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Simple Style: Innovative to Traditional 17 Inspired Designs to Knit: 19 Innovative to Traditional Designs with Simple Knitting Techniques (Style series) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Budd
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From simple stripes to intricate Fair Isle patterns, this resource provides a solid foundation and numerous examples of the best ways to bring knits to life. Full of gorgeous patterns and clear instructions, 15 top knitwear designers - including Véronik Avery, Mags Kandis, Deborah Newton, Kristin Nicholas, and Shirley Paden - provide inspiration and practical projects for the beginning and experienced knitter alike. From an easy-to-knit pullover that alternates narrow stripes of solid and variegated yarns to a multicolored Fair Isle cardigan worked with steeks, this guidebook is filled with projects that take advantage of the countless ways in which knits can be enriched with color.

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Use this book not so much for hand knitting, but as inspiration for giving a modern look to classics. The 19 designs have interesting details, good colour combinations and silhouettes. The idea is to take a break from knitting fussy garments with complicated techniques, but almost all of the designs can be adapted for machine knitting. Projects range from pullovers, cardigans, vests, skirts and wraps - all using simple design for maximum impact. Use innovative edgings, a well-placed band of colour or texture, an unexpected yarn, or creative construction that minimizes seams or maximises personal fit. Simple Style is packed with clever design ideas. All a knitter needs is a basic understanding of knitting techniques.-Machine Knitting Monthly Interweave's prolific Ann Budd has released another assemblage of designs in Simple Style. With designers like Pam Allen, Katie Himmelberg and Veronik Avery on board, one expects a high calibre of patterns. But what makes this book unique and a worthwhile addition to any knitter's bookshelf is the 'Design Notebook' found in the back offering simple production and finishing techniques. These provide an excellent foundation for any budding designer or any fledgling knitter. Despite the anticipation generated by the design gurus listed in the table of contents, the patterns are dominated by copious amounts of monotonous stocking stitch yielding both fabulous and frumpy. Highlights include Vicki Square's Kimono Classic which, while appearing 'loose and boxy', uses modified rectangles and a three-needle bind off at the shoulder. The real redeeming quality of the book is the Design Notes section. If you are a newbie knitter with little experience in shaping and finishing techniques or an aspiring designer, this is a great bit of reference material.-Bobbins

About the Author

Ann Budd first learned to knit in 1968 when living in Switzerland for a year with her family. At the time, knitting was part of the curriculum for all schoolgirls. Back in the United States, Ann continued to knit through her high-school, college, and graduate years, when she earned a master’s degree in Geology. In 1989, Ann decided to forego the sciences and pursue her passion for knitting and fiber-related crafts when she began working as an editorial assistant for Handwoven magazine. Through the years, Ann worked as a book editor and managing editor of Interweave Knits magazine. Since 2002, Ann has authored or co-authored more than eight books, including the popular Knitter's Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, and several books in the Style series. Ann continues to edit craft books for Interweave as well as author her own books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9230 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (5 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH411JU
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars knitting bible 17 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book having borrowed it originally from the library. It is so useful to dip into to confirm things when I want to change a pattern I am using. As someone who knits daily - it still provides extremely useful ideas and information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Patterns from a Trusted Press 2 Jun. 2009
By Bonnie Brody - Published on
While visiting my local knitting store today, I perused their new books. 'Simple Style' by Ann Budd caught my eye. I was especially taken by two of the patterns in the book - - Kimono Classic by Vicki Square and Garter Lace Jacket by Ann Budd. I also like the fact that the book is published by Interweave Press, publisher of my favorite knitting magazine.

When I purchased this book, I asked myself three questions:

1) Does the book contain patterns that I will knit? The answer is yes.

2) Will the book serve as a good resource? Again, the answer is yes.

3) Are the patterns easy to follow? Yes, again.

I trust Interweave Press. While this is a book for intermediate knitters and beyond, I think it has a good selection of patterns to choose from.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple pleasures 30 Mar. 2009
By Jacquelyn E. Alberta - Published on
I ordered this book completely blind, having loved the previous Style books in the series. This is a nice addition to the line, but some of the patterns were just not ... me. I LOVE the cartigan you can wear forward and backward (but will have to substitute yarn if I ever make it ... I priced it out on a yarn CLEARANCE site, and it was muy expensive). The gansey skirt is also wonderful. But as for some of the boxy sweaters--no thanks.

If you like simple clothes and shapes, this is a great book. But I'd recommend paging through it first to make sure it's right for your bookshelf.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple doesn't have to mean plain 11 May 2009
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Unlike many books, I found several projects I want to make from this one. True to their word, the patterns are pretty simple. The only thing that would make it better is if they could provide a list of where to get the yarns featured in the projects.
I look forward to using this book well into the future. Really glad I bought it!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Style knitting at it's classic best 29 Oct. 2010
By Marge - Published on
Simple Style: 19 Innovative to Traditional Designs with Simple Knitting Techniques (Style series) by Ann Budd from the publisher Interweave Press and want to share my impression of the book. Simple Style has 19 designs and with the possible exception of the Drawstring Bateau by Debbie Newton, the designs are all stylish and fairly simple in design and execution. Although stylish the Bateau looks a little more difficult. If you are looking for a sweater pattern that has enough shaping to keep you from looking like you are wearing your son's hoodie, but not so much that you are scared off by the tailoring this might just be the book for you.

Sweaters often scare us, especially when you consider the amount of time they take and your experience level. There are so many places where things can go wrong. No matter how perfect your gauge swatch, it is possible that the gauge you get in your swatch may vary on the actual garment. Will the completed sweater look good on the wearer? Will the person who receives it actually take care of and wear it? With all that said you still want to make a sweater, so you then pick a pattern or a book of patterns that appeal to you. Simple Style has classic looking sweaters, with simple techniques and a large variety of sizes, from finished size 30 inches or 76 cm. to 50 inches round or 127 cm.

Having a pattern book with many sizes makes it a versatile book because of the amount of use you can potentially get out of it. In addition, the classic patterns will not go out of style quickly. Finally, simple, fitted, fashionable patterns also allow the designer within us to experiment and make changes. This book offers all of that and a great glossary of the techniques used, but if you want a book of really out there patterns this might not be the book for you. You could use these patterns as a stepping stone though.

Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any knitting library will find this a popular lend 19 July 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Knit simple but include some embellishments that change the style look completely with silhouettes and details in this presentation of some nineteen modern clothes which require no complex techniques. Sixteen knitwear designers provide projects with easy step-by-step knitting directions in a presentation encouraging knitters to think beyond the usual options of complicated or possibly dull. Any knitting library will find this a popular lend.
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