I finally got my copy of A Stitch in Time Vol. 2 and I have surprisingly mixed feelings about it. It’s a beautiful book with gorgeous photography, but that’s one of its major flaws. The photography creates a beautiful ambiance, but, like in Vol. 1, there is a handful of patterns with lovely photos where you can’t really see the garment well.
I was also pretty disappointed with the 50s patterns. Very few of them screamed 50s to me which isn’t the end of the world because 50s patterns are still easy to find, but that was the time period I was most looking forward to seeing in this book. The 1950s over view references the idealized hour glass shape, lower necklines, and the Sweater Girl look, but very few of the 50s sweaters in the book reflect that. Some of them are incredibly dowdy.
I feel like A Stitch in Time Vol. 1 was a much better book and the patterns better represented the styles of the periods they were from. It was easy to crack open that book and know what decade the section I was looking at was from. It’s hard to do that with Vol. 2. It doesn’t seem as deliberately curated and edited.
Complaints aside, there are a lot of patterns that I love and want to knit. They’re just not the patterns I expected to love and want to knit. This is kind of a weird review for a book that I’m happy with overall, but most of the reviews I’ve seen have gushed about the beautiful patterns (there are quite a few of them) without really going into other details.
I’d love to hear other thoughts on the book.