If you have never bought an issue of Interweave Knits magazine, then buy this book. It features twenty-five of their most popular designs from the past ten years of the magazine, plus technique articles. It is an ideal introduction to the magazine which puts most other knitting magazines to shame.
However, do be aware that if you have been reading the magazine in the past three years, that a good chunk of the patterns come from this era, and you may end up with duplicates. The patterns taken from magazines I didn't own were sadly not to my taste and, probably due to the recent publication of Favorite Socks, there were no sock patterns in the book at all.
Beautiful book.Easy to follow and well photographed.Good range of designs and sizes. It is a compilation of articles from various magazines and publications.This one not only gives patterns but lots of tips and explanations of terms and ways to improve your knitting and finishing.Each patterns has an outline with measurements so although it uses American terminology it is easily understood by British knitters.
This is a lovely book, the designs are best described as modern classics. Each design is a modern interpretation of a particular stitch or type of knitting, with colourwork, fairisle, cables and lace all represented. There are lovely jumpers that the man in your life would be happy to wear; scarf and bag designs as well as ladies jumpers, cardigans, tanks and simple summer tops, plus two must knit shawls - the beautiful Icarus shawl by Miriam Felton, and the Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia. It's worth getting the book just for the shawls.
There are no sock designs or knits for children. The sizes go up to a 50" bust for many of the designs, but the designs have no bust or waist shaping so are less attractive to the super curvy.
The technical articles are excellent, something for the beginner and the advanced knitter. The knits themselves cater for the same range of skills. The book itself represents excellent value compared to the cost of buying individual patterns or a couple of magazines. My copy is already well thumbed.