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*Starred Review* Odd. Even geeky. Yet there’s no question that Portland-based revolutionary knitter Yuhas is on to something. His premise is simple: start knitting at the middle/center of the item, which he categorizes into five shapes: tubes, cones, circles, domes, and ruffles. His tricks also seem uncomplicated, which means mastering the ins (and outs) of knitting in the round and casting on in the middle. In real-life needlework, however, it takes a bit of time to figure out the how-to’s; at the end, Yuhas does give us excellent step-by-step photographic tutorials. His nearly 30 designs are a combination of wild and winsome, matter-of-fact and magnificent, like his foxglove boa and half-moon mittens, or the sorting hat (yes, Harry Potter) and geometric shrug. Toys, accessories, sweaters, shawls, blankets, and I-cord items each include color photographs, well written-out directions (no charts for Daniel), notes about possible variations, and sketches of specific techniques or ideas. What’s so odd? His mathematical sidebars (on Fibonacci, for instance) and a few titles in his recommended reading: Michael S. Schneider’s A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe (1994), for one. --Barbara Jacobs

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Daniel Yuhas’s work has been featured in the magazines Interweave Knits, YarnForward, and Creative Knitting; the books Fresh Designs: Scarves, The 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters, Me Make Monster, and Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders; and online on Knitty and Knitcircus. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and regularly teaches at regional and national fiber festivals.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799986
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mary G on October 19, 2012
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I literally received this book yesterday from my friendly UPS man ... started it this morning and finished the text about two hours later. It was like eating chips -- I couldn't stop reading and thinking and now my creative juices are revving. Why? It seems Yuhas has written a book akin to the rule-shattering books of Elizabeth Zimmermann. He takes the idea of starting from the center out and explores the many ways to design garments and home-accessories. He has some projects in the book that include the standard in-the round items: blankets, shawls and caps. But these all have a unique twist, such as the spiral baby-blanket or the dahlia blanket. He then expands on the center-out way to make shapes and includes "heel-up socks", a hoodie that starts at the top and works down, a seamless teddy bear, and mittens that knit from the thumb out.

As a hand-knits designer, the great value of the book is the creative inspiration -- he has the math facts in here so that I can expand my design horizons. This is really a book for those who want to go beyond repeating a designer's idea ... and come up with their own. This hardcover volume, with it's 28 projects and detailed instructions and clear photographs and drawings is definitely worth the cover price!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jackedge on January 12, 2013
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Received this fabulous book as a Christmas Gift. I was at my daughters house for the day, and after flicking through just a few pages just wanted to run home and cast on.
So......I waited until Boxing Day and started the Centre Out Bear. So unusual to start a Softie from the centre of his right foot, but that is exactly how you start. Got a little confusing around the shoulders, but thank goodness for some very handy diagrams.
NEXT to the centre out SOCK......THE BEST AND MOST INTERESTING SOCK I HAVE EVER EVER KNIT. I hate shaping heels and picking up stitches. This pattern makes is so much easier. Also some very helpful diagrams to help you through the unusual construction.
I have my sights set on at least two, maybe three more projects within the next few weeks.
Congratulations on such a wonderful book. Anyone who said knitting was boring, well just get your hands on this book. The tutorials in the back of the book are very helpful. I am a great fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman, and this book just adds to the many and varied things you can create with yarn and a couple of sticks..!!!......Gee....my creative juices are flowing big time.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Legal Knitter VINE VOICE on November 27, 2012
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Love, LOVE this book. I haven't knit anything from it yet, so can't vouch for the particulars like tech editing and proofreading, but the designs have a lot to offer, with some great twists on the usual. Love the "use any yarn, any gauge" hats and the whole explanation of "sometimes, you just want to cast on the shiny new yarn, not swatch." What knitter doesn't know that feeling? The stuffed octopi are adorable and there are some great blankets in here too. I think I will learn a lot from this book, and after 40+ years of knitting, that's saying something.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 3, 2013
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Nothing about knitting is truly "revolutionary"--a few centuries' worth of dedicated knitters have discovered (or independently rediscovered) everything there is to know about knitting. In this book, "revolutionary" knitting simply means "knitting in rounds" or "circular knitting"--although in these patterns designer Daniel Yuhas often adds a highly creative "spin" on established, well-known techniques. (For example, he creates an i-cord necklace with dangling tubular flowers that is knitted in one piece!)

Patterns that I particularly love in this unusual collection are (1) the tall "conehead" hats that stand up by themselves (tight gauge and the method of increasing are the secret); (2) the one-piece, half-moon "flummox" mittens (start with a tube, convert it to an octagon, add some short rows, and use decreases to seam the whole thing up); (3) the heel-up socks (start at the center of the bottom of the heel of the foot, knit an octagon, and work parts of the octagon separately, until it's time for everything to "come together in an origami moment"); (4) the net-like over-the-knee "swoosh" socks (a tube is knit in stockinette, then every third stitch is dropped to form long ladders from hip to toe); and (5) the ripple baby blanket (knitted as an Archimedean spiral).

Yuhas' book also includes some less-adventurously-knit patterns for several pretty shawls (e.g., the Feather and Fan Shawl, the gossamer Isosceles Shawl), blankets (e.g., the Dahlia Blanket, the Star Play Mat), and sweaters (e.g., the Leaf-Yoke Sweater, the Hood-Down Hoodie). The amazing thing about Yuhas' patterns, is how good the directionally-knit garments look when they're worn by real people.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By antiquepowergal on December 17, 2012
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This is an amazing book. It has fabulous patterns that are different from the usual drivel. If it only had patterns, I would give it a four, but Yuhas goes into detail about how to knit at various rates of increase/decrease to help the knitter make original patterns. This is for knitters who like to go past the flat to the three-dimensional for a little tangled adventure.
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