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Vintage-Inspired Knitting

Shortly after I re-learned to knit, my husband’s grandmother, who was a wonderful knitter, and still knits occasionally in her late 90s, gave me an old knitting book dating back to the 1940s. I loved the photos and the designs, and I started trying out some of the patterns.  Since getting that first book, I have inherited two wonderful books from my maternal grandmother (they’re the books featured in the header graphic) and I scour thrift shops and second-hand book shops for treasures.

There’s a learning curve in using old patterns – yarn has changed, language has changed, and there are many assumptions about knitting skill in those books. After trying it on my own for a while, I started researching how to interpret and adjust these old patterns. I haven’t been brave enough to try any sweaters yet, but I’m having a lot of fun with hats and other accessories.

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