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Modular Knits: New Techniques for Today's Knitters Hardcover – August 1, 2005
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your knitted piece as it does on the hank. It shows you through tutorials
and 25 projects how to maximize the beauty of the yarn by turning and knitting to create interesting designs.
Most of the chapters teach a way to knit in continuous modules without having to cut yarn or pick up stitches and
the last one teaches traditional modular knitting. This is totally new stuff, so if you're adventuresome
and want to expand your knitting abilities, you'll love it.
Quite honestly, it mystifies me why this book receives the amount of 5-star praise that it does. It has lots of pattern errata (I don't know if this was from poor editing or simply a rush to get it into print - one star off for me). The garment patterns are somewhat so-so from a fashion standpoint (The bullseye cap - while excellently showcasing a certain technique - isn't really all that attractive - perhaps the choice of black and white contrast yarn in the photo is too strong. A more subtle gradation of color may have worked? I think my inital problem with the patterns of this book may be due to the heavy reliance on variegated and novelty yarn in this book. In my wardrobe, I prefer more solid colors, or subtle color shifts or muted patterns that are not so 'busy.' (Another star off from me.)
I think where this book really shines is in the 'knitting for the home' and accessories department as well as the 'design' department. There are some nice scarf and shawl patterns in this book that are likely to appeal to someone and the pillow patterns are fun, decorative and amenable to the Multidrectional technique. Speaking of Modular knitting, I like how this book encourages you to practice the techniques on little swatches. Your collection of little swatches can open a whole host of inspiration to designing your own patterns.
Do I consider this a requirement in a Knitter's library?Read more ›
The author apparently wants the readers to join one of her discussion groups to get "help" with the patterns (she won't admit that the book is lousy with errata). My feelings are that if she doesn't have the time to properly edit her book, I certainly don't have the time to join her silly discussion group.
If you like puzzles, this is a great book. If you expect a well-written knitting book with accurate instructions, save your money and buy one of the other wonderful books on this technique on the market (Hoxbro, Luters, etc.). My copy will probably go to the recycling bin.
PS: Sorry Iris, I've been knitting for over 30 years and the 'problems' in this book are not due to my lack of understanding. Get yourself a good editor!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for modular knitting. Has given me a lot of ideas!Published 20 months ago by Carol A. C. Sargeant
I think this book is beautiful and has patterns I am anxious to try. Somehow I stumbled onto the artyarns web site and discovered that there are published erratas (corrections)... Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by Constance Blevins
Since this is a new technique for me, I tried the first level at least seven times and finally understood what was going on. Need to remember your "turns". Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Slconfidential
I have been knitting for over 20 years. I purchased this book more for the concepts rather than to actually knit projects. Read morePublished on August 24, 2009 by Kelly
Modular Knits by Iris Schreier is a colorful, inspiring book on using geometric shapes to create knitted garments and accessories. Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by SLB
Modular Knits is an interesting knitting book. The projects showcased are lovely and makes you want to grab your needles and yarn.
I have a few "complaints. Read more