Knitting New Scarves: 27 Distinctly Modern Designs Paperback – 1 Sep 2007
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About the Author
Lynne Barr has taught hand-knitting workshops in the US, machine knitting to factory workers in Haiti and designed sweaters for upmarket boutiques. With her husband, she designed and produced a commemorative sweater for L.L.Bean and co-authored two books: Sweaterscapes of the North Country and Sweaterscapes of the American West.
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Top Customer Reviews
At first sight, the scarves all appear to be fairly complex, but there are some starters' scarves too. A common rule of thumb is that if a book provides two or three patterns that you would actually consider knitting, it is worth buying, but I want to knit much more than that and even where I don't want to knit the entire scarf, I certainly want to try out the technique. It really is original and inspiring.
The finishing touch is that the pattern instructions are clearly laid out and easy to follow, and the accompanying photographs really show you what you need to see. This book shows all the marks of being produced by people who understand what they are trying to do, and not just a series of dissociated book designers and photographers. The author took the instructional photos herself, and it shows.
As soon as I started looking at the patterns I just wanted to get out my needles to try the techniques which involve short rows to form curves which I am familiar with, but also using double pointed needles to pick up and move stitches and wander off into experiments of design and construction.
I think this is possibly one of the most exciting knitting books I have ever seen and I can't recommend it highly enough for those who want to move out of the box and experiment with new ideas.
Seriously though, it's such a delight to find a scarf book which doesn't rely on feather-and-fan stitches and novelty wools to make scarves interesting. Lynne Barr plays with texture and form in her designs, and some relatively simple techniques have stunning results. If you can get to grips with short row shaping, for example, there are several wavy and ruffled scarves that look great.
Another thing I like about this book is that there are lots of patterns suitable for men, away from the usual long tweedy rectangles!
There is a 10-page instruction for various knitting techniques used in the projects, complemented by one page with knitting terminology and abbreviations. In the introduction Lynne Barr describes the background story of the book and her interest in space in architecture, which had a great influence on the shape of the various scarves.
The instructions for the individual scarves are accompanied by further illustrations and/or pictures on which more complicated knitting techniques are visualized in great detail.
The book has been carefully conceived, the photographs by Tyllie Barbosa are well adapted to the mode of the book and very distinct, the text can be easily comprehended and the generous type size is commendable and also undisputedly advantageous for vision-impaired readers.
The yarn colors are somewhat muted which goes very well with the style of the scarves and helps enormously in visualizing the stitch sequences of the patterns. Changing the yarn choices is always the choice of the knitter's imagination, like a painter has the freedom to choose her own colors from the palette.
Patterns: All scarves are Outside-the-Box, often three-dimensional in structure, optical illusions, while being clear and uncluttered, reduced to the essential. The degree of difficulty ranges from good basic knitting skills (scarf: Aria) to excellent knitting skills (Drifting Pleats) - like a book for all seasons.
I would like to recommend the book Knitting New Scarves unreservedly to knitters who have a penchant for knitting and wearing extraordinary designs, or who would like to make a unique gift to a special friend.
Added advantage: The skills learned by knitting patterns from this book will come into good stead with other knitting projects as well, maybe even with your own designs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some were interesting, others derivative, but the patterns have given me ideas for stitch and construction.Published 2 months ago by lareinemargot
Knitting up wonderfully. Keeping to the colour scheme indicated by the pattern, although the tones are lighter because I am working with what I can get in babies' DK from my local... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
gave me all sorts of ideas on how to experiment with shaping. concise and easily understood have tried a few alreadyPublished on 22 Sept. 2013 by Mrs. E. A. WARD
Sorry, the people who give this book rave reviews with a five star rating ought to put down their knitting needles and get out more! Read morePublished on 10 April 2012 by J. Magill
I bought this book mainly on the reviews I had read and to be honest was very disappointed. The best design is the one on the front cover the others are mediocre at best! Read morePublished on 4 April 2012 by Miss J.
This is the best book I've had for ages. Lovely scarves, what a good present for someone. Will be much appreciated.Published on 28 Oct. 2011 by Magsw
This book is lovely, and the patterns seems straight forward (at least the ones I've looked at so far). Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2011 by D. Rodgers
The creativity dazzles me. Not only are the patterns fun and innovative some are very easy to do. The scarf made of woven i cord is easy and so gorgeous. Read morePublished on 9 April 2011 by Cowgirl Boots