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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (5 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683112
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Named one of the Best Craft Books of 2011 by Amazon. "Fall always bring a surprising book or two and this is the one for me, it's a book of directional knitting, with the direction being mostly sideways, but not always. The garments in this book are more sculptural than most knitted garments both in the silhouette side to side knitting takes on, and in the surface texture that knitting in multiple directions gives. The book starts with a short introduction to directional knitting, tips that Matthew Gnagy has learned through experience - row gauge, blocking, increasing and decreasing and assembling your garment. The sweaters are striking in their unusual look and shape, modern with clean slim-fitting lines. They are knit mostly from worsted weight yarn, giving an added visual weight and structure. My favorites are in the last two chapters, where the knitting is in multiple directions, and any of the sweaters with cables. Cables going in multiple directions, with the added swoop. You may never have encountered it before, but directional knitting is big news. This book starts with a short introduction and then its on to the 15 exciting projects for men and women, which are divided into three sections: Truly Sideways, Mostly Sideways and Every-Which-Way! Directional knitting is almost always simplified and, while there are some relatively easy sideways patterns in here, it's the trickier ones with cables going in multiple directions that will really catch your eye.-Knit Today

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Mathew Gagny is an accomplished costume designer and pattern maker. His knitwear designs have been published in Knitscene and leading yarn companies. He has also made knitwear samples for a variety of fashion designers for runway shows. Mathew resides in New York City with his partner and their two cats.


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By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Oct. 2011
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It's always nice to see a new slant on knitting. This book fully explores knitting with angles. Each of the fifteen patterns are based on a different construction method - knitting avoiding the usual rules. sideways knitting is not that uncommon, but Mathew has managed to use imagination and needles to come at knitting from every angle. yet the only instruction in the basic knitting guide at the back of the book is for short row knitting. The book is divided into chapters consisting of Truly Sideways, Mostly Sideways and Every Which Way. The book promises innovation and excitement. Cecilia is a fitted Aran knit sideways, note the word fitted; Becca an asymmetrical knit with disproportionately large bell sleeves (featured on the front cover); Deille a tailored jacket with collar; an Asian inspired top called Francesca (!) whose sleeves don't look quite right, it is knitted in too bulky a yarn; and Talia a top based on the same shape and ditto with the bulky yarn problem: Dani again quite similar and Lynette the best pattern in this section a fitted, short jacket with a retro look. In mostly sideways we find Dominique, a lace top that is truly delightful although the edging could have been better; Merielle a very attractive short jacket with cabling: Gemma, a cape style cable top; Erik a textured man's cardigan. In Every Which Way, Meredith is a long line jacket that is very wearable; Felix a man's zipped jacket; Jacqui a passable bolero, which again is knitted in the wrong bulky yarn and Jose a rather dated looking Aran cardigan for men. This feels like the beginning of an adventure and better and more contemporary designs could be forthcoming. The basics are here, play with yarns and patterns. There's enough here to start you off. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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Would not recommend. A bit dated, maybe only two garments I would want to knit.
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Interesting book. Some good, unusual sweater designs
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Excellent fast delivery great item thank you
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Great book. Some really good patterns.
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