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The Best of Lopi Hardcover – July 1, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
... This book takes advantage of the new colors and updates the classic round yoke styles with new raglan style cardigans, pullovers, textured knitting (possible with light Lopi) and accessories like hats and mittens.
In particular, I admired the Luter pullover, done in a deep blue with a bronzy mix of colors in the yoke. It reminded me of a Bohus design. I also loved the Annika cardigan, classic styling but in shades of lovely cobalt blues. The Gudjon cardigan, done in Lopi Lite shades of green is a great style for a man and light enough to wear inside as well as outside. (Lopi is SO warm, it can be too heavy as indoor wear. I knitted one such pullover from yarn bought in Iceland, and it was warm enough to wear as a winter coat while shoveling snow in near-zero temperatures kn New England. ... The designs in this book should also last and last--they are classics and I think you could be knitting from this book decades from now with no worry about looking dated. The photography is rich and professional. If you love ski sweaters and Lopi, you will probably love this book.
There are quite a few beautiful, distinctive Lopi patterns which would have satisfied all of the above criteria, but for some reason these were left out of the book in favor of a bunch of clunky, uninspired designs. Perhaps the prettier sweaters were perceived as more difficult to knit, and omitted for fear of alienating the novice knitter. If you can get your hands on a copy of Lopi Vol. 22, you'll see what I mean. Vol. 22, packed with gorgeous designs, comes much closer to representing "the best of Lopi" than this book does.
One further criticism: this book is a compilation of previously published patterns, some of which were published quite a few years ago. XRX should really have re-photographed ALL the sweaters in the book, not just a select few. Many of the pictures in this book are really very silly, with their early-1960's hair and makeup, massive shirt collars, and bizarre color sense.
These quibbles aside, there are several real gems in the book. The Annika cardigan is just beautiful, as are the Laela rose-patterned pullover, the Klara fairisle sweater, and the Sonja and Snorri arans (which look just wonderful in a tweedy shade of Lopi.) Many of the children's patterns, however, are nicer than the adult sweaters! Fortunately, they are not difficult to resize.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book which takes traditional Lopi wool patterns and updates them with fresh color ideas. Easy to follow instructions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Margot24
Love this book and as a Lopi knitter I find the patterns beautiful. There are many patterns to choose from and are updated from vintage Lopi pattern books. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Star of Peace
This book is the best for knitting in the round. My knitting friends used this book and made a real nice sweater that I liked very much. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Janice L Daus
I fell in love with the designs years ago when I got it from the library. I agree with a earlier reviewer about some of the gastly color choices, but that does not detract from... Read morePublished 20 months ago by CJ in MN
a wonderful collection of lopi patterns. like using larger needles, and the patterns include traditional icelandic sweaters as well as other gorgeous and well constructed... Read morePublished 21 months ago by wtb
I like many of the patterns and hope to knit some of them, but I am disappointed that all of the cardigan patterns are knit back and forth instead of in the round with a steek. Read morePublished 22 months ago by madmare