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Homespun, Handknit Paperback – April 1, 1988
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Top Customer Reviews
They are not "primitive" designs, as one reviewer called them, but rather on the classic/practical side. As in actually worn by people to keep warm--imagine that! Since most of them are in natural yarn colors for the most part, it is easy to see why someone who is used to the latest "big bucks" manmade yarns often featured in most of the magazines these days might not like them.
The book does offer guidance on substituting commercial yarns for these designs, so you can use whatever you like, and the designs will look quite differently. IMHO, the only difference between Vogue Knits and other patterns out there is the fact that it says Vogue, and that the yarns almost always cost a bundle.
This book is great for anyone who doesn't like knitting huge projects such as sweaters and afghans, which seem to take forever. Many of the projects in this book work up quickly and are quite portable, making them great for traveling or waiting. Buy it!
I use this book as a way to use up my leftover yarn from other projects, and it works out great! I especially love the mushroom cap and mittens. There is a nice balance between single color patterns and multi-color patterns; easy and difficult; small needle/thin yarn and bulky with big needles. You use this if you are a beginner, and still find a challenge in it when you are experienced.
I've had to photocopy some of the pages to keep in my knitting bags because, like most knitters I usually have 4-5 projects going at once. 2 or 3 of them are from this book! Plus, I used the book so much it's getting a little worn.
Don't be hesitant to invest in this book, because the variety of patterns will keep you going back to it again and again.
There are beautiful patterns here for every skill level, with projects small enough to tackle in a weekend and challenging enough to engage your intellect as well as your fingers.
I can't wait for snow to fall--I'll be the lady cozied under the afghan, knitting up a "Homespun, Handknit" storm.
The designs are classics that won't go out of style, which is important for a knitting book. I've also found that I've been inspired by the projects in this book to experiment with new methods and yarns. The photos are also very nice and very helpful in choosing a design.
The finished products will appeal almost anyone; I've also made a lot of gifts using this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I lost my original copy and wanted to make a couple of things again. So glad to find a replacement of a treasured book! Read morePublished 1 month ago by PAHM
I love this book. I had misplaced my old one. Very happy to have found a replacement. Great info on using hand spun or replacing it with traditional store bought. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CarrieMtn
I could only find the new version elsewhere. So happy to have found this old friend!Published 8 months ago by Benjamin Jurado
This book is just what I was looking for. I spin my own yarn and trying to figure out if my homespun is about the same size as some store bought yarn was difficult as a new... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carla B
I bought this book years ago and loved it, but then lost it and had to get another one. One of my favorite knitting books.Published on July 23, 2014 by patty mcrae