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Ann Budd
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6 Sep 2007 Interweave
Join Interweave Knits as we celebrate ten years of publishing innovative and appealing garment designs for knitters everywhere."The Best of Interweave Knits" showcases 26 stylish designs that stand the test of time - scarves, stoles, cardigans, pullovers, vests, jackets, tops, and even a couple of terrific totes. These favorite projects represent the creative work of more than 20 notable designers.This must-have pattern collection, with a foreword by Pam Allen, also includes a dozen favorite articles derived from the popular Beyond the Basics column, a great reference tool.The instructions and articles are written in clear language in Interweave Knits' familiar style, leading readers step by step through every aspect of knitting and finishing, ensuring success even for relatively inexperienced knitters.If you've been collecting Knits for many years, or if you're new to the Knits world, pick up a copy of "The Best of Interweave Knits" - this impressive collection of favorite designs will be a great reference tool for years to come.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680333
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 21.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To celebrate 'Knits' tenth anniversary, 25 seminal projects (plus 11 'Beyond the basics' technical columns) were culled to represent the essence of the magazine. The chosen pieces, never flashy, are note-worthy in their wearability and knitterly attributes. Highlights include Kate Gilberts Union Square pullover, with its angled colour-tipped sleeves, Veronik Avery's Threepenny pullover, a curvaceous cashmere-blend aran, and Lana Hames's slinky Stripes Go Round, knit circularly with fauz side seams. Norah Gaughan, Leigh Radford, Joan McGowan-Michael and others are all accounted for so beautifully, it feels like knit-picking to wonder why there's no mention of the issues in which their lovely garments first appeared. --Yarn Market News, Oct 07

About the Author

Ann Budd is a book editor for Interweave Press and the former managing editor of Interweave Knits. She is the author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, Getting Started Knitting Socks (Interweave Press, 2007) and co-author of Wrap Style, Lace Style, and Bag Style (Interweave Press, 2007). She lives in Boulder, Colorado, where her children have learned to preface every request with "when you finish that row..."

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice for Interweave newbies 2 Aug 2008
By Kate
Format:Paperback
If you have never bought an issue of Interweave Knits magazine, then buy this book. It features twenty-five of their most popular designs from the past ten years of the magazine, plus technique articles. It is an ideal introduction to the magazine which puts most other knitting magazines to shame.

However, do be aware that if you have been reading the magazine in the past three years, that a good chunk of the patterns come from this era, and you may end up with duplicates. The patterns taken from magazines I didn't own were sadly not to my taste and, probably due to the recent publication of Favorite Socks, there were no sock patterns in the book at all.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and wearable Modern Classics 8 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
This is a lovely book, the designs are best described as modern classics. Each design is a modern interpretation of a particular stitch or type of knitting, with colourwork, fairisle, cables and lace all represented. There are lovely jumpers that the man in your life would be happy to wear; scarf and bag designs as well as ladies jumpers, cardigans, tanks and simple summer tops, plus two must knit shawls - the beautiful Icarus shawl by Miriam Felton, and the Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia. It's worth getting the book just for the shawls.

There are no sock designs or knits for children. The sizes go up to a 50" bust for many of the designs, but the designs have no bust or waist shaping so are less attractive to the super curvy.

The technical articles are excellent, something for the beginner and the advanced knitter. The knits themselves cater for the same range of skills. The book itself represents excellent value compared to the cost of buying individual patterns or a couple of magazines. My copy is already well thumbed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Interweave Knits 29 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Interesting but not as good as the first one I bought several year ago. Too many samey garments that were boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A knitters joy 12 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
Beautiful book.Easy to follow and well photographed.Good range of designs and sizes. It is a compilation of articles from various magazines and publications.This one not only gives patterns but lots of tips and explanations of terms and ways to improve your knitting and finishing.Each patterns has an outline with measurements so although it uses American terminology it is easily understood by British knitters.
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compilation of Patterns from Interweave Knits Issues 9 Oct 2007
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are a longtime subscriber to Interweave Knits, and if you saved back issues, you won't need this book. This is a convenience volume for people who missed subscribing and want some of the classic patterns that were offered over the years.

I've subscribed since Issue #1, and strangely, my faves were not included in the book, but I think that most knitters would find the selection varied and useful. Of the patterns included, the Pearl Buck swing coat and the Burmese Rings pullover are notable.

The contents include:

Man's Brioche Best
Cambridge Jacket
Pearl Buck Swing Coat
Forest path stole
Icarus shawl
lotus blossom tank
ruffle tank
vip cardigan
lace piegnoir
salt peanuts
cabaret raglan
basketweave pullover
marcel's sweater
marseilles pullover
simply marilyn
Kritin's carryall
weekend getaway satchel
threepenny pullover
striped fringe scarf
water garden fair isle
burma rings pullover
lite lopi pullover
millenium argyle vest
union square market pullover
stripes go round blouse

As you can see, it tends to pullovers and sweaters, with a few scarves, shawls, and two bags. If you have trouble finding back issues (which are somewhat scarce) then this book may be helpful to have some of the past designs on hand for perusal and knitting for yourself or for others.
68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't need duplicates 4 Oct 2007
By Nora - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you have never subscribed to Interweave Knits (I.K.), this is an excellent book (or if you are a new knitter & just starting a collection of great patterns). The selection really is the best of I.K.

Otherwise, save your money and use the pattern index on I.K.'s website to find the patterns in your existing magazine collection (I printed a copy, it is very useful). Of the 25 patterns in the book, I already have copies of 24 of them available. And have knitted two already (Simply Marilyn and Icarus). This is the sentiment of my knitting group and guild, also. We might have purchased if it included half new patterns and half old, but it is redundant for long-term knitters.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and beautiful from cover to cover 4 Dec 2007
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the reviewers said "timeless classics" and that is THE best review this book can get. Not a single ugly pattern in this book - all of them are timeless, beautiful and perfect. The Forest Path Stole is so beautiful I'd like to wear it on my wedding day (happily enough, seems I still have time to learn how to make it - it's terribly complicated).

At first I was irritated by the "how to knit" sections between patterns, but when I read them it turned out they were detailed, far beyond basics and well worth reading and keeping at hand.

I am not a subscriber of Interweave Knits (much though I would love to) so I haven't seen the patterns before. I don't understand people complaining the book is just a repetition of the magazines - title says it, doesn't it?

To sum up: a beautiful books with beautiful patterns and great technical advice: what else could you want?
33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty dissapointing 8 Oct 2007
By NRG GRL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Expected better out of Interweave. With all the glorious patterns the mag presents, the most mundane seem to have been picked as the "best". Chosen by a committee made up of folks with very different tastes, nmost likely, which is maybe why it's a boring book. Really too bad.

Gets 3 stars anyway because the pattrns are nice, and knittable, and the tips are decent, but this sure isn't nearly the best of what's in my stack of saved Interweaves!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interweave maybe, best? never! It's an incredibly boring book. 27 Feb 2008
By Hayley Cann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have liked Interweave Knits since its beginnings. One of the reasons Interweave Knits is interesting to me is because every issue pushed the envelope on design and technique. It also had very lovely pieces.

Unfortunately, the pieces in this book, (except for Forest Path Stole) don't really bring to mind what made Interweave Knits the best mag on knitting. The pieces are nice, but they are some of the blandest designs that were published. You feel as though the people who sat down to pick the patterns wrote down a set of rules: "OK, gals, we need one from every issue, AND we need sweaters, and a shawl and a stole and a pair of socks." Instead of going at it from the angle of what really were the pieces that made Interweave Knits stand apart.

And frankly, it's as if the editors couldn't pick and just decided to agree to disagree on the most fantastic pieces and go with the consensus makers. And you end up with a beautifully edited and hugely promoted boring knitting book.
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