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The Gentle Art of Knitting [Hardcover]

Jane Brocket
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Book Description

4 May 2011
From cosy blankets and socks to stylish bags and wraps, there is something here for every knitter. Celebrating the joy and versatility of yarn, The Gentle Art of Knitting is knitting for comfort and to create comfort. It is knitting you can pick up when you have a few moments, and then put down without worrying that you will never remember where you left off, knitting that can be combined with other good things in life such as families, friends, chat, cake, tea, films and radio. It is knitting for the simple pleasure of knitting and of making something you like. From a Plaited Bread Cabled Blanket and Fabergé Egg Cosies to a String of Purls Cushion and a Chanel-style Bag, each project is accompanied by its own narrative, evoking memories of days at the beach, hours spent trawling flea markets and cosy afternoons by the fire. With stunning photography and inspirational ideas, Jane s designs are knits that you will want to keep forever.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (4 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843405326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843405320
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 21.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Brocket is the author of five books including The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking and The Gentle Art of Domesticity. She created her blog, yarnstorm( ) in February 2005 to write about knitting, but the contents soon expanded to include many more of life s small pleasures, such as baking, quilting, sewing, gardening, books and films. For more information on Jane visit her website

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By sam7992
I purchased this book as soon as it was released as I have loved all of the author's other books. On first glance I was slightly disappointed with the selection of patterns- only one jumper (a lovely oversized comfy jumper) and lots of smaller items that I skipped past. However on second and third reading I found that this was a book that I adored. The beautiful pictures and inspiring words sucked me in and I soon found myself knitting my first pair of socks. I don't think this book would appeal to all knitters especially those who like only to knit clothing and those who want very difficult patterns. But if you like the author's blog I think you'll appreciate the projects she has included as they are reminiscent of projects she has shown there over the years. The projects in the book include a hot water bottle cover, an apron, 2 pairs of socks, beautiful scarves, a hat, various cushion covers. She features beautiful yarns in a realistic way- rather than suggesting an expensive yarn for a jumper or dress she uses it for a small item like a scarf or cushion so the knitter is not been asked to make a huge investment.
Overall I'd highly recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Art of knitting? 26 Aug 2011
A generous 3 stars is all I am able to give this book. I really do not agree with the amount of high praise for it. The choice of patterns in this book is limited. At first glance it is pretty but there are only two projects I would make - the knitted blanket and the crochet blanket. There are many similar and prettier blankets free online on Ravelry, competing blogs and other sites. The knitted blanket although lovely is so simple a ten year old wouldn't need a pattern. Other patterns such as a hot water bottle cover are nice as a concept but there are just more attractive designs that I would make instead - knitting is an investment of time and money so unless I really loved a pattern I would not bother with it. The styling of the book is a bit misleading in my view as it encourages you at first glance to see the rather ordinary patterns as nicer than they actually are.

The yarn suggested for making the tea cosy apparently costs 55 according to an online review I read and according to a reviewer on here, if I understand correctly, it will cost 100 to make 2 cushions. This is just unnecessary. I realise one can use whatever yarn one wants but I find the whole concept of this book over indulgent. The less than subtle message is, if you can't afford to do it `right' then don't do it. After you have purchased the book of course (and that is the most affordable thing). It offers the dream, but unless you too can afford expensive yarn, that is all your knitting will remain; at least if you want it to look like the version in the book. The blog too is like this, an elitist message offering a luxury lifestyle for people to aspire to but really only available for a very rare few who have the ready cash available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another knitting book 14 Jun 2011
By chimera
I feel sad not to be giving this book a rave review as I really like Jane Brockett from her blog. I enjoyed her quilting book ( perhaps because I am new to quilting ) but I am not new to knitting and this book was a disappointment. I bought it sight unseen as I had enjoyed the quilting book. There were only two patterns (out of about 40) that I wanted to knit, both of them for cushions. The patterns are very ordinary and vary from the simple (dishcloths and egg cosies) to the bizarre ( a knitted apron and knitted bunting). I have never understood why anyone would want an egg cosy or a knitted dishcloth for that matter. The book gave me the feeling that the publishers had said you must have a variety of patterns from the easy to more difficult and include socks, scarves,hat, gloves etc. However, it is all beautifully photographed and well written. What Jane Brockett does very well for the new knitter is give good information about the joys of Ravelry and the other online delights available. She also lists useful sites for purchasing yarn, but none of this will be new to experienced knitters.I know how much work it is to produce a book like this, I just wish it were more inspirational.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photography and words 19 May 2011
By B. Yeoh
People who know Jane Brocket's blog or her previous books, will know what to expect from her latest offering. Classic projects with a twist, captured with beautiful photography and words. Those not familiar with Jane's blog and it's riot of colour and domestic themes are missing out, but this book is a great introduction to it.

The Gentle Art of Knitting is not a typical pattern book. It contains 40 patterns (mostly knitting, some crochet) which appear well written (though I have not yet knitted from them). The projects are underpinned by a narrative, describing where Jane finds her inspiration and some discussion of her choices.

The patterns range from the very simple (a dishcloth, for example) to the more challenging (socks). In general, I thought the patterns were well selected. I should think most people would find something they like. However, I doubt it's the kind of book that you will want to knit you way through. More, I think it will be a starting point for finding your own inspiration and it's always nice to have a book or two like that on one's shelf.

My favourite projects are the bunting, the slouchy hat and the simple garter stitch hot water bottle. I love the apron too, but there's no way I'm knitting all that stocking stitch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For all knitters out there
A really good knitting book with a wide variety of patters and projects. Gave to a friend who is a fabulous knitter and got one myself. We both love the book.
Published 1 month ago by Dora the Explorer
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
Colourful and simple and clearly set out. Old fashioned and new ideas together. Not all projects appropriate, but that's just my taste. Am inspired to start again.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Cheers for Jane Brocket
Coming back to knitting after many years, I did indeed find this a gentle way of doing it. It's a delightful book to browse whether you take up the knitting pins or not. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. J. H. Beirne
5.0 out of 5 stars knitting book
I had this book from the library and loved it so much I bought it! Well worth the money. thankyou
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book for anyone who knits -
Lots of different project, ranging in difficulties. Pictures are great too. The recommended wool can be substituted if take book to your local wool shop for help
Published 13 months ago by Bristol girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Books by Jane Brocket
Jane Brocket's titles are very enticing - "The Gentle Art...." "The Gentle Art of Knitting" is a great book of easy knitting patterns, and personal anecdotes. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sonya Federman
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'Gentle start to knitting'
Having enjoyed Jane Brocket's blog and having purchased the Quilting book I bought this book straight away and was not disappointed. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by J. Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars jane brockett
this author,Jane Brockett, has written several books on craft all of which are exellent. The Gentle Art Of Knitting gives you a number of projects to do, all with very clear... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by angie
5.0 out of 5 stars More a 'why you should knit' rather than a knitting book
This could also be called The Great Joy of Knitting. I don't think that it is aimed at the seasoned knitter but more for those who need a nudge to start. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by KnitNell
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Art of Knitting
I love this book - it has given me confidence to knit again - I don't feel that everything I do must be perfect in the way I used to, which only stopped me trying in the first... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by araminta 9
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