- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Potter Craft (February 14, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400082714
- ISBN-13: 978-1400082711
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inspired Cable Knits: 20 Creative Designs for Making Sweaters and Accessories Hardcover – February 14, 2006
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"Inspired Cables is a must-have for all those who knit with their hearts and minds, as well as with their hands." —Trisha Mlcolm, Vogue Knitting magazine
"Fiona Ellis’s fresh and imaginative take on traditional cable patterns will inspire novice knitters to master the simple process of crossing stitches and will give experienced knitters plenty of opportunity to fall in love, all over again, with this timeless technique. These sweaters are inspired indeed!" —Pam Allen, Interweave Knits magazine
About the Author
Fiona Ellis has been designing fashion knitwear professionally for over ten years. Her designs have been seen on the pages of premiere knitting magazines such as Vogue Knitting International and Interweave Knits. She also designs for leading yarn companies such as Classic Elite Yarns, Patons, and Berroco. Her design concepts have also been acquired by some of the world’s leading fashion houses. She lives in Toronto, Canada. This is her first book. Visit her website at fionaellisonline.com.
Lindsey Maier is a professional photographer and digital artist with a fresh approach to modern photography. She tackles each assignment with passion, intensity, and a sense of fun.
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I appreciate that directions are written out as well as charted. Also, each pattern has a diagram so it is clear how the finished project is pieced together.
There are projects for adults and children. Most of the patterns are for sweaters but there are shawls, scarves, and some household items included.
I recommend this book.
Some of the designs are very nice, but generally not the author's best, not as nice as some of her designs published in magazines. They are definitely intermediate level, not advanced, as none are particularly intricate. I don't like the cable combinations she uses, and don't think they reflect a particularly good sense of balance and symmetry. The overall garment construction of most of them, though, is exquisite. That is Ellis's strength: You don't find too many boxy, unshaped sweaters amongst her work. I love her sleeves, shoulders, and necklines...But that's about it.
The photography is nicely done, but in my opinion does not match well with the designs, nor her stated themes. She says she is inspired by nature, but the photography is mostly indoors and stark and sterile-looking, to me.
The psychological/philosophical yoga-related commentary does not appeal to me. I get the sense she is a little full of herself, as if she thinks she has all the answers, placing herself above the reader. I find it annoying, and feel it detracts from the book.