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Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature Paperback – March 1, 2012

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About the Author

Norah Gaughan is the design director at Berroco Yarns. Her work has been published in all of the major knitting magazines, online, and in many books, including Reversible Knitting, Weekend Knitting, and Handknit Holidays from STC Craft. She is a coauthor of the STC Craft book Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; Reprint edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781584799689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799689
  • ASIN: 1584799684
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This interesting knitting book has chapters titled Hexagons, Pentagons, Spirals, Phyllotaxis, Fractals and Waves. All of the patterns are inspired by natural forms found in nature The author, Norah Gaughan, in the introduction, states that she has "always been torn between simultaneous desires to study art and science". This book is a good example of how she combines the two and creates beauty. As Norah's life progressed, she realized that what she truly loved was knitting and wanted to make a career as a knitting designer. "The work in this book feels like the melding of my science - and art-loving selves...". "Some of the designs in this book are structurally similar to nature's example." This can be seen by the chapter headings themselves. "In some cases, the structure of the natural phenomenon dictated the structure of the garment (the garments made from hexagonal and pentagonal pieces, for instance). In others, the pattern from nature become a surface decoration imposed on the grid of knitting...". "In all cases, working within the framework of six categories of patterns found in nature freed my mind to look at things differently and allowed me to rethink the structure of garment-making."

Many of the patterns are eye-catching and lovely. In Hexagons, the Asymmetrical Cardigan in a lovely light blue hue is definitely a pattern I want to try. It is knit in cashmere . The stitch in this cardigan is modeled after the woven pattern of caned chair seats. The Hex Afghan is stunning. Knit in a rich brownish-red, half alpaca and half wool, it contains rows of elongated hexagons.

The Swirled Pentagon Pullover is luscious. Knit in an angora and wool blend, it is an almost turquoise colorway.
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If you want to find more reviews on this book, then go to the hardcover version from 2006. It is easily found with just a search for this title. There are many, many reviews there. And this is the SAME book, just in paperback format. Briefly though, it's worth getting this out of the library to see if it fits your style. For me, I wouldn't buy the book; seems to be errors and the patterns are a bit on the different side along with ill-fitting designs. But if you are good at fixing a few pattern errors here and there and really like the styles, then it might be worth it. Personally, I would definitely have to fill in some of those empty areas across the belly. :-)
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Not for the new knitter and not for the "faint of heart", but the designs in this book are breath-taking. I saw this book at the home of a fellow knitter and ordered it as soon as I got home. I'm not disappointed. The photography in this book is wonderful.
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Good book, good patterns. Look forward to knitting some of the designs, sometime in the near future. Thank you much.
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OK, I am working through other projects so I haven't started a pattern in this book, but I enjoy looking through it and the creative patterns. I anticipate making many of them.
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