Thursday, February 2, 2012

vintage knitting

i have a thing for vintage knitting magazines and booklets. ones from the 70s tend to be my favorites, but if i see one anything more than a few years old at savers, i'm always tempted to scoop it up. it just seems that at some point thirty or so years ago, peoples' knitwear tastes went a little haywire. anyway. i offer, from the synesthetick vintage knit mag collection: vogue knitting, spring/summer 1992.


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i do enjoy the sassy magazine-esque styling.


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there was a kind of 60s throwback thing going on for a while, with some jewel tones and hair gel mixed in. i can appreciate that. HOWEVER.


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no. really? because no. and speaking of novelty yarns...


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apparently the unfortunate muppet pelt phenomenon went back farther than i had realized.


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i also don't get why people felt the need to make sweaters as huge as possible. can you imagine how many skeins of rowan cotton that must have required??



there are some useful articles that still hold up, like how to choose patterns that suit your body type, and cast on techniques from meg swansen and good ol' e.z.


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and not all the patterns are heinous; there are a few beachy type things that i would actually consider knitting now..


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if you're up for more, there's a bunch of photos i took of this issue over on my tumblr. and, of course, there are more of these to share..

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