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Praise for Lene Holme Samsoe's previous title, Feminine Knits:

"5 out of 5 stars. The feminine and romantic designs showcase both contemporary and vintage ideas for fashion." - Knitting News

"Samsoe's girly show, 22 items of spiced sugar--but not sticky-sweet--niceness. Lace is the headliner throughout, with openwork making appearances as both star (floral-motif jackets, a tiered skirt, a beribboned bolero) and supporting player (tinging the edges of a triangle shawl, supplying a saucy central inset to a square-neck tank). Bobbles, pompoms, jacquard and cables add even more romantic lyricism to already alluring pieces." - Yarn Market News

"A gorgeous collection... Samsoe's patterns are very well written and clearly presented. I found a pattern for nearly every women in my life in this book." - KnitPurlGurl.com

"Delicate details. Attractive shapes. Pretty... All the designs (and they're mostly all sweaters) are what they claim to be--feminine knits." - KnittingScholar.com

"This volume is newly translated into English and features beautiful sweater, scarf and jacket patterns perfect for intermediate to advanced knitters." - American-Statesman

"Captivating designs with flattering silhouettes." - Quick & Easy Crochet

"The designs are interesting shapes, as are the uses of stitch patterns, such as the bobble and leaf cable at the centre of an Aran." - Slipknot: The Journal of the Knitting & Crochet Guild (UK)

About the Author

Lene Holme Samsoe has worked as a knitting designer since 1988. She is the author of seven books including Feminine Knits (Interweave). Today she is a full-time knitwear designer for Danish and foreign yarn companies, magazines, and periodicals.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596687843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596687844
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Tearose on September 19, 2012
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There are few patterns in here that are beautiful--the lace pattern called "Cecelia," for instance--but overall, I've bought magazines that had as many pretty patterns and cost much less. I advise you to go to a local store, and see the book first hand. You want to see all the patterns before you decide to purchase.

Amazon, you need to start showing us thumbnails of each pattern. I don't need to know the table of contents, or what the "how to knit" chapter looks like. I want to see the patterns because that's what I'm buying books like this one for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James C. Dixon on October 11, 2012
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I want to knit every pattern in this book. Each is truely feminine and lovingly designed. But the technical editor appears to have been asleep on the job based on errors in some patterns. Even worse, the publisher -- Interweave -- has failed to post any corrections to date. I'd still recommend the book and this designer...just proceed with caution. by TJ Dixon
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tobi O'Neil on January 1, 2013
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I found only one one pattern I especially liked and am doing that one now. I do wish that the photos were better. All the knitters I know wish that photos of the garments should show the front, back and sides without having long hair or poses where the garments are not fully shown. I also think that most of the models in this book were wearing terrible clothes with the sweaters!
I don't rank this as a "Must-have" book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Embrlynn on June 17, 2012
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I loved the patterns that were in the book they are all beautiful in their own way. I would have liked more commentary on the patterns though - other than a quick blurb and a short note (very short) note on the yarn. I would have also enjoyed more variety on the fibers as everything seemed to be based in wool - with some exception to a couple in alpaca. I would still recommend this item however if you had looked at the book beforehand and knew what the patterns were. I know I will be using this book for a while.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth T. Paskiewicz on June 15, 2012
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This was a pre-purchase item. There are several sweaters I am likely to knit. I haven't had the time to really review the book. The pictures are not really helpful. I wish the pictures showed the garments from several angles. I also wish the garments came in multiple sizes including plus size.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
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Essentially Feminine Knits is a better than average knitting book with some stand-out patterns. I especially like Rosita, a Long Garter Stitch Sweater with ribs going longitudinally all around. Lily, The Softest Leaf, is also a nice pattern that I'd like to give a try. It comes with a nice matching hat. I really like Gerda, a Feminine Guernsey. The pattern is interesting and looks like fun knitting. Smilla, a lovely cardigan, is described as sweet and nostalgic and that is accurate. I can't wait to try this one. Amanda, Classic Cable Sweater is a winner and just the kind of thing I love to knit. I will certainly be giving this one a try.

Despite the several good patterns in this book, the photography leaves something to be desired. It is hard, with several of the patterns, to get a good feel for what they actually look like when finished. Overall, I rate this book a '4'. It has several patterns I'd like to knit, is a good resource and the pattern instructions appear clear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paloma A Parra on August 22, 2012
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I love Somsoe's design aesthetic, it's rare for me to want to knit nearly every model included in a book, but this is one of those rare cases. The designs are both special and highly wearable. I feel inspired by flipping through its pages. I have not knit any yet, but the instructions look clear providing easy to read written instructions, schematics and charts. The brief introduction on "how to use this book" was also quite helpful in understanding the where to begin when considering modifications.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on June 21, 2012
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I just got this in the mail yesterday and am really excited about nearly every pattern. (There's always one or two patterns that make me scratch my head and ask why the editor(s) put it in a book with such wonderful patterns.) I just bought yarn to do the "Cecilia," so hopefully all goes well. At first review, the patterns all seem to be written fairly clearly, and there are mentions of difficulty at the beginning of the patterns. Most patterns are accompanied by charts, but not all, so it just depends on the type of pattern you prefer to follow. I usually transcribe all patterns into my own shorthand in any case, so this doesn't phase me much.
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