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Knitting Classic Style: 35 Modern Designs Inspired by Fashion's… (edition 2007)

by Veronik Avery, Sara Cameron (Photographer)

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Title:Knitting Classic Style: 35 Modern Designs Inspired by Fashion's Archives
Authors:Veronik Avery
Other authors:Sara Cameron (Photographer)
Info:Stewart, Tabori and Chang STC Craft Melanie Falick Book (2007), Hardcover, 144 pages
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Lots of lovely patterns in here! They're the sorts of things I can see myself knitting and actually wearing on a regular basis: for example, the Olive Heather skirt and the Grandfather Vest. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jun 24, 2012 |
I have been going through this book for quite a while. The patterns are really nice. I think the title was a bit misleading for me. I was expecting a rehash of classic patterns. Not so. These are patterns are fresh and stylish. ( )
  TheLibraryhag | Sep 9, 2008 |
“Fashion, as we knew it, is over; people wear now exactly what they feel like wearing.” Mary Quant, quoted in the introduction to Knitting Classic Style: 35 modern designs inspired by fashion’s archives

Véronik Avery had one main goal when creating the patterns in Knitting Classic Style: 35 modern designs inspired by fashion’s archives – to inspire knitters “to knit whatever it is you feel passionate about wearing.” Unlike past fashion periods, today divergent clothing styles are desirable, yet many retail clothing stores offer consumers more of the same. To help fashion individualists find a more personal look, Avery has explored classic designs to create the designs in this volume.

For Knitting Classic Style, Avery has focused on four main themes: Fashion Mavens (women’s wear); Tomboys (menswear); Global Travelers (ethnic costume); and Thrill Seekers (sportswear). For each pattern Avery discusses the fashion history and inspiration behind the design. The Bias Shell pays homage to Madeleine Vionnet, a cutting edge couturière from Paris known for her bias garments. Avery’s Tabi Socks draw inspiration from Japanese hosiery and speculation that samurai may have knit tabi socks (socks with separate big toes) to supplement their income at the end of the Edo period.

Avery has included a wide range of sizes for her designs. Women’s patterns range from a finished chest of 29.5” to 52.75” (75cm to 134cm), averaging 34” to 48” (86.5cm to 122cm). Two girl’s sweaters (size 2 to 8) and three men’s sweaters with a finished chest of 34” to 57.75” (86.5 cm to 147 cm) are included. Accessories round out the pattern offerings with designs for socks, hats, gloves, wraps.

Avery gives her Québec heritage and the Montreal Canadiens a nod with her traditional Montreal Tuque. She reminds knitters to select their colours wisely if knitting for a sports-loving recipient for "in a famous Québécois children's story, The Hockey Sweater, author Roch Carrier recounts his outrage when, as a child, he was forced to wear a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, received by mistake as a replacement for his beloved but worn-out Canadiens sweaters." Avery recommends knitters research favoured team colours prior to purchasing yarn. ( )
  Antheras | Oct 30, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158479576X, Hardcover)

Classic projects that will maintain their appeal for many years instead of just one or two fashion seasons
Elegant yet retro-cool projects

In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out . . . and the day after that, you’re back in again. Designers are always referring to fashion’s rich history as they imagine its present and future, and retro looks remain ever-fresh as they are renewed—and restyled—for the next generation of wearers.

That’s precisely what top knitwear designer Véronik Avery is up to in Knitting Classic Style. Mining fashion’s endless archive, Avery has created 35 smashingly contemporary garments that take their cues from decades and designers past. The collection of clothing and accessories Avery presents is organized into four thematic chapters that highlight women’s wear, men’s wear (and its influence on women’s and children’s clothing), traditional ethnic garb, and sportswear.

Aimed at both beginning and more advanced knitters, the book’s projects range in difficulty from a simple drawstring purse, French beret, and Afghan-inspired slipper-socks to a shawl-collared cardigan, a geometric ski sweater based on a popular 1950s Native American design, and Avery’s own reinterpretation of the trimly elegant Chanel jacket. The author introduces each project by explaining its historical/cultural roots; Sara Cameron’s moody photos evoke the settings that have inspired Avery’s reworkings of the classics.

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Avery has created 35 contemporary garments that take their cues from the past. This collection of clothing and accessories is organised into four thematic chapters that highlight women's wear, men's wear, traditional ethic garb, and sportswear.

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