Geraldine Warner ‘Vintage Knit’

Thursday 9 October / 6-8pm

Join Geraldine Warner, author of Vintage Knit for this talk on vintage hand knit designs from 1920-60. Explore the techniques, styles, and yarns used in Vintage Knit, including an opportunity to look at finished garments. With Q&A and book signing.

We have a huge legacy of wonderful hand knit patterns from the last century but how do we go about knitting them? How have the yarns and sizes changed? Geraldine Warner, fresh from finishing her co-authored book ‘Vintage Knit’ (Laurence King Publishing, out August 2014), can help. She will de-mystify some of the common confusions surrounding mid-20th century patterns with an introduction to vintage knit fashion and insight into how she approached her book.

‘Vintage’ is everywhere at the moment, but what does it mean? Must we preserve it in the era in which it was created? Fashion has never been as accessible as it is right now, meaning that we’re less concerned with what’s on trend now and more interested in individual expression, something which is good news for hand knitting! The resurgence of interest in 20th century fashion combined with a hand knit revolution resulted in the bold experiments that heralded the birth of the knitting pattern as we know it.

Knitwear can be relevant, fun and fashionable. ‘Vintage Knit’ is shot in a modern context and is aimed at a new generation of knitters looking for something stylish to suit them providing a reason to find hand knitting fresh and exciting, despite the age of the original patterns.

A knitter and crocheter since the age of seven, Geraldine Warner set up Skiff Vintage Knitting Patterns in 2009. Over the years she has developed her own style to adapt long forgotten designs knitted by her grandmothers to accommodate a modern fit and yarn choice. Warner is keen to share the fantastic results knitters could get if they spent a little more time, effort and patience on their knitwear. She is author of ‘Knit Back In Time’ (Search Press, 2013), a guide to adapting vintage knitting patterns and how to add vintage touches to modern patterns. ‘Vintage Knit’ was the brainchild of talented graphic designer Marine Malak, who called in Geraldine for her knit skills – copies of the book will be available in the shop during the KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood exhibition.

Price: £15 / £12 students, includes a drink and book signing
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