Very early knitting patterns were written without the advantage of the photographic techniques of today, so there are few illustrations of how they should look. These old designs were based around knitting small squares or panels, which were joined to make a whole. The final piece was trimmed with flounces, frills or edgings of lace. Since the panels could be mixed or put together in different ways, or the edging could be varied at will, the resulting piece was unique to each knitter. Judith McLeod-Odell has spent many years tracing these old patterns and their sources, to enable them to be knitted as they were intended. Some of the patterns in this book are old favourites from the Victorian period, whilst some go back as far as President Coolidge's grandmother. A few are fresh slants on old patterns and there are also new designs from Judith herself. All the patterns in the book have been carefully updated, so they can be knitted in contemporary yarns and using modern techniques.
There are examples from every decade since 1820, as well as section devoted to a wide range of edging designs so the knitter can create her own special and unique heirloom to pass on from generation to generation. This is an exquisite collection of stunning vintage-inspired designs that's sure to be treasured.
Judith McLeod-Odell was taught to knit by her grandmother, and by the time she was eight she could knit a sock on four needles and turn a heel. She has collected knitting books and patterns for many years, and while working as a nurse she began to experiment with updating historic patterns and developing her own designs. She lives in Hertfordshire. This is her first book.