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Hollywood Knits Style Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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Cousins, the author of Hollywood Knits (2002), elaborates on her concept in a volume that offers more than just knitting projects. A knitter to the stars, Cousins not only knits up items used in movies (hats for Russell Crowe; leg warmers for J-Lo), she also owns a shop in L.A. frequented by well-known knitters. Although there are a few tidbits of gossip here, the focus is on the knitting projects, which include one really ugly skirt and a variety of attractive purses, dog sweaters, clothes, and baby presents. Cousins also uses her book as an invitation to socialize knitting, providing lots of ideas on how to combine knitting with various celebrations-of-life events (mother-daughter parties, showers). The project schematics are clear, as are the eye-catching color photos. Lots of bang for the buck here. Ilene Cooper
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This gentle gem of a book is the definitive guide to the knitting life. -- Vogue Knitting, November 1, 2004
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For one, she uses many over simplified designs, which is aggrevating especially since a lot of her knitwear that she sells is more complex. Like many other knitters have said, she uses a lot of flat knitting, which can require bulky seaming. Furthermore, if you look at her designs she sells, she has a lot more unique ponchos and stuff. When I bounght this book I expected some neat ponchos, but only found one.
AND THE WORST PART IS THE ERRORS. BEWARE!!!!!!!!!! On her website is about 3 pages of errors in the book. This is appaling since most knitting magazines that release 4 issues a year have less errors. Extremely unprofessional.
Overall, nice designs, which is why I didn't give it 1 star. However, the frustration with knitting with this book far outweighs the nice designs. I am also very dissapointed that she did not make improvements from the first book. This is a fun book for experienced and higher level knitters (especially if bought used), but NOT for beginners.
Suss Counsins...Knitter to the Stars! Please. This book looks all shiny, pretty, and hip. Upon closer inspection, the patterns are a bunk. I've tried to make several items in this book, and just about every pattern has a correction to it. To find the corrections for the pattern one must visit Suss Cousins's website. I find this frustrating, because I was expecting a level of quality that wasn't there. I will, however, grudgingly admit that the book does make knitting seem glamourous with photography. In the end, save your money, and check this book out of your local library.
This book suffers from the same problems as before, there is a lot of name dropping, which I didn't mind and even enjoy but many others were annoyed with. She is still knitting things flat instead of in the round which may frustrate experienced knitters. Her sizes are still tiny even for the dogs. She almost always uses her own yarn line and accessories which you can only get from her store and this time does not offer alternatives.
I gave this 4 stars because I love the designs and that is the only reason I buy her books. Her use of color and clever shapes is very original and I can always incorporate her ideas into my knitting
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