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Loop-d-Loop: More Than 40 Novel Designs for Knitters Hardcover – May 1, 2005
"Go Big Knits" from the editors of Marie Claire Idees
Knit designs from the editors of Marie Claire Idées to ensure that women of all body shapes and types will look—and feel—fantastic. Learn more
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall it's a fine book but I was personally disappointed by the patterns other than a few. The styling on the cover is more understated than the contents.Published 19 months ago by Lisa
When I first looked at this book, I thought it was in poor taste, but kept looking at all the designs in" Loop-d-Loop" for women, men, children, and the home and realized... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Artisticpens
It came before the date that was given, so was quick. I found the book to be a little disappointing. Glad I didn't buy it new at the date it was released .Published on June 28, 2014 by rudy
I was tracking a pattern through Ravelry, the online knitting community and it led me to Loop-d-Loop. I bought it and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Tupring
It has been almost 10 years since the publication of Loop-d-Loop, and since I first paged through the book and was blown away. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by M. K. Carroll
Wonderful book - beautiful pictures and lovely patterns. Don't know that I'll knit more than one or two of the items, but one never knows!!!Published on February 19, 2013 by Linda L Thielke
i really love the patterns.. my daughters want the chain scarf.
i can't wait to start using some of the patterns