by Claire Montgomerie
Barron’s, $16.99, 176 pages

As any knitter who has ever attempted a vintage knitting project knows, it’s not as easy as it looks. Not only may it be difficult or impossible to locate or replicate the required yarn, instructions may be written for one size only or the sizes given do not fit modern body types. Fortunately, British textile designer Montgomerie has taken the guesswork out of capturing some classic or iconic knitted fashions from by-gone eras by updating patterns for modern tastes, available supplies and realistic measurements. The result is this enjoyable book that presents 30 wearable women’s designs that were inspired by period designs from the 1920s-1980s.  From a Roaring Twenties flapper tank top to Flashdance-worthy leg warmers, there is an impressive range of projects from small, simple headbands and accessories to the more complicated dresses and sweaters as well as a good variety in a skill level needed. In addition to well-written instructions, the book also includes short text and visual essays on the fashions of the day.  Knitters who decide to add this title to their stash won’t be disappointed.

Reviewed by Linda Frederiksen