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Kimono Designs - Beauty and Simplicity
on 30 August 2007
This is a book of very high standard, print, color and paper quality are excellent and harmonious. The photographs of the 18 Kimono designs are artful, focussed, explicatory and descriptive, showing each model at least once in full size from the back and front, flat and on the body to see the fall of the panels, plus smaller detailed views of more intricate points such as the stitch pattern itself, or details on closures, collars, cuffs.
The book is well-structured in Introduction, Kimono Basics, Design Your Own Kimono, Glossary, Resources, Bibliography and Index. Advice on adapting the designs and patterns / yarns to your own liking is also provided and is easy to follow. The drawings of the patterns are clear and easy to understand and enlarge, sizes given in inch and cm.
Although all designs are based on simple shapes, some require more knitting expertise such as for Intarsia or Fair Isle motifs. For all designs good skills, i.e. uniformity and evenness when knitting stockinette patterns are a definite plus.
The simplicity of the Kimono design makes for an eye-catching stunning result that will not be subject to the rapid changes in fashion. The author is Vicki Square. Her books are always of high quality - but the "Knit Kimono" will set the singular standard for books on modular patterns. It is worth buying even just to enjoy reading it and looking at the pictures, a collector's item in the making.