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Beginning with a comprehensive picture tutorial explaining both the how-tos and the whys of making pleats, you will soon master this new and intriguing technique. Used frequently as a design element, they are also cleverly incorporated into the actual shaping of some of the sweater patterns. The patterns are mainly sweaters and cardigans, but there are also a fair amount of wraps with 2 hats thrown in for good measure. With 17 tempting designs, you will have a hard time deciding which garment to cast on first. This book will encourage you to practice and perfect your pleats! --Love of Knitting magazine

About the Author

Olga Pobedinskaya was born in Russia, and lived in England for 10 years before coming to America. In 2004, she won first prize in the knitting competition organized by the British Hand-Knitting Council and Knitting magazine. She also placed second in the 2004 World's Fastest Knitter competition in London. Her designs have appeared in a number of publications and gallery exhibits.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680423
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2011
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I am a serious knitter and in all my many years of knitting, this is the first book I've seen on this specific topic. The book contains patterns for "stunning garments and accessories", all containing pleats of one form or another. The book is unique in this way and the patterns are lovely. There is an introductory section on Understanding Knitted Pleats with good photographs and instructions for knitting.

One of my favorite patterns is the Silver Darts: Sectional Pleats T-Shirt, knit with Alchemy Synchronicity yarn. It is in a lovely silver hue with two pleats in the front and back towards the neckline. The Fanned Three-Fan Shawl is very unique and would make a lovely evening garment. It is knit with Haiku from Alchemy Yarns and its lace pattern is in a very light peach shade. The Borderlines: Pleated-Trim Jacket has a definite Japanese feel to it. Knit with worsted weight yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas,, the color is a soft white. The pleats form the border of the front and collar as well as the bottom of the arms. There are also pleats running longitudinally down the back. It is stunning.

There is a section on Resources at the end of the book that is very useful. I give this book a '4' overall because there are many patterns included that I would not knit. The ones I would knit, however, are quite lovely and easy to read. I recommend this book to knitters who would like to experiment with a new type of knitting that is bound to create a lot of compliments.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 14, 2011
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Primarily a pattern collection, this book offers many fresh ideas for using knitted-in pleats (tucks) to shape garments or embellish garments. My favorite designs are (1) "Shoulder Chic", a beaded, scoop neck, cutoff tee that uses pleats to pull the center front and center back upwards into graceful curves; (2) "Vested Interest", a little vest that uses pleats for a raised rib effect all over the back, and for shaping that pulls in the sides of the vest for a snug, flattering fit; (3) "Borderlines", an elegant, mostly sideways-knit jacket with vertical pleats at the center fronts, and horizontal pleats at the cuffs; and (4) "Long Way Back", a stylish pullover with elongated back and horizontal pleats at the lower edge, cuffs, and collar.

There are clear technical instructions, with drawings, for knitting full-row, partial-row, and puffy pleats. For a pleat (often called a tuck), you pick up stitches from a previously knit row on a spare needle, and then knit together the stitches on the spare needle and the stitches on your working needle. If you can do a three-needle bind-off, you can do these pleats!

Partial-row pleats are great for shaping garments, as an alternative to knitting short rows. Puffy pleats make the pleats really stand out, because the stitches in the rows between the knitted-together rows are doubled with increases, and then decreased back for the final knitted-together row.

Because both the technique and the patterns are so simple, I rate this book at 4 stars ("I like it"). It's a book that is nice to have, and that should be a welcome gift for any serious knitter, knitting book collector, or knitter who loves one or more of the patterns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Thies on October 10, 2011
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Knitting Pleats offers a fresh approach to fashion forward knitting. The well-written and well-illustrated `Understanding Knitted Pleats' section provides complete instructions for working pleats and serves as a prelude to the stunning garments and accessories that follow. Olga's sense of haute couture is obvious; her styling flattering in a number of sizes, and her directions clear and concise.
It's hard to pick favorites from so many striking designs, but Borderlines, Curly Confection and Golden Fleece all seem to be shouting "Me first!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By weaver516 on November 24, 2012
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I like this book, but it definitely has a market. It is useful to me because I can adapt to my own patterns. I might try one of the patterns for myself, but it's not an everyday knitting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janice Faircloth on April 2, 2013
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The projects are just wonderful to look through. In particular, I just drooled over the front cover project. There were many more inside and I am quite happy that I bought this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Dassa on July 17, 2013
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most interesting history of Olga..designs Besutiful and patterns clear. Photograph amazing from all angles..great representation of designs! love love kt
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doreen L. Marquart on October 27, 2011
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While this book is not for every knitter, it is the perfect book for those who want to "get out of their box" and learn a different knitting technique! I haven't seen any other book on the market like this. The illustrations are fantastic; one can look at the schematics and truly visualize how the garment is supposed to look and how the technique "works" for each design. The section on understanding pleat knitting is well written and really helps to be able to read through before tackling an actual project. Only thing I would like to see would be yardages listed as many of the yarns used are not readily available throughout the U.S. It would be nice to have a more accurate idea of required yardage.
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