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Knit 2 Together: Patterns and Stories for Serious Knitting Fun Hardcover – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; First Printing edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584795344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584795346
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The multitalented Ullman now graces audiences with another gift: a funny and accessible book on knitting, co-written with the owner of her local Santa Monica, Calif., yarn store. Ullman's been knitting for three years, and Clark, a New Zealander, is her knitting mentor. The duo shares more than 30 original designs, accompanied by Ullman's witticisms and Clark's trustworthy advice. The patterns are for chic, sometimes quirky items, such as a Lacy Hug-Me-Tight, a hybrid shrug/shawl with a pretty lace trim; and a Gym Slip Dress reminiscent of a high school uniform but with a panel of ruching at the hem, a lace panel at the waist and ribbing at the bodice. Although beginners may be skeptical of some of the more detailed creations, Ullman and Clark are nothing if not reassuring; says Clark, "There's no mystery to it. No one need feel intimidated." The patterns go beyond clothing for adults and kids; there's also a bath mat, photo frames, a table runner and other home accents. An addendum teaches special techniques, but novices will need the additional help of a primer to take on most of these patterns. Still, knitters sick of scarves and potholders will relish this refreshing and fun guide. Photos. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Actress and producer TRACEY ULLMAN has won numerous awards for her work in television and film. Her Fox comedy/variety series The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–90) earned three Emmys and a Golden Globe; Tracey Takes On . . .(1996–99) for HBO also won a number of Emmys. Her feature film work includes Plenty, Bullets over Broadway, and Small Time Crooks. A longtime fan and follower of style, she is now a serious, skilled, and adventurous knitter.

Born and raised in New Zealand, MEL CLARK has been knitting since she was eight. Before opening her yarn shop in Santa Monica, California, she designed handknits for L.L. Bean, for boutiques around the country, and for Hollywood films.

Photographer ERIC AXENE specializes in still lifes, portraits, and interiors. His award-winning work has appeared in Fortune, Country Home, This Old House, and . He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Customer Reviews

This book is full of fun information, stories about the authors, and great patterns.
Melody Balcao
What makes this book stand out from other knitting books is the commentary and story telling that sprinkles the patterns along the way.
M. Mihajkov
The Doctor's Bag is more utilitarian than most, and the "Sailor's Pants" look a lot like roomy yoga pants or comfy sweats.
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Keeler on September 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Knit 2 Together" is not another celebrity knitting book. Tracey Ullman is there not only as a celebrity name, but to encourage the shy wanna-be knitter to give it a try. The fabulous and fun patterns are the creations of co-author Mel Clark, who has designed and created knitwear for films such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".

The book features the usual hats and sweaters, but also offers some fun patterns for sock-like legwarmers, shrugs, pants, and toy mice with personalized outfits. The patters range from classic to a moderately avant-garde, with something for every age group.

Even though this book seems to be aimed at convincing those who are knitting-phobic to pick up some needles, the patterns range from simple to advanced. To someone who is an extremely novice knitter, I'd suggest first reading Debbie Stoller's Stitch and Bitch, which has become my knitting how-to bible. Once you conquer a few of those patterns, you'll be ready to conquer "Knit 2 Together". Enjoy!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Haden VINE VOICE on August 12, 2007
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This is a fun book, with lovely photos and lots of neat little stories. The "Knitting Basics" section has plenty of clear photos and handy tips (including pointers for left-handed people), but doesn't leave you feeling that you wasted half the book if you are already a skillful knitter. There are 32 knitting patterns, with written directions and schematic diagrams.
The designs include clothing, accessories, toys, and household goods. There are pretty cardigans, a classic suit, and a very snazzy handbag.
But the book also includes a ruffled tea cozy, knitted shorts, a sweater for two (shown on the cover), slippers that will look great on the floor but not be practical for walking in, and an apron which they freely admit cannot actually be worn in the kitchen.
The handbag -- and I do like it, I am even making it, though with modifications -- is the size of a suitcase. Some patterns are in only one size (though most with sizing range from about 32" to 40" bust -- the usual range). Knitted picture frames and a messenger bag with multi-hued spines may not be the most lasting designs.
There are also problems with the patterns. For example, the Dcotor's Bag has a handsome herringbone stitch pattern. There are 16 rows in the pattern, but it includes things like "Row 16: Repeat Row 12" where Row 12 is "Repeat Row 4." It is not sensible to have people refer to multiple lines in a pattern. There is also no indication in the pattern of where you are starting any pieces (that is, at the side or the top of the piece), which makes it difficult to connect the schematics with the written pattern.
I'm glad I bought this book, and I look forward to using my Doctor's Bag (much smaller) once I complete the rather irritating process of following the pattern. But this ought to be a fun addition to an already sufficient knitting library, not a basic go-to book.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Hayley on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love "Knit 2 Together". It's a wonderful combination of Mel Clark's beautiful patterns and advice and Tracey Ullman's sense of humor.

The photography is also gorgeous and will make you want to run out and get yarn right away to get started.

This is NOT a "celebrity" knitting book. Tracey is a passionate knitter and wanted to help spread the joy of knitting by encouraging Mel to come up with patterns for a book. Mel is an accomplished designer, with decades of experience and I applaud her for coming up with a selection of patterns much different than the usual scarf and iPod cozies you see in every other new book.

I was lucky enough to meet Tracey at a book signing and by speaking with her, it's obvious how much she loves to knit.

I'm starting off with the doctor bag and then the felted slippers.

Go get this book! You will love it!
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2006
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I agree with the other reviewers. It is a great book with great patterns. However I only gave it four stars as I wanted to allert potential purchasers that most of the nicest patterns are only in fairly small sizes, eg cardigan measures 101.6 cm bust maximum, skirt measures 101.6 cm hips, dress measures 95.3 cm bust, britches measure 81.3 cm waist, pants 86.4 cm waist etc.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Medusaleh on September 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
How did they do it?! This beautiful, warm, funny book is engaging and inviting, offering enough simple patterns for novices to dive right in, and at the same time plenty of challenges to keep accomplished knitters' needles happily clicking.

Although the book is gorgeously laid out and beautifully photographed, this is no boutiquey piece of knitting-trend fluff. The patterns are the stars here, and they are clearly written, logical, mistake-free, and adaptable to a wide range of sizes. To have all this, along with loads of great knitting tips, reference materials, AND a fantastic sense of fun -- well, our knitting bag truly runneth over.

My only complaint is that I want to knit absolutely everything in this book, and can't decide what to start with. If I could give it ten stars, I would!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Lenox on October 6, 2006
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This knitting book reminded me of the Mason-Dixon book or the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Rules. It is fun stories with some decent patterns thrown in. There are a few I will definately be doing soon like the lacey table runner in linen. It is not a "learn to knit book" but once you have the basics it would work for beginners to intermediate. Tracy Ulmann will have you laughing and relating to her yarn obsession.
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