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Knitting Block by Block: 150 Blocks for Sweaters, Scarves, Bags, Toys, Afghans, and More Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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Now that I've received the book, I've changed my mind.
Here's my take on "Knitting Block by Block."
1. Nicky Epstein's books are always high quality, and this book is no exception. Excellent binding allows the book to remain open where you're working without damaging the spine. Paper is heavy and pleasing to the touch. Color is, as expected, lavish. In fact, color is one of the best parts of an Epstein volume.
2. Patterns and examples are clear, even for a novice knitter. You can see many different types of blocks and follow one of her examples or create your own unique design.
1. It's a matter of personal taste, but, after reading through the book several times, I realized that I like knitting as a continuous piece of fabric without seams (where they can be avoided). I do not care for unnecessary seams like those shown in her scarves.
2. Again, it's a matter of taste, but, although I'm usually like a child with her nose pressed against a candy store window, screaming "I want one of those," I did not find many patterns that compelled me to whip out my needles.
3. Although I like the look of cord on knit fabric, I have a personal dislike of sewing my knitting together. I do the assembly grudgingly and have no wish to do more. With many of the designs, I'd be sitting for hours doing something I don't care to do.Read more ›
There are many many blocks in this book...my favorites happen to be the ones with i-cord and ideas of how one might use them...directions call for knitting with Cascade 220 ..a lovely yarn that is not only beautiful, comes in many colors, but is quite affordable.
There are directions for all the blocks as well as for the patterns of garments made using the blocks...
WELCOME BACK, Ms. Epstein....and thank you...
The yarn suggested is Cascade 220, not superwash. The colors listed do not match Cascades color list at all. The colors given are NOT for the sample afghan shown; I loved the colors in the sample knitted afghan and I am not getting it. Blocks knitted as directed created different sized blocks. After a lot of reworking and reediting, I am able to create same sized blocks.
They are many great ideas, but beware of the patterns.
The instructions are clear and well written.
When I say however, that it is confusing I refer to the fact that so many of the blocks have different cast on numbers, so when I finished my first three blocks for the afghan project in the book, they came out in different sizes using the same needles and yarn. I ended up adding garter stitch borders to some to make them come out even. I am left feeling that I am not executing my blocks in some way, though since they specify different numbers it makes sense for them to end up different sizes.
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I like this one better than the circles -- some more practical ideas for making things that are not done the regular way.Published 9 days ago by Joan M. Morgan
In short, the women of my family are enthralled and I should probably get to practicing my needlework! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth S. Tyree
I bought this book for my 11 year old daughter and she was soooo excited to get it. She taught herself via YouTube to knit and does quite a wonderful job but having this book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by BookLover
Knitting Block by Block is a handsome volume.
Printed on creamy coated stock, the multitudinous color photographs offer stunningly sharp, detailed close-ups of Epstein’s... Read more
I love to crochet, and I usually do Mile-a-minute. However I also know how to do Granny Squares. When I saw this book I knew that it would be easy to learn and even easier to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Many different and fun blocks for Afghans. I like to make different and exciting knitted items and this book provides lots and lots of choice.Published 10 months ago by Martha Ambrosio
I started learning how to knit in December 2013 after the passing of my mother. I guess I can call myself a "novice" because I had been knitting off and on over the last... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mindy Koentopp