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About the Author

Lynne Barr is the author of Knitting New Scarves (STC). She has led hand-knitting workshops in the U.S., taught machine-knitting to factory workers in Haiti, and designed sweaters for upscale boutiques. With her husband, she coauthored Sweaterscapes of the North Country and Sweaterscapes of the American West.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158479805X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798057
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Megan Ellinger VINE VOICE on October 15, 2009
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Lynne Barr is a knitting genious--her previous books have been incredibly inspiring and beautifully produced.

This book is no exception; it is primarily a stitch dictionary with a few projects at the end. The stitch patterns are clever and appear different though equally interesting on both sides.

The only downside is that I am left with little other than inspiration from this book; I can only think of the amazing scarves I can make from these double-sided patterns. I suppose you could make an amazing sweater you could wear inside out? Maybe an EPS seamless style so there is no wrong side seams? I have no idea how to incorporate shaping into the patterns though and the book offers no advice on the subject.
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I was really excited when I heard about this book. I like to knit scarves, and I prefer them to look good on both sides, though for me they don't have to be identical. There are quite a lot of patterns like this in the Barbara Walker collections, but the idea of "50 brand-new groundbreaking stitch patterns" in this book was very tempting.
The reality was rather disappointing. A number of patterns have reverse sides which are basically stocking stitch, or reverse stocking stitch, or just a normal "wrong side", so not actually "reversible". There is a section called "Double Knit", but double knit has been done before, in fact for decades, so this is not "groundbreaking". [See Jane F. Neighbors: Reversible Two-Color Knitting, 1974.] Some of the patterns are just weird, and/or not attractive, eg Four-by-four Shift and Pick-up Overlay. A too-large proportion of the stitch patterns is lacy or holey. I had hoped for a bunch of new stitch patterns that were NOT lacy or holey, so they would be suitable for men's scarves and normal knitting.
The "Reversible Designs" section consists mainly of weird or even bizarre offerings. In most cases they fail to utilise the stitch patterns of the earlier part of the book. The Cat Bordhi design so praised by another reviewer is simply garter stitch in a strange shape. Several of the designs are made so that they can be worn upside down -- a very strange idea which can result in messy-looking dressing. One, Reverse Me (pictured on the front cover), uses reversible cables, but again, that idea is not new. Two designs are of socks, but of such peculiar shape that I cannot think who would wear them. Some designs are really a "con", eg Flip your Lid, which consists of two hats, one inside the other, to be turned as desired.
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If you are a serious knitter, you won't be disappointed in this book. The stitch patterns alone are worth the price! The techniques are intriguing, and the instructions are clearly written and illustrated. Even if you don't want to make all the projects, it's great fun to see how artists like Norah Gaughan and Cat Bordhi apply reversible techniques to their knitted designs. Highly recommended!
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I really have been enjoying this book for both the stitch patterns and the designs. I'm looking forward to udnerstanding how to create some of the stitches, since it is not obvious from looking at them - should be a new way to twist my thinking.

I understand some people are not fans of the patterns, but they are wearable and look wonderful (although Debbie New's "thing" doesn't really excite me. Maybe in a different yarn/color...) I love the idea of being able to change a look by putting the item on upside down or inside out - it could be messy or strange if not handled correctly but the designs seem to work.

My only quibble is that one or two designs don't seem to actually have a different look... they don't seem to actually be reversible. But overall this book is one of my favorites and I cast on the Reverse Me cardigan immediately. And by the way... you don't need to be tiny to wear most of this stuff. The sizes are wide-ranging and I think they would look good on a lot of people. (I'm not tiny...)
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This book opens a new world for knitting one's own designs. My head is still spinning with all the possibilities ... However, it might not be adequate learning material for the very beginners; you have to be able to recognize your stitches perfectly well and not lose your count and orientation easily. Knowledge of backward purling might be of great help. Fantastic book!
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This is the most unbelievably incredible book I've seen. Cat Bordhi's stuff is WOW. This rivals Cat's stuff easily. If you love texture and impossible patterns, you'll adore this. The projects are a mixed bag. Some are great and others are medium. But the stitches! Sweet EZ, the stitches!. More! Please give us more!
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If you are an intermediate knitter with a bit of patience, this is a fabulous book to create all sorts of fascinating textures. The stitch patterns are beautiful, and would be great for scarves, bags, or features on larger garments. On the downside, they seem pretty time consuming. But if you want to create something intricate and beautiful by hand, that time will be well spent.
The patterns in the book for actual garments are a mixed bag, with some being amazing and others, well, a bit daggy. But overall, this book has much to offer and the stitch patterns really have 'wow' factor.
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