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Knit 2 Together: Patterns and Stories for Serious Knitting Fun Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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About the Author
Born and raised in New Zealand, MEL CLARK has been knitting since she was eight. Before opening her yarn shop in Santa Monica, California, she designed handknits for L.L. Bean, for boutiques around the country, and for Hollywood films.
Photographer ERIC AXENE specializes in still lifes, portraits, and interiors. His award-winning work has appeared in Fortune, Country Home, This Old House, and . He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
The book features the usual hats and sweaters, but also offers some fun patterns for sock-like legwarmers, shrugs, pants, and toy mice with personalized outfits. The patters range from classic to a moderately avant-garde, with something for every age group.
Even though this book seems to be aimed at convincing those who are knitting-phobic to pick up some needles, the patterns range from simple to advanced. To someone who is an extremely novice knitter, I'd suggest first reading Debbie Stoller's Stitch and Bitch, which has become my knitting how-to bible. Once you conquer a few of those patterns, you'll be ready to conquer "Knit 2 Together". Enjoy!
The designs include clothing, accessories, toys, and household goods. There are pretty cardigans, a classic suit, and a very snazzy handbag.
But the book also includes a ruffled tea cozy, knitted shorts, a sweater for two (shown on the cover), slippers that will look great on the floor but not be practical for walking in, and an apron which they freely admit cannot actually be worn in the kitchen.
The handbag -- and I do like it, I am even making it, though with modifications -- is the size of a suitcase. Some patterns are in only one size (though most with sizing range from about 32" to 40" bust -- the usual range). Knitted picture frames and a messenger bag with multi-hued spines may not be the most lasting designs.
There are also problems with the patterns. For example, the Dcotor's Bag has a handsome herringbone stitch pattern. There are 16 rows in the pattern, but it includes things like "Row 16: Repeat Row 12" where Row 12 is "Repeat Row 4." It is not sensible to have people refer to multiple lines in a pattern. There is also no indication in the pattern of where you are starting any pieces (that is, at the side or the top of the piece), which makes it difficult to connect the schematics with the written pattern.
I'm glad I bought this book, and I look forward to using my Doctor's Bag (much smaller) once I complete the rather irritating process of following the pattern. But this ought to be a fun addition to an already sufficient knitting library, not a basic go-to book.
The photography is also gorgeous and will make you want to run out and get yarn right away to get started.
This is NOT a "celebrity" knitting book. Tracey is a passionate knitter and wanted to help spread the joy of knitting by encouraging Mel to come up with patterns for a book. Mel is an accomplished designer, with decades of experience and I applaud her for coming up with a selection of patterns much different than the usual scarf and iPod cozies you see in every other new book.
I was lucky enough to meet Tracey at a book signing and by speaking with her, it's obvious how much she loves to knit.
I'm starting off with the doctor bag and then the felted slippers.
Go get this book! You will love it!
Although the book is gorgeously laid out and beautifully photographed, this is no boutiquey piece of knitting-trend fluff. The patterns are the stars here, and they are clearly written, logical, mistake-free, and adaptable to a wide range of sizes. To have all this, along with loads of great knitting tips, reference materials, AND a fantastic sense of fun -- well, our knitting bag truly runneth over.
My only complaint is that I want to knit absolutely everything in this book, and can't decide what to start with. If I could give it ten stars, I would!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first time I read this was when I was just beginning to knit and I thought it was too hard to understand. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Okay, there's a lot of good things in this book. Interesting patter from Tracy Ullman and Mel Clark. The problem with this book is the sizing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bill Kennedy, Jr.
really ejoyed this book and the patterns easy read.. funnyPublished 11 months ago by Kimberly Martin
What a fun knitting book this is. And so much MORE than just a knitting book too. Lots of personal stories interspersed with a lot of original and for the most part, easy to make... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Geraldine
If you are a bit obsessed with knitting, this is a great read. Along with amusing stories there are quite a few interesting projects to consider making. The photography is great. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are a couple of really cute patterns in it and the book is clear and authentic in instructions.Published 19 months ago by M Throckmorton