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30 knitting projects for women, men, and kids inspired by timeless literature
Literary Knits artfully brings together the worlds of knitting and literature with a collection of gorgeous projects that are evocative of favorite characters from classic books. From Wuthering Heights to The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the 30 projects found in Literary Knits offer ideas and inspiration for all ages and skill levels, with supporting photographs showcasing techniques unique to particular patterns.
Categorized by beautiful women's accessories, classic women's shawls and garments, unique projects for men, and adorable children's pieces--and complemented with diagrams, assembly instructions, and schematic illustrations to ease completion of each project--you'll knit and purl your way through two centuries of literature to create:
  • Daisy Cloche
  • Jo Mittens
  • Tess Fingerless Gloves
  • Emma Shawl
  • Elizabeth Bennet Summer Blouse
  • Galadriel Hooded Dress
  • Sal Paradise Vest
  • Gregor Sweater
  • Scout Cardigan
  • Eppie Bonnet
  • And more
If you're a book lover who knits, or a knitter with an appreciation for unique designs, you'll love the timeless appeal and one-of-a-kind designs in Literary Knits.

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Inside, you'll find gorgeous knitting projects inspired by favorite literary characters from:

  • The Great Gatsby
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Anna Karenina
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Madame Bovary
  • A Room with a View
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Sun Also Rises
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Moby Dick
  • The Metamorphosis
  • On the Road
  • The Call of the Wild
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Tin Drum
  • The Golden Compass
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • And More
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118216067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118216064
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read every book that inspired the knits in this book. And they are great knits that I look forward to knitting. I have added the Tess Fingerless Gloves, Galadriel Hooded Dress (the tunic version), and Billy Pilgrim Socks to my "Gotta Knit" list. My daughter saw the Elizabeth Bennet Summer Blouse, and is currently looking for two yarn colors she likes so I can knit it for her. I cannot wait to get started!
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I'm updating my review as the author has gone out of her way to help me with the charts. She provides great tips and instructions; and all the patterns are gorgeous!

I purchased as a Kindle PC version. I cannot read any of the charts - so, I cannot knit them. I did email the author but have not yet received a reply. Very disappointed!!! But I've learned my lesson, if I want to knit I'd better buy the book
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I am quite disappointed by this book. Because of its title, and my love of literature, I expected that the patterns would be wonderful and unique. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Many look cumbersome, unattractive and don't seem to go with the piece of literature that they are meant to represent. For instance, the Meg Mittens don't look at all what I would imagine Meg to wear. The Elizabeth Bennet Summer Blouse looks ridiculous and more like something a floozy would wear. I have decided to return my book to Amazon as it will not add anything of substance to my knitting library.
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I just love Nikol's sense of style and this book is a treat for anyone who loves reading and knitting. Her patterns are clear and easy to follow and her choice of projects included ensures that there is something for every knitter. I couldn't wait to receive this book and now my only problem is deciding what to cast on first!
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Have just received this book and must say how impressed I am with the instructions and how clearly all the special techniques are shown. This is a real winner.
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These patterns are boring and unattractive, anything here could be found elsewhere, just different colors, it's a shame that we are lured in by the title and our love of great stories. No wonder we couldn't get a view of what was inside before we bought it.
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If you love to read AND knit, this is a pattern collection worth checking out. Each pattern in the book is named after the character from literature that inspired it. For example, the hat o the cover is called the Daisy cloche after Daisy in The Great Gatsby. The Scout cardigan, named for Scout in to Kill a Mockingbird is a child's cardigan with intarsia mockingbirds on the bottom.

There are patterns for men, women, children nd some accessory patterns in here. The patterns range from being somewhat simple styles to being very unique representations. The Laura pinafore is a simple shift style pinafore, but then, what else would you expect from Little House on The Prairie? in contrast is the Lyra hood, a girls lion-maned hood pattern.

Since many of these patterns are inspired from now classic texts, several of the designs have a nice retro or vintage flair. One section of the books is dedicated to shawls. The patterns range in difficulty from advanced beginner to advanced knitter. The pattern variety is a particular standout in this knitting collection.

Almost every knitting book has a few special techniques you will need to know to properly execute the design. There is a very good, visual guide to those techniques in this book. The special techniques section includes close-up photos with added directional arrows and text instruction, similar to the online knitting tutorials often seen on the web.

The is a great add to your personal knitting library if would want make projects inspired by well-known literary titles or you like vintage/retro looks. If you knit for children who love to read classics such as Little House On the Prairie or Chronicles of Narnia, this book will have several gift options for you.

FCC disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this title from the book's publisher for my knitting site at bellaonline.com. I received no compensation for this book review. All of my reviews are my honest opinion.
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This is one of those really outstanding books that gets little notice from the mainstream knitting community. I'm pretty sure it has to do with the focus on easy peasy beginner stuff and the fear that anything more complicated than a garter rectangle is going to scare people. The projects in this book are interesting and colorful, the literary references are smart and engaging, and every single piece is actually wearable. The projects targeting male persons are pieces the average guy would be happy with, most of the yarns called for are in the lace to DK range making the scale of the fabrics very wearable. These are not costume pieces - the one playful crown/bennie that has an obvious graphic element is reversible. The patterns are very well documented and an adventurous beginner knitter will find the information that is frequently left out of more advanced patterns. The selection of pattern includes patterns from the complex to beautifully designed simple shapes.

I love this book - I would recommend this book to people who are past the beginner stage and want to develop their skills. The book presents a range of techniques and some of the most beautiful simple lace shawls I have seen. (the Meme and Emma Shawls). Even if you never intend to knit most of the projects the construction and details are worth the price of the book.
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