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The Gentle Art of Knitting Hardcover – 4 May 2011

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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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,157 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(www.yarnstorm.blogs.com ) 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 www.janebrocket.com

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By sam7992 on 27 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Louise K on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ballard on 23 Oct. 2011
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Having enjoyed Jane Brocket's blog and having purchased the Quilting book I bought this book straight away and was not disappointed. The instructions are clear and as usual with her books the photography is beautiful.
Jane uses best quality yarns to acheive a classic look in all her knitting, even a basic face cloth is made from top quality cotton yarn. (no acrylic here!).
This book is not a knitting book for experienced knitters looking for original garment patterns. It is suitable for someone seeking inspiration and ideas on yarn and colour by an intelligent author.
A treat for knitters but not an essential guide or must-have pattern book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KnitNell on 15 Sept. 2011
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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. It is brushing away the stuffiness of the craft and saying why it is so enjoyable and what motivates those to keep knitting.

I think it is refreshing for an author to say why she opts for knitting an item a certain way; for example on knitting blankets she points out why she would not use Moss stitch (we all love Moss stitch but oh it seems to take a long time to knit) and the fact that she finds knitting squares a turn off as sewing them up later would be a ...'mind-numbingly tedious exercise'. She then gives an alternative blanket design to try.

Reading Jane Brocket's book is like listening to a fellow-member of a knitting group. I think this would be an excellent gift for a teenager who fancies having a go or to someone who wants to start knitting again after a long break. KN
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By chimera on 14 Jun. 2011
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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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