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"Simplicity of design and construction, intelligent instructions, and end products that are attractive, wearable, and timeless rather than trendy...recommend this book for all collections." - Library Journal

"These figure-flattering designs bring a contemporary edge to a variety of knitting traditions. Simple, classic lines provide a nice backdrop for a variety of techniques." - monstersandcritics.com

"A really nice collection of patterns. Cheryl Oberle obviously worked hard to cover a wide variety of bases, so that there's something in here for almost everyone." - KnittingScholar.com

"There are some very interesting jackets... Jackets from short to long and both close and loose-fitting, something for everyone." - Knitting News

"The designs are imaginative and interesting." - Bangor Daily News

About the Author

Cheryl Oberle is a regular contributor to Interweave Knits and the author of Folk Shawls and Folk Vests. She is the owner of Cheryl Oberle Designs, a knitting studio. She lives in Denver.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; 1st edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By wildknits on November 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
A really diverse and classic collection of jackets here. The author has showcased some of her signature design techniques like seamless construction and beautiful finishing detail. There is everything from simple garter and seed stitch to two-color work, lace and cables. Many different yarns are used in the projects and each pattern includes information on the yarns that will allow the knitter to choose a substitute yarn easily.

While the majority of the jackets are sized in the conventional method, using one gauge and a different set of numbers for each size, the garments that are sized by changing the needle size are done so for valid design reason. This kind of sizing is actually not new and has been used for centuries to maintain the placement of a well thought out design. The discussion of gauge in the Techniques section of the book makes this super clear. Knitters who understand gauge or want to learn to do so, and those who aren't afraid to try a different technique will enjoy adding this one to their knitting tool belts. The author is also a teacher and is known for the clarity of her directions. The knitter can rest assured that these designs DO work though they might lead to more unconventional and creative thinking!

Interweave has done a nice job visually on Knitted Jackets. The photos do a great job of showing both the whole garment and the detail of the stitches and construction. Every pattern has a diagram with measurements for all sizes. A more detailed index would have been nice though.

Lots here to knit!
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Cheryl Oberle is a knit designer who often takes her inspiration from various cultures and traditional garments. Then she fuses the ideas with other cultures or techniques to come up with something unique. The jackets here are quite varied, from traditional structured cabled fabric to more free-form kimono style jackets. When traditional shapes (kimono for example) or Salish jackets are used, there is always a twist or a fusion with an unrelated technique of lace, texture or colorwork to surprise you. Wow! Lace and kimono shaping? Celtic knotwork and Native American knitting? Andean design on modern unconstructed shaping? Wow, that's really interesting--and beautiful.

The book is divided in to three sections:
1. Simplicity (simple shapes)
2. Contrast (color work)
3. Texture (lace and cabling)

As I mentioned above, there are some very interesting fusions--a Celtic-Salish jacket for one example. The jacket is knit in the style of Northwestern Native American knitting in natural wool colors, but the light pattern on the dark wool is a Celtic knot, not a traditional Salish motif! This is sure to please anyone who likes the comfy jacket-style Salish sweater but wants it to look rather different. I also loved the "Wabi Sabi" kimono jacket, which is knit using panels of shaded yarn--a great use for hand-dyed yarns if you can find one in a similar gauge and certainly adaptable if you are handy at modifying patterns (and with simple shapes, this can be done with a bit of thought.) The Cusco jacket has beautiful textures and uses two rectangles to create a short swing jacket with lapels in a modern unconstructed shape that is pleasing and flattering to many figure shapes.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Cascadian on November 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Nice patterns, nice looking book. That said, there is one not-quite-fatal flaw (in my view). Most (not all) of the patterns are sized by changing needle size and gauge, as was done in Folk Vests. I don't believe this works out well on either end of the gauge spectrum; either the knitting is too loose or too tight. With the stable of talent available at Interweave Press, I think they could have done true pattern grading for these.

Intermediate knitters can of course, resize any of these patterns using the "correct" gauge, but it's just one extra step that should have been done by the author/editor.

As with any pattern book, you should check it out before you buy it, but I'd say there will be something that will please every knitter in this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura L. Heilman on November 15, 2009
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This is a fantastic little book! The patterns inside address a wide range of skill levels from beginner to advanced. The knitting directions are clearly written. The assembly instructions are concise with simple illustrations to guide the reader. One feature that I especially like is the simple fact that these are not knits designed for a particular yarn (that always end up being far too expensive for my budget!) The author lets the reader know which yarns were used for the look in the book, but then adds little bits of information such as "the two strands held together work up to a chunky weight". Even a beginning knitter like me can adapt my stash to meet the pattern requirements and any doubts I might have are addressed by the yarn substitution guide in the Materials and Techniques section. My only problem with the patterns in this book is that not all of them are sized large enough to fit my bustline. Time to learn how to adjust patterns! I think it important to mention that the overall tone of this book inspires a strong sense of confidence. I know I feel no hesitation in trying new techniques when they come from Cheryl Oberle.
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