My current work in progress:

Ottar Hap Shawl, designed by Kate Davies, knit from Buachaille in the Squall, Ptarmigan, and Islay colorways, using a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) needle.

Going Hollywood

Another pretty book for review!

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This is Vintage Hollywood Knits: Knit 20 Glamorous Sweaters as Worn by the Stars by Bill Gibb, published by Sterling Press. Publication date is September 6, 2016, but it is available on Amazon.com now at the link above.

This is a hardcover book containing 20 patterns. The patterns are all re-creations of iconic sweaters worn by Hollywood stars during the golden age of movies. This is a reprint of a book originally published in 1987: Hollywood Knits.

What makes this edition different is that it has been updated to use contemporary, currently available yarns, making it a whole lot easier for knitters today to re-create these classic designs. It has been fully revised and updated design-wise and completely rechecked editorially to reflect changes in yarns since the first edition. The introduction has also been revised, since the author/designer died in 1988.

There is some nice historical information about knitting in the movies and stars who knit, including a list of movies that contain good knitting footage!

I did notice that there is one classic movie that was left out: The Lemon Drop Kid, a 1951 comedy that starred Bob Hope. Hope played a gangster who at one point dressed up as an elderly woman (an “old doll,” as he said) and hid out in a retirement home (a home for old dolls, as he said) to escape his enemies. He grabbed some knitting and feigned working on it, quickly turning it into a tangled mess. One of the elderly women asked him “What are you working on, dear?” Hope responded “A mop, to go with my argyle pail.”

To prove I did not hallucinate this whole thing, I found a still from that scene:

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They don’t make ’em like that anymore. But back to the book.

The sweater designs are classic and are lovely. Be warned, however, that the sizing is limited. The women’s sweaters only go up to a 40″ bust at the most, and the men’s designs go up to 44″.

The photos in the book are lovely: they are of the original Hollywood stars wearing the original sweaters. I would have loved to see photos of the modern renditions as well.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

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Gary Cooper’s sweater is knit from DK weight wool. I love the traditional Norwegian motif used for the colorwork — it’s timeless.

And Dorothy Lamour’s sweater:

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This boatneck pullover is knit from a DK weight cotton blend, and it is beaded! I think that gives it a very contemporary look.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of Vintage Hollywood Knits: Knit 20 Glamorous Sweaters as Worn by the Stars by Bill Gibb, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, August 28, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random.

I’m going to wait to show you my current work in progress until I have a bit more done.

Loki says:

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“Does this water bottle make my butt look large?”

Comments

  1. wow! glam knits. worth it for the photo’s alone. And then a chance to make some of those sweaters !!!

  2. Oh, it’s beautiful and so glamorous . Just like Loki.

  3. Cecilia David says:

    This book sounds great addition to a knitting library.

  4. That book looks fabulous!

  5. Janelle R Serio says:

    Oh my gosh!! I am wearing a Rosie the Riveter head band and peddle pushers with my horn rimmed glasses right now! I am so ready for this book!!!!

  6. I wonder if that sweater will make me look like Dorothy Lamour? 🙂

  7. Loki,
    Ignore the water bottle….you’s not fat, you is Fluffy!

  8. Bertha Mallard says:

    Oh, to return to the days of true glamour. Count me in. I want to start on a sweater now.

  9. Cindy Cook says:

    Re Loki’s pic, in keeping with the Hollywood theme, I thought at first of Greta Garbo’s “I want to be alone.” He’s so sweet! I’m going home to hug my Ragdoll and my two Meezers now . . . >^..^<

  10. Sue Horowitz says:

    Vintage knits are my passion. Would love to be the lucky recipient of this gift.

  11. Thank you for offering this as a giveaway. I would love to win this for my daughter, who is a film archivist and knitting addict. It was already on my Christmas list for her, it would be nice to have it come to her by way of the luck of the Universe!

  12. This would be a really fun book to have! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  13. Tina in NJ says:

    Although I’ve never seen the movie, I believe that The Lemon Drop Kid introduced the Christmas song “Silver Bells.” I believe the movie was written by or derived from the work of Damon (?) Runyon, whose work was also the basis of the musical Guys and Dolls. (There’s that word dolls again.) I hope whoever wins the book enjoys it.

  14. What a great book!

  15. Oh what fun!

  16. Thanks for the chance! Love “the good ole days”

  17. Wow! I’d love reading this book AND knitting some of the patterns. Love the oldies. Thank you.

  18. That looks lovely!

  19. My favorite knitting in a movie is from Mr. Lucky. Cary Grant!

  20. I adore old movies & the actors & actresses that starred in them. What a wonderful book!

  21. Susan Picciano says:

    Oh my! A must have for this old film buff!

  22. Thank you for the opportunity. I would love this book. And I think you just took Loki’s picture before he could look over his shoulder like Betty Grable. What a pinup he would be!

  23. Love the vintage style. I use to wear a sweater in HS that was a knitted beaded top. From the mid 50’s. Loved it..

  24. The book is lovely. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  25. Sandra Kerr says:

    What a fun book!
    Looking forward to seeing your current project update.

  26. Wonderful pictures. Thanks Wendy.

  27. Shannon N. says:

    I absolutely love watching the movies from Old Hollywood. I love how glamorous everyone looks and now this book combines my love of knitting with my love of vintage garments. I was not aware of the original book. Thank you Wendy for telling and showing us about this treasure.

  28. Old Hollywood glamour is the best! Would love this book!

  29. Dear Loki absolutely not just delightfully “floofy” 🙂

  30. That looks like a great resource!

  31. I’ts going to be hard to pick a favorite! I’ve got to have this book in my library. I’ll gladly buy it, but I’d rather win it!

  32. Oh, I would love to get my hands on this. It looks wonderful!

  33. Barb Scott says:

    There is nothing better than vintage Hollywood. Bob Hope was, and is, still my favorite. Also the styles of the clothing were so much better than today. I would love this book.

  34. Would love to win, but the number generator seems to hate me.

  35. Love those vintage sweaters. Back in the 60’s as a teenager learning to knit I knitted some of those Norwegian sweaters. Would love to try one again!

  36. Another give-a-way just love it.

  37. Love the vintage look of these sweaters. Great they have been updated.

  38. This is really cute… My sister (and best friend) loves the vintage look and I would love to maker her something special.

  39. Jeanie Babbage says:

    I LOVE these vintage knits! It is nice omeone has updated them.

  40. Thank you for the tip on “The Lemon Drop Kid”! Have requested it from the library. The vintage knits look beautiful.

  41. I love vintage clothes, this book seems wonderful!

  42. Cheryl S. says:

    Love knitting while watching old movies. Never saw The Lemon Drop Kid. I’ll have to look it up!

  43. Looks like a wonderful book.

  44. I will have to find “The Lemon Drop Kid”. Beautiful sweaters!

  45. What a gorgeous book! I love watching old movies and like to look for knitting scenes. My favorite is “Now, Voyager” with Bette Davis knitting on board ship as it is heading into Rio!

  46. What a lovely book! I’m very into classic clothing, and always have been, so this is right up my alley! Ans Loki sin’t fat, he’s fluffy!
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  47. Laura Stock says:

    Fantastic book! I would love to have it for myself but it might go to a friend who loves “old” knitting patterns.

  48. pam huang says:

    Interesting book! I love the fitted look of vintage sweaters. Count me in your drawing!

  49. I love the old movies. This book would be amazing to own. I hope I win. Thank you for this opportunity. Please give Loki a hug.