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Knitting in the Sun: 32 Projects for Warm Weather Paperback – 8 May 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (8 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470416661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470416662
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 1.2 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,750,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Bulky sweaters be gone! Knitting in the Sun gives you more than 30 projects designed exclusively to knit and wear in warm weather. You′ll find patterns to keep your needles clicking whether you′re lounging by the pool or taking a break at the beach: 5 sleeveless tops 4 short–sleeved tops 4 lightweight long–sleeved tops 6 summer–weight cardigans 2 skirts, a sleep set, and a wearable bathing suit 9 accessories ranging from a beach hat to a cotton wrap to a beach chair Whether you′re new to knitting or a seasoned stitcher, you′ll find fresh patterns and compelling designs to create gorgeous lightweight pieces that will make a splash on sunny days.

About the Author

Kristi Porter is an author, designer, technical editor, and teacher. In addition to authoring Knitting for Dogs and Knitting Patterns For Dummies (Wiley), her work has been featured in the Knitgirl series, the Big Girl Knits series, No Sheep for You , and Knit Wit . She is a frequent contributor to and has been a part of the online magazine since its start in 2002. As a knitter and teacher in Southern California, Kristi is an expert in choosing projects and guiding her students in creating garments that they will enjoy knitting and wearing in warmer weather.

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I am very disappointed with the book, probably because my concept of knitting for hot weather is very different. I was expecting hot, sensual, tropical designs but the projects here are all very normal, and nothing hot. There are a lot of scarves (!!!!) to begin with. The good point of the book is the number of patterns, variety and very nice pictures. The patterns are: scarves, shawls, hat, sweaters...but really nothing different, nothing special, many blogs and free web pages offer more interesting projects, honestly.
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I have to disagree with the previous reviews. For a start, they are not SCARVES but SHAWLS. A must in the summer if you live in the UK when the evenings can get chilly. Even in a hot country they are a stylish way to combat fierce air con! OK, the patterns are not all little vest tops and bikinis but there are some lovely pieces in here. I have marked several already that are on my to-knit list. I love the ripple stitch tunic and the cable and lace cardigan. And as I am sitting here with sunburnt shoulders, a lacey cover-up is just what I need.

This is destined to become one of my favourite pattern books.
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What a disappointment. I have seen better patterns years ago that were more stylish and modern. This is a terrible book and not at all what you would expect from the title. Very old fashioned. Do not go there !!
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ad55dc) out of 5 stars Nice, innovative patterns for warm weather 11 May 2009
By Charlene Anderson - Published on
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Yes, I am shallow. Many times, I judge a book by its cover. And I love the cover of this one. It makes me want to make the shawl featured on the cover. So far so good!

Billed as "The first-ever knitting book to offer projects exclusively for warm weather," Knitting in the Sun is divided into categories such as tanks, wraps, bags, and more and features 32 projects for warm weather.

There are several beautiful projects in the book I want to make, which means a thumbs up from me. I especially like and want to knit Santorini, Coronado, and Anacapa (the cover shawl).

While the book includes traditional warm weather fibers like cotton and linen, it also features patterns using the best of newer natural offerings like yarns made of or blended with hemp, bamboo, and soysilk. More than 80 full-color photos showcase these knit projects.

By only real quibble with the book is that there are many patterns that could have been written for circular knitting and few, if any seams that instead are written so each piece is knitting separately and seamed together. I hate sewing together knitting so would jiggle the projects as much as possible so I could knit in the round. This caveat aside, I still recommend Knitting in the Sun.
57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x982c8f0c) out of 5 stars Knitting In The Sun 7 Jun. 2009
By R. Deichman - Published on
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This book is a must have for the following reasons: I live on a tropical island. All of the patterns in the book offer size range up to 3X. Any pattern that has a graph offers a web link to print the graph in large bold face for easy reading while knitting. All of the directions are in simple language, and anything unusual about the construction appears in a tip box before the item. There are no surprises, except for the variety of beautiful things that anyone, of any size can knit to wear in a tropical climate.
55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980d5c24) out of 5 stars Not JUST for warm climates 19 May 2009
By Shannon Okey - Published on
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Knitting in the Sun is a fantastic book for knitters in all climates -- the many layering pieces are wonderful even for the climate here in the midwest, and the patterns are beautiful. What's even better is the ability to print working copies of the charts from the book off its related page at the publisher's website -- first time I've seen that done, and I read a lot of knitting books! Kristi Porter has done a fantastic job of bringing together top designers and patterns for a one of a kind book that belongs in your knitting library.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ef7bf4) out of 5 stars Must have book for Florida knitters 26 May 2009
By Cynthia Carter - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the book we have all been waiting for. Projects we can wear and use for more than six weeks a year. It would be worth having just for the patterns for tanks and short sleeve tops. The patterns are well structured, with lots of design details to improve fit, such as waist and hip shaping, and a vast range of sizes from small to 3X. There are projects here for any figure, and most of them are very usable additions to the wardrobe, such as the Black Sea gored skirt,or the Bridgetown lace cardigan. In addition to tops and skirts, the patterns run the gamut from sun hats to summer sleepwear to even a knitted beach chair! The charts are large and very clear, although my edition is missing a chart for one project. The book gives a Web reference for downloading the chart, but I am puzzled why it was not included. Many of the projects include lace, as might be expected in a book about lightweight knits. There are a number of projects that are well within the reach of a beginning knitter. The technical section is very basic, and could use more illustrations, but as this is not primarily a technique book, I don't consider that a drawback.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9806fdd4) out of 5 stars Bring a Hankie to the Store - Some Patterns Will Make You Drool 9 Jun. 2009
By Fairbanks Reader - Published on
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This book has some fun and wonderful patterns. There is something in here for everyone who is an advanced beginner or higher.

My favorite patterns were the Windansea Hat, the Anacapy Aran Wrap (though, for the life of me, it did not seem like a summer project), the Bordeaux Lace Shawl, the Cinnamon Bay Beach Bag Blanket (which, after all the time it would take me to knit that I would NEVER EVER NEVER use it for a bag) and the Bridgetown lace-paneled cardigan. The cardigan actually made me salivate and I can't wait to knit it.

As for the blanket-bag, I'd fold it and use it for a shawl - -it's that beautiful. It would be such a waste of time to shlump it all up to use as a beach bag.

This book has many patterns that I'd knit, it's a good resource and the instructions are very clear. For that reason, I rate it a '5'.
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