- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Interweave (August 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596687800
- ISBN-13: 978-1596687806
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knitting Architecture: 20 Patterns Exploring Form, Function, and Detail Paperback – August 31, 2013
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"Tanis Gray has done some incredible work with this book.... This book is a must for all art and architecture lovers." --She Knits (When She Should be Writing)
About the Author
Tanis Gray is the former yarn editor for Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit.1, Yarn Market News and the Debbie Bliss magazines. Currently she edits knitting books, works as a freelance designer, and teaches knitting.
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The Pompidou Wrap (by Grace Anna Farrow) is a black rectangle with colorful zigzag lines that wrap around the wearer. The lines are set far enough apart to create an elegant garment (not an op-art effect). The construction is intriguing--it begins with five separate triangles, and the triangles are added to and joined as you proceed through the 12 sections of written-out instructions.
The Hotel Tassel Wrap (by Asa Tricosa) is, for me, a "why didn't someone think of this before" design. It's a lace mesh rectangle with a border band of garter stitch and small cables. The band separates at both ends to outline mesh triangles that give the impression of sleeves when the wrap is worn.
Other designs that especially appeal to me are the Byzantine Pullover (by Tanis Lavallee), the Rococo Mittens (by Jane Dupuis), and the Tower of Pisa Shift (by Veera Valimaki). The pullover is a pretty top-down-knit sweater with a wide, colorful geometric-design band that runs around the shoulders; the band is set low, so it doesn't look like your usual Fair Isle yoke. The blue and white mittens (a charted design) have asymmetrically placed swirls on a background of knitted "lice" (single contrasting-color stitches that form v-shaped dots). The simple shift dress is knit mostly sideways, and achieves its shaping with strips joined as you go.
Each of the 20 included designs is accompanied by a photograph of the building or type of architecture that inspired it (e.g., Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, the beautiful Gothic King's College Chapel, the Sagrada Familia, Victor Horta's Hotel Tassel). The architectural photographs are displayed in sidebars with text explaining the featured architectural styles.
The book's patterns are not easy-to-knit designs, but an adventurous knitter with intermediate skills should be able to knit them. This is another beautiful book, filled with high-quality patterns, from knitting book publisher Interweave Press.
If you are looking for a book with beautiful knits, consider adding this book to your collection of knitting designs.