Trained as a theatrical designer, ANNIE MODESITT turns her sharp eye for historical detail toward one of the great passions of her life, hand knitting. Known for creating unexpected and unusual knit items such as furniture and fine millinery, Annie’s classes in combination knitting and more traditional knit techniques often sell out, and her designs can be seen in most major knitting magazines in North America. She is the author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic, Twist and Loop, and Knitting Millinery. Visit Annie’s website at www.anniemodesitt.com.
A native of Ohio, Annie called the New York area her home for almost 20 years. Now she resides in St. Paul, MN where there is PLENTY of time for knitting, designing and writing while she cares for her husband and children and variously changing pets.
Annie's work has appeared in every major knitting magazine and knitting website, she has written 8 knit technique & pattern books, and has edited several volumes of essays on fiber and craft.
Annie teaches her unique style of knitting across the US and Europe. Her online classes are accessible via www.knittingheretic.com.
Frankly, I'm one of those people you hangs around in book stores to determine if a knitting book is worth my investment (before I buy it on Amazon). Not so with this book, simply because Annie Modesitt is the author. I pre-ordered this book in April. So, after waiting SO patiently, I was literally jumping up and down when it arrived three days ago. For the last two nights it's been my 'bedtime story' and my excitement has not waned. My copy is full of stickynotes as I try to narrow down one pattern to begin with. SHE GETS IT. These designs are true to the title, romantic, flirtatious, flattering. Another one of things I especially love is that she gives you the usual information of what brand of yarn and how much to buy, BUT she recognizes her choice of yarn may not be yours and she therefore gives you THE YARDAGE NEEDED. No guessing if you choose to substitute, so helpful! [One day, in my lifetime, may we all start using WPI (wraps per inch). Food for thought for you next book Annie.] The designs are so beautiful, pretty, fashionable, fun, and feminine. Simply gorgeous. There is nice choice of tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories. There are a couple of patterns that are not me, but I'll knit more out of this book than any other I've purchased before. If you are a true Knitter you will not be disappointed with this book. Buy one for yourself and one for your best knitting buddy. Got to go knit. I hope this review is helpful.
This is an absolutely beautiful book! As the title says, the designs are really figure flattering and so very feminine. The garments are beautifully photographed, highlighting the incredible detailing Annie Modesitt is known for. I love the focus on romance. It's something most of us don't think about much, but can all use some of in our lives. As Annie says, it's not just in terms of falling in love with someone, it's about falling in love with life. You'll never want to hide yourself in a boxy sweater again, when you see patterns like "Adam's Rib", a lovely tailored jacket or "Charade", a light and airy lacy wrap top. "Romantic Hand Knits" is divided into the sections, "Above the Waist" (tanks,jackets, cardigans, corsets and pullovers), "Below the Waist" (featuring skirts and dresses) and "Accessories" (hats, scarves and more). There's also a "Resources" section to help with the details needed to make all of the garments. This book is inspiring and I look forward to making some wonderful things for myself and gifts for friends and family.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I've long admired Annie Modesitt's designs and was excited when I read about this book. The book itself is beautifully photographed and designed but the designs, frankly, are a very mixed bag.
To be fair there are some genuinely lovely pieces. My favorite is the top called "Casablanca" (all the designs are named for movies that the designer likes). And there are some very sexy long gloves and some utterly gorgeous stockings. I even liked the hats. But, for the most part about the only thing "romantic" in some of these designs is that they are snug in order to show off the figure underneath them --- which may be fine but says little for the designs themselves.
Some of the garments might actually be interesting to do in different colors --- the choice of colors and color combinations seem glaring and would be better suited to a book on "Knitting for Clowns". And some of the designs are just downright uninspired. An excellent example are the two scarves both of which are extremely plain and rely on the use of funky colorful yarns to make them interesting --- though far from romantic. I had hoped that a designer of Annie Modesitt's skill would have done more with interesting stitches and textures than just simple knits made with funky yarns.
The best advice would be to borrow this book from a friend or a library before you buy it. If you like unusual color combinations, are a beginning knitter, or define "romantic" dressing as being brightly colored, tight-fitting and funky you may well like the book. I'll probably make the gloves and maybe the Casablanca sweater but, considering the beautiful things Annie Modesitt features on her web site, I'm disappointed.
This is a lovely lovely book, full of stylish, original and sexy (but not vulgar) knits - most of which I want to make myself. I have bought huge amounts of knitting and crochet books and have recently started editing them - keeping on my shelves only the few really good, worthwhile books - like Lingerie Style, Fitted Knits, Loop d Loop and so on - and now, THIS - wow. Annie Modesitt is a knitting goddess. I cannot stand baggy shapeless knits. They are so ugly and unflattering. None of these fit that category - they are all beautifully shaped and styled, and there's stuff to suit all tastes. Annie M includes places in each pattern to lengthen too, so you can go from short to long sleeves, and short to long or vice versa skirts. The photography is beautiful with more than one photo of each item. There are schematics, graphs, charts, everything one needs to make life easier - including mini tutorials on lace knitting, crochet stitches, and even the finer points of millinery - because there are even a couple of adorable knitted hats.