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Kim Hargreaves' best work is still in her
on 22 December 2011
Kim Hargreaves appeals to a certain type of knitter; someone who's more inclined towards the classic lines and stitches as texture, who loves the 'Lady of the Manor' air that her knits lend to the wearer. Kim Hargreaves is a quintessentially *English* knitter, and the designs show that. What's also very striking is how distinct her style is from the jump; ribbing, peplums, stocking stitch and interesting shapes. A warning though; if you have the rowan magazines from say, 1989 to 2004, you'd have most of these patterns anyway. If you're a new knitter to Kim Hargreaves, this book is a good way of getting classic patterns at a great price.
Some of the yarns referred to in the patterns have been discontinued, and there are recommendations for the current yarns in Rowan's stock. The patterns are presented in their original form, from the magazines, no reknits here. That's a nice touch, because you get the 'history' of the garments, but it feels modern at the same time (the presentation and the type face). A lot of the garments are medium weight (double knit) yarns. There's the odd nod to kid silk haze, but a lot of the designs are kid classic and felted tweed (that sort of classic yarn). There are a couple of men's jumpers, but the book is primarily women's garments (and the odd accessory - like gloves made out of kid silk haze).
It would have been nice to have a foreword by Kim Hargreaves herself. She's the reason why I stayed with knitting so long, and her garment was the first garment I ever knit for myself (Salina) and it fit so well.
Over all a good book to have in the wardrobe. A solid retrospective of Ms Hargreaves work, and a sigh of relief to know that design wise, her best days didn't stop with Rowan.