- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Collins & Brown (5 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908449373
- ISBN-13: 978-1908449375
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 20.3 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,004,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Knit Parade: 12 Statement Sweater Patterns, 12 Motifs to Meddle With Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013
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Any hipster will tell you that there is no trend hotter than a picture sweater, and the 12 quirky unisex designs in The Knit Parade encourage you to let your imagination run wild --Lets Knit, November 2013, review
Knit one, purl one, kick ass! --Mollie Makes, September/October issue, Review and feature
Perfect for those who want to follow the trend of totally whacky picture knits; Great for quirky jumpers --Knit Now, October issue, review
About the Author
Wheres Me Jumper was formed in 2010 to knit bespoke sweaters and dresses following customers' own ideas. Beki Rymsza is owner and Knitter-in-Chief. Her aim was to create a fresh, contemporary brand that modernized knitting as a craft and offered shoppers a more personal and customized brand experience. Knitting is an intricate process: there is something special and personal about knitted items--no two are ever really the same and they have just taken that concept one step further. See wheresmejumper.co.uk for more details.
Top Customer Reviews
There's a standard pattern for a basic crew-neck pullover, and then 12 designs including stars, a 'weather' design, telephone, music, big bright flowers, moustache, leopard-skin, and a tropical scene.
At the back, the author also gives details for polka dots/ chevrons/ hearts and more.
I didn't think there was much here for me; then I fell in love with a (gorgeous but overpriced) polka dot sweater in Dickins & Jones. So I have just borrowed it from library and am all set to make my own!
The pattern for the jumper is the same whatever the motif and the instructions only cover two sizes. The motifs themselves are illustrated by charts but no further guidance is given on the best way to work them. There were errors and inconsistencies in the patterns, which although relatively easy to spot are irritating. The 'Paint it Black' chart, for example, is 107 instead of 105 stitches wide, so those blindly following it from right to left, then left to right, will come to grief.
I'm a relatively new knitter but I was able to follow the instructions and ended up with a jumper I'm very pleased with, although I would alter the proportions if knitting it again. I used the 'Paint it Black' motif (black drips running across the jumper) and the result is striking and original. I would gladly buy the book for this design alone.
[I was given a free download of this book by the publishers for review.]
Although each pattern is designed to be unique to the individual, the book really helps in providing inspiration for your own design. With quirky bold ideas, the author Beki has managed to inject a real sense of humour into her creations too, which is really refreshing.
What I liked in-particular was the handy tablet sized book and simple "How-2" explanations - a long train journey will never be the same again for any wannabe fashion conscious knitters!
With both male and female models for each design, Beki shows that the sky is the limit in terms of what you create - anything can really suit anybody! So unleash your imagination and get knitting :-)