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About the Author

LYNNE BARR has led hand-knitting workshops in the U.S., taught machine knitting to factory workers in Haiti, and designed sweaters for upscale boutiques. With her husband she designed and produced a commemorative sweater for L.L. Bean and co-authored two books: Sweaterscapes of the North Country and Sweaterscapes of the American West. Barr lives in Maine.

TYLLIE BARBOSA is a Chicago-based photographer specializing in food and product photography.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1st Printing edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584796332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584796336
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book really is amazing. I just had to say it. I absolutely love this book, and this is the first time I've ever given a book five stars.

Firstly, the production and presentation is spot-on. Each of the 27 scarves in this book is photographed beautifully, and the layout is lovely. Each picture is beautifully styled and the photos are clear (no fuzzy 'artistic' shots that prevent you from actually seeing the finished product in focus).

There are absolutely no standard beginners' projects in this book - every pattern introduces new and interesting techniques. Many of the techniques are so unique that the book includes full colour photographs of each step, to make the instructions clear. Many require the use of double-pointed needles to get an unconventional result.

The scarves in this book have a very structural, architectural quality to them - there are patterns that include pleats, waves, wedges, and triangular shaped corners. To look at the finished product I would have had absolutely no idea how the scarves were made, and I have been reading through the techniques with fascination. I haven't started making any of the patterns yet, but I can't wait - I just need to decide where to start.

I have been knitting for a few years and would consider myself to be an intermediate knitter. However this is the most inspiring book I have come across yet, with truly unique ideas and techniques. Highly recommended for anyone interested in knitting something with a very special structural feel.
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There are knitters who love to knit just for the fun and challenges and others who are mainly interested in the knitting as end product. This book is more for the first type of knitter. I am hopeful that by making these scarves I can add new techniques to use in other types of knitting. There are several techniqes new to me and they are well described with up-close photos. The scarves are very structural based many of them on buildings. Next time I look at a strangely shaped building, I will have to think about using it in a scarf! The colors used here are pretty dead but there are some really interesting scarves that colors used well could really brighten up. The scarf that most interests me is using i-cords in weaving them. Short rows are used a lot to make interesting spirals. The difficulty level varies but even a beginner could make some of them and then move on after that. Yarns called for are pretty easy to find as they are mainly worsted weight although the ones here are a bit more pricey than others. Knitter's choice. I am not very excited by the color photos but the up-close technical ones taken by the author as she knit are really good. Also, a good spiral binding would have been a better choice than this one. Each scarf is introduced by the author so you get the background on why it was done that way. Very good book and the first review here alerted me to buy this book. Thank you and thanks Amazon for these reviews as I buy mainly sight unseen.
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One reviewer complained that the patterns were done mostly in garter stitch- having just now purchased the book at a brick and mortar retail store (I couldn't wait to get it on Amazon once I saw it) and having read the intro this afternoon, the whole point of the book is to explore various construction techniques and to spur the reader to experiment with some new tools. You are encouraged to do your own thing, and if you do want to make a scarf like the one in the book, then good for you! If not, then try these techniques with whatever stitches or yarns you want.

The author doesn't need to wow us with exotic fibers or fancy colors, rather she focuses on the structure and leaves it to the reader to augment.

This book is educational, pretty enough, and simple- it does not need further embellishment, and the scarf on the cover is no where near the most interesting example in the book.

If you want to learn some new techniques, this is a great read- if you want someone to put it together with all your favorite yarns et al, go find something from Martha Stewart.
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Very unusual 3D knitting techniques and creations.

In general, the samples are in rather dreary colors, and mostly done in garter stitch. They are not visually appealing. You have to look hard to see the potential with other colors and looks. But if you want to stretch your knitting knowledge and think of this book as an exercise book for short rows, 3D effects, and double pointed needle virtuosity, definitely get it. You won't find such architectural techniques anywhere else.
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More than simply a "knitting book", this is an artful compilation that will appeal to ANYONE who has a passion for design...refreshing, innovative, creative, engaging. The author's narratives together with the beautifully laid out photos are captivating. The instructions are clear, with up close photos that serve as an added visual aid for some of the more challenging techniques. A definite feast for the discerning eye ~ this collection of scarves is the perfect melding of form, texture and design.
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I am planning to knit a bunch of scarves for the holidays. Because of the short amount of time that I have left until Christmas, I've decided to knit scarves. However, I want to move away from the flat scarves of the past and knit something different. This is why this book is so great.

The scarves are unique, using innovative constructions to create beautiful textures and stunning geometrical effects. The author took her inspirations from architecture, and they show in the designs. Not only that, I can also see using the techniques and constructions of the scarves for knitting felted bags and scarves. Many of the designs can be incorporated as decorative elements on sweaters even.

This is a very forward-looking book, urging the knitters to imagine designs beyond the usual and to experiment with their own combination of stitches. The techniques are clearly illustrated and the photography is excellent. This is a book that is a must for every knitter, because the techniques and constructions learned can be used for creating our own designs or jazzing up other knitting projects. Kudos!
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