Courtney Kelley &

kate Gagnon osborn

Vintage
Modern
knits

Contemporary designs
using classic techniques

Brigid
designed by

jacket

Courtney Kelley

Inspired by the grassy plains, curving rivers, and
rugged mountains of the Irish landscape, Aran sweaters
have a long history. Many believe they harken from the days

materials
yarn
The Fibre Company Terra (40%
baby alpaca, 40% merino wool,
20% silk; 100 yd [91 m]/50 g): olive
leaf, 8 (9, 10, 12, 13) skeins.

of family clans and sailors washed ashore—you can purchase an “historical” Aran sweater named for a particular
family or clan. However, all of these designs were most likely
created by a single knitter for the tourist trade. The Brigid
Jacket pays homage to traditional Aran cardigans as well as
the duffle coats of the 1970s and 1980s (themselves a new
interpretation of their time). This cropped version features
an updated color, large and funky cables up the fronts, a
wide rib buttonband, and three bold buttons, complementing the organic and rustic look.

needles
Size U.S. 8 (5 mm).
Adjust needle size if necessary to
obtain the correct gauge.

notions
Cable needle (cn); markers (m);
stitch holder; tapestry needle;
three 1½" (3.8 cm) buttons.

gauge
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4"
(10 cm) in stockinette stitch.
20-stitch cable panel = 3" (7.5 cm).

finished size
About 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" (91.5
[101.5, 112, 122, 132] cm) bust
circumference.
Jacket shown measures 40"
(101.5 cm).

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Madeleine
designed by

shawl

Courtney Kelley

This pretty picot-edged shawl is a great traveling
or weekend project. It is knitted point to point in a garterbased bias-stitch pattern that is worked simultaneously with
the picot edge. The construction is simple enough for beginners and interesting enough to keep advanced knitters

materials
yarn
Worsted weight (#4 Medium).

shown here: The Fibre Company
Road to China (65% baby alpaca,
15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere; 69 yd [63 m]/50 g): jade, 4
skeins.

engrossed. The bias pattern creates a Faroese-style wing to

needles

shape to the points, which allows it to drape comfortably

Size U.S. 10 (6 mm).

around the shoulders. Knitted in a worsted-weight luxury

Adjust needle size if necessary to
obtain the correct gauge.

yarn, this shawl mixes the practical warmth of a thick homespun peddler’s shawl with the softness of a fine Regency-era
cashmere shawl. Endlessly customizable, this shawl is ideal
for quick gifts and using up that odd skein or two of yarn.

notions
Tapestry needle.

gauge
About 11 stitches and 18 rows = 4"
(10 cm) in bias-stitch pattern.

finished size
About 54" (137 cm) wide and 24"
(61 cm) long at point.

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Clockwise from top left:

Yvette Roositud Hat, Erin Cardigan,
Ginger Lace Cardigan, Abigail Fair
Isle Hand Warmers, Tilghman Island
Pullover, Ajiro Scarf.

contents
Introduction

Rustic Weekend

Bramble Stitch Beret

Maple Bay Cowichan Cardigan

Madeleine Garter-Stitch Shawl

Whitby Fair Isle Stockings

Brigid Jacket

Cady Twisted-Stitch Mittens

Margarethe Faroese Lace Shawl

Vintage Feminine

Ginger Lace Cardigan

Adelaide Terra Yoke Pullover

Yvette Roositud Hat

Yangzee Cardigan

Baltic Mittens and Beret

Abigail Fair Isle Hand Warmers

Winter Harbor

Rhodes Point Gansey

Telemark Leg Warmers

Ajiro Scarf

Tilgman Island Pullover

Vorderhein Hat

Erin Cardigan

Clockwise from top left:

Margarethe Faroesev Lace Shawl,
Whitby Stockings, Rhodes Point
Gansey.

Glossary
Sources for Yarn
Index

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Looking for classic and
romantic knits
with current style?
Inspired by traditional knits, up-and-coming designers Kate
Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley put their own contemporary spin on knitting in Vintage Modern Knits, offering designs that you will simply want to wear. From classic
designs with fashion-forward color combinations to funky
cable sweaters for weekend living, each pattern takes its inspiration from classic silhouettes and adds a a modern spin
for an irresistible combination.
Vintage Modern Knits features several different traditional techniques—cables, Fair Isle, lace, colorwork, and
more—all showcased in modern, luxurious projects that are
fun to knit and lovely to wear. Divided into three sections
(Vintage Feminine, Rustic Weekend, and Winter Harbor),
Vintage Modern Knits features pieces with tailored lines,
close fit, and easy-to-wear, stylish classics. Projects range
from quick accessories to garments in a variety of knitting
techniques. Packed with perfect weekend wear, Vintage
Modern Knits puts a contemporary twist on classic knits
you’ll love wearing!

Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon
Osborn own Kelbourne Woolens, disPaperback
8½ x 9, 160 pages
ISBN 978-1-59668-240-5
$24.95
Available February 2011

tributors of The Fibre Company’s unique
artisan yarns. Their popular patterns
have appeared in Knitscene, Interweave
Knits, Interweave Crochet, and Vogue
Knitting. They both live in Philadelphia.