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What does it mean to “knit it old school?” This is a question explored and answered at length in Knitting it Old School, a fantastically fun new book by Stitchy McYarnpants (purveyor of all things kitschy and hilarious) and Caro Sheridan, an omnicraftual maker of highly collectible fabric goods. It’s a truly impressive collection of 43 (FORTY-THREE) knit and crochet patterns, with a few bonus sewing patterns as well. Check out Caro’s snapshots here.

Berroco makes an appearance, not once, not twice, but three times! First up we have Galileo, by Christy Varner. It’s handsome captain’s sweater knit in Pure Merino, with a really cool contrast color shawl collar.



Caro and Stitchy clearly had a blast setting a scene for their science fiction inspired chapter, Sci-Fiber! Norah and I are both big sci-fi nerds, so we were thrilled to see two Berroco sweaters in this chapter. This is the lovely Apocalypta, designed and knit in Seduce by Amy Herzog. (Caro has already made one! So pretty!)



Last but not least is the “twin set” I designed using Lustra, a shiny yarn that I just LOVE. It’s a teensy little jacket with lots of little details. Not for the finishing averse!! But so much fun to make and wear. I caught Miss Pamela Wynne herself wearing Double Decker (sans hat) at Rhinebeck!




I loved contributing this mod cardi to the book, probably because I’ve been mainlining Mad Men for the past 4 years! Little 60s style jackets are looking really good to me right now. What era would you like to revisit with your next knitting project?


Remix makes the Cover of Knitty!

I thought the boatneck and  side shaping gave my Aran a bit of a Jean Seberg-in-the-french-sailor-tee kinda vibe , so I named it Beatnik. Our model had fun with this one:

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…and I had a chance to play with cables.  The mini cables alternating with st st is becoming a recurring element.  See our free pattern Wishbone and Barnard from booklet 286.

I’m dreaming of making one for myself with  an oversized body and slim fitting sleeves – one of my favorite combinations.  I’ll make a body 4-6″ bigger than my bust measurement, eliminate the side shaping and follow the sleeves and armhole for my size.   I will definitely use the Remix, now, what color?

link to Knitty cover

link to free pattern on Knitty

– NG


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