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Reversible Knitting: 50 Brand-New, Groundbreaking Stitch Patterns Hardcover – October 1, 2009
"Go Big Knits" from the editors of Marie Claire Idees
Knit designs from the editors of Marie Claire Idées to ensure that women of all body shapes and types will look—and feel—fantastic. Learn more
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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.
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.Read more ›
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...)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of unique stitches to spark the imagination for your next knitting adventure.Published 2 months ago by PumpedUp
Illustrations are good; explanations are good. Everything is good---except, I would have liked the book to have "spiral wire binding" so it would lay flat as I used it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sassy & Seventy
The stitches are not the same on both sides. The opposite side on many of them is very unattractive.Published 3 months ago by Regina Smith
this book includes some of my favorite designers but the projects are just incredibly ugly. it's as if everyone tried to outdo each other in ridiculously improbable designs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Brewer
These stitch patterns will be included in my designs. Stay tuned.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I knit European and cannot fathom these written instructions. Please Ms Barr - more graphs, charts and visuals! You are one of a kind and I love your creativity.Published 22 months ago by Koko
This a fascinating way to think about knitting and the patterns are very pretty.Published 22 months ago by Nora Remnant