Monday, February 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Vintage Inspired Baseball Knits

Full disclosure: Allyson Dykhuizen of the Sweatshop of Love is one of my designer buds.
She's awesomecool, very fun, creative and talented.

Even setting that aside, her new book Vintage-Inspired Baseball Knits would have caught my attention. And let me tell you why:
-I always love a thematic collection. This one has the specific focus of baseball history. Allyson researched historic baseball sweaters and other team-wear; her passion for the game is palpable in this collection.
-six patterns for only $9.99! That's amazing!
-you can purchase Vintage-Inspired Baseball Knits as an ebook or hard copy. I love that!

You can purchase the book on Knit Picks as well as Ravelry. The book is $9.99, and individual patterns can be purchased for $4.99.

Here's a quick run-down of the patterns included:

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A cuddly and wearable cardigan, this garment harkens back to team sweaters baseball players used to wear.

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This sweater has some very cool button placement, creating a neckline that'll keep you good and warm on a chilly game night!
Also: make sure you visit the ravelry pattern page to see some cool pics of baseball players wearing this very sort of garment. Well-designed, Allyson!

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I love the beautiful, crisp lines of this blanket! A very useful knit to have at your side through an early-in-the-season game. Knit in your team's colours, make it larger or smaller, this is a great customize-able pattern.

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Here's an example of some of the cool research done for the book:
"The New York Knickerbockers were one of the first ever baseball teams, and were the first team to wear uniforms, which back then were glorified pajamas and nothing like the uniforms we see players wearing today. Somewhere along the way baseball merchandizing took off, and now female sports fans are in a world of bedazzled pink crop tanks and short shorts." (source)

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A great summer tee, this piece is named after after Ann Harnett, the first woman to join with the All-American Girl’s Professional Baseball League. What you can't see in this pic is the cute racerback straps! 

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This adorable onesie will make for fantastic photos to look back on when the little one is old enough to join little league!

I'm sure you're all keen to win a copy of one of these patterns.
To enter the giveaway, please comment on this post, letting me know your favourite of the six patterns from Vintage-Inspired Baseball Knits and your ravelry ID (or other way to contact you!)
I'll random-number-generate the winner on Monday March 4, and your favourite pattern will be sent to your directly!

Before you go:

Check out this great little video with Allyson

And follow along with the rest of the blog tour!

Mon Feb 18 - Magical Grammar
Wed Feb 20 - Under the Red Umbrella
Fri Feb 22 - The Yarniad
Sat Feb 23 - Voolenvine

Mon Feb 25 - Canary Knits
Wed Feb 27 - Adaly Myles Place
Fri March 1st - Subway Knits


Amy said...

Ooh, I would make the harnett tank first!

MrsZuvers said...

The knickerbocker tee!

Rav: Amazonianb

Kate said...

Georgia Peach first, then Trolley Dodger1

Anonymous said...

I really like the Knickerbocker Tee and The Georgia Peach!
Nice patterns!


Blithe Spirit said...

I love the Georgia Peach pattern equally with the Knickerbocker tee. This collection makes me nostalgic for my high school days playing softball. I'm Blithe Spirit on ravelry.

Unknown said...

Super cool collection! I love the Harnett tank. Versatile piece that is great for the upcoming warmer weather!

Debbie said...

My fav is the Georgia Peach. thanks

Melissa said...

The knickerbocker tee is fantastic!

@reskeined on rav

jamie said...

Georgia Peach is totally up my alley!

teeheewithmee on Ravelry

Cleo said...

I like Georgia Peach. Not a baseball fan, but I love these patterns!