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A Knitting Wrapsody: Innovative Designs to Wrap, Drape, and Tie [Paperback]

Kristin Omdahl
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Book Description

February 22, 2011

Designer Kristin Omdahl is one of the most innovative designers working today, and in this collection, she showcases her signature motif designs and experimental construction in 18 original patterns--five scarves, six wraps, five shawls, and two skirts--that provide new ways to think about knitting pieces that wrap, drape, or tie.

Unlike other wrap books, this collection offers ingenious ways for wrapping your knitting, whether around the neck, shoulders, or waist. The designs for these garments are just what you've been waiting for--inspirational, creative patterns that advance your skills, explore shape and silhouette, and are beautiful to wear year-round.

All of the garments incorporate interesting elements, from reversible stitch patterns and unique knitted edgings to interesting closures. Each project is knitted, but much of the aesthetic draws inspiration from the geometry, motifs, and techniques of crochet.

Some of the techniques are quite unusual and the enclosed DVD will demonstrate them in-depth before you cast on for a project.

With her passionate attention to stitch detail and one-of-a-kind motif designs, Kristin offers a wide range of projects in A Knitting Wrapsody for a variety of skill levels and time commitments. Expand your wardrobe with bold, stylish shapes and add form-flattering pieces perfect for layering.

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Editorial Reviews


Finalist in the About.com Reader's Choice Awards for Best Knitting Book of 2011.

"A Knitting Wrapsody is a lot of fun for knitters who are looking for something a little different in their garments. Lots of knitting projects - socks, hats and sweaters, to name just a few - are pretty much only good for one purpose; they can only be worn one way. But Kristin Omdahl thinks knitting should be more versatile than that, and she's come up with some designs that turn a cape into a coat, sweater pieces into a cape and a capelet into a scarf or collar, just to name a few." – About.com Guide to Knitting

"One of the most exciting new knitting books that I've seen in several months... With scarves, wraps, shawls and skirts, it has something in it for just about everyone." - Courier-News

"These fresh patterns feature some unusual design elements that make them outstanding...the handy DVD reference guide...is the next best thing to having a private instructor at your side... Whether your interest is lace, texture or construction details, this collection has a little something for everyone." - Monsters and Critics

"Now, [Kristin Omdahl] brings her dramatic style to knitting with 18 drop-dead gorgeous projects unlike anything you'll ever see in stores. The wraps, skirts and shawls in A Knitting Wrapsody incorporate unusual elements and clever designs to make them really stand out... Omdahl demonstrates her new and unusual techniques on the DVD that comes with this book." - Crafter's Choice

"A very nice book, complete with the awesome DVD." - CraftGossip.com

"Fresh ideas... The included DVD is a nice touch, too, though the written descriptions seem quite clear... If you do better with visual aids, you'll appreciate the DVD." - Knitting Scholar

"There are plenty of interesting stitch pattern and clever constructions to keep you interested and challenged." - The Yarn Lounge

"The experimental construction makes the designs elegant and eye-catching.... Many of the patterns incorporate quite complicated techniques, but thanks to the bonus DVD that demonstrates unusual stitches step-by-step, the designs are still manageable for newbie knitters." - Yarn Forward magazine

"Kristin takes some unusual approaches to her techniques and the accompanying DVD will guide you through. A perfect way to learn, and who better to learn from!" - Terry Kinche, CraftGossip.com Knitting Editor

"This is the first knitting book I've seen that has a how-to DVD included and I LOVE THAT!! For people like me who love knitting, but don't always feel confident in their skills, an instructional DVD is invaluable. I would say this is an advanced level book, most of the projects are quite intricate, like wearable works of art." - Laurie Perry, aka Crazy Aunt Purl, author of Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split

"Wrap yourself in the beauty and elegance of knitted art-to-wear with amazing ideas, inspiration and patterns from designer Kristin Omdahl's latest book, A Knitting Wrapsody. If your knitting skills are intermediate to advanced, this is a definite must-add to your collection of knitting books." - The Detroit News

"Kristin Omdahl is full of ideas and always coming up with very interesting techniques for which she is merging her very artistic and creative side with her mathematically-oriented mind. We see the result in her designs as fascinating shapes and interesting usage of known stitches." - Faina Goberstein, The Designer's Studio

"Overall, the book is well-produced: there are lots of clear photos of each piece; charts and schematics are sharp and usable; the design layout is visually pleasing. The patterns seem easy to follow." - Knit and Travel, Blog

"Kristin Omdahl's designs are not only striking and inno

About the Author

Best-selling author Kristin Omdahl designs knit and crochet garments and patterns under her label KRISTIN and website styledbykristin.com. She appears in every episode of Knitting Daily TV on public television as the show's Crochet Corner expert, conducts seminars around the country, and teaches knitting and crochet in her DVD workshops, including Innovative Crochet: Motifs. She is also the author of Wrapped in Crochet, Crochet So Fine, and A Knitting Wrapsody. Kristin's work has appeared in many magazines and books. She enjoys knitting and crocheting in her orchid garden in sunny southwest Florida.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Pap/DVD edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683075
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kristin Omdahl designs knit and crochet garments and patterns under her label KRISTIN, and is the author of "Crochet So Fine" (Interweave, July 2010) and "Wrapped In Crochet" (Interweave, 2008). She appears in every episode of Knitting Daily TV on public television as the show's "Crochet Corner" expert, and she conducts seminars around the country on crochet and in her new DVD workshop, "Innovative Crochet: Motifs" (Interweave, 2009). Kristin's work has appeared in Interweave Crochet, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Crochet Today, Crochet!, Cast On, and Knit N' Style, plus books including "Crochet Gifts" (Interweave, 2009) and "Crochet Me" (Interweave, 2007). She enjoys knitting and crocheting in her orchid garden in sunny, Southwest Florida. Check out what's new with Kristin at www.StyledbyKristin.com.

Customer Reviews

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to give it 10 stars!!!!!!! February 9, 2011
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I love Kristin Omdahl patterns, I have several books from her, This book has beautiful patterns, and because they are inspired in crochet, you can get many ideas how to crochet this patterns. The DVD is exellent, she explains all the techniques she uses in the patterns. This is a great book, with very original patterns. This is no a beginners book, I'll say Intermediate more to advanced.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Fun, Challenging patterns March 22, 2011
This book focuses on wraps, shawls, and shrugs. It has the innovative feature of including a DVD that illustrates some of the special techniques used in the book. This is a fantastic feature.
Kristin is well known in the crochet world. I'm not a crocheter, so I'm looking at the designs solely from a knitter's point of view.
This book is not intended for beginners, as it really requires a good foundation in basic kntting techniques.
I'm fairly experienced as a knitter, so I'm attracted to new and different tecnniques and design effects.

Overall, the book is well-produced: there are lots of clear photos of each piece; charts and schematics are sharp and usable; the design layout is visually pleasing.
On to the patterns:
I Do - diamond lace scarf, is very pretty, wearable and appealing. This might be the first project I tackle.
Echo - mobius - has an original stitch pattern that makes me want to try it.
Ring of cables shrug - has a bright fresh look that would be so cute on a twenty-something, and it has a really interesting construction.
Infinity cardi-wrap - just breathtaking in its unique design. A figure-8 is knitted for the back, So striking.
Finally, the Warrior wings shawl, with its pretty scalloped edges, is another winner.

I passed the book around at my knitting group, and these patterns got the most ooohs and aaahs.

As for the downside, I couldn't see knitting the Flamenco ruffled skirt, or the Gypsy wrap... Just not wearable for me or people I know.

All in all, there is a very proportion of things I do want to make, compared with other knitting books I have. So this book is a winner :-)
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming March 10, 2011
I'm frankly at a loss. While I certainly believe in innovation, when what results is sad, tired, and downright ugly, it's rather pointless. I bought the author's previous two books as well, and didn't like either of them; but everyone on the reviews there and here keeps raving. There are at least a few items in this book I find really cute or lovely, such as the cover bolero and the "Warrior Wings" knitted shawl, but most look anywhere from ho hum to weird to really odd. One shoulder wrap piece in particular looks like a burlap feed sack, braided and thrown about the neck.

The included DVD is informative and well made. Some of the author's methods are unusual; the DVD will certainly help with understanding. Her writing style is also straightforward and easy to follow.

Taste is subjective. This author's work does not appeal to me personally. If you are familiar with her work or previous books and like her style, you will almost certainly love this book. If you are unfamiliar with the author's techniques or style, I strongly recommend you thumb through a copy at a library, or find more information and pictures online before spending your money. It's going to be a trade-in book for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SO disappointed December 22, 2012
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I love the projects in this book, but there are serious problems for me. First, there is only one size for each project which won't fit a plus size woman like me. Second, you must be able to read knitting charts in order to make a number of the most interesting projects. Although I've been knitting for 40+ years, I need to see the description of the rows -- I just can NOT read a chart. None of the projects with charts have the necessary descriptions.
The projects are lovely and novel in their techniques, but I probably will never make any of them.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative and wearable March 15, 2011
Let's face it, Kristin Omdahl is an innovator who pushes the boundaries. She does not really do ordinary, so you are going to love her or hate her designs with little in-between. A lot of people will buy this book on the strength of the front cover design, which is one of the best. Kristin has covered a lot of ground in this book to appeal to different tastes. For traditionalists, there are the lace shawls - I cannot imagine anyone who loves lace not falling in love with 'I do' - it's a classic design with a beautiful diamond lace pattern, ditto the lacy crochet-look scarf - Melange, the traditional lace Tama with beads and Warrior Wings. Then we find tradition with that inevitable Omdahl twist - innovation writ large in Summit, Tide Pool and Arcelia. Then we have the non-openwork knits - the front cover bolero called Ring of Cables, Echo - a drop stitch scarf, Tree of Life, Serpentine and the amazing Infinity - which knitter would not like to get her knitting needles around that? All these patterns appeal to those who like texture. You might not want to wear the ruched and ruffled Nerina, but your 20 year old will. I'm not fond of Anouk, Lelani or Sand Dollar - but the latter looks attractive belted and I positively hate the skirt, Flamenco - but there is more than enough reason to buy this book. Celebrate Ms. Omdahl for her innovation and don't knock her - she produces some of the best knitting and crochet patterns around - where else have you seen a pattern like Lucky Clover or Infinity? The latter takes the award for most innovative pattern for 2011 for me. The book is beautifully produced with a bonus DVD, clear instructions and stunning photography. Highly recommended. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really nice patterns
Published 4 months ago by Caroline Sienrukos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a favorite knitting pattern book now.
Published 5 months ago by P Pang
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!
one of my favorite knitting books....the patterns are lots of fun, pretty easy to follow, although they do require some skill at knitting
Published 10 months ago by kari falk
5.0 out of 5 stars a great pattern book
I have long been a fan of Kristin Omdahl's patterns. They are easy to follow and her garments are really beauitful. She includes lots of info if you are a beginner. Read more
Published 14 months ago by eve salkind
5.0 out of 5 stars Many great patterns
I love it! If you want to make shawls, wraps, or other cover ups; this is the book. Great ideas!
Published 15 months ago by Pddtovar
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This book is full of beautiful patterns. The photos are great. The instructions and diagrams are clear and will be easy to follow. It's a nice addition to my pattern library.
Published 16 months ago by Viv
4.0 out of 5 stars Not enough time
I want to do them all. The photos are Enticing the instructions seem to be easy-to-follow. I can't wait to finish my ongoing projects to start doing these. Read more
Published 16 months ago by BeckerT
5.0 out of 5 stars Presents for Granddaughters
This book has kept me busy and my granddaughters happy for almost a year. So many cute ideas for the early twenties college students and recent grads.
Published 17 months ago by Lou Hooper
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I bought this book for one particular design I would like to tackle knitting wise and while I was at it looked through the rest of the designs as well. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Brigitte
1.0 out of 5 stars Reviews
The reviews steered me away from buying this book. I have little money to spend and do not wish to spend it on a less-than- satisfying book. Sorry.
Published on October 15, 2012 by gb
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