"Family Circle" Easy Sweaters: 50 Knit and Crochet Projects Hardcover – 17 Oct 2002
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The easy-knitting experts at Family Circle magazine offer here their recommendations for 50 proven and popular sweater patterns for you to crochet and knit. Fashionable, comfortable and easy to finish, these projects just what you are looking for to suit every member of your family: children, teenagers, young and older adults. Take your pick of styles: contemporary, chic or classic. From cold weather chunky knits to lightweight shells and lace tops for windy spring & autumn days.
Top Customer Reviews
The book gives European needle sizes but the yarns used in the patterns are not European and not easily available here.
The designs are old fashioned and not aimed for the general knitting market.
A poor buy for the price.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The book actually breaks down the sweater into categories such as "beginner" or "intermediate" which I've found very useful. I've limited myself to beginner sweaters so far. The other nice thing about this book is that it gives the complete information for the yarn that is used. This makes substituting very easy since the yarns used tend to be on the pricey side. I am making a sweater from this book right now and it would have cost me $$$ to use the yarn listed but I was able to substitue for only a quarter of the cost...
One thing to note, most of the patterns are for knitters. If you are looking for a book of crocheted sweaters I would recomend that you keep looking. I found only four crochet patterns and only two of them were at the beginner level.
There are patterns for women, men and kids. I actually found a pattern that my DH likes as well. The patterns are very stylish and as a 20-something I liked almost all of them.
The only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars is the small number of crocheted patterns. I find the title to be a bit deceptive.
I'm giving this book 3 stars because even though the knitting patterns might be great (I don't know, I don't knit) they really should just make it a knitting book and get it over with. The subtitle states "50 Knit and Crochet Projects" but what they really meant to say is "46 Knit Projects and 4 Crochet Ones Thrown In There So We Could Get Crocheters To Buy The Book". I'm not kidding, there were a total of FOUR crochet sweaters in the entire book (I counted). Of the four crochet projects, two are very similar in look (big, open holes, simple sweaters). Another is a granny square sweater that's nice looking and the fourth is a really nice sweater I might try to make so I might get something out of it after all. Still, if I had paid for this book I'd be mighty ticked off.
I also think that if you are having a book with knitting and crochet, you should have an easy way to find one or the other. An index would be nice, or have the crochet in one section, knit in another. Instead, all the sweaters are listed under their themes (Easy Does It, Tropical Coolers, etc) with knit on one page, crochet on the next, knit on the next 20, etc.
I'm sure it's a lovely book for beginning knitters, I just think they should take out the four token crochet patterns and focus on knitting instead of trying to play both fields.
I was set to send it back when I took a second look and decided there were a few things I could see myself wearing, and there were a few things I could see other people wearing. The shaping is simple. There are patterns for children and men as well as women.
Overall a good beginner/unchallenging intermediate book, just not exciting or innovative. Vogue's Very Easy Knits is more interesting, but also a notch more difficult.