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Scottish Knits: Colorwork & Cables with a Twist Paperback – February 19, 2013
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About the Author
Martin Storey is a renowned knitwear designer and author. A designer at Rowan for many years, he has masterminded their Classic range of yarns and brochures, as well as authored or co-authored several books, including Nordic Knits: 29 Stylish Small Projects (St. Martin's Griffin, 2010) and Aran Knits: 23 Cable Designs Using Classic Cable Patterns (St. Martin's Griffin, 2012). He lives in Devon, England.
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There are 24 patterns in this book, in colourwork, texture, cables and lace. With the exception of a single jacket with lace trim, the colourwork designs are definitely not subdued, but are shot through with wonderfully unexpected colour, as well as pattern, combinations. And to tease the eye further, throughout the book are scattered many stunning photographs of the varied scenery in and around Scotland.
..a knee rug which can be enlarged to become a bed cover
..a pair of socks
..3 pair of mittens
..a houndstooth hat
Colourwork and lace:
..a lovely jacket with lace edging
..a beautiful textured stole which is very elegant in its simplicity
..7 sweaters and jackets (pullover and cardigan)in colourwork, cables and/or lace
..a textured throw or bed cover
Don't be put off by the fact that the patterns are designed around the beautiful Rowan yarns, mostly tweeds, because there is absolutely no reason why a knitter could not substitute similar weight yarns.
My one complaint about this book, and it is a big one, is that while there is a chart for the textured bed throw, as well as charts for all of the colourwork, there are no charts for the other cabled, nor lace, projects. In one project alone, a tunic, there are five cabled panels, and the written instructions are located on three different pages ~ now this means that the knitter will have to flip back and forth through each of these pages just to knit one row, and that is plain ridiculous.
Okay, I can spend the time to chart the projects I really want to knit, but why could not the editors have included charts for all of the projects, and make the book more user-friendly? Because of this serious flaw, I can only give this book 4 stars, while the designs are definitely worth a 5.
All in all, it is definitely worth every penny, and I'm glad to have it in my library.