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A Seasons Tale: 35 Knitting Designs from Rowan for Men, Women and Children [Paperback]

Kim Hargreaves , Joey Toller
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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Rowan Yarns Ltd (24 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952537540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952537540
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 20.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume contains 35 projects to create knitwear for all the family. Four different yarn ranges are used, including one from the "Rowanspun" range, Rowan's English Tweed family yarn. The projects include simple and more difficult knits for indoors, walking and outdoors. The knitwear is designed for men, women and children, all sized across a wide range. The volume is set in the Scottish Highlands with the outdoor shots and interiors photographed by photographer Joey Toller.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a wide range of knittable garments 19 Mar 2002
By A Customer
I bought this book in mid-January and two months later I am already onto my second garment (I am a slow knitter, too). The first sweater I knitted was 'Heather' in purple Rowan Kid Classic yarn. It fits beautifully, and looks very good - I have worn it a lot since completing it. Most of the patterns have a 'one-ball' rating, meaning easy knitting. I like the way many patterns have more than one option for the neckline, or can be made as either a cardigan or sweater. There are no ground-breaking patterns in here (which is why I have only given it 4 stars), instead there are lots of classic shapes and styles. Most patterns are in one colour of yarn. The multicoloured designs are quite conservative, though 'Dunoon' is a gorgeous tartan patterned cardigan (with a three-ball rating, so it will be a mission to knit). There is a good mix of classy, smart clothes for indoor wear and chunky, cosy jumpers for cold days. The book doesn't just have cardigans and sweaters: one also finds long coats, gloves, hats and scarves. The photographs are interesting, and the clothes are modelled well, though I am not sure that I would wear a satin skirt with gumboots and a woolly jersey! All the patterns specify Rowan yarns and don't give any alternatives, which will be a disadvantage for some people.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little excitement, ordinary sweaters 11 Oct 2001
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I can't ever say that I've looked through a knitting book and wished that the photographer had paid more attention to the scenery that to the sweaters. I felt that way with this book. I think the location was Scotland, which could have been fun to see, but unfortunately most of the location is blurred or cramped by the shot. This is unfortunate because the sweaters were, for the most part, so disappointing that if the landscapes were better, the book might have made me a lot happier. Hargreaves published a fantastic book many years ago, with very stylish, sometimes intricate, but truly beautiful sweaters. For many years she's been one of Rowan Yarns' lead designers, especially favored by those of us who weren't Kaffe Fassett fans. Her sweaters are normally innovative but not way-out, striking and easy to make, feminine without being silly or childish -- in summary, truly wonderful. She's had a flair with Rowan yarns, coming up with designs for every walk of life or moment of your life, from casual to formal, outdoors to party chic. But in this book, she seems to have lost her inspiration. The intent of the sweaters is to present styles for the return of the old Rowanspun line of yarn (I'd prefer they returned their lightweight and DK weight lambswools!). The yarn aside, too many of the sweaters have a clumsy look to them, and too many are commonplace -- cropped crew neck cardigans or cropped sleeveless pullovers, things you could knit yourself without even thinking. I did like two of the sweaters, but not enough to purchase the yarn and make the effort at knitting them. I'm glad that I purchased the book, because like with Rowan magazines, it is a quality product, nicely printed and a good collector's item, but you may be as disappointed as I was in the dullness of these ordinary sweaters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoorah Kim! 17 Oct 2001
By Bonnie A. Stone - Published on
I am a fan of Kim Hargreaves because of her simple clean designs. Her patterns in this book not only showcase the beautiful new wools and colors of Rowan this season but the sweaters are fashionable. The sweaters mirror the boxy clean lines of todays fashions. I look forward to making every one of them. The book itself is also very well done and beautiful to look at. I only wish there were more books by Kim to collect.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basics and beyond 21 Jan 2002
By T. Maddox - Published on
This book contains some glorious patterns--the cropped diagonal aran knit is especially inspiring. I've only had time to briefly run through the patterns but many appear to be fairly easily adaptable to larger sizes and/or the use of different yarns. Someone mentioned earlier that some of the designs are "ordinary" and basic. I personally don't own a lot of patterns so it's nice to have a book that has inspirational designs I may never make as well as others I can use as a template for my own designs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but... 11 Feb 2002
Nicely done but too many repeats from their Fall/Winter book.
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