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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 27 October 2011
It's always nice to see a new slant on knitting. This book fully explores knitting with angles. Each of the fifteen patterns are based on a different construction method - knitting avoiding the usual rules. sideways knitting is not that uncommon, but Mathew has managed to use imagination and needles to come at knitting from every angle. yet the only instruction in the basic knitting guide at the back of the book is for short row knitting. The book is divided into chapters consisting of Truly Sideways, Mostly Sideways and Every Which Way. The book promises innovation and excitement. Cecilia is a fitted Aran knit sideways, note the word fitted; Becca an asymmetrical knit with disproportionately large bell sleeves (featured on the front cover); Deille a tailored jacket with collar; an Asian inspired top called Francesca (!) whose sleeves don't look quite right, it is knitted in too bulky a yarn; and Talia a top based on the same shape and ditto with the bulky yarn problem: Dani again quite similar and Lynette the best pattern in this section a fitted, short jacket with a retro look. In mostly sideways we find Dominique, a lace top that is truly delightful although the edging could have been better; Merielle a very attractive short jacket with cabling: Gemma, a cape style cable top; Erik a textured man's cardigan. In Every Which Way, Meredith is a long line jacket that is very wearable; Felix a man's zipped jacket; Jacqui a passable bolero, which again is knitted in the wrong bulky yarn and Jose a rather dated looking Aran cardigan for men. This feels like the beginning of an adventure and better and more contemporary designs could be forthcoming. The basics are here, play with yarns and patterns. There's enough here to start you off. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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