accompany their fine-gauge knit updates, allowing the reader to appreciate how she makes retro details relevant to a modern wardrobe. Time-travel has rarely looked so good." - Yarn Market News

"All the patterns, even the beaded tunic with no lace, are very feminine and pretty." - Pam MacKenzie, New Jersey Home News Tribune

"Sooo pretty! If you like lace, you are going to be very pleased." - Knit-O-Matic

"Timeless pieces that are sure to become treasured family heirlooms.... Gorgeous designs." - Knit 'n Style

"If you love couture fashion knit with a classic vintage look, you will enjoy A Handknit Romance." - Examiner.com

"A Handknit Romance by Jennie Atkinson is a book to fall in love with." - Molivermade.com

"There are jackets, skirts, camisoles, stockings, day gloves, sachets, jewelry, lots of lace and beaded knitting...it's a dream of frothy girly goodness." - Knitty.com

"My gosh: just lovely. It's a nice variety of patterns...not a large number of each 'type' of pattern, but the range of possibilities is wide. They're lovely to look at, too. Just paging through this book is a sensory treat." - KnittingScholar.com

"Beautiful garments." - The Detroit News

Praise for Jennie Atkinson's previous title, Romantic Style: Knits and Crochet to Wear or Display:

"The trend in knitting today is towards svelte, stylish, sexy hand-knit pieces. Even bulky winter sweaters are knit with shaping and sexy details. Another book in this arena is Romantic Style by Jennie Atkinson, a collection of over 20 patterns based on 1930s glamour. The majority of these patterns are knitting patterns, though there are a few crochet patterns (mostly for accessories) towards the back.

'Cotton Camisole' is a simple, easy-to-wear camisole with a shaped bust and spaghetti straps. 'Beaded Cape' is really a capelet--simple in shape, falling just past the shoulders, and with a spray of beading on the hem. 'Butterfly Dress' is the cover garment--a sheer, delicate lace slip dress. 'Beaded Jacket' is a sleek, vintage shape speckled with beads. Seed stitch pattern accentuates the hem, collar, and cuffs, and a wide satin ribbon at the waist makes it feminine and flattering.

'Beaded Shrug' is a fluffy mohair lace design with 3/4-length sleeves that lead up into a delicate hood. The hood is edged with beads for a subtle hint of glamour. 'Chevron Lace Top' looks like a 1930s blouse perfect for a day at the country club. Ribbed hem and cuffs give it shape, and a button neck that is not meant to be buttoned gives it a playful edge. 'Bed Jacket' is too cozy to be relegated to the bedroom. It features a hugely oversized collar (goes well past the shoulders), a tie closure in front, and triangle edging. If that is not enough for you, try 'Dressing Gown,' the floor-length version with a nipped waist. 'Diamond Throw' is elegant but a bit dull--seed stitch diamonds outlined by eyelet lace. The 'Crochet Shawl' takes traditional granny squares but does it in a modern mix of silver-grey, grass green, charcoal, cream, and grape. 'Lace Shawl' is a quick knit with medium-sized needles and a wide weave." - Knit Picks by Alyse Wax

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