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Light and Layered Knits: 19 Sophisticated Designs for Every Season Paperback – April 9, 2013
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About the Author
Vicki Square is the author of Knit Kimono, Knit Kimono Too, Folk Bags, Folk Hats, and the best-selling The Knitter's Companion with DVD. She is also a contributor to Lace Style, Simple Style, and Knitting Green. Vicki regularly designs knitted pieces from elegant basics to unique art to wear. Her artistry in color and aesthetic are stated boldly through her engineering of unusually shaped garments and accessories. Magazines such as Interweave Knits, Knitter's and Spin-Off have featured her work, and she has won awards for her innovative designs. Vicki has been designing and teaching knitting for more than twenty years, and cross-trains her creative passions with drawing, painting, and mixed media pursuits. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1596687959
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596687950
- Publisher : Interweave (April 9, 2013)
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.38 x 10.25 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What initially got me excited about this book were the designs with elements of bold directional knitting: Pier 37 (cable-enclosed keyholes at front and back necklines); Ruffle Shell (diagonally placed neckline-to-hem ruffle across front); Zigzag Shell (two-color intarsia front with contrasting colors meeting in bold, irregular zigzag at center front); Origami Flower (two-color front with colors meeting at third-color diagonal band placed shoulder-to-waistline); Tuscany Lace (keyhole neckline, shown on cover), and Kathmandu (princess-shaped bodice with peplum).
Alas, the "directional" patterns are not knit directionally, and thus aren't very technically exciting. Except for Kathmandu (which uses picked up stitches), the directional effects are achieved by knitting shaped pieces or strips, fitting the pieces together like jigsaw puzzle pieces, and sewing the pieces together. (In Zigzag Shell, the irregularly-shaped half-fronts are knit in one piece as intarsia, but the zigzag seam is then accented with a separately-knit, sewn-on i-cord.)
Some of the non-directional patterns that I like are Jane Austen Spencer (a short, U-necked, narrow-sleeved lace jacket); Lace Finery (a sleeveless top with an asymmetrical lace-rib collar); Celtic Queen (a top with short cap sleeves decorated with Aran cables); Tailored Pleats (an elegant v-collared pullover with "pleats" that create a peplum); and Wrap Blouse (an elegant wrap-around sweater with three-quarter sleeves, linen-stitch waistband, v-neckline, and offset diagonal lower-front edges). There are also patterns for plain and decorated tees, a zip-front jacket, a couple of tunics, and a couple of cardigans.
All but one of the designs are knitted in DK weight or sportweight yarn (which means a lot of stitches to knit for an adult garment). The remaining one design (Bold Aran) is knitted in medium worsted weight yarn. All in all, this is a nice collection of patterns for wearable lightweight sweaters and tops that are variously suited for wearing over or under regular clothing or suit jackets. I rate it at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale).
Of the 19 designs, two are done in #2 Light (sport), one in #2 Fine (fingering), one in #4 Worsted with the remainder knit in #3 DK. In looking at the recommended needle size and gauge, I believe some of the finer yarns are knit at a slightly looser than normal gauge. PLUS SIZE KNITTERS NOTE: The pattern sizes range from 40" to 48". I think it would be pretty easy to either go up a yarn size, or tweak the gauge to create a 1x or 2x size. Making the designs in larger sizes would take some modifications and some of the patterns would be easier to modify than others, at least for someone with my knitting skills.
While there are some designs I would not knit as pictured, there is a design element or stitch pattern in each that I like and would use when knitting other garments. The cover and pages are a nice quality paper, although I would have loved it if the book had a hardcover and spiral bounding. In fact I would gladly pay more for books with better binding! Book publishers are you listening? The photography is first class, and there are shots of the front, back and design details of each sweater. Backgrounds are attractive, but kept simple so they don't detract from the knit designs. Overall, I was very pleased with the book.
Designers should not be afraid to show the photos in previews. Sure, some people might copy your design. But experienced knitters who know how to design, also know how much work it takes to develop the pattern for a design and wouldn't hesitate to pay for a great design with the pattern already written.