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Cardigans Hardcover – October 6, 2009

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"Go Big Knits" from the editors of Marie Claire Idees
Knit designs from the editors of Marie Claire Idées to ensure that women of all body shapes and types will look—and feel—fantastic. Learn more
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About the Author

Louisa Harding is a knitwear designer whose designs have appeared in Rowan Knitting magazine, Vogue Knitting and Knitting magazine. She is also the author of many books on knitwear and has created and marketed her own line of yarns.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books; 1 edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933027886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933027883
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I hope this information will help you decide whether or not you really want this book. I was a little surprised when I got it by the variety of sweaters. I haven't knitted anything in this book yet but there are definitely several that are on my to-knit list. There are also some that I will never, ever knit.

Here's the info. This books has 27 patterns which are written for sizes 8-18 US. Three of the patterns are for boleros, two are for jacket style sweaters. Thirteen of the patterns feature elbow-3/4 length sleeves. Eleven of the patterns are for long sleeved cardigans. Long sleeved is a bit generous in my opinion because many of them don't quite make it to the wrist bones. Next are the sweater lengths based on the pictures. Sometimes it was hard to tell so don't hold me to these figures exactly. I would say that twelve sweaters are waist to just below waist length. Nine are approximately hip length. Three are long enough to cover the buns. Many of the sweaters feature untraditional closures such as ribbons, single buttons, clasps, etc.

I am also including the gauges for a four inch swatch so you have an idea of what kind of yarns you can use. 18x24 - 5 sweaters, 20x28 - 5 sweaters, 22x30 - 10 sweaters, 12-13x14-17 - 4 sweaters, 20x24-26 - 3 sweaters, 24x26 - 1 sweater

As I said, I have not yet knitted any of the patterns but I have read several of them. They seem well-written. I agree with the other reviewer that some of these patterns might seem dated soon because many of the patterns are so trendy. That being said, I am looking forward to doing one of these sweaters as soon as I finish my next project.
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I was so excited to see a book based entirely around cardigans! Unfortunately, these cardigans are massively underwhelming. I found a grand total of two patterns I might -- MIGHT -- want to bother knitting. In a book of 27 patterns, that's pretty impressively bad.

The problem lies in the designs. They are based on a limited range of sizes (8 is the smallest you can go) and operate on the assumption that modern women really want to look like they raided both a 7 year old and a 77 year old's closet. Half of the designs are going for the "classic" look, and are subsequently boxy enough to even look unflattering on the models. Adding to the awful effect, these are knit in the frumpiest yarns possible. A wannabe Chanel jacket, with none of the charm, and knit in a crazy-colored novelty yarn? No, thank you.

The alternative to elderly-wear, of course, is the Pretty Pretty Pastel Princess sections of the book. These, as you may guess, are ribbon-festooned, pastel-ridden, flowery, delicate sweaterlets. While the playing-young look can be cute, it's not cute enough to merit that many patterns.

I clearly loathe most of the patterns, but the lace patterns are a redeeming feature. They are truly lovely, and I could use those, at least. Well, I could use them...were they not printed so small that I actually had to find a magnifying glass to see them. To give you the scale, a non-repeating 130 stitch x 34 row lace chart for Waterfall lace is 7 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in. Each stitch is just shy of a millimeter. Um, right. Have fun interpreting that.

Don't waste your time with this book. Since LH is a big name, your local library probably picked the book up. Check it out and save some cash.
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This book is amazing! The photography is absolutely beautiful. The patterns are saturated with feminine romance - think old-school glamour and lady-like elegance. Nothing too bold or outrageous, just soft pretty things with splashes of spice added here and there for those who enjoy a bit of fun. I loved almost all of them. An absolute must-buy for lovers of classic cardigans.

The patterns seem very well written, though maybe better suited to a more experienced knitter. Many of the patterns are presented in mulitple versions knitted with different yarn weights or with altered detailing, which is fantastic. I've become a Louisa Harding fan! This has got to be the most tasteful collection of patterns I have ever come across.
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I really enjoyed the patterns available in this book. I read recent reviews on this book which were so-so and decided to get it from the library first just in case I wasn't happy. Well I was thrilled. Just goes to show you that everyone has different tastes. Very happy with my purchase. I have already completed one cardigan and have ordered yarn for another.
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Unlike some reviewers, I found these patterns to be practical and not trendy. They transcend passing fashions. If there are aspects that seem too current, they can be eliminated or altered with a little help. Disclosure: I have not started knitting these patterns yet because I live in Florida and want to modify the patterns for light yarns like cotton. However, I plan to knit almost all of them.
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I am really particular about knitwear patterns. The cover pattern and several others are winners. In working through the cover pattern, I found instructions well-written and understandable.
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Girly frilly little cardigans, several closer to bolero jackets than full cardys. Many of the items only button once at the top, which can look peculiar if you're busty. There are some nice elements, but the aesthetic is so specific and most of the cardigans frippery rather than warm garments, so flip through it first to see if geared to your tastes.
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