Another pretty book for review!
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:
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:
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:
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?
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I’m going to wait to show you my current work in progress until I have a bit more done.
“Does this water bottle make my butt look large?”