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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Edition edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680333
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"An inspiring spectrum of styles and innovative designs." - KLIATT

"Careful attention to the details sets these designs apart, elevating them to classics that just beg to be knit and enjoyed." - Monsters and Critics.com

"This beautiful book makes much loved patterns easier to find...These patterns are eye candy." - About.com Guide to Knitting

"The chosen pieces, never flashy, are noteworthy in their wearability and knitterly attributes." - Yarn Market News

"This is a fine collection of patterns. And, even better, the patterns are interwoven with exhaustive technique pages." — The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)

"A fabulous collection." - The Detroit News

"Timeless designs...plenty to inspire." - Bangor Daily News

"A classic...the designs won't go out of style anytime soon and the technical information will always endure." - Knit Together

About the Author

Ann Budd is an editor and former managing editor of Interweave Knits. She is the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, and the coauthor of Bag Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Pam Allen is the editor in chief of Interweave Knits and the author of Knitting for Dummies, and the coauthor of Lace Style, Scarf Style, and Wrap Style. Her designs have been published in many magazines and were featured in Knitting in America. She lives in Portland, Maine.


More About the Author

Ann Budd is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She is the author of Best of Interweave Knits, Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter's Handy Book series, Simple Style, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and a coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style, all published by Interweave Press. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her website and blog at www.annbuddknits.com.

Customer Reviews

Even though I get the interweave magazine I bought this book.
C. A Scovel
Not a single ugly pattern in this book - all of them are timeless, beautiful and perfect.
Anna
This book incorporates all of the best of the Interweave magazine into it.
Janice L. Mcnickle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are a longtime subscriber to Interweave Knits, and if you saved back issues, you won't need this book. This is a convenience volume for people who missed subscribing and want some of the classic patterns that were offered over the years.

I've subscribed since Issue #1, and strangely, my faves were not included in the book, but I think that most knitters would find the selection varied and useful. Of the patterns included, the Pearl Buck swing coat and the Burmese Rings pullover are notable.

The contents include:

Man's Brioche Best
Cambridge Jacket
Pearl Buck Swing Coat
Forest path stole
Icarus shawl
lotus blossom tank
ruffle tank
vip cardigan
lace piegnoir
salt peanuts
cabaret raglan
basketweave pullover
marcel's sweater
marseilles pullover
simply marilyn
Kritin's carryall
weekend getaway satchel
threepenny pullover
striped fringe scarf
water garden fair isle
burma rings pullover
lite lopi pullover
millenium argyle vest
union square market pullover
stripes go round blouse

As you can see, it tends to pullovers and sweaters, with a few scarves, shawls, and two bags. If you have trouble finding back issues (which are somewhat scarce) then this book may be helpful to have some of the past designs on hand for perusal and knitting for yourself or for others.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Nora on October 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you have never subscribed to Interweave Knits (I.K.), this is an excellent book (or if you are a new knitter & just starting a collection of great patterns). The selection really is the best of I.K.

Otherwise, save your money and use the pattern index on I.K.'s website to find the patterns in your existing magazine collection (I printed a copy, it is very useful). Of the 25 patterns in the book, I already have copies of 24 of them available. And have knitted two already (Simply Marilyn and Icarus). This is the sentiment of my knitting group and guild, also. We might have purchased if it included half new patterns and half old, but it is redundant for long-term knitters.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Anna on December 4, 2007
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One of the reviewers said "timeless classics" and that is THE best review this book can get. Not a single ugly pattern in this book - all of them are timeless, beautiful and perfect. The Forest Path Stole is so beautiful I'd like to wear it on my wedding day (happily enough, seems I still have time to learn how to make it - it's terribly complicated).

At first I was irritated by the "how to knit" sections between patterns, but when I read them it turned out they were detailed, far beyond basics and well worth reading and keeping at hand.

I am not a subscriber of Interweave Knits (much though I would love to) so I haven't seen the patterns before. I don't understand people complaining the book is just a repetition of the magazines - title says it, doesn't it?

To sum up: a beautiful books with beautiful patterns and great technical advice: what else could you want?
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By NRG GRL on October 8, 2007
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Expected better out of Interweave. With all the glorious patterns the mag presents, the most mundane seem to have been picked as the "best". Chosen by a committee made up of folks with very different tastes, nmost likely, which is maybe why it's a boring book. Really too bad.

Gets 3 stars anyway because the pattrns are nice, and knittable, and the tips are decent, but this sure isn't nearly the best of what's in my stack of saved Interweaves!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hayley Cann on February 27, 2008
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I have liked Interweave Knits since its beginnings. One of the reasons Interweave Knits is interesting to me is because every issue pushed the envelope on design and technique. It also had very lovely pieces.

Unfortunately, the pieces in this book, (except for Forest Path Stole) don't really bring to mind what made Interweave Knits the best mag on knitting. The pieces are nice, but they are some of the blandest designs that were published. You feel as though the people who sat down to pick the patterns wrote down a set of rules: "OK, gals, we need one from every issue, AND we need sweaters, and a shawl and a stole and a pair of socks." Instead of going at it from the angle of what really were the pieces that made Interweave Knits stand apart.

And frankly, it's as if the editors couldn't pick and just decided to agree to disagree on the most fantastic pieces and go with the consensus makers. And you end up with a beautifully edited and hugely promoted boring knitting book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Pruden on March 22, 2009
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I already have knitted Salt Peanuts -- it took about a vacation week to knit plus another weekend to block and put together. There are errors in this pattern, which may make it difficult for someone with only moderate knitting experience. And the yarn used in the pattern is discontinued, so you have to be VERY careful when you choose a replacement. I highly recommend mapping out your own charts for the neck/collar/arm sections as they are complex.

One of the best things about Interweave is the detailed sections that help knitters expand their vocabulary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Craft Lady on March 10, 2009
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The patterns are a good selection from recent magazines. But, best for me, are the reprints of articles about different techniques and styles. Now they are in one place. I had particularly been looking for an old article on lace and was pleased to find it here.
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