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Knitting in Circles: 100 Circular Patterns for Sweaters, Bags, Hats, Afghans, and More Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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.
The pictures will make you drool, and then scamper for yarn basket and knitting needles!
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I wouldn't recommend it to any one. Sorry. I've never written a negative review before now. Ms Epstine must have spent a many hours on the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by linda
Lots of good ideas. I'm making "flowers" from some of the patterns for Pop de Fleurs in Pittsburgh PA.Published 10 months ago by Mary Joanne Shaw