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Contemporary Classics Paperback – 28 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (28 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184537617X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845376178
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 28.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean is known worldwide for her distinctive couture knits. Author of many successful books including Designer Knits, Sculptured Knits, Couture Knits and, most recently Sweet Shawlettes, she has designed for Rowan Yarns, Araucania and Artesano, as well as many international fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley and Benetton.

Her innovative combinations of intricate textures, striking colourways and sophisticated styling have been widely influential. Her designs appear regularly in Vogue Knitting, The Knitter and Rowan Magazine.

Passionate about good design, she believes it should be available to all, not just the few who can afford to buy couture. Spreading the word, she teaches knit design and technique workshops in the UK, Europe and North America.

Travel is a passion and Jean likes nothing better than to connect with kindred spirits and share skills. She's an ardent maker of stitches, clothes, food, music and gardens. Together with partner Philip Mercer, she hosts her own knitters' tours, mainly in the UK, but Morocco and Ireland have been recent destinations, with Greece and France as future possibilities.

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About the Author

Jean Moss is known worldwide for her stylish and couture knits. She is the author of two highly successful books on knitting (Sculptured Knits and World Knits) and was for 10 years a supplier to Ralph Lauren of his signature handknitted sweaters. Currently she is the designer for Artesano Alpaca Yarns, writes a problem-solving feature in Knitting magazine and runs a series of workshops in the States. She lives in York.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Moore on 24 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
Jean Moss shows with this book her unerring touch on the pulse of retro fashion with her evocation of 1950`s glamour.It contains beautiful and wearable knits with simplicity of design outline and execution. All demonstrate the Moss Style we all admire, but this time around you don`t necessarily need to be an advanced knitter. My favourites are the roll collar jacket in alpaca and the gorgeous velvety asymetric jacket in velvety chenille yarn.It is as lovely as a design statement showing design versatility as it is a manual for it for Christmas I say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerry on 20 April 2011
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This is a lovely book to have - not sure how useful it's going to be at the moment though. There is a good number and variety of styles using different types of yarn from very fine to chunky and it does have gorgeous colour photographs that make you want to pick up your pins and try something. No yardage is given for the patterns only tension so it might be a little bit tricky trying to use an alternative yarn. Having read through some of the patterns I think they are suited to the slightly more experienced knitter rather than an absolute beginner but the only way to become experienced I suppose is to keep trying new things and learning from them. I do like this book and I'm glad I bought it but may have to start with something quite simple and work from there! I would definately recommend this book even if it sits on the coffee table for a bit!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Classic Silhouettes to Customize - 4 1/2 Stars - by Pat 21 Jan 2008
By T. Chambers - Published on
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I love this book! There is an excellent range of patterns from a lacy wrap, sleeveless shells and short cardigans through to several heavy cardigan jackets that would be warm and cozy. The patterns are presented in a range of gauges from lacy to chunky, and I particularly appreciate that small sizes are included (most patterns range from 32-34 to 40-42). Also included are schematic diagrams, although I would've liked a few more breakdown measurements with these.
I am thrilled to find a book that presents nice fitted sweaters with a retro feel; the classic shapes provide a great starting point for customizing with different colours and yarns.
If you like Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas, check this out. Most of the patterns are not terrifically complicated, but the instructions need careful reading (I find this common with most British designs).
I think that this book would be a great addition to a knitting library!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 15 Nov 2007
By Elizabeth Pickup - Published on
Format: Paperback
I had high hopes for this book, but was rather disappointed. I'm not sure this anything I will actually knit and some of the patterns were decidedly frumpy and old fashioned. There are a couple with interesting features, like a boat neckline, but nothing that stands out and calls me to the knitting needles.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful lines and classic shapes 21 Dec 2007
By Ruth Madison - Published on
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I guess it depends on one's taste, but I found at least six projects that I am excited to knit from this book. I prefer simple, elegant shapes and I hate lots of color and texture, so most of the designs suited me.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Nutty Knitter 20 Nov 2007
By Sandie - Published on
Format: Paperback
Clear instructions for the new knitter but little to interest an experienced knitter I have loved all of her previous books but this does not live up to expectations
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