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Loop-d-Loop: More Than 40 Novel Designs for Knitters Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2005
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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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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!
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.
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.
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i can't wait to start using some of the patterns