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Interweave Press-Mertopolitan Knits Paperback – June 11, 2013
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"Intermediate-level knitters who enjoy fashionable everyday garments will gravitate toward this title." --Library Journal
About the Author
Melissa Wehrle studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she majored in Fashion Design, and for nearly a decade has worked as a knitwear designer in the fashion industry. Melissa's hand-knit designs have been featured in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Yarn Forward. Find her online at neoknits.com.
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As Heidi Klum of Project Runway would say, "I'd wear that!" In fact, I'd wear every single one of the designs in this collection! Although the lines are classic, the patterns are adjusted to give the currently fashionable snug fit. There are also a few patterns for scarves, hats, cowls, and shawls. My personal favorites are the Meier Cardigan; the Open Air Pullover (a drapey faux-wrap top with gathers at the shoulders); the Cobblestone Hoodie (a long-sleeved, striped V-neck pullover with generous attached hood); the Atrium Cardigan (a minimalist V-neck cardigan knit in open-stitch lace); the Brooklyn Bridge Cardigan (a no-buttonband cardigan with lace panels along the fronts and around the edge of the neckline and generous attached hood); and the Grand Army Plaza Shawl (a pretty little half-circle shawl knit in open-stich lace).
I can't make up my mind about the Carriage House Cardigan--usually I don't like tops with long triangles of knitting hanging at the sides, but this one drapes nicely and has an interesting drawstring detail at the back which also helps the drape. A design that has a fun surprise is the Secret Garden Tank, which looks like a plain Henley-neckline tank, but has a fancy lace insert in back (sort of like a peplum), knit in a contrasting color.
None of the designs appear difficult to knit--intermediate (or adventurous intermediate) knitting skills are probably all that's needed. Most of the cardigans and tops are knit from sportweight yarn, although a few call for fingering or worsted weight yarn. The needle sizes vary from pattern to pattern (US 3 to US 7), but there is a fair amount of knitting required for all of them--these are not big-needle, make-in-a-day designs.
The book's patterns are presented in three sections. FIRST, Heart of the City--Opera House Mitts, Uptown Scarf, Museum Sweater, Le Cirque Cowlneck Sweater, Meier Cardigan, Open Air Pullover, Skyline Tunic. SECOND, Urban Bohemia--Bleecker Street Cardigan, Magnolia Cafe Cardigan, Washington Square Cardigan, Washington Square Hat, Union Square Cowl. And THIRD, City Gardens--Cobblestone Hoodie, Atrium Cardigan, Brooklyn Bridge Cardigan, Sunday Henley, Carriage House Cardigan, Secret Garden Tank, Grand Army Plaza Shawl, Courtyard Pullover.