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Knitting Pleats: Stunning Garments and Accessories Paperback – September 13, 2011
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Beginning with a comprehensive picture tutorial explaining both the how-tos and the whys of making pleats, you will soon master this new and intriguing technique. Used frequently as a design element, they are also cleverly incorporated into the actual shaping of some of the sweater patterns. The patterns are mainly sweaters and cardigans, but there are also a fair amount of wraps with 2 hats thrown in for good measure. With 17 tempting designs, you will have a hard time deciding which garment to cast on first. This book will encourage you to practice and perfect your pleats! --Love of Knitting magazine
About the Author
Olga Pobedinskaya was born in Russia, and lived in England for 10 years before coming to America. In 2004, she won first prize in the knitting competition organized by the British Hand-Knitting Council and Knitting magazine. She also placed second in the 2004 World's Fastest Knitter competition in London. Her designs have appeared in a number of publications and gallery exhibits.
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There are clear technical instructions, with drawings, for knitting full-row, partial-row, and puffy pleats. For a pleat (often called a tuck), you pick up stitches from a previously knit row on a spare needle, and then knit together the stitches on the spare needle and the stitches on your working needle. If you can do a three-needle bind-off, you can do these pleats!
Partial-row pleats are great for shaping garments, as an alternative to knitting short rows. Puffy pleats make the pleats really stand out, because the stitches in the rows between the knitted-together rows are doubled with increases, and then decreased back for the final knitted-together row.
Because both the technique and the patterns are so simple, I rate this book at 4 stars ("I like it"). It's a book that is nice to have, and that should be a welcome gift for any serious knitter, knitting book collector, or knitter who loves one or more of the patterns. If what you are interested in is just knowing how to knit these pleats, the technique is also explained (under "pull-up stitch") in my favorite general knitting reference book, Knitter's Handbook : A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Techniques of Handknitting.