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Loop-d-Loop: More Than 40 Novel Designs for Knitters Hardcover – Illustrated, May 1, 2005
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- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 2.62 pounds
- Hardcover : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1584794143
- ISBN-13 : 978-1584794141
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.88 x 11 inches
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I highly recomment this book if you want to add to your knitting library. I have not knitting a pattern from this yet but I did read a few of the patterns through and it was clear and user friendly from the easy knitter all the way to experienced knitter! I was not disappointed and hope to knit from this in the future!
And the book design itself! You will really enjoy the great large, clear photos - some have the same garment in another view. The graphs are larger that usual and shaded for ease in reading. One of my favorite parts of the book is Teva Durham's writing and viewpoints.
Perhaps even more disgruntling is that not ALL patterns run consistently small, but surprisingly vary, making it impossible to judge what size you'll be on which piece. I also knit up the Maiden wench blouse, in size medium, to find that it is incredibly boxy and roomy on the sides. I must find a way to delicately 'take it in' somehow.
Anyway, this book is beatiful. I think Teva is a wonderful and innovative designer. I would highly recommend it those with a fair amount of patience, a willingness to rip out your work, and a slender torso.
For a more conservative dresser, some of the patterns may be too experimental, but if you want to skip the asymmetrical tank, you'll find some pretty ruffled gloves and a ballet top.
The book is divided in three sections. I really like that each section has the patterns for that theme within them, unlike other books where you have to go all the way to the back of the book to find the pattern you want. So the sections begin with her idea on a theme, then the images of the objects with a story about them and then the pattern section where there are more pictures (perhaps a different angle or view). She talks you through the pattern; there's something about the way she writes that makes you feel incredibly confident no matter the level of the pattern.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, but especially if you are bored with all those other ho-hum knitting books out there.
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The three stars here are for a few points that Ms. Durham could have made clearer.
Firstly, the sizing: Durham does have some odd sizes, in terms of a 28 inch bustline or a 23 inch waist. From what I've gathered, she has made some of the sizes that way because the knits will stretch to say a 34 inch chest and a 26 inch waist. The fact that I had to find this out for myself instead of it being made clear in the book is a no no.
Second: Although I found the book to be inspiring, I didn't really see 'me' in any of these designs until I saw some work in some online forums. I'm now thinking about a cowl for winter.
Overall, I'd say buy the book if you want inspiration, and don't mind the occassional browse through on your shelf. But if you tend to be on the coversative side of your knits, you might be better off doing a Debbie Bliss or Rowan.
Kaufentscheidend für mich war gerade das Muster für den sowohl in einer vorherigen Rezension als auch auf Strickplattformen vieldiskutierten "Irregular Rib Raglan with Toggle". Dass der Pullover in Einheitsgröße angeboten wird, die einer schlanken Dame genauso passen soll wie einem muskulösen Mann, machte mich skeptisch, aber als Pummelelfe hatte ich kaum Sorge, dass der Pullover zu groß sein würde. Nach einer Woche Strickens kann ich nun sagen: Ist er aber, und dass, obwohl meine Strickprobe exakt den Anforderungen entsprach. Die Passformprobleme ließen sich im Zweifel unter Einsatz von Zeit und Hirnschmalz beheben, aber wie im Titel gesagt, wenn man keinen Spaß am Herumbasteln am Strickanleitungen hat, ist dieses Buch meines Erachtens eher ungeeignet. Abgesehen davon waren die 15 inches Rippenstrick Folter ;).
Insgesamt gibt es so von mir wegen der Passformproblematik und einiger Modelle, die nicht so meinem Geschmack entsprechen, 3 Sterne. Die Designerin merke ich mir trotzdem.