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Sarah Dallas Knitting [Paperback]

Sarah Dallas , Catherine Gratwicke
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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale and Company (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564776379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564776372
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 20.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coffe table knitting 29 July 2005
By Ponytail VINE VOICE
So pretty. Whatever else you'll think of the book, it's laid out really nicely, and makes you want to make all the stuff in it. One point. Clear patterns, and more than one photograph of most of the projects. Two points. All yarn available in the UK. Three points.
But now the downs...for the price of the book, you don't actually get many projects. It's laid out in colour order (what ?!!!) which makes very little sense - unless you go along with the book's philosophy. The sizes are a little limited.
However, I kept coming back to this book, looking at the pictures, working out if I'd make any of the pieces, and in the end I got it.
I'd recommend it to hard-core knitters but for the rest of you, you might want to wait for the paperback version (if there's going to be one).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Photographs by Catherine Gratwicke 15 Feb 2009
For many of us who are jaded by the on slot of books by every knitter and want-to-be knitter, this would seem like a run of the mill presentation. Still it is good enough to add to the library and add to the repertoire. This is not just a pretty picture book; it has all the information to produce what you see, but may not actually have anything one would want as a project.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 9 April 2013
By sula
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lovely book in great condition with fast delivery, would certainly recommend. I bought it for one particular pattern but have discovered other patterns worth knitting.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blanket heaven 23 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love the blankets in this book, as my second ever project, I am attempting the colourful stripe blanket. Its beautiful photographed, and sectioned into colours. its a very contempory book, and highly recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars Exceedingly simple designs 23 July 2005
By Med Student - Published on
I'm torn on how to rate this book. The patterns given are designer in quality, but uninspiring in form. There are several blanket and pillow patterns, all of which are stripes or color blocks (even relatively new knitters could design these themselves with a little creativity). The blanket sweater on the front is the most innovative design in the book. Plain gloves, cabled socks, very basic child's cardigan, cable afghan, lace shawl, man's tweed turtleneck sweater. The patterns, the use of color, everything is so uninspiring for knitting. In spite of this I could definitely see myself buying some of the items in it from preppy household stores like Pottery Barn. The finished projects do a great job of avoiding that homemade look and they have an uptown urban classiness that I like. But I just cannot see myself devoting much time to knitting patterns that I am not inspired by.

I decided to keep the book because I might try the women's cardigan in it. But I'm sure that I would not have bought it if I'd known I'd only be interested in actually making 1 pattern out of 34. Also, I do want to mention that this may not be a very good book for beginning knitters in spite of its simple patterns because the instructions are strictly shorthand. Since many new knitting books have gone to a more conversational method of instruction this might throw some people.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Dallas has done better work 13 Aug 2005
By Yarn Whisperer - Published on
I almost pre-ordered this book because I'd liked stuff Sarah Dallas has designed for Rowan. I'm glad I didn't buy it. This is not a knitting book I'll be adding to my (extensive) collection. The chapters are organized around color themes, which I think is ridiculous -- I want a knitting pattern to be about the shaping of the garment itself, because that's what I'll be doing. Thaks, Sarah, but I can pick my own yarn colors. None of the designs are interesting or original from a design standpoint, from what I saw. They're all fine, but they're pretty generic. If you already own a lot of books and knitting mags, you've probably got a few dozen patterns like these already. If you want a book that's well written, gorgeous and actually innovative, (and a more interesting buy for intermediate and advanced knitters) I'd recommend "Loop-d-loop" by Teva Durham.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, kind of... 25 July 2005
By Cikk - Published on
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I echo J Tomich practically all the way. I regret buying this book, it's just too much hassle to return it from Europe. I expected much more from SD. The only pattern that is interesting is the camisole, which is like something out of Vintage Knits. I can imagine this book being published under the name Simple Knits, but if Erika Knight had done it it would have been quirkier.

Oh - and what's with the grouping of patterns under colour stories? Hello, book editors - knitters don't want to have to leaf thru a whole book to find a pattern! Whatever happened to contents pages?
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos, so so patterns 23 Sep 2005
By N. Mitchell - Published on
I bought this book without really taking the time to investigate the patterns because I was blown away by the beautiful photography. I regret the purchase because now that I've taken the time to go through the book (many times) there isn't much here that is original or inspiring to me. I've make the child's jacket from this book, but it isn't a pattern that is so unusual or unique that you couldn't find the pattern anywhere else- it is merely a cardigan. And like another reviewer pointed out, it is organized by colors, which is very silly (and I ended up choosing different colors for the jacket I made). I still love the photos, but I would recommend looking at the patterns and really deciding if it is something you want to knit (or if you just think it is a nice picture) before buying the book.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful knits for everyone 15 July 2005
By Karen Porter - Published on
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The projects in this book are so simple almost any knitter can make them, yet they just scream 'quality!' This book is a visual feast that demonstrates how beautiful yarns can be used to create treasured garments, accessories, and homewares. There are cardigans and sweaters for adults and children, socks, scarves, pillows, afghans - even a cabled hot water bottle cover and a gorgeous, delicate, Victorian-inspired laundry bag. The beautiful photography and design of the book echoes the concepts behind the projects themselves - simplicity, comfort, fabulous rich color, and rejuvenation. Experienced knitters may not find these patterns very challenging, but these items are so lovely and appealing that I think there must be something for everyone in this book.
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