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Knitting the New Classics [Paperback]

Kristin Nicholas
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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3 Sep 1998
"The subtitle of this beautiful new book is...certainly an accurate description. Crisp, clear photographs of each sweater immediately precede the relevant instructions, charts, and schematics, providing an easy-to-follow format....Altogether a wonderful book...."-- "McCall's Needlework. "11 designers with a broad range of styles and considerable flair. Well represented are Aran, Fair Isle, and multihued patterns for sweaters and coats that can be worn by men or women."-- "Booklist. "A vast collection of beautiful sweaters...."-- "Vogue Knitting Int'l. "Libraries should seriously consider purchasing this title for even very small knitting collections."-- "LJ.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; New edition edition (3 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806931701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806931708
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 21.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,192,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too many mistakes 30 Sep 1997
By A Customer
I certainly didn't like all of the sweaters in this book, but enough to make it worth buying. The best feature of this book is that there are patterns suitable for different skill levels as well as different tastes--mohair, instarsia, stranded colorwork, arans. The worst feature of this book is that that patterns do not appear to be have been proofread very carefully. I have noticed mistakes in many of them--most of the mistakes are in the stitch counts, so it's usually possible to figure out what should be happening, or to fudge something that will work. My other complaint is more personal--most of the sweaters are way too oversized for my taste and size (and current fashion).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book has beautifully photographed pictures of very
appealing designs--but--

The one pattern I have tried has serious errors in the
directions. For example, on page 69, "ZICKZACK" has moire
rib at cuffs and bottom.
1) Directions say moire rib is
"multiple of 6 + 2", then for small size directs to cast on
84 stitches.
2) Directions for Front and Back never say to change to
larger needles.
3) Shape of shoulder directions assume (in all sizes)
that there are an even number of stitches at shoulder.
There are not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sweaters but beware the patterns! 18 Aug 1997
By A Customer
This is an exquisitely photographed, coffee-table quality book for the moderately experienced knitter. The contents range from color-work (both intarsia and fair isle) to intricate arans and can be knit by any intermediate knitter. The only drawback I could find was that the patterns were not proofed well enough prior to publishing. There are what appear to be editing errors where instructions and/or numbers are transposed. However, of the 3 sweaters I have knit from the book there was nothing that was not easily figured with the use of a piece of paper and a calculator. All-in-all, a winner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Patterns, Thorough Instructions & More 14 Feb 2006
I have been knitting nearly thirty years, since I was a young child, and I have never seen a collection of patterns this unique and beautiful. There is a nice assortment of designs for men, women, and children, ranging from easy to extremely challenging as far a skill needed to complete.
The designs are truly classic, intricate, artistic, and well balanced as far as style and form. The instruction grids and pattern piece drawings are very detailed, easy to understand, and precise as far as measurements. With lovely photographs and clearly stated written instructions, this book is very thorough. There is also a nice section of tips for knitters - equivalent yarns, how to read charts, figuring sizes, etc.
The patterns are not at all dated, and I don't believe they ever will be. In the same way I can picture my mother wearing these sweaters, I think they will be completely wearable fifty years from now, so the time spent in the creation of these treasures might well be appreciated when they are passed down to an ancestor, if the sweaters are well cared for, gently worn, and still in good enough shape.
My only problem with this book is that even the easy/simple patterns seem incredibly difficult. But I admit that I am intimidated by sweaters. I am more expert at socks, hats, scarves, and throws. Even recognizing my anxiety regarding sweaters, I do not think a beginner should attempt these patterns because it might lead to frustration and discouragement with knitting in general. I believe this book is more suitable for intermediate to advanced knitters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for larger sizes 14 Aug 2014
The patterns are from an age when 'roomy' was fashionable. This has its advantages as the finished chest sizes are typically 44" to 52", great for the larger person.
There are a lot of dropped shoulders so there is minimal shaping.
Although dated, some of the patterns are still wearable and interesting.
So good for someone who has mastered knit and purl and is ready for a bit more.
Lots of colour changes and although cables are used, it does not have instructions on how to do these, due to the simple designs it makes the knitting simpler.
For the price its worth having and having a go at some of the designs.
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