Myshelf.com:Ribbon yarn has been around for some time, but books and patterns always seem to be aimed at more traditional yarns. Here at last is a book for this fun and fashionable yarn that concentrates on its unique properties and showcases its unique beauty. Any knitting book these days needs to be aimed at modern people, and this one is no exception. Gone is the "granny" image of knitting and here instead is a trendy collection of camisoles, ponchos, shawls, casual or dressy tops, bags, hats, belts, corsages and the ubiquitous cushion. I was glad to see that not too much equipment is cited as being necessary (you can guess what you will actually need) and before the projects begin there is a section on how to knit. The ribbon is slippery stuff and special instructions are needed for tension and handling, but if you cannot knit, this is where you can learn, although I would suggest trying traditional yarns first. Learn how to add lining and zips, make embellishments and finish off your work, as well as choosing from several casting-on methods and even how to hold the yarn. It is an attractive book too with lots of color, showing both the projects being modelled and many helpful staged photographs. At the back is a section on embellishments and a list of where to buy the yarn if you live in the UK, Australia or New Zealand with addresses and websites. I was left with a feeling of completeness, and essential (although often lacking) part of any good book. Workshop on the Web:Embroiderers love knitting yarns, we stuff them, couch them, wrap them - and that's just for starters. This book concentrates on knitting with them. It's a bit of a mixed bag but there are some good patterns and advice on using the wide variety of yarns available. An interesting wall hanging invites free machining and there are patterns for bags, hats and scarves, as well as sweaters, vests and cardies. SlipKnot:Plenty of clear, colourful photographs, but it is difficult to understand why the patterns (mostly women's clothing) have been grouped by yarn type. There does not appear to be any unifying technique or other feature that would require a specific book and I wonder if 'knitting with yellow yarn' would be an equally logical compilation. But the pictures are good!Simply Knitting:Ribbon yarns, as we all know, are terrific to work with, and look beautiful. All 28 of the patterns included here exploit the yarn's potential to dazzle and delight. Tracy covers the core techniques, the dos and don'ts, how to avoid twists and snags, as well as how to incorporate the ribbon with other yarns to create exciting contrasts. She also covers tension squares and proides a rundown of necessary equipment so beginners are catered for. Design-wise, there are patterns for scarves, wraps, shawls, vests, tops and sweaters to choose from, plus a range of handbags (from beaded tote to duffel bag). Vibrant, luxury yarns deserve vibrant luxury patterns; Tracy gives us just that.Knit Today:Bring a fresh texture to your knitting with this introduction to the unusual techniques and gorgeous effects of ribbon yarns. The first chapters cover the basic techniques involved, before the projects wow you with detailed images, clear instructions and extra advice. You'll create stunning tops for every season, wraps and cardis, hats, bags, cushions, socks and other accessories that modern knitters will love.
About the Author
Tracy Chapman discovered knitting at an early age, and her passion for the craft has grown over the years. Her work has been featured in many magazines and advertising campaigns, and she holds regular workshops for Rowan yarns, with whom she has worked as a design consultant for several years. She lives in Hampshire.