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Mother-Daughter Knits: 30 Designs to Flatter and Fit Hardcover – March 17, 2009
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"Thank you, Caddy and Sally, for creating this beautiful collection of projects I can knit for my mom—and that she can knit for me! And thank you even more for your crystal-clear explanation of how to create the most flattering knitwear for any shape. It's a must-read for any knitter!”
—Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ’n Bitch series of knitting books, and editor-in-chief of BUST Magazine
“This is an extraordinary book. It combines Sally’s flair for pairing wearability with meticulous design and Caddy’s ability to achieve exciting creations without unnecessary complexity. The mutual respect and affection that guided this joint mother-daughter venture will no doubt make the garments feel warmer.”
—Debbie New, author of Unexpected Knitting
“A loving and inspired creative dialogue between mother and daughter, this book pays tribute to the very multigenerational soul of our craft.”
— Clara Parkes, author of The Knitter’s Book of Yarn and publisher of KnittersReview.com
“Having a new Sally Melville book to page through is like being at a pajama party with a trusted friend: fun, comforting, and energizing all at the same time. This time, Sally has brought her daughter, Caddy, to the knitting party as co-author and designer, and their resulting book is full of fresh and flattering designs from two different design perspectives, plus a lot of great information on just how and where to change a pattern to fit you properly. Mother-Daughter Knits is a delight that had me reaching for my needles and digging through my yarn stash more than once.”
— Amy R. Singer, author of Big Girl Knits and More Big Girl Knits
About the Author
SALLY MELVILLE is a widely published and highly sought after knitwear designer who teaches a dozen different workshops at over 20 venues across North America every year. Her work has appeared in magazines from Vogue Knitting to Interweave Knits, and she is the author of several books, including the best-selling Knitting Experience series. Visit Sally online at www.sallymelvilleknits.com
CADDY MELVILLE LEDBETTER is Sally Melville’s only daughter. She currently designs knitwear and teaches knitting classes.
Both women reside in Ottawa, Canada.
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Each pattern begins with the designer's explanation of why she designed it, what she learned, why she selected elements of the design...it really makes me think about how I can modify for myself, redesign a favorite item from my closet.
Each pattern ends with a nice interchange between mother and daughter regarding knitting, inspirational for me. If you are a mother wanting to knit for a younger person...it provides a great perspective!
The photos and layout of the hardcover book are beautiful, a joy to turn the pages.
But THE BEST of this book are the REALLY GREAT patterns! I have knit so far the Classic Shirt in Louet linen, Sophisticated Hoodie in Rowan Calmer, A Gray Cardigan in a rose color Panda Silk, and Mini-Dress in Nashua Cilantro. A few more on my list for future. Each garment turned out stunning AND FLATTERING (as per book title)! Although there were minor errors in instructions, which is really surprising since any editor attempting to knit from the instructions should have spotted them, they were things I figured out and worked around.
The instructions however, are excellent....and so it is just a matter of personal taste for me.....and this is really a very intelligent , and instructive book...
Despite the title, this book is (thankfully) NOT about cute little matchy-matchy outfits for moms to wear when they're out with their daughters. What it IS, is a book written by the brilliant Sally Melville and her daughter Caddy Melville Ledbetter.
Every pattern in this book comes from one of the brains of this mother/daughter team, and while I don't love all of them, there are a lot of them that I do. The knits are all beautifully photographed for this book, and by "beautifully" I mean that they're not only easy on the eyes, but practical representations of the knits being shown. No weird postures or props to distract you. The Table of Contents lists out every pattern, and they are also listed in the Index at the back.
I'll agree that a pattern for a necktie or a headband seems pretty pointless, but there are more than enough beautiful patterns in here to make up for a couple that are unnecessary. None of the patterns are dull. None are unwearably weird. They're creative. They're well thought out. They're stylish. Love.