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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Knitted Crocheted Fashions Pattern Star Book 125

This American Thread Pattern book is another lovely piece of Pattern Art.  The model images are reminescent  of the 1950's.   Okay, so ya ... 1956 to be exact   The patterns are about an equal mix of crochet and knitting and include sweaters for him and her, along with dresses, stoles, and capes.   Yes, the usual pattern categories ... but some real classics.   In this issue, American Thread, instead of assigning pattern numbers, most typically gives each pattern a name.  Most name would seem to correspond to the name of the model, a couple the style of the garment.  The book was apparently a promotion for American Thead's Dawn Brand Yarns.    Almost all of the patterns call for some variation of this brand.    

American Thread Company
Star Fashion Book 125
Fashions Knitted, Crocheted
Adorning the front cover: 
Sunny - The Broad Ribbed Cardigan.  This knitted sweater is sized Small, Medium and Large.  The sweater is knitted with crochet details. 

It's a Coat; It's a Dress - The pattern gives instructions first to knit the coat and then gives a slight change to close up the coat to make the dress.  Sized 10 - 12 - 14 - 16.

Jim - An Extraordinary Guy - This is a really nice mens knitted sweater with cable details and a ribbed neck, wrists and hem.  It is Sized 40 - 42 - 44 and 46.  

Don - A Fair Isle Favorite - A nice Irish patterned pullover for men.   This knitted sweater is sized 38 - 40 - 42 and 44.  The chart for the design is included. 

Lila - A Sports Choice.  This pretty piece is knitted and then an embroidered design is added.  (Design chart included).   It is sized 10 - 12 - 14 - 16.

Nell - The Traveller is a lovely combo two piece suit consisting of a cardigan and a pleated pattern stitch straight skirt.   Both the Cardigan and Skirt are sized 12 - 14 - 16 - 18. 

Jerry - The All Time Favorite is a knitted mens cardigan with contrasting bands and raglan sleeves.   It is sized 40 - 42 - 44 - 46.

Reeta's Neater is also a two piece dress featuring long sleeves and a notched collar, along with a straight, nicely fitted, skirt.  It is knitted with crochet detail.     It is sized 12 - 14 - 16 - 18

Katherine - Queen of Stoles starts the Crochet section.   This shawl sports a nice fold cover collar effect.    It is one size. 

Elizabeth In a Coachman's Jacket - Here is a crocheted classic !   It is sized Small - Medium - Large.

Orlon - Velvet Smooth is knitted with Fingering Yarn, giving it that velvety look.   It is sized 12 - 14 - 16 and 18.

The Little Stole - A One Size Crocheted shoulder stole .. perfect when it is only slightly chilly.

Jane - That Tweed Look is a double breasted (look) Cardigan with three quarter sleeves, notched collar and v-neckline.  It is knitted (crochet edges) and sized Small - Medium - Large

Lisa - The Exotic is the grand finale for this book, and Grand it is !  This piece sports an Chevron design in a large square.  It is folded for the double fringed effect, which means you could control that specific look depending on where you placed the fold.   (I'd imagine you would clasp the front with a corresponding pin). 

So, what do you think?    Did American Thread outdo their usual artistic display with this one?    There are at least 4 here that I wouldn't mind adding to my wardrobe .... most definitely the Coachman Jacket and Stole.

I've reformatted many of these and they are available in my shop; links are below the pictures.    You'll also find more specific info regarding needles/hooks, yarns for each item on the actual listings.    But, whether or not you are interested in buying a pattern, I hope you enjoyed looking at the classic designs!

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