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Modular Knits: New Techniques for Today's Knitters Hardcover – August 1, 2005

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In Modular Knits Iris Schreier introduces her revolutionary new techniques that greatly simplify creating triangles, diamonds, squares, and other project designs. Using the traditional modular method, you finish a shape, bind it off, cut the yarn, pick up stitches, and then knit a new shape into the old one to expand the garment. Schreier, in this new method, shows you how to knit shapes continuously without cutting yarn and picking up stitches. Be warned...these techniques are addictive! The chapters introduce various knitted shapes and include instructions for knitting practice swatches before starting on the projects that follow. Once you're comfortable with the techniques, or if you're already a proficient knitter, you can try any of the intermediate or advanced projects that are part of the book's four experience levels. The results are spectacular when you move beyond the straight lines often found in knitwear, and work with unusual crossings and intersections, vertical and horizontal lines, and other distinctive patterns.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579906494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579906498
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful By G. Stansifer on October 1, 2005
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With the (over)abundance of knitting books available at present, one must be very discriminating unless the book budget is unending. So many of the new offerings are just rehashes of the same-old same-old sweaters/coats/cardigans/etc, made in the same-old same-old way. This book introduces a truly new technique for making modular-style knits, which is one of the best ways of using variegated, hand-painted or other multi-colored yarns. And this form of modular knitting is portable, as it utilizes a unique short-row technique that eliminates the need for carrying innumerable balls of different colored yarns. I love all forms of modular knitting, but this one has the extra added benefit of me being able to carry it with me and, once the pattern is mastered, becoming "mindless" knitting. Added kudoes to Iris Schreier for making herself available via a Yahoo!group devoted to this knitting technique. She gives her advice selflessly. Highly recommended on all counts.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By S. Al-Amri VINE VOICE on September 21, 2005
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If you like trying different sorts of knitting but don't feel like picking up stitches/sewing, then you will enjoy this book. It uses short row techniques to make some really pretty garments. I have made three of the scarves and a belt and they are addictive patterns. Waiting for yarn to arrive to make a shawl and then might try the vest. There are also a couple of bags (one felted and one not) that I will eventually do.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Q on August 4, 2005
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Perfect book if you love hand-painted yarn and want it to look as good in

your knitted piece as it does on the hank. It shows you through tutorials

and 25 projects how to maximize the beauty of the yarn by turning and knitting to create interesting designs.

Most of the chapters teach a way to knit in continuous modules without having to cut yarn or pick up stitches and

the last one teaches traditional modular knitting. This is totally new stuff, so if you're adventuresome

and want to expand your knitting abilities, you'll love it.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By S. Katley on June 29, 2006
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This book has an excellent support forum for helping its readers through some of the technical quibbles one will find frequently scattered through this book. On almost every pattern, there will be errata so the naive reader should look at the Artyarns website for corrections or join the helpful multidirectional forum accessible through the Yahoo groups section for help.

Quite honestly, it mystifies me why this book receives the amount of 5-star praise that it does. It has lots of pattern errata (I don't know if this was from poor editing or simply a rush to get it into print - one star off for me). The garment patterns are somewhat so-so from a fashion standpoint (The bullseye cap - while excellently showcasing a certain technique - isn't really all that attractive - perhaps the choice of black and white contrast yarn in the photo is too strong. A more subtle gradation of color may have worked? I think my inital problem with the patterns of this book may be due to the heavy reliance on variegated and novelty yarn in this book. In my wardrobe, I prefer more solid colors, or subtle color shifts or muted patterns that are not so 'busy.' (Another star off from me.)

I think where this book really shines is in the 'knitting for the home' and accessories department as well as the 'design' department. There are some nice scarf and shawl patterns in this book that are likely to appeal to someone and the pillow patterns are fun, decorative and amenable to the Multidrectional technique. Speaking of Modular knitting, I like how this book encourages you to practice the techniques on little swatches. Your collection of little swatches can open a whole host of inspiration to designing your own patterns.

Do I consider this a requirement in a Knitter's library?
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103 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Judith Donovan on September 9, 2006
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I've been fascinated with modular knitting for years and teach the technique at yarn shops. This book has some unusual techniques to share and the designs are first-rate. HOWEVER, there are errors galore. I've worked my way through about 4 of the 'tutorials' and hit the wall every time due to errors in the pattern. I had some experienced knitting friends attempt the tutorials and patterns as well and they all had the same experience--errors galore that make it impossible to execute the designs.

The author apparently wants the readers to join one of her discussion groups to get "help" with the patterns (she won't admit that the book is lousy with errata). My feelings are that if she doesn't have the time to properly edit her book, I certainly don't have the time to join her silly discussion group.

If you like puzzles, this is a great book. If you expect a well-written knitting book with accurate instructions, save your money and buy one of the other wonderful books on this technique on the market (Hoxbro, Luters, etc.). My copy will probably go to the recycling bin.

PS: Sorry Iris, I've been knitting for over 30 years and the 'problems' in this book are not due to my lack of understanding. Get yourself a good editor!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Audrey C. Friedman on November 12, 2005
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In the three months I have owned Iris's "Modular Knits," I have been more inspired and more productive than in the five decades that I have been knitting. The designs are indeed works of art, appearing almost multi-dimensional as a result of the multi-directional techniques. The support that the author provides in an on-line listserve makes a great offering even better. I wouldn't part with this delightful volume! I know that the skills covered in this volume with eventually result not only in some wonderful knitted garments and accessories, but in some daring design work of my own. This is a must have for any knitting buff!!!
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