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Knitting in Circles: 100 Circular Patterns for Sweaters, Bags, Hats, Afghans, and More [Kindle Edition]

Nicky Epstein
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You won’t believe what you can make with knitted circles!
One circle can become a stylish hat or an adorable shrug. Two, and you have a unique handbag or cover-up. Knit more circles, and you can make show-stopping scarves, capes, sweaters, afghans—even a stunning lace dress.

Only Nicky Epstein, always on the cutting edge of knitwear design, could dream up these innovative garments and accessories that all start with a simple shape. In her bestselling book Knitting Block by Block, Nicky elevated the humble block to outstanding fashion, but that was just the beginning. Now she takes on a new challenge and shows you how to make a statement with circles.

Mix and match to your heart’s content with 100 circles and 20 inspiring projects that feature everything from cables to rich colorwork, delicate lace, and over-the-top embellishments in Nicky’s signature style. You’ll find step-by-step techniques on how to knit circles, both in the round and flat, plus expert guidance on customizing the projects, with unique cut-and-paste circle templates to design your own styles.

With this groundbreaking book, you’ll never look at circles the same way. Once again, Nicky Epstein has outdone herself, opening up a world of creative possibilities with a gorgeous knitting reference that will have you knitting in the best of circles over and over.

Editorial Reviews

Review Readers' Choice for Favorite Knitting Book of 2012 Winner

"Leave it to la Epstein to run rings around the rest of us. In Knitting in Circles, the companion to Knitting Block by Block, Epstein not only knits them (100 different disks), she also transforms them into a riot of finished objects, including the gorgeous Eternity Dress fashioned from thirty-three circles and a flounce. From the showpiece Kaleidoscope afghan and the completely wearable Rotunda cape to the unconventional but interesting Circulate cape, Epstein takes knitters on a fearless playdate with pi." --Vogue Knitting

About the Author

Nicky Epstein is the beloved knitwear designer and bestselling author of numerous books, including Knitting Block by Block, the Edge series, Knitting on Top of the World, and Knitted Flowers. She currently resides in New York City and travels extensively, teaching and lecturing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 20126 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (August 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TSC40E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but of Limited Utility September 11, 2012
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I love Nicky Epstein and own several of her books, including all of the Knitting on the Edge books, the book of blocks and the book of flowers for knitting and crochet, so writing this tepid review of her latest work that I pre-ordered is not a task undertaken lightly or without thought.

First for the good, as always, the instructions to make the circles and the patterns included are comprehensive and clear and cover everything from lace to eyelets to colorwork both stranded and intarsia. I decided to keep this book just for the circular patterns which might come in handy at some point. The instructions to put the garments together are a lot less clear and this is the first of my problems with the work. Putting together a garment after knitting and blocking and ending with a garment that is attractive and wearable is no small task. Gauge is more important than beginning knitters know and blocking and seaming have entire books devoted to getting it right and here I am referring to putting together a four piece sweater or a five piece cardigan with regular shapes that go together without any spaces between the seam lines.

The projects in this book have a far larger number of components and the knitter will have to put together as many as ~twenty pieces (the dress) in different sizes and gauges and cope with the holes left by the very nature of seaming circles. Indeed, many of the "circles" are blocked into ovals to cope with this difficulty. I honestly believe that any knitter not of the caliber of Nicky Epstein would have trouble ending with anything that anybody wanted to wear. Furthermore, many knitters chronically avoid the finishing work, having more pieces and those pieces irregular is going to make that problem worse.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good & bad September 13, 2012
By vigb
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The bad: Circles are a big thing in knitting at the moment, & a designers are creating interesting circular patterns. One can also find interesting circular-based vintage patterns. This book does not contain any patterns that are interesting or even attractive. The knitted up styles are...downright grotesque. . The worst things about the garment designs is that, not only are they incredibly tacky, ugly, ridiculous, they don't incorporate any interesting, new (or even old) techniques of shaping or construction. But then, I'm not a big fan of Nicky Epstein's finished designs in any case

The good: On the other hand, I find her books on knitted details very useful, indeed --for creating my own designs. Knitting in Circles is similarly useful. The circles are not strikingly original, but there are a lot of circular designs, & when I want one, it saves me puzzling out my own stitch patterns. And so, it assumes an honorable place on my knitting bookshelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Directions in both chart and written form. Good color photos of each pattern and interesting patterns to provide food for thought. Lots of "bouncing off" ideas in the volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book March 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The pictures of the samples in this book are inspirational and make me want to knit. The directions are clear and well written. I love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knitting in Circles March 26, 2013
By Sac
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I borrowed this. Book from my local library. Liked it so much I came to Amazon to get my own copy. Plan on making the learning of the techniques my summer knitting on the beach projects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! January 11, 2013
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Nicky Epstein wrote the book...of course it is perfect!
The pictures will make you drool, and then scamper for yarn basket and knitting needles!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book January 5, 2013
By Fara
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I got this for a gift for an ambitious new knitter. She will get so much out of it because there is nothing but beauty in it to try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars round and round December 28, 2012
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gave me several good ideas for unusual things to do for presents -- a couple of circles put together for a bag and another couple for a round pillow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! I have seen many items in person and ...
Amazing! I have seen many items in person and they are phenomenal. Unbelievable amounts of instruction & patterns inside.
Published 8 days ago by hconn
5.0 out of 5 stars I am constantly amazed at Nicky Epstein's creativity
Wow, I am constantly amazed at Nicky Epstein's creativity.
Published 1 month ago by Ann M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good shopping
Published 1 month ago by LUIS JAVIER SIERRA N
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book for knitting beginners.
Published 1 month ago by Uschi Magyar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 3 months ago by JANE A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great ideas . Good clear pictures
Published 4 months ago by Nancy E. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written with wonderful pictures and instructions
So many techniques and I want to try all of them. Very well written with wonderful pictures and instructions.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!
I love Nicky Epstein's books - they take knitting to an art form. I also love to work in circles, so this beautiful book gives me many ideas. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ellen Rosewall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Linda G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
I have several of Nicky Epstein's books, but this is by far my favorite. She shows many techniques including lace, cables, texture, Fair Isle color work, and use of I-cord. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carol Gardner
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More About the Author

Nicky Epstein is one of today's most prolific and versatile knitwear designers, authors and teachers. She has gained worldwide recognition for her artistic, distinctive and innovative work, whimsical sense of style and informative workshops. Her designs continue to be featured in many knitting magazines and publications, on television, and in museums.


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