Book review on Baby Blue Tickled Pink | Bay Area Book Photographer

I came across a  project of Hadley Fierlinger and Angela Lang’s a while back on BKids and have been meaning to fill you in on it. So in order to keep with my New Year’s resolution, here is the scoop. These two are a dynamite team! Angela is a San Fransico Bay Area photographer. You can find her work here on her website.  Angela did the photography for Hadley Fierlinger’s  new book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. For all you crafty moms interested in knitting some of these for yourself you can purchase the book through my bookshop or by going here to Amazon. Both the knits and the lovely images provided by Angela are angelic works of art. The knits are guarenteed to keep your little ones warm and stylish in vintage patterns.To find out more about New Zealand residing Hadley and her knitting business, She’s Crafty go here.

Happy Knitting!



Book review on KnitCircus | Bay Area Book Photographer

Thanks to Knitcircus for their book review in the new issue

Book review on About – Bay Area Book Photographer

: Rating 4.5


Vintage knitting patterns are a lot of fun, but it’s not always fun to update those patterns for modern yarns and current design sensibilities. Hadley Fierlinger, baby knitwear designer and owner of Shescrafty Knits, offers up 25 patterns inspired by the looks of knitting patterns of old in Vintage Knits for Modern Babies.

The projects bring a classic, vintage appeal to more modern, relatively easy designs you’ll love to knit for all the little ones in your life.

Knitting for Baby

Fierlinger says she was inspired to learn to knit, and to design knit garments for babies, because of a collection of passed-down knit garments a friend used when she had a child. These days Fierlinger shares her passion for the knitting looks of old with knitwear designs that keep a modern flair.

The book begins with an introduction to knitting for babies, discussing the best sorts of yarns to be used and how to care for knit garments to ensure they’ll be around and looking great to pass on to the next generation. But the bulk of the book is devoted to the 25 patterns.

The Patterns

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies has patterns for caps, booties, cardigans, pullovers, toys, blankets, jackets and more. Six of the patterns are rated for beginning knitters, eight for beginner/intermediate, three for intermediate, seven intermediate/experienced and one for experienced knitters.

Most of the patterns are modeled by girls and knit in colors more suited to girls, but that doesn’t mean the project couldn’t be made for boys (though some of them are strictly girl terrain).

Most of the patterns that come in different sizes offer three choices; depending on the pattern they might range from 0 to 3 months up to 3 years.

Fierlinger’s style is similar to Debbie Bliss (and she uses a fair bit of Bliss’ yarn, too): often relatively simple shapes with nice design details like eyelets on a sweater, cables on a bootie or Seed Stitch borders on an otherwise simple Stockinette coat.

Some of my favorite patterns in the book are the Matinee Jacket, the one project in the book rated for experienced knitters, it’s a pretty little jacket with Seed Stitch detailing on the yoke; the Angora Bolero, truly a classic little girl pattern; the Modern Baby Bonnet, worked in a wool-silk-cashmere blend mostly in Moss Stitch; the super-easy Apron Dress with pockets for wee toys; and the Double-Breasted Car Coat; the aforementioned Stockinette coat with Seed Stitch borders.

Bottom Line

The projects in Vintage Knits for Modern Babies are really cute, useful, luxurious projects that you’ll enjoy knitting and giving to the little ones in your life. If you make them for your children or grandchildren and see to it that they’re cared for well, they may just become the next generation of heirlooms passed down to inspire another future knitter to take up the craft and a love for the vintage style.

Book review on Rookie Moms | Bay Area Book Photographer

For knitting mamas (or for non-knitting mamas to purchase for knitting grandmas) Vintage Knits for Modern Babies, from Ten Speed Press. Beautiful photos and patterns for pixie caps, wee mittens and adorable booties.

Book review on Monty of London | Bay Area Book Photographer

I was pleased to finally see Hadley Fierlinger of She’s Crafty’s new book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies in the flesh. Loop are now stocking it and I was excited to see my own recommendation on the back cover. I still stand by my thoughts that it is a charming and somehow familiar book with pretty patterns and lovely photography. Here are some pictures from it to prove my point.
I love vintage knitting patterns, and I did use them as an inspiration for my own Easy Baby Knits. Hadley’s book is not only full of vintage inspired patterns but also vintage inspired pictures, including pretty pastel knitting needle shots; collecting vintage needles being yet another of my obsessions.

Book review on 5 Things| Bay Area Book Photographer

Every once in a while, I get a really cool book to review (lots of times I get not-so-cool books, but I tend not to write here about those. You should be thanking me right about now…). A few months ago, I received Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger from 10 Speed Press. Let me tell you, this is one of the cool books!


Now, let me tell you, it’s not easy to review knitting books. First, you can’t just READ it and then write up your thoughts. You have to actually KNIT something to test out the instructions, and that, my friends, takes TIME. (I just noticed that “time” is a four-letter word. Coincidence? I think not.) So even though I received this book a few months ago, it isn’t until now that I can bring you a full report…

Now I can tell you, not only are the photos gorgeous, not only are the 25 projects are cute and approachable for a time-starved lady like me… and the patterns are easy to follow, and they WORK! (Wouldn’t you just hate to buy a knitting book and find out that the patterns… didn’t, well, work? Wouldn’t that just suck? Well, rest assured, Hadley has put together some mighty-fine instructions.)

I just completed the Organic Heirloom Baby Blanket for a new little one. Isn’t it gorgeous? (Just say yes and we’ll move on.)

If you’re interested in these sorts of things, I substituted six skeins of Lion brand organic cotton (in Almond) for the recommended Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Organic Cotton recommended in the pattern. Why? I had it on-hand. (Yes, I do occasionally “shop my stash” but I try not to make it a habit.)

I have also cast on for the Wavy Cashmere Baby Blanket, but I am not insane (at least about knitting in luxury yarns) so I am doing it in cotton chenille instead of cashmere:


So, in the spirit of fives, here are three more adorable projects I’m dying to create:

The Angora Bolero:


The Vintage Pixie Cap:


The Tiny Trousers (or maybe I just want those Tiny Toes!!):


Book review on Petite Purls| Bay Area Book Photographer

Vintage KnitsI remember browsing through a few books that had just hit the stands a couple months ago, and without a doubt, Vintage Knits for Modern Babies, by Hadley Fierlinger, practically jumped into my arms. The cover design is adorable, classic, full of color, yet simplistic, all at the same time. How could it not reel you in?

Fierlinger became passionate about baby knits when she saw her friend’s baby wearing a beautiful handknit cardigan that had been passed down a few generations. This led Fierlinger to design knitting patterns that captured vintage style, but with modern simplicity. The knits found in Vintage Knits for Modern Babies are boutique-quality and really encapsulate Fierlinger’s style of trendy baby knitwear, which you can find at

Fierlinger gives some history behind knitting for babies, both past and present. She gives great information about how to choose yarn for baby knits and how to care for the garments so that your modern heirloom can last for generations to come. I really like how she includes the usual knitting terms and abbreviations on the fold-out jacket cover. This makes them easy to find and you can always use the the jacket leaf as a bookmark. Fierlinger also gives very nice information on special techniques, including creating your own cloth buttons, embroidery and how to make twisted cords.
I find it very thoughtful that Fierlinger includes the sweet rhymes that are used to teach children how to knit. “Into the bunny hole, run around the tree, out of the bunny hole, away runs he.” If this doesn’t evoke nostalgia, I don’t know what does! This is yet another lovely piece of vintage information. She also adds personal anecdotes and memories, from friends, customers and herself, which gives a very personal and thoughtful feel to the book.

Each pattern in this book is darling. Fierlinger tags each pattern with a skill level, ranging from beginner to experienced. Many of the patterns use RYC Cashsoft and Debbie Bliss’ array of Cashmerino yarns. Some projects call for organic cotton, intelligently chosen for those projects that could easily end up in a baby’s mouth, such as toys and blankets. There are handknits for newborns and older babies; a nice selection for both boys and girls, as well as accessories and sweet knits for the home such as hangers and sachets.

I could easily say that I love all of the designs in this book, and it would be true. But there are a few that really make my heart melt:

Nana’s Bunnies: these adorable creatures were borrowed from a friend of Fierlinger’s pattern collection.The pattern had been handed down for three generations, giving every newborn that joined the family one of these sweet bunnies. I love that Fierlinger also incorporates these bunnies into the Bunny Mobile and adds one to the pocket of her Apron Dress. It’s little thoughtful details like this that makes me admire a book and it’s designer. Wavy Cashmere Blanket: I love everything about this blanket. The color combination is fantastic (cream, mustard and lavender), the classic feather and fan pattern, and it’s knit in cashmere. What a lucky baby to receive such a blanket! Modern Baby Bonnet: I love the stitch pattern used in this pattern and that the bonnet is snug against the baby’s head. Double Breasted Car Coat and Petite Beret Set: Oh my! The blue that Fierlinger chose for this set is so striking and the model is adorable. I know that I will be knitting this beret sometime in the near future. For those who are interested in a “supersized” version of the beret, you can find the “Mademoiselle” beret on Fierlinger’s site (this is also on my to-do list of knits!). Fierlinger rounds out the collection with a few nice bootie patterns, as well as pullovers and two very sweet wrap sweaters. All in all, it’s a lovely collection of knits.

I’d like to give credit to the book’s photographer, Angela Lang and whoever was in charge of the styling of the pattern pages. The colors used throughout the book are beautiful and very easy on the eye.

Congratulations to Hadley for such a beautiful book and wonderful designs. I look forward to seeing more from her in the future. For the time being, you can check out all of her designs at

Book review on BloesemKids | Bay Area Book Photographer

Thank you Irene for such a lovely review below.  I hope you enjoy knitting some of the vintage knits!  BTW, Irene’s wonderful blog about all things beautiful and crafty for kids is a must see.  I love her sense of baby style and beauty.

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger and photography by Angela Lang


Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger and photography by Angela Lang

I really understand why this book got a 5 star rating at Amazon and some very nice reviews from readers…the book is just very well written, easy to understand and the patterns are straightforward, If you are a beginner, experienced or a pro you will be able to find a nice pattern in this book. The Vintage theme makes all the pieces even more special and adorable just as you could wish for…I was immediately inspired to start knitting myself again, of course the gorgeous images by Angela Lang help a lot liking this book so much!

Book review on Team DIY | Bay Area Book Photographer

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies

by Hadley Fierlinger, Photography by Angela Lang

Awww. It’s impossible not to page through Vintage Knits for Modern Babies without making cute noises. Because not only are the projects awww-inspiring, the photography of soft ‘n’ sweet babes is equally adorable. This beautiful book ranks projects by skill level — beginner, intermediate, and experienced — so those of all skill levels can take part in the fun. Talk about gift potential! These aren’t your typical baby sweaters. New Zealand-based author Hadley Fierlinger gives us baby-fied versions of an angola bolero, a matinee jacket, cabled booties, even a double-breasted car coat. We think her vintage pixie cap and organic heirloom blanket would make fabulous gifts for friends with wee ones. Check out Fierlinger’s online shop at She’s been creating knit duds for cool kiddies — including her own two sons — since 2002.

Book review on WhipUp | Bay Area Book Photographer

Thank you Kathreen for a great review on the book!

Vintage knits for modern babies has a distinctive poetic aesthetic that I am drawn into, the designs have a vitality and depth that rocks gently back and forth between pragmatism and romanticism and the photographs are of a fantastic quality. (photography by Angela Lang)

Many of the patterns in this book are designed for using some of the amazing alternative yarns that are so easily available now – organic cotton, angora and alpaca and wonderfully soft blends specially designed for babies – these are described in the introduction along with a short but easy to follow techniques section for some of the extra bits that are included in some of the patterns (such as knitted motifs, embroidery + pompoms).

The designs are suitable for beginners to more experienced knitters – and for newborns to toddlers – there is a sweet layette outfit in garter stitch – perfect for the beginner knitter, knitted bunnies and a most adorable double breasted ‘car coat’ for little girls – so so gorgeous – with a darling little collar and matching beret (intermediate knitters).


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