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Circular Knitting Redefined: Leave Those Straight Needles Behind Paperback – April 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592172733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592172733
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kara Gott Warner is a knitwear designer, an illustrator, and the author of several knitting books, including Tops and Toes. She lives in Treasure Island, Florida.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By L. Lutgens on June 5, 2010
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I love circular knitting and bought this book based on the 5-star review - what a mistake.

First, I personally do not define everything knitted on a circular needle as being circular knitting. I was taught to knit using circular needles and the only straight needles I use are dpn's. So, looking carefully at the book title I note that it says "Leave those straight needles behind". And that part's accurate. The majority of the projects are knit flat and seamed together just as if knit on straight needles.

On my first look through this book I estimated that more than one quarter of the projects are knit as flat pieces which are meant to be seamed together on the sides or at the shoulders and sleeves set in. Nope, I was wrong. Looking through the book again, I see even more sweaters knit in flat pieces. At first glance, I found only four sweaters for adults and one for a child knit completely in the round (I looked again, there are a few more). All the side-to-side sweaters are knit as large flat pieces seamed together. Several projects consist of tubes with knitted straps sewn on (all for little girls). There is a "mock moebius" cowl which can be untwisted and worn like a cowl so why not a real moebius scarf/cowl? It's not hard to do. One plain circular skirt for an adult. A couple of bags/purses. Oh,and pull-up long pants for a toddler.

Shaping is almost completely non-existent, not even with ribbing. There is one shawl collar knit with short rows. Since everything is basically shaped as squares, there's a lot of bagginess in some of the pieces.

The absolutely worst train wreck is the "Restauranteur Shawl" knitted flat and seamed together under the arms to produce arm holes.
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The concept behind "Circular Knitting Redefined" is that you can make open-front knits such as cardigans while working in one piece. Part of the issue with knitting is that sewing multiple sections together can yield a less-than-professional look unless you are an expert finisher. Also, knitting in one piece is fast and of course, fun. The

The book covers the basics of "back and forth" knitting, which is how you do cardigans and retain an open front, "bottom-up"--standard method for making tunics and pullovers, top down (a way to do sleeves and yokes and to fit while you are knitting) and "knitting in new directions" which includes sideways knitting and picking up along a piece to change directions--as in a yoke on top of a tube-shaped body piece. There is some seaming of parts, but the sewing is minimized by the circular knitting and knitting-up (knitting onto a part rather than sewing it on.)

There are 40 projects in the book, from shawls to shrugs, to tunics, hats, gloves, scarves and a very beautiful cabled tote bag. There are some kids' knits including pants, and accessories (felted bag, the tote I mentioned) and a zippered man's hoodie. MANY techniques are covered; entrelac, mosaic, cables, lace, felting, shaping. I plan to make the "Restauranteur's Shawl"--a sleeved shrug that looks like one of those throw-on sweaters you wear all the time. Sizes for women range from XS to XXL (up to 48-52 inch chest, depending on the project.)

The photos are large and clear, and there are schematics to show you the flat construction of the garment to give you an idea of how you are going to knit up the garment. The only thing I did not like were the choices of yarns and color schemes of many of the knits. I found a lot of the multi-colored yarns kind of ugly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Poller VINE VOICE on March 2, 2011
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The book is divided into 4 sections: back and forth knitting which is really like straight knitting, from the bottom up, from the top down and knitting in new directions. I always use circular needles so what interests me are the patterns.My favorites are the Lacey t-top, the shawl, baby cardigan based on Debbie New's maze sweater, entrelac cardi (although I'm not pleasead with the fact that more width has to be added by kniting on the side of it), lacey tunic, aztec top which is the updated pretzel sweater (which is done in fingering yarn which I don't like), and the Provence pullover. Along with them are some ugly looking things for children and a few nice ones too. There is a lot of helpful information but more important each pattern has a schematic and charts on the stitches where needed plus the patterns are written out over several pages and usually there are two large color photos for each one. Some of the yarns used will stop me from knitting them because the yarns are too thin or too heavy. But there are good ideas here and certainly worth getting this one.
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By BulaBBrown on September 24, 2013
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Looks like it's going to be fun. Lots of things in here for holiday gift giving for everyone in the family
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By Donna Lloyd on June 13, 2013
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This resource is very helpful; I've made a couple of items from it and have not encountered pattern problems. I love the patterns because there is minimal "sewing" together and are easy enough to understand. Lots of tips throughout, as well. I also gave a book to my daughter, who has made different items from the ones I chose, and she loves it, too.
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