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Trained as a theatrical designer, ANNIE MODESITT turns her sharp eye for historical detail toward one of the great passions of her life, hand knitting. Known for creating unexpected and unusual knit items such as furniture and fine millinery, Annie’s classes in combination knitting and more traditional knit techniques often sell out, and her designs can be seen in most major knitting magazines in North America. She is the author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic, Twist and Loop, and Knitting Millinery. Visit Annie’s website at www.anniemodesitt.com.
I just received this book in the mail the first of the week and I'm already in love with it. The beautiful full color pages are full of graceful shapely knits. It has a section of tops, skirts and luxurious accessories. The shapes are graceful and feminine and harken back to the elegant designs of the 20's 30's as well as earlier eras.
However the nicest thing about this book is that they include sizing for larger women, bust sizes up to 48 & 52 inches, and similarly sized skirts. The patterns as well have sections that instruct on how to customize lengths so the garment becomes truly yours.
The yarn choices are luxurious, with one design inspired by Cleopatra calling for skeins and skeins of gorgeous silk. However there are notes in the introduction and on the author's webpage, and the book's ravelry page that discuss making changes and suggest new yarns for ones that have been discontinued. This is not uncommon for any knitting pattern as it seems that publishing a pattern seems to call for the immediate discontinuation of the yarns mentioned.
Overall I'd recommend this book to any who have an interest in "romantic" style clothing.
This is a lovely lovely book, full of stylish, original and sexy (but not vulgar) knits - most of which I want to make myself. I have bought huge amounts of knitting and crochet books and have recently started editing them - keeping on my shelves only the few really good, worthwhile books - like Lingerie Style, Fitted Knits, Loop d Loop and so on - and now, THIS - wow. Annie Modesitt is a knitting goddess. I cannot stand baggy shapeless knits. They are so ugly and unflattering. None of these fit that category - they are all beautifully shaped and styled, and there's stuff to suit all tastes. Annie M includes places in each pattern to lengthen too, so you can go from short to long sleeves, and short to long or vice versa skirts. The photography is beautiful with more than one photo of each item. There are schematics, graphs, charts, everything one needs to make life easier - including mini tutorials on lace knitting, crochet stitches, and even the finer points of millinery - because there are even a couple of adorable knitted hats.
The photos of the projects are so very romantic. They compliment the designs so well. The project directions are well written and easily followed. Sizing for the patterns are great. Love that the patterns have such good details and make the knitting fun. If you enjoy this book look at the authors website for more patterns. She is one of my favorite designers!
A knitting pattern book that has more than a couple of projects I want to knit is a rare enough thing to come by. This book by Annie Modesitt has done a bang-up job. I'll be starting the silk lace stockings first, a college graduation gift for my younger daughter. They're the reason I ordered the book. Check out the projects on Ravelry. My other daughter has her eye on two of the skirt patterns. I have no photos to post of my own projects yet, but my oh my I recommend this book for delectable patterns.
Like new. Pretty patterns. I will try to start with easy patterns first but some of the more advanced ones are more appealing to my taste. ALSO, I printed my MISTAKE PAGE before I ordered my book. Pretty good book of patterns. TO ALL - READ THE REVIEWS to get a good idea of what's going on with a thought about purchase. REVIEWS can help in making SOME purchases.