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Product Details

  • Series: Style series
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680906
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A lovely book with 19 patterns that prove that easy knitting doesn't have to be boring or produce boring-looking garments. These patterns focus on small design elements that make a big impact" - About.com Guide to Knitting

"The nineteen projects...base their design interest on simple shapes and basic knitting patterns, ribs, garter stitch, and stockinette, used in ingenious and pleasing ways." - Pam Allen, creative director, Classic Elite Yarns

"How do you combine interesting stitching with minimum fuss--those seemingly dichotomous demands of today's serious knitters? The still-strong Style series offers up 19 answers to that question." - Yarn Market News

"5 out of 5 stars. This book encourages you to take a break from the fussy, complicated garments and create something simple yet elegant." - Knitting News

"Full of designs that you can pull on almost as soon as you finish the knitting! Each designer focuses on giving you a great-looking sweater with a minimal amount of fuss." - Knitty.com

"A successful book, one that definitely hits my criteria for a good pattern book." - KnittingScholar.com

"The 19 designs have interesting details, good color combinations and silhouettes...Packed with clever design ideas." - Machine Knitting Monthly

"Impressive as complex designs can be, it takes a really skilled designer to use basic knitting techniques to their fullest advantage." - Cast-On.com

About the Author

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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Customer Reviews

I live in Alaska and love cozy sweaters.
North Sloper
The book is beautifully presented and gives the reader plenty of full and half-page color photos to fully appreciate each project.
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I can hardly wait to start knitting my way through this book.
Linda

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
While visiting my local knitting store today, I perused their new books. 'Simple Style' by Ann Budd caught my eye. I was especially taken by two of the patterns in the book - - Kimono Classic by Vicki Square and Garter Lace Jacket by Ann Budd. I also like the fact that the book is published by Interweave Press, publisher of my favorite knitting magazine.

When I purchased this book, I asked myself three questions:

1) Does the book contain patterns that I will knit? The answer is yes.

2) Will the book serve as a good resource? Again, the answer is yes.

3) Are the patterns easy to follow? Yes, again.

I trust Interweave Press. While this is a book for intermediate knitters and beyond, I think it has a good selection of patterns to choose from.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelyn E. Alberta on March 30, 2009
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I ordered this book completely blind, having loved the previous Style books in the series. This is a nice addition to the line, but some of the patterns were just not ... me. I LOVE the cartigan you can wear forward and backward (but will have to substitute yarn if I ever make it ... I priced it out on a yarn CLEARANCE site, and it was muy expensive). The gansey skirt is also wonderful. But as for some of the boxy sweaters--no thanks.

If you like simple clothes and shapes, this is a great book. But I'd recommend paging through it first to make sure it's right for your bookshelf.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By book note on May 10, 2009
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Unlike many books, I found several projects I want to make from this one. True to their word, the patterns are pretty simple. The only thing that would make it better is if they could provide a list of where to get the yarns featured in the projects.
I look forward to using this book well into the future. Really glad I bought it!

Bookworm
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marge on October 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Simple Style: 19 Innovative to Traditional Designs with Simple Knitting Techniques (Style series) by Ann Budd from the publisher Interweave Press and want to share my impression of the book. Simple Style has 19 designs and with the possible exception of the Drawstring Bateau by Debbie Newton, the designs are all stylish and fairly simple in design and execution. Although stylish the Bateau looks a little more difficult. If you are looking for a sweater pattern that has enough shaping to keep you from looking like you are wearing your son's hoodie, but not so much that you are scared off by the tailoring this might just be the book for you.

Sweaters often scare us, especially when you consider the amount of time they take and your experience level. There are so many places where things can go wrong. No matter how perfect your gauge swatch, it is possible that the gauge you get in your swatch may vary on the actual garment. Will the completed sweater look good on the wearer? Will the person who receives it actually take care of and wear it? With all that said you still want to make a sweater, so you then pick a pattern or a book of patterns that appeal to you. Simple Style has classic looking sweaters, with simple techniques and a large variety of sizes, from finished size 30 inches or 76 cm. to 50 inches round or 127 cm.

Having a pattern book with many sizes makes it a versatile book because of the amount of use you can potentially get out of it. In addition, the classic patterns will not go out of style quickly. Finally, simple, fitted, fashionable patterns also allow the designer within us to experiment and make changes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 18, 2009
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Knit simple but include some embellishments that change the style look completely with silhouettes and details in this presentation of some nineteen modern clothes which require no complex techniques. Sixteen knitwear designers provide projects with easy step-by-step knitting directions in a presentation encouraging knitters to think beyond the usual options of complicated or possibly dull. Any knitting library will find this a popular lend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Koehn on July 15, 2014
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I thought I would like this book, but I didn't. It says it's simple knitting, but in fact the designs are far from beginner or intermediate knitting. No written instructions and all charts. If you don't know how to read charts don't buy the book.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 28, 2009
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The 19 innovative to traditional designs certainly lives up to its title. The book is beautifully presented and gives the reader plenty of full and half-page color photos to fully appreciate each project. Kudos to the author. It is difficult to decide which to knit first!

Thank you,
Northern Calif. Knitter
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