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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (5 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605295906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605295909
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An accomplished knitter for more than 20 years, Julie Turjoman's original hand-knit designs have been published in Interweave Knits and Twist Collective magazines, as well as the book Vampire Knits (Potter Craft, 2010). She writes and designs in the San Francisco Bay area, in a room filled with yarn.

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I buy a lot of knitting books, but this is the best of a recent good bunch. Excellent patterns, lots of fascinating information about the designers and their design ethos, and weblinks provided to give access to their blogs and other designs. There is a real cross-platform approach here, which I would like to see more often (how about a 'best of knitty' book with lots of pictures of different executions of the favourite patterns?)
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This book is excellent! The designs are really beautiful and I want to knit most of them. It is also very interesting to find out more about all the designers whose work I follow on ravelry and/or on their blogs.
The reason I gave the book 4 stars, however, is because it does not tell you the yarn weight for the designs. That way, if you have never heard of that specific yarn, you'd have to look it up to find out whether it is DK, aran, sock weight, etc.
Having said that, I still highly recommend it!
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An inspirational book with designs from the brightest and best knitwear designers in cyberspace. I love the range of projects and have already made the Woodsmoke Scarf by Jared Flood, plan to make several of the ladies cardigans/tops and am in the process of making some fingerless mitts as a Christmas gift as I type. The patterns are well written, each with their own unique style and offering a great selection for everyone from the new knitter to the most experienced. In my queue next is the Orchid Thief Shawlette by Ysolda Teague, a young designer from the UK who has built and international career online.
A great coffee table book, but unlike many, it's packed with gorgeous patterns you'll be dying to knit. Yarn substitutions for any US yarns are easy enough, worsted is just a bit finer than our aran, their sport weight is similar to our dk weight, just knit a tension square and then go for it!
I love this book.

Edited to add: there are some chart errors on the Orchid Thief Shawl, so check the publishers website for errata. Otherwise, I still love it!
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Like other reviewers I found this an interesting read with a good cross-section of designers, coming from different backgrounds. I didn't find the information about yarn weight a problem: the tension gives you a good clue. But I didn't love many of the patterns. In particular, I thought most of the garments shapeless or the wrong shape for me. Despite references in many of the interviews to 'body-skimming shapes' or 'shapely sweaters' I didn't think this was reflected in the garments shown. And why would you want to knit a camisole in a heavyweight DK/Aran yarn (even one that's 50/50 alpaca silk)?

Hence the 3 stars: good, worth reading but not great.
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I don't generally buy knitting books because there are rarely more than two items in the whole book that I actually want to make. This one is a different story. I bought it primarily for Ysolda's stunning Orchid Thief Shawlette pattern, which I've just completed and I'm thrilled with it. Beware that there is an errata for this pattern but if you Google it, you'll easily find the corrected charts. There are loads more designs in here which I will make for myself or as gifts. It's also more than just a pattern book. I was aware of all the bloggers featured, but it was really interesting to read all of their back stories.

As mentioned by another reviewer, the yarn weights are not listed. This means that if you're not using the same yarn as stated in the pattern (most of which are not widely available outside the US) you'll need to do a bit of research to find out what you should be substituting. Is is a surprising omission, especially given the fact that the whole book is about the international nature of modern knitting. This prevents it from being a five star book for me.
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This book is a bit of a meh for me. The backdrop of the book is - brave new knits. It's the term dealing with bloggers who've turned their hand to selling patterns online, and have made a name (and some money and accolades doing so). The popular kids are here: Ysolda Teague, Brooklyn Tweed, Knitspot's Anne Hansen and Clara Parkes are the standouts. The book has a lot of patterns, I'll give it that, but a fair bit aren't to my taste. In addition, you didn't get the feeling that a lot of patterns were specifically made for the book. I think people had the odd patterns working on, but couldn't for various reasons either post them on their blogs to sell, or sell on to a magazine. A few few fell 'second best', and meh.

A lot of patterns though, there is that.
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Wow ~ what a super book.
Not for the beginner but a range of garments, socks, gloves, hats, scarves and shawls. A biography for each desinger, most of whom have started on the Blogosphere and also on Ravelry.
26 different patterns from Stefanie Japel, Jordana Paige, Jennifer Hagan, Jared Flod, Norah Gaughan to name a few.
I will definitely be making things from this book (probably about 10 projects.)

I would recommend to an experienced knitter.
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