Knitting in Circles Hardcover – 25 Jul 2012
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"Leave it to la Epstein to run rings around the rest of us. In "Knitting in Circles", the companion to "Knitting Block by Block", Epstein not only knits them (100 different disks), she also transforms them into a riot of finished objects, including the gorgeous Eternity Dress fashioned from thirty-three circles and a flounce. From the showpiece Kaleidoscope afghan and the completely wearable Rotunda cape to the unconventional but interesting Circulate cape, Epstein takes knitters on a fearless playdate with pi." --"Vogue Knitting"
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"Leave it to la Epstein to run rings around the rest of us. In "Knitting in Circles," the companion to "Knitting Block by Block," Epstein not only knits them (100 different disks), she also transforms them into a riot of finished objects, including the gorgeous Eternity Dress fashioned from thirty-three circles and a flounce. From the showpiece Kaleidoscope afghan and the completely wearable Rotunda cape to the unconventional but interesting Circulate cape, Epstein takes knitters on a fearless playdate with pi." --"Vogue Knitting"
About the Author
Nicky Epstein is one of todays hottest knitwear designers. She has gained international recognition for her distinctive and innovative work, whimsical sense of style and informative workshops. She has authored numerous books, including Knitting Block by Block and Knitting on the Edge, Over the Edge and Beyond the Edge. Her designs have also been featured in Vogue Knitting and many other publications. Her website is nickyepstein.com.
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Having read the other reviews, I can appreciate where those who are 'unimpressed' are coming from. However, I sense that they were hoping for a huge book of designs to make and wear, where I personally see this as more of a directory with a few patterns inserted to give you ideas to design and put together your own stuff, which I consider is a strong part of Nicky Epsteins intentions with all of her books - emphasis to empower the reader to explore their own potential. Nicky never pretends that her patterns are meant to impress everyone, simply an idea to begin and recommendations for variations always available. I suspect that its highly possible that Epstein fans who have said they are dissapointed in this book have now got to the point where they expect her to write purely for them as "advanced Epsteiners" instead of continuing to make her work available to all levels of knitter.
If you already have a lot of patterns which give you knitted circular stitches, then perhaps you will not find enough new stuff here to excite you. However, I don't, so I'm thrilled to have a starting point through to advanced technique for knitted circles on stitch directory level in contrast to the more traditional expectation of needing to crochet all spirals and circles. In Europe and the Eastern Block, it is very on trend and haute couture to have outfits of the style in this book - evening wear and classy, and I have many books written in russian for the crochet versions and simply use the charts and photographs to interpret how to make them since I don't speak the language.Read more ›
I intend to look at this lady's other books now!
The author uses different knitting methods - in the round on DPNs and circular needles, and joy of joys quite a few are done on straight needles - both bottom to top and short rows.
It has 4 stars because a lot of the book is taken up with fashion uses for the circles and I am sorry but I think they are really awful - just my opinion.
I love the book, though; I already have a circle on my straight needles to use as a centrepiece for a table and it is looking good....
Such fantastic designs and so inspiring, I can't wait to try them out. And some wacky projects as well;-)Keep it up Nicky. From an experienced and somewhat 'addicted knitter:-)'
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Love this book - the patterns are so different and easy to follow. A completely different way to make garments out of circles.Published 10 months ago by MRS S OVENDEN