- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc; 01 edition (10 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584794844
- ISBN-13: 978-1584794844
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.2 x 26 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature Hardcover – 10 Apr 2006
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About the Author
Norah Gaughan is the design director for Berroco Yarns, and has been working as a full-time professional knitwear for the past 18 years. She was named one of Vogue Knitting's Master Knitters of the 90s, and she was also among the top designers featured in Vogue Knitting.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is broken up into six sections based on 'nature' shapes/elements - Hexagons, Pentagons, Spirals, Phyllotaxis (think pine cones and pineapples), Fractals and Waves. Each section has several garments featuring or based on these themes. There is a large selection of jumpers, some jackets, cardigans, three skirts (two straighforward tube skirts, enhanced by textural elements. There are also scarves and shawls, hats, tanks, and kids mittens. There are stacks of patterns in this book, and there are some great cable patterns.
There is a beautiful and delicate camisole and skirt which I would love to make except I know I don't have the figure for it, but largely the garments end up a bit on the bulky looking side, due to the cables and bobbles and waves and hexagons on them, which just doesn't appeal to me for an allover look, although I am now inspired to use these elements in other projects.
These patterns generally are for the experienced knitter as some have an unusual construction or else are made up of lots of individually knittes shapes which are then assembled in a fairly complicated manner.
I have only given this 3 stars because I have not knitted anything from this book, so cannot say how good the instructions are or how the finished size/shape turns out, but for inspiration and getting your imagination going this book is a winner. I feel pretty much the same about Loop d Loop, another book I am yet to knit from, but am glad nevertheless to have in my collection.
The beauty is in the detailing: the outline of the kotch formation on the bottom of the skirt, the curve of a ram's horn making a shawl collar for a jacket, a skirt made from the hexagonal shape on a tortoise shell and a leaf motif snaking around the body of a blouse.
Gaughan's musings are no less interesting as she writes about what inspires her, and shares the basic premise behind the subjects that attracts her.
The measurements are good, starting from a 34" bust (and even then it's on the bigger side) and runs up to about a 52". The garments more skim the body than cling to it, so if you were say, a 36" bust, you could sneak into the 34" measurement at times.
In terms of the yarn used, I'm pleasantly surprised to see the variety of the yarns. Not all of them are American, some can be gotten on this side of the pond as well.
A good book, one to have on the shelf - patterns that are stylish, but not trendy.
This is not a book for the novice knitter, but should provide lots of ideas for anyone, like me, who wants more than a 'cast on at the bottom and work up' approach to knitting.
For more examples of Norah's stunning and original designs, check out some issues of 'Vogue knitting'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many patterns I want to knit. Just need to find the time.Published 13 months ago by m r parkinson
Loved the use of shapes and colours and textures. Not only did I knit from the book, but it also gave me some inspiration to try designing things for myself.Published on 17 Aug. 2010 by Ms. M. Arthur