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Loop-d-Loop: More Than 40 Novel Designs for Knitters Hardcover – May 1, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly

In this collection of often ingenious designs, Durham, formerly an editor at Vogue Knitting International, promotes the uniquely geometrical style of garment construction featured on her Web site, Loop-d-Loop.com. The book is divided into three sections: Cycles, Planes and Waves. Each concept is explored through a series of illustrative garments. For example, the designs in Cycles focus on circular or tubular knitting, while the designs in Planes produces architectural planes and angles using textured stitches. The patterns encompass everything from charming sweaters and hats for children to high-fashion creations for the young and hip (a cashmere lace blouse, a zip-off color-block yoke sweater, etc.). The sizing of the patterns tends to run small, and the designs range in difficulty from easy to quite challenging. Fortunately, the author has included a section of technical tips and a glossary of techniques and abbreviations. In addition, helpful remarks are distributed throughout the text, which is generally easy to follow. Durham's designs offer up unexpected textures and unusual symmetries and asymmetries, all artfully captured in the photos here. The result is a gorgeous book that will tweak the imaginations of the most adventurous knitters.
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About the Author

Teva Durham is a well-known freelance designer and writer whose work appears regularly in Vogue Knitting magazine and books as well as in Interweave Knits magazine. Since 2001 she has run her own knitwear company called Loop-d-Loop (www loop-d-loop.com) through which she sells her patterns and knitting kits on the web as well as at yarn shops. She teaches knitting classes at the Open Center and in several yarn shops in New York City. A feature about her is scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Interweave Knits.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1st Printing edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584794143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584794141
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Knits in Tardis TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
One amazing thing about this book is how passionately knitters either love or hate it, with little in-between. I suppose I'm a little closer to in-between than many - I got this book for a song, and love it, but would I shell out to replace my copy if I lost it in a meteor strike? Maybe, maybe not.

It's a gorgeous book, if you can mentally erase the sour-to-spacy visages and terrifying hairdos that other reviewers have already described in lurid detail. I'm not even talking "Vogue Knitting" scary or mere runway model scary; we are talking about something that is close to visually disturbing. It's off putting, and for every argument against homoginizing the "vision", there's an equally valid argument for making art accessible to ordinary people (and knitters - grin), and I think it's the art that matters most to Ms. Durham.

I say that because the practical is sometimes given short shrift in this book. As with Suss Cousin's "Hollywood Knits", the size range for many of the patterns is pure fantasy. I don't care how stretchy a garment is, when an adult "small" is 24 inches and "large" is 33 inches, guaranteed that many women at a very healthy weight for their height, frame, and age need not apply, unless they are expert at pattern modification. And then there are the "waif pattern" - close fitting tunics with no ease in the hip and so on that really won't translate to any but the thinnest and most boyish figures. (The author explained on the Knitting Review site that she has concerns about health when considering extended size range - a silly and disingenuous rationalization, if you are going to create patterns best modeled on human coathangers.
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I wish Elizabeth Zimmerman was still around to give us her opinion of these patterns. The conversational style of writing about knitting reminds me of EZ, but the patterns are from another world all together. They are edgy and like nothing you will find at the mall. While there are only one or two of the patterns I can ever see myself making, I loved this book for how it opened my eyes. The pictures, diagrams and instructions are clear and well written. If you are looking for a pattern to make a sweater that looks like you got it from L.L. Bean or Lands End, or if you are a plus size, this is NOT the book to get.
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I have been waiting eagerly for this book, and am overwhelmed - it's even better than I thought it would be. Fabulous, all the way. Great patterns, clear photos and explanations of unusual techniques, interesting writing - it's THE ideal knitting book.

The patterns are incredibly cool. I want to make all of them. There's a variety of stuff here, including chair covers which transform an ordinary folding chair into a beautiful objet d'art. Some patterns are for adults, some for kids, and some are sized for both. There are jackets, shells, cardigans, sweaters, capelets, a kilt, a really cute pair of gloves, a hat..... for a preview, you can hit her website, and that should convince you. (google loop d loop).

Some of her patterns use thick yarns, and some use fine, so that will appeal to those lucky knitters who have the patience to use fine yarn:)

Although her designs are really hip, there are a number which would suit the more conservative - just look at the two on the cover.... beautiful stitch patterns, shapely but not OTT.

I highly recommend this book. Much more worth it that Tricoter's newest, which has very few patterns and way too many ponchos. I had it on preorder before I even saw the pics on her site, and would have paid twice as much for it.

I REALLY hope she publishes more in the future.
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This book is a vanity publication for the author. It is not written for knitters even though the author knits. Before writing this review I took out a shell I've owned for twenty years--a designer handknit that cost a fortune at the time, and which is still beautiful. The knitted measurement (diameter) is 42 inches at the bust--a medium according to the label. It stretches another 4 to 6 inches. In Loop-d-Loop, a similar shell (see pages 25 & 48) in Small/Medium is 25.5 inches around and a Medium/Large is about 28 inches around. These may possibly stretch to fit a 32-34 inch bust although the book doesn't say what the actual ease is nor whom it should fit.

I consider this book as just one more of the recent designer publications that show a basic disregard (if not contempt) for their buyers. It's an attitude of "My designs are so beautiful that I need not be bothered supplying information for a realistic range of sizes. Those with normal bodies will just have to do the math themselves."

Ms. Durham or her publishers may not care about having more buyers for this or her next collection of designs. But negative reviews do discourage purchases. At least I hope this one does.

Having said this, many of Teva Durham's designs are extraordinarily beautiful, a fact which only increases my frustration with the overall quality of the information in this book. I recommend it only if you want a coffee table book on knit designs.
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