Knitting New Scarves: 27 Distinctly Modern Designs Paperback – September 1, 2007
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About the Author
- Grade Level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1584796332
- ISBN-13 : 978-1584796336
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.63 x 9.5 inches
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; 1st Printing Edition (September 1, 2007)
- Language: : English
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A word about the production, which other readers have mentioned. This is a photo-heavy book, with full-page shots of completed scarves. Each brief introduction to a design uses another full page. Margins are wide and type is indeed small. But the type is well-spaced and patterns are not word-heavy so, even with two cataract surgeries, a corneal transplant and strong reading glasses, I have no trouble reading it. The how-to photos, which often illustrate Barr's unusual multi-needle techniques, are among the clearest I've ever seen. I'm less delighted with the big pictures of the finished objects. Tyllie Barbosa is described as a food and product photographer. As a creative director and former editor, I'd hire her any day. The styling is beautiful and evocative, the lighting is great. But this is knitting photography: the reader contemplating spending weeks on a project wants to see what the whole item looks like, not an arty cropped or folded version.
However, I was disappointed in the very small type (especially considering how much blank margin is left on each page) and the very dark-colored yarns used for many of the models (hard to see detail). When you enlarge the pattern so that you can read it, the pictures don't reproduce all that well, and that includes some of the technique pictures as well--would rather have had good drawings. Also, there was a lack of pattern multiple information--sometimes you want to make a scarf wider or more narrow, but not have to change yarns and/or needle size.
Buy used, as I did, because you'll be spending the money you save enlarging the patterns and the techniques on a copy machine so that you can read them without eyestrain.