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Circular Knitting Redefined: Leave Those Straight Needles Behind Paperback – April 1, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›