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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book on the strength of the cover illustration and a customer's review, not knowing anything about modular knitting.
This is a great idea, where you can forget about changing needles for different thicknesses of yarn, etc, basically breaking all the rules so that you can concentrate on being creative with colour and texture.
The book is beautifully illustrated, with lots of very colourful and complex-looking designs, which the author assures us are actually very simple, once the basic module technique is learned.
The garments, mostly jackets and waistcoats, do look fantastic, and very, very unusual. I have a sneaky suspicion that putting it all together might not be quite the child's play that the author claims, but this is still a beautiful book, especially for those knitters who want to go beyond convention and turn knitting into more of an art form.
There is plenty of sound practical advice, but I could have done without the little quasi - mystical phrases such as 'Stay curious. Curiosity generates a special creative energy that causes you to vibrate at a different frequency.' Per-lease!
But if you can get past this, and the fact that you won't be able to get any of the beautiful yarns, and the instructions are all written for the US market...
American designers seem much more prepared to share their working secrets with us - something I have noticed in other areas of art and craft. I'm not knocking British designers, but they do seem to jealously guard their techniques and ideas. So I'm prepared to put up with a few things that annoy me, just to get my hands on books that show me new ideas and beautiful designs.
The fact that I have given the book 5 stars despite a few quibbles, is an indication of how visually inspiring it is. Even if you can't get your head round the actual pattern instructions, I would still certainly buy it for the design ideas and originality.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2007
It is a great pity that such a visual masterpiece is let down by untested pattern descriptions. I bought the book to make the jacket on the cover. It looks very nice doesn't it? The pattern for this jacket had 3 errors before I gave up in disgust. If I were the Yarn Harlot, this would have recieved a dear designer letter on my blog... I am greatly disappointed, that such an appealing book is let down by a shoddy pattern. Maybe the author should double check her work occasionally. I for one do not like knitting a test diamond using her instructions to find that it looks nothing like the pattern above, 3 changes of colour when she did 5. Nor do I appreciate having to look 3 chapters back to find that the reason my diamond doesn't look right is that she has missed out the wrong side decrease row in her pattern. Are we supposed to be psychic! One for the trash...
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2004
a totally stunning book, illustrating and demonstrating glowing, creative use of easily learned basic techniques - clear instructions, projects to satisfy those who desire them, inspiration for those of us who are a little more willful!
definitely the best book on modular knitting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2007
this is the best knitting book I have ever seen-I am so glad that I bought it. It is worth every penny and can actually be used by newcomers to knitting. The photography is excellent, the designs are wonderful and I only wish I was 30 again to have more time to own it!
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on 21 May 2015
Fantastic condition, can't wait to start a project,
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on 23 September 2014
get that stash out great book simple to follow
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2013
Great book with some very innovative ideas. I love the concept of modular knitting, although I haven't knitted anything from the book yet, I will be in the near future. Agreat way to use up all those odd balls left over from other projects.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2013
It's exciting use of colour. Also a way of using left-over amounts of wool - I dye my own so am always so it is a wonderful way to use the trial samples.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2014
Fascinating, if slightly eccentric ideas for creating modular garments. Not sure if I'll be knitting any.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2014
Excellent item, recommend
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