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Knitting It Old School

I have been excitedly waiting for the release of Stitchy McYarnpants & Caro Sheridan's new book Knitting it Old School . I was not only eager to get my hands on a copy because I have a pattern in it, but I knew that any book that combined the talents of Stitchy and Caro was going to be great. My copy arrived the other day and it's every bit as wonderful as I thought it would be. I had a non-knitting friend over on Friday night and as she browsed through the designs she declared that she must learn to knit just so she can make a several of the patterns in this book!

Knitting it Old School is packed full of fun retro patterns, both knit and crochet. My daugher Sofie really, really wants Maryse Roudier's Go-Go Granny dress. Her sister IJK wants Adrian Bizilla's Peppermint Lounge Hat and Mittens. I wish I could find the time to make Annie Modesitt's Sunday Drive for myself.

My own contribution to the book is Swing Time a curve-hugging, ribbed sweater. Its cuffed short sleeves are adorned with buttons and a touch of puff and the top.

Disc_5065_medium Photo copyright 2010 by Denise Siegel used with permission.

Photo copyright 2010 by Denise Siegel used with permission.

Sofie modled for a few quick shots of Swing Time before we sent it off for the real photo shoot. I think it suits her. She loves it because it works well with the high waisted pants and skirts that she is so fond of these days.

Swing Time

Swing Time Sleeve
I have two copies of this book so I thought I'd share the wealth. Leave a comment to this post telling me how you'd wear Swing Time if you made it and I will draw one winner at random to receive a copy of  Knitting it Old School. The contest ends one week from today on September 6, 2010 at midnight EDT.


it's very cute and the book looks fabulous. I would go retro and wear it either with skinny cigarette pants or a full pleated skirt.

Oooh, I'd love it with a pencil skirt or layered over a crisp, high-collared button down. Thanks for the contest!

Congratulations, Kristen! It's a darling top and the book looks fun!

I would definitely wear it with a pencil skirt (if I were younger). However, I would probably go with an a-line skirt these days. I really love it on Sofie - it seems more wearable than my initial impression from the book photos.

I really like how it looks on Sofie, so I'd pair it similar to her with high waist pants and probably some heels.

If I still had a waist I'd wear it with some high waisted pants, or a slim pencil skirt. Since I no longer have a waist I'd make it a bit linger and wear it with jeans.

Oooh, definitely with a slim, high-waisted skirt and a beret. I love it!

I'd love to have this book as I love everything "vintage". I would wear the top with a skinny skirt. Please include me in the drawing, thanks!

ooh, i love your design! i am incredibly fashion challenged and would probably just end up wearing this beautiful sweater with jeans, but it is really gorgeous! congratulations, k!

I love your swing time pattern. I love retro yet modern look of the patterns in this book.

Congrats on another great pattern!

How exciting for you! Swing Time is a beautiful top and I love it in that blue. I'd definitely wear it with a straight skirt.

Gorgeous! This would be perfect to put with a pair of my dress pants for work.

Adore the vintage look... and find it amusing that after several years of seeing everyone's underwear, we're moving back to high waisted. I'd wear it with a skinny pencil skirt and flats.

What a wonderful design! I think it would look amazing dressed down with a pair of jeans or more formal with a pencil skirt and pumps.

It would go perfectly with my high waisted pencil skirt and heels

This sweater would be perfect with a high-waisted black pencil skirt and matching blue heels. Love it!

Definitely with a pencil skirt and some wicked heels.

Another awesomeness. :)

I have this totally spiffy pair of two-tone, 1940-esque pumps with a little strap, and a slim, straight skirt that would be PERFECT with it!

Congratulations on the new pattern - looks like a really fun book! I think I would try the sweater with a high-waisted skirt.

I absolutely love the sweater. That sort of retro style is just my aesthetic.

That looks adorable on Sofie! Very wearable!

Adorable! I'd wear it with a full circle skirt and tulle petticoat - swing style!

I'd wear it with all the sass and finesse of Joan from Mad Men!

i'd wear it with a pencil skirt, kitten heels, and black stockings with a seam up the back.

Well, although I absolutely LOVE the piece, I'm not sure it would look it's best on me. I'd probably give it to a niece of mine and she'd wear it with a cute pencil skirt.

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