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Knitting the New Classics: 60 Exquisite Sweaters from Classic Elite Yarns Hardcover – September 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806931728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806931722
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

"Elite" refers to Classic Elite, a U.S. yarn company that first became known for its mohair yarns and today produces quality natural-fiber yarns that are well suited to their casual, sporty patterns. Included here are instructions for 60 such cardigan and pullover sweaters designed by a "who's who" of American sweater designers like Norah Gaughan, Deborah Newton, and Michele Rose. Designers emphasize cables, color work, and the use of mohair, wool, and cotton yarns. Sweaters are rated by level of technical difficulty from beginner to very challenging, and most are presented in a full range of sizes from small to extra large. Unisex and children's sweaters abound. Although the patterns call for Classic Elite yarns, ample information is given for alternative yarn choices. Libraries should seriously consider purchasing this title for even very small knitting collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

A U.S. company capable of producing European-like knitwear is rare, but Classic Elite, headquartered in an old textile center in Massachusetts, has wisely chosen to retain 11 designers with a broad range of styles and considerable flair. Well represented are Aran, Fair Isle, and multihued patterns for sweaters and coats that can be worn by men or women. Directions are clear, accompanied by color photographs and graphs or charts; level of difficulty is rated from "beginning" to "very challenging." Help in choosing an equivalent yarn is appended. Barbara Jacobs

More About the Author

Kristin Nicholas is a knitwear and stitchery designer who lives on a working sheep farm with her husband and daughter in western Massachusetts. She is the author of 8 books on both knitting and embroidery including her newest Color by Kristin. She has also illustrated many of her own books.

She learned to knit, crochet, embroider and sew as a young girl. She studied Textiles and Clothing at the University of Delaware and received a MS from Colorado State University. For 16 years she was the Creative Director of Classic Elite Yarns in Lowell, MA. She writes the popular farming, knitting and lifestyle blog http://getting-stitched-on-the-farm.blogspot.com/

Kristin is known for her innovative use of bright colors and textures. Many of her designs feature the Fair Isle knitting technique and many of the projects are worked in the round on circular and double pointed needles.

Kristin and her family have a sheep flock of over 250 breeding ewes. The sheep are raised for meat with they sell at local Farmers' Markets in western Massachusetts. Their two border collies, Phoebe and Ness, help herd the sheep and keep everyone in line.

Kristin hosts Knitting Retreats on her farm a few times a year where knitters come to learn about colorwork, design, and living on a working sheep farm.

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Instructions seem easy to understand and follow.
Angela Mcclelland
I bought one for my own because there were so many projects I loved, I would want it for a long time.
Teri
A great book for sweaters for men, children and women.
Sharon W. Schinsing

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
It is unfortunate that the errors in the hardback edition were not corrected in the paperback edition. There are errors in many of the patterns that may not be obvious to a beginning knitter or even a knitter trying new things. This is very unfortunate, because the sweaters themselves are quite lovely.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I certainly didn't like all of the sweaters in this book, but enough to make it worth buying. The best feature of this book is that there are patterns suitable for different skill levels as well as different tastes--mohair, instarsia, stranded colorwork, arans. The worst feature of this book is that that patterns do not appear to be have been proofread very carefully. I have noticed mistakes in many of them--most of the mistakes are in the stitch counts, so it's usually possible to figure out what should be happening, or to fudge something that will work. My other complaint is more personal--most of the sweaters are way too oversized for my taste and size (and current fashion).
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This book has beautifully photographed pictures of very
appealing designs--but--

The one pattern I have tried has serious errors in the
directions. For example, on page 69, "ZICKZACK" has moire
rib at cuffs and bottom.
1) Directions say moire rib is
"multiple of 6 + 2", then for small size directs to cast on
84 stitches.
2) Directions for Front and Back never say to change to
larger needles.
3) Shape of shoulder directions assume (in all sizes)
that there are an even number of stitches at shoulder.
There are not.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is an exquisitely photographed, coffee-table quality book for the moderately experienced knitter. The contents range from color-work (both intarsia and fair isle) to intricate arans and can be knit by any intermediate knitter. The only drawback I could find was that the patterns were not proofed well enough prior to publishing. There are what appear to be editing errors where instructions and/or numbers are transposed. However, of the 3 sweaters I have knit from the book there was nothing that was not easily figured with the use of a piece of paper and a calculator. All-in-all, a winner
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I don't quite understand the other review, where the reader says she found errors in the book. I have knitted at least 75% of the projects in this book and if she is right, I guess I wouldn't have. Any way, it is a wonderful book with excellent designs, very contemporary. It takes you from very simple knits that are still fashionable, to amazing and colorful knits that with a little patience and experience you can complete easily. I think the most important fact of the designs in the book is that they can actually be worn, and are not the kind you are going to throw in the back of your closet. A good pick for long winter months.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The sweaters are okay--but there is better stuff out there. I was very disappointed when I wrote to the author/publisher to get a pattern for the hat that was shown with some aran sweaters. What do you mean there's no pattern available--get real.
This one is okay if you can get it used, but it is obviously (see the book title) a book written to sell yarn, not a great pattern book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Sweet on September 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been knitting nearly thirty years, since I was a young child, and I have never seen a collection of patterns this unique and beautiful. There is a nice assortment of designs for men, women, and children, ranging from easy to extremely challenging as far a skill needed to complete.

The designs are truly classic, intricate, artistic, and well balanced as far as style and form. The instruction grids and pattern piece drawings are very detailed, easy to understand, and precise as far as measurements. With lovely photographs and clearly stated written instructions, this book is very thorough. There is also a nice section of tips for knitters - equivalent yarns, how to read charts, figuring sizes, etc.

The patterns are not at all dated, and I don't believe they ever will be. In the same way I can picture my mother wearing these sweaters, I think they will be completely wearable fifty years from now, so the time spent in the creation of these treasures might well be appreciated when they are passed down to an ancestor, if the sweaters are well cared for, gently worn, and still in good enough shape.

My only problem with this book is that even the easy/simple patterns seem incredibly difficult. But I admit that I am intimidated by sweaters. I am more expert at socks, hats, scarves, and throws. Even recognizing my anxiety regarding sweaters, I do not think a beginner should attempt these patterns because it might lead to frustration and discouragement with knitting in general. I believe this book is more suitable for intermediate to advanced knitters.

J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Beautifully photographed collection of patterns. As an experienced knitter, I've enjoyed making several of these sweaters, and found them adaptable and easy to follow. Perhaps a beginner might have a bit of difficulty. As other reviewers have said, there may be a few errors, but I haven't encountered them, and most pattern books unfortunately contain a few. IMO, New Classics is a valuable addition to my knitting library.
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