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.