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New England Knits: Timeless Knitwear with a Modern Twist

New England Knits: Timeless Knitwear with a Modern Twist [Kindle Edition]

Cecily MacDonald , Melissa LaBarre
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Here's a lovely book of timeless hand knitwear with a modern twist, which captures the spirit of New England. Inspired by the vivid seasons, where a sweater or cap is always at hand to chase off a breeze, this collection is by young North East designers. The book is filled with flattering, wearable sweaters and jackets plus hats, mittens, scarves, bags and shawls. Lushly photographed on the New England coastline, these up-and-coming designers present their fresh take on classic knitting. The size range is generous - typically up to 50 inch bust. Full blocking diagrams, measurements and charts are included for most of the designs, so the ideas can easily be transferred to charting devices for machine knitting.-Machine Knitting Monthly This collection of 25 designs has a decidedly feminine feel, with a focus on flattering shaping. Cables are designed to emphasise waists; pretty stitch patterns work to elongate the body; textured cuffs and hems add interest, while the shapes are classic and wearable. There's a great range of designs, from jumpers and cardigans to vests and accessories. Most are knitted in subtle colours, to showcase the shaping and stitch patterns, although colourwork fans will love the "Whale Watch Hat".-The Knitter A knitting book with a hint of travelogue, this is the work of first-time authors Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LeBarre. The subtitle 'Timeless Knitwear with a Modern Twist' tells you exactly what you're in for. Beautiful photos of the New England coastline set the tone, and the patterns by the authors plus four guest designers certainly do it justice. The patterns are divided into three evocative themes: Around the Town, Fall on the Farm, and Along the Coast, giveing you a sense of the inspiration behind the designs. We love the 'Greenfield Cardigan' by Melissa LeBarre, with its pretty leaf detailing, and the versatile 'Windsor Warmer' in softest cashmere by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.-Simply Knitting If you're looking for timeless, wearable knits, this book's got you covered - um, literally. The book is filled with 25 patterns for cardigans, pullovers, hoodies, and accessories prompted by blustery seasons and seaside walk. Each project comes with generous photography (think multiple angles) to give you a clear idea of the finished piece.-Knitting Today (US)

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Cherish the gorgeous and timeless appeal of America’s northeast with this irresistible collection. Inspired by autumn, winter, and spring in new England (where the savvy knitter is never far from a sweater between September and March), New England Knits delivers 25 gorgeous patterns with classic wearability and contemporary style.

Inspired by their daily surroundings, New England-based designers Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre created each piece to distinctly showcase the weather, colors, and culture of the region they so love. Projects by four guest designers from new England yarn companies round out the collection.

Lushly photographed, New England Knits is divided into three classic themes: Around the Town, Fall on the Farm, and Along the Coast. Within each section you’ll find beautiful multiseasonal clothes and accessories, such as cardigans for layering or scarves to warm your neck when the temperatures dip. You’ll also fall in love with soft sweaters, durable bags, cozy mittens, and more! With New England Knits, you’ll have everything you need for a perfect new England-inspired wardrobe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20858 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (1 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40P4C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary classics. Nice! 22 Feb 2011
You know all the knitting books and magazines you own, with only one or two patterns you actually want to knit? Well, being a knitter in my 20s I have quite a few, especially from the companies that don't offer single pattern purchase (yes, Rowan, I'm talking about you). This book is different.

There are several VERY nice designs in this book, especially the hampton cardigan (will teach you how to knit dolman sleeves) and the auburn top. I also like the cover sweater, and have already knit the windsor warmer which is a simple, cashmere scarf/cowl with buttons. Also, this book has some beautiful jacket/hoodie patterns with cable and moss stitch.

Now, a comment about the designs from a clothing perspective (rather than from a knitting perspective). In my opinion, many knitting patterns today are overdesigned. Too much going on, embroidery, tasteless use of cabling or other decorative stitches that indeed display your skills as a knitter, but results in a garment with a not-so-classic look. Now, this book does contain a few of these patterns, but luckily, much of it can simply be left out when knitting (like embroidery/pockets).

Overall, I was happy to discover that the vast majority of the patterns are what I would call contemporary classics. Not too plain, but not overdesigned either, and many of the 'extra' design elements can be left out with little or no modification to the actual pattern. I think there are maybe 1-2 patterns that I really don't like, the rest has great potential. But Interveawe, lose the bag patterns. Seriously, if I had 4 hanks of Donegal tweed, I would NOT knit a bag.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ideal book 7 Jan 2011
By Liz
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I love this book and could easily cast on at least half of the patterns right away. As expected a lot of the yarns are American but should be easy enough to substitute. It is a nice change to have a pattern book with so many lovely knits
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New England Knits 14 Dec 2010
Really good value for money.
Patterns are different than usual and a good technical section demonstrating a broad range of techniches.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic designs, stylish and practical 25 Mar 2011
By L. Thompson VINE VOICE
I LOVE this book, it's one I pick up and glance at on a regular basis, I've made the Ashfield Cardigan (very pretty and a quick knit), have bought yarn to make the cover design the Middlefield Pullover and would love to make the cabled sweater but haven't quite got my head round the waist shaping (hip shaping to accommodate my large bottom!) I'd have to do. Yarns are in American yarn weights but are easily substituted, ask at your local yarn shop and if they don't know, buy the yarn somewhere that does! The info is readily available online if you need to check it but as always knit a tension square before you start.
Great photography, nice anecdotes about the pattern, the inspiration and the chosen yarns. The designers are helpful if you have pattern problems and any errata are published on Interweave's website. There is a group on Ravelry with various knit-alongs for those wanting to ask advice or share project info and that's visited by the designers themselves who frequently pop in to answer questions. If you like this, you'll love Brave New Knits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than I expected 19 July 2012
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I bought this book because it features top down and no-seam sweaters. It has many other really attractive patterns using different directional construction techniques. These were an added bonus when I looked through the book. I haven't knitted anything from it yet but have at least six I will make in due course. As an expereienced knitter I can thoroughly recommend it. I think it is suitable for just about all levels although not sure it's for beginners.
Timelss knitwear with a modern twist is an apt sub title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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There are lots of interesting patterns in this book, and there are several things I plan to make. The construction of many of the pieces are slightly unusual, and I'm quite pleased with the book on the whole. My main complaint would be that it is aimed for the American market, so many of the patterns are made in "worsted" yarn, which is a thickness not used in the UK, so gauge squares will be absolutely essential when choosing yarns. Plus all of the samples are made in yarns I've never heard of before, and wouldn't be able to buy here if I wanted to. Overall though, I am pleased with this book.
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