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Luxe Knits: Couture Designs to Knit & Crochet Hardcover – August 4, 2009

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About the Author

LAURA ZUKAITE moved to the United States from Lithuania when she was 18 years old. A recent graduate of Parsons School of Design, she has published designs in major knitting magazines and collective designer books. Luxe Knits is Laura’s first solo book and represents her design philosophy and creative process. She currently works as a professional designer in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160059283X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600592836
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an awesome book of stunning and unique styles. The photography is lovely but I would really like to see some full body, front and back, arms at sides, pictures to help me gauge whether a style will work for me. For example, the "Summer Dress" page 30 is a knockout and I thought it would be an adorable summer dress but in every photograph the models arms are upraised and I realized when I read e pattern description that the dress was actually an off-the-shoulder style rather than the sleeveless that I was expecting. The "Lacy Halter" on page 66 is totally cute but there is no picture of the front!
This is all doable but you must really read the descriptions to get an idea of what the knitted piecs will really look like and if they will be right for you. Thre are schematics at the book, too and at helps, but we knitters need clear pictures along with the arty pics.
Laura is a fabulous designer with a long reach and a great eye for the details that ramp her looks up to haute couture. There are some definite projects for me including the" Tonal Skirt" on page 56 and the truly outstanding "Smocking Pullover" on page 35 that looks like it marched straight off the runway in Paris.
I am glad I got the book for my knitting library and I really like reading technical things so this book will work for me but for someone that relays solely on the pictures to decide whether to knot a project, this book might not be for them.
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Format: Hardcover
LUXE KNITS: COUTURE DESIGNS TO KNIT & CROCHET provides over twenty projects using traditional stitch patterns the author has reinterpreted in new ways. All garments include design drawings by the author, many have schematics, and all of them offer approaches knitters can use to build on their skills. From African textiles used to reinterpret the smocking stitch for a new texture and colors to a herringbone purse design, color photos of completed projects accompany clear directions. A 'must' for any knitter's collection, its designs are to be found nowhere else.
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When you open this book, you enter a world of high fashion that Laura Zukaite created out of knitted garments. Beautiful yarns and elegant designs combined with gorgeous photography make you feel you are watching a Runway show. At the same time, Laura is showing the designing process that took place behind the scenes. The designs are very tempting and not very difficult to make. Very inspirational collection! Bravo!
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I borrow this book from the local library to see what's inside. I am please to find many design on this book is very fashionable. There are shirts, sweaters, and even a purse that I absolutely loved. I would love to make some of the things in this book and wear them. However, since this is Luxe Kints, the yarns that it needs are quite expensive and I really wish to substitute them to something that is more affordable to me.
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The book contains many unique designs. The photography is beautiful, although the book would have benefited from less artistic and more full-body images - some designs are shown only from the back with no front image available. For some patterns errata is already available on the designer's blog. The crochet patterns are few and less wearable than the knit designs. All my knitter-friends agree that there are many beautiful and wearable designs in this book, that make it worth buying. I have at least 10 in my queue!
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