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A book of motifs
on 30 April 2014
"Where's Me Jumper" is a Manchester-based company that makes bespoke hand-knitted jumpers, using images supplied by the customer. "The Knit Parade" is a collection of 12 of their motifs along with instructions on how to incorporate them into a jumper pattern. There's also an appendix containing some more repeating patterns, such as hearts and checks. The general tone of the book is quite hipsterish (each motif has an accompanying song, for example), and the motifs which include moustaches, telephones, Polaroids, and leopard print, may not be to everyone's taste.
The pattern for the jumper is the same whatever the motif and the instructions only cover two sizes. The motifs themselves are illustrated by charts but no further guidance is given on the best way to work them. There were errors and inconsistencies in the patterns, which although relatively easy to spot are irritating. The 'Paint it Black' chart, for example, is 107 instead of 105 stitches wide, so those blindly following it from right to left, then left to right, will come to grief.
I'm a relatively new knitter but I was able to follow the instructions and ended up with a jumper I'm very pleased with, although I would alter the proportions if knitting it again. I used the 'Paint it Black' motif (black drips running across the jumper) and the result is striking and original. I would gladly buy the book for this design alone.
[I was given a free download of this book by the publishers for review.]