View Full Version : retro book recommendations?

02-11-2010, 02:53 PM
Does anyone have a knitting book to recommend with retro patterns?

Really, I guess anything fashionable from the 20s-60s would do :)

02-12-2010, 09:23 AM
The web is a great source for these old patterns. I especially like http://www.freevintageknitting.com/

Happy hunting!

02-12-2010, 10:31 AM
That's a great site!

02-12-2010, 10:49 AM
The queen of all retro knitting patterns is www.ivarose.com. She collects the original books, tidies them up, and then reprints them for you with a spiral binding. Hundreds, from the late 1800s through the 1940s. She does a great job, she's fast, her customer service is great, and they're not too expensive-- from about $8 - $25. She also has photos of all the project pages in the book, so you can really see what you're getting and choose wisely. You click on a book, and then scroll down and there are the original drawings and photos, and she notes whether each design is knit or crochet. Can't say enough good about it.

02-12-2010, 01:57 PM
Wow, thanks for that site. Great ideas there!

02-12-2010, 10:38 PM
Thanks guys! Found a cardigan pattern and I will probably be making that one after I finish the one I'm working on (http://indieknits.wordpress.com/patterns-2/patterns/) :)

OMG it's so retro T_T ***having a "things I adore" overload***

02-13-2010, 10:10 AM
I'm also an ivarose fan. It's so great to be able to get those old books, exactly as they were when they were first released!