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knit, Swirl! Uniquely Flattering, One Piece, One Seam Swirl Jackets; Foreword by Cat Bordhi Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: SeaStack Publishing; 1st edition edition (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981985912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981985916
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

As clever a book as it is gorgeous, knit, Swirl! presents a masterful use of simple knitting techniques to create a garment that – as I can personally attest – feels magnificent, showcases yarn to its fullest, and flatters all figures. Sandra’s Swirl is, indeed, the new Miracle Sweater. Clara Parkes—Knitter's Review

This book may be one of the most exciting and brilliant knitting concepts I have ever seen. Sandra McIver has presented the knitting world with a unique twist on the circle sweater and elevated the idea to whole new heights. Knitty.com

An instant classic and a true treasure in our genre. Jared Flood—Brooklyn Tweed

After pawing through this gorgeous collection of “Swirls”—McIver’s term for her circular-shawl-cum-jackets—it’s hard to imagine that you wouldn’t get mobbed at a wool festival should you decide to knit one. Not only does it drape and move as you swan about, it also allows you to incorporate fancy stitchwork, weave in ribbons, show off flashy hand-paints and generally bend it to your will. Vogue Knitting

I believe this sweater is destined to become one of the most oft-knit, beloved and reliable knitting designs in history. Cat Bordhi—author of New Pathways for Sock Knitters and Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters

Stunning garments, beautiful photography, and endless variations on an innovative theme – this book is flawless. Cookie A—author of Sock Innovation and Knit. Sock. Love.

About the Author

After 25 years in the California wine industry as the president and founder of Matanzas Creek Winery, Sandra McIver sold the business and turned her attention to her lifelong love of knitting. knit, Swirl! is her first book.

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Customer Reviews

I am going to start one as soon as I get the yarns!
Kimberlee Andrews
I love this book and look forward to making beautiful knit sweaters and jackets based on this book for years to come!
Sara Richardson
The instructions, while complicated, are clearly written and well illustrated.
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179 of 179 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Barnhill on May 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The allure of the Swirl is multifaceted. One piece, one seam construction certainly gets my attention. Having witnessed for myself the way that a single jacket can flatter so many figures, the "miracle sweater" moniker certainly fits. Sandra asks the knitter the throw away the notion that body circumference measurement dictates size, presenting instead a simple measurement that determines one's Swirl size. In addition, she gives styling options whereby a single figure may well fit all three sizes of a given Swirl jacket. Swirls are separated into four silhouette categories based on their structural characteristics. Within each silhouette, she gives multiple variations on trim, fiber type, yarn weight and shaping. While overwhelming to pick a single favourite, the silhouette overview is an excellent starting point to assist you choosing your own perfect Swirl. With eighteen designs in all, it's a pretty safe bet there's one for all of us.

One gets the sense these garments have not been designed, but engineered. For those who see the circular form and assume these are more of those "circle with armholes" sweaters to which we've become accustomed, think again. Sandra has devoted years of study to bring us well past the "target sweater", and the improvement is nothing short of monumental. Designs are presented in an array of yarns, some of them very decidedly on the high-end side. With a book of this style, it seems only fitting. Numerous notes are given on yarn substitution, which should help those on a more restrictive budget, but I feel more inclined to save up some stash cash and spring for something really special in a few months' time.

Designers beware: this book is not a springboard to guide you in designing your own Swirl, nor does it claim to be.
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107 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love Sandra's book. In 40+ years of knitting, I have never seen a knitting book like this. It is clear that Sandra not only understands the unique benefits of her swirl shape, but has found a way to make these garments accessible to both beginning and experienced knitters looking for a new adventure. Experienced knitters who are comfortable with knitting or modifying the rectangular shapes of most knitted projects -- scarves, sweaters, etc. should look at this book with a fresh eye. Knitting a Swirl is for those knitters who are able to "think outside of the rectangle" and enjoy the wonderfully flattering and flexible fit of Sandra's unique garments. And Sandra holds your hand every step of the way.

When you pick up this book, leaf through the yummy designs and drool a bit, but don't short change yourself (or the book) by skipping the preliminary "how to" chapters. It is here that Sandra shares all the tips and tricks that make these jackets truly accessible to all knitters. Knitters who need to go "by the pattern" are given TWO methods of reading the same pattern; "stash" knitters are given clear guidelines on how to successfully substitute yarns; and the oh, so necessary notes on how to predict the fit of these Swirls are all included.

We now have two truly unique Swirls in the family -- both with successful yarn substitutions based on Sandra's guidelines. I loaned the book to my mother (who had not knit anything for over 30 years) along with a bag of bits from my stash and asked her to knit the cover Swirl for my niece's graduation present. I have also knit another Swirl taking the recommended substitution guidelines to heart. What fun! Once I understood the structure, I was able to lengthen my favorite Swirl to fit my height!
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Ann Glassley on May 7, 2011
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It is very refreshing to see the distinctive, cleverly designed jackets in Sandra McIver's new book. The Swirl silhouettes are all knitted in one piece, circular construction with only one seam, using easy knit and purl stitches, making it an easy knit for all knitters. I appreciate the careful attention Sandra has paid to the clearly written, detailed instructions. A tips and techniques chapter is included to guide the knitting and finishing of this special sweater and there are "road maps" for each design so you should never lose your place in the knitting. The photography of each Swirl, from many angles, is absolutely amazing! This is one of those well written knitting books that is a real keeper in my knitting library! My first Swirl is on the needles and I see many more on my "must knit" list.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By CarolynKnits on May 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the best knitting pattern book I have ever seen. It has detailed instructions, layouts and photos of EVERY SINGLE design. For example, when it comes to sleeves, you can read the instructions, look at the geometric diagram, AND see photos of several angles. I have already begun plotting out a crocheted version of one of the designs. In most of my previous favorite books, one or more of these elements are missing. But Sandra has made every step of her patterns so clear and understandable that I think even advanced beginners can be very successful at these patterns. They are all real showpieces--the kind of sweaters that make friends and acquaintances make awesome comments. And, more important to me as a budding knitwear designer, there is so much room for improvisation. Thicker or thinner yarn, alternate lace patterns, it's so easy because she has DIAGRAMS to follow in addition to her very comprehensive instructions. If a knitter has even the most basic comprehension of the concept of gage, it's very easy. Some of my other favorite books, like French Girl Knits, Fitted Knits, or Big Girl Knits, require so much more work to decipher and envision if one wants to make even the slightest changes. I wish every designer included this much detail in their patterns. I think Sandra McIver has set a new standard for knitting books.
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