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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.
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on 11 July 2008
The previous reviewers were right to rate this book highly. I am thrilled with it. As well as the beautiful, unusual designs, it contains loads of interesting information about kimono and other Japanese costume.

Although there are only 18 designs, they are so attractive, flexible and simple in construction (that being the nature of kimono) that a reasonably experienced knitter will find it quite straightforward to adapt them to their own preferences: for example I will change the dangling kimono sleeve on some to make them more useful for work. This means that the possibilities for knitting from this book are almost limitless.

A lot of the yarns will be tricky for UK knitters to obtain, but again the simple nature of the designs will make substitution more enjoyable than burdensome! I have a number of designs earmarked as stash busters already...

I can't wait to start.
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on 20 March 2008
I bought this book on the strength of the previous (and only) review and am so glad I did. I am now halfway through a pattern from the book, it's clearly explained and has beautiful pictures of it from every angle.

This is a book that no keen knitter should be without.
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on 5 March 2013
All the knitting are inspiring and interesting. The knitting for Men was more complicated in that the instructions ar set out in a different way which one has to get used to.
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on 18 November 2009
There are some knitting books you go back to time and again - and this is one. The patterns are attractive, but also adaptable. If you don't have the particular yarn, or want to change some detail, it is easy to see how to change and still end up with a satisfactory result.

I thoroughly recommend it.
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on 25 May 2012
I loved this book when I saw it in Waterstones so had to have it. Some really beautiful designs and exquisitely shown in detail. Clear instructions.
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on 5 August 2015
The designs look nice but are quite fiddly, I would have preferred more basic how-to instructions before getting into the types of stitches required. . I had a problem with deciphering some of it - that might just be my inexperience, of course - and did not care for the layout. Translating American into English did not make things easier. The designs do look good though so I shall file it under 'maybe one day'.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 20 June 2010
With its simple approach to garment making, this book shows you how to create a kimono from rectangles and just how varied the style can be. The book begins with a basic introduction on kimono, beautifully illustrated with line drawings. I do like the patterns, however, in most cases I feel the choice of yarn is too heavy to imitate that flowing, lightweight look of a kimono. Useful for styling and how to use a basic design and present it in numerous ways but I would want to change the yarn. These versatile designs should be achievable to a broad range of knitting skills. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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