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Cardigans Hardcover – October 6, 2009

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Louisa Harding is a knitwear designer whose designs have appeared in Rowan Knitting magazine, Vogue Knitting and Knitting magazine. She is also the author of many books on knitwear and has created and marketed her own line of yarns.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books; 1 edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933027886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933027883
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I hope this information will help you decide whether or not you really want this book. I was a little surprised when I got it by the variety of sweaters. I haven't knitted anything in this book yet but there are definitely several that are on my to-knit list. There are also some that I will never, ever knit.

Here's the info. This books has 27 patterns which are written for sizes 8-18 US. Three of the patterns are for boleros, two are for jacket style sweaters. Thirteen of the patterns feature elbow-3/4 length sleeves. Eleven of the patterns are for long sleeved cardigans. Long sleeved is a bit generous in my opinion because many of them don't quite make it to the wrist bones. Next are the sweater lengths based on the pictures. Sometimes it was hard to tell so don't hold me to these figures exactly. I would say that twelve sweaters are waist to just below waist length. Nine are approximately hip length. Three are long enough to cover the buns. Many of the sweaters feature untraditional closures such as ribbons, single buttons, clasps, etc.

I am also including the gauges for a four inch swatch so you have an idea of what kind of yarns you can use. 18x24 - 5 sweaters, 20x28 - 5 sweaters, 22x30 - 10 sweaters, 12-13x14-17 - 4 sweaters, 20x24-26 - 3 sweaters, 24x26 - 1 sweater

As I said, I have not yet knitted any of the patterns but I have read several of them. They seem well-written. I agree with the other reviewer that some of these patterns might seem dated soon because many of the patterns are so trendy. That being said, I am looking forward to doing one of these sweaters as soon as I finish my next project.
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I was so excited to see a book based entirely around cardigans! Unfortunately, these cardigans are massively underwhelming. I found a grand total of two patterns I might -- MIGHT -- want to bother knitting. In a book of 27 patterns, that's pretty impressively bad.

The problem lies in the designs. They are based on a limited range of sizes (8 is the smallest you can go) and operate on the assumption that modern women really want to look like they raided both a 7 year old and a 77 year old's closet. Half of the designs are going for the "classic" look, and are subsequently boxy enough to even look unflattering on the models. Adding to the awful effect, these are knit in the frumpiest yarns possible. A wannabe Chanel jacket, with none of the charm, and knit in a crazy-colored novelty yarn? No, thank you.

The alternative to elderly-wear, of course, is the Pretty Pretty Pastel Princess sections of the book. These, as you may guess, are ribbon-festooned, pastel-ridden, flowery, delicate sweaterlets. While the playing-young look can be cute, it's not cute enough to merit that many patterns.

I clearly loathe most of the patterns, but the lace patterns are a redeeming feature. They are truly lovely, and I could use those, at least. Well, I could use them...were they not printed so small that I actually had to find a magnifying glass to see them. To give you the scale, a non-repeating 130 stitch x 34 row lace chart for Waterfall lace is 7 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in. Each stitch is just shy of a millimeter. Um, right. Have fun interpreting that.

Don't waste your time with this book. Since LH is a big name, your local library probably picked the book up. Check it out and save some cash.
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This book is amazing! The photography is absolutely beautiful. The patterns are saturated with feminine romance - think old-school glamour and lady-like elegance. Nothing too bold or outrageous, just soft pretty things with splashes of spice added here and there for those who enjoy a bit of fun. I loved almost all of them. An absolute must-buy for lovers of classic cardigans.

The patterns seem very well written, though maybe better suited to a more experienced knitter. Many of the patterns are presented in mulitple versions knitted with different yarn weights or with altered detailing, which is fantastic. I've become a Louisa Harding fan! This has got to be the most tasteful collection of patterns I have ever come across.
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I really enjoyed the patterns available in this book. I read recent reviews on this book which were so-so and decided to get it from the library first just in case I wasn't happy. Well I was thrilled. Just goes to show you that everyone has different tastes. Very happy with my purchase. I have already completed one cardigan and have ordered yarn for another.
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I am really particular about knitwear patterns. The cover pattern and several others are winners. In working through the cover pattern, I found instructions well-written and understandable.
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These cardigans use simple elements to create fun, flattering cardigans. There are many classic styles, as well as some that are more fashion-forward. There is something for (most) everyone in here, and the simple suggestions on modifications reminds the knitter how easily a pattern can be transformed into something unique.
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Louisa Harding is one of my favorite designers, because of her outstanding designs that regularly appear in the oversized, twice-yearly Rowan magazines. Because I love to wear cardigans, and knit them for myself, I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, it is mostly a book of patterns for currently fashionable "skimpy" cardigans.

Many of the garments are photographed with only the top button fastened, or have only one button. These cardigans "vee out" to the sides, instead of hanging straight, as (in my opinion) a cardigan should. Some of the skimpier designs with full buttonbands look like they cannot be buttoned at all. The most attractive garments are belted (like the cover design) or have drawstring or ribbon belts. But for me, a drawstring belt is not very practical, because I usually throw a cardigan on over other clothes for extra warmth.

The book doesn't include a pattern for a "classic" cardigan, which surprised me. There are some cute shrug-like cropped cardigans. There are patterns with cables that don't quite work for me, because the scale of the cables seems to overpower the designs. Several patterns have fairly attractive lace edgings, but the edgings don't do much for the garments. There is one very nice pattern for a dressy drawstring-waisted overgarment (vee front open from shoulders to waist) that has a pretty lace "peplum".

In short, this is another pattern book that you should probably look inside before you buy. It's a lovely book, if you actually want to knit one of the included designs.
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