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Brave New Knits: 26 Projects and Personalities from the Knitting Blogosphere Paperback – August 31, 2010

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About the Author

An accomplished knitter for more than 20 years, Julie Turjoman's original hand-knit designs have been published in Interweave Knits and Twist Collective magazines, as well as the book Vampire Knits (Potter Craft, 2010). She writes and designs in the San Francisco Bay area, in a room filled with yarn.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605295906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605295909
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful book. I bought it because there are so many inspiring projects to knit and not one looks like something my grandmother would have made. As I leafed through it the first time, every page turn revealed another project that I wanted to make. This book doesn't contain just 1 thing you'll want to make; it easily contains at least a dozen you'll want to try. Picking the first one will be the hardest choice.

The colors are gorgeous, the patterns are unique, and the pictures will make your hands itch to cast on as soon as possible. From the interesting accessories to the contemporary sweaters, there's a lot to keep a knitter busy.

Unfortunately, there's also a lot to make a knitter go crazy.

In the first pattern I knitted, the Orchid Thief Shawlette, there were significant errors ("errata") in the pattern charts. Had it not been for the gifted knitters on Ravelry who posted about the errata I would not have been able to finish. Even Ysolda Teague's corrections on her own website were not well written. Again, I turned to Ravelry to fix the problems printed in the book.

I've checked other patterns from the book and chatted with people who have done or are working on projects. What I've learned from them is that a number of the other patterns contain mistakes, omissions, or lack of clarity.

This book seems rushed to publication. Great care was given to the formatting, the photo shoots, and the knitter profiles. The publishers & editors missed the boat on the most imporatant part: the patterns.

With so many significant mistakes in the patterns, knitters would be better served waiting for a second edition (if there is one). If you do buy this book, be forewarned that you will need to check for errata before starting any of the projects or you'll risk pulling out your hair from frustration.
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Brave New Knits by Julie Turjoman is divided up into two sections: Garments and Accessories. The forward is written by the founders of Ravelry and if you're anything like me, you love this site. This book explores "the mingling of knitters and the Internet". Ravelry is a community of thousands of knitters around the world who share ideas, patterns, yarn swaps, etc. The patterns in this book are chosen from designers who are also bloggers. For that reason alone, this book is unique and a new genre of knitting book.

The garment section has a bio of each designer included. The patterns are varied and many are quite beautiful. I especially like the Tulip Peasant Blouse designed by Conie Chang Chinchio of Physicknits; Silke Jacket designed by Shannon Okey of Knitgrrl; Delysia Camisole designed by Jordana Paige; Koukla Cardigan designed by Hilary Smith Callis of The Yarniad; The Origami Shrug designed by Melissa Wehrle of Newknits. I am excited to know that I can access each of the designers on their blog or website. This way I'm able to see a lot more of the work they are doing.

In the Accessory section I fell in love with the Lace Flower Pin designed by Kate Coyle. The woodsmoke Scarf is perfect for my Alaskan winters and is designed by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. I can't wait to knit the Hydrangea Neckwarmer designed by Ann Hanson, Knitspot. The old hippie in me loves the Sockstravaganza designed by Kirsten Kapur, Through the Loops. The socks are perfect to wear with Birkenstocks or sandals. Ruth P. of Wormhead has designed a grat hat that is cabled and covers the ears. The Lubov Scarf by designer Kathy Veeza, Grumperina knocked my socks off (no pun intended. I am a lace fanatic and this is a project I'll love knitting.
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While I absolutely LOVE the contents of this book, the Kindle version translates very poorly.
Photos are black and white, and after casting on Ysolda Teague's Orchid Thief Shawl, I realized the chart was so small I could barely make out any of the symbols. After wincing through Charts 1&2, I was relieved to find some errata with Charts 3 & 4 reprinted on Ysoda's blog. However, because everything is in B&W, I didn't realize there were color-coded pattern repeats and had to rip back several rows. :(
Other than that, I was an excellent read. Though I highly recommend purchasing the actual physical book if you plan on knitting any of the patterns.
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Lovely book, love the stories that accompany each designer, interesting knitwear, several things I'd like to make. Only wish they would increase the size range, XL is not a 37" bust, just saying.
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A devoted blog-reader and visitor to sites like Ravelry, author Julie Turjoman has collected 26 projects from participants in the on-line knitting world, along with profiles of their creators, and presents them in the lovely "Brave New Knits." You will recognize some of the most famous bloggers -- Norah Gaughan of Berroco, Wendy of Knit & Tonic -- but you may also discover some new favorites, too. If you are fascinated with the world of knitting blogs, you'll enjoy reading the profiles describing how these bloggers got started, their knitting background, what they hope to achieve by blogging, and background about their designs. In addition to presenting profiles of her subjects, Turjoman asked each of them to design a project. It's fascinating to see this collection of 26 items, ranging from the small accessory (knitted pins) to full-size sweaters, with a range of styles and techniques presented.

The first section contains patterns for sweaters and other full-size garments; interestingly, many of the sweaters feature short- or 3/4-length sleeves, and most are constructed partially or wholly in the round rather than seamed pieces. The second section contains accessory patterns -- socks, hats, mittens, scarves and so on. The patterns are lovely, and beautifully photographed by Jared Flood. You'll find a variety of techniques, from lacework to cables to stranded knitting. The book is beautifully presented, and unlike another reviewer, my middle-aged eyes did not have any trouble reading the type throughout. (Some of the type -- which looks black to me -- appears on white background, while other portions appear on an off-white or beige background, but I found neither hard to read.)

In sum, I give "Brave New Knits" two thumbs up, one for fans of the knitting blogosphere and one for fans of lovely knitting patterns.
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