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Knitting New Scarves: 27 Distinctly Modern Designs Paperback – 1 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc; 01 edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584796332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584796336
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is possibly the best scarf book ever, although Pam Allen's 'Scarf Style' may still be in the lead. There are so many knitting books which claim to be original and provide a new look at the subject, but this one really is.

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.
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There have been a lot of lovely knitting books that have come out in recent months but none that has made me as excited as this one. I wasn't sure whether to get it or not as I am not that keen on scarf knitting to be honest but I thought I'd give it a go. I really wasn't prepared for what was hiding beneath the rather unexciting covers. This book is full of new ways of looking at knitting and the patterns rely on exciting ways to construct shapes, often based on architectural inspiration.

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.
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I don't think I've ever been so excited by a book as I am with this one. This is such a creative and ingenious book, but I don't think the cover picture indicates just how new these new scarves are! As a budding designer, I'm inspired by this wonderful book.
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OK, I like knitting. I like wool. I like trying new things. Reading the previous reviews for this book it sounded as if it had orgasmic qualities not normally associated with craftwork. I admit it, I was curious and not a little seduced by all those 5 star reviews and glowing comments. I ordered the book. Took me about 10 mins to flick through it. Yes, there are some strange shapes and probably some new knitting techniques in it, but frankly not a single scarf I would wear in public. If you like knitting because you are intrigued by the mystery of different stitches or see it as the woolly equivalent of sudoku, then maybe you'll like this book. For me it was a big wake up call - I think I need to put down the knitting needles and get out more!
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I've now knitted 4 projects from this book and found the patterns easy to follow, the finished product excellent.... and the gifts I've given recieved with enthusiasm. What more can a knitter ask for?

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!
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This book by Lynne Barr includes patterns for 27 scarves.
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.
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