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Sensual Knits: Luxurious Yarns, Alluring Designs Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Classic, feminine, beautiful, wearable to work if one desires, functional designs fill the pages. There isn't a single item in here about which I thought, "hmmm - maybe if I were 20 years younger/20 pounds lighter/or 20 times hotter, I might wear that." And even my knitting daughter who IS younger lighter/hotter by factors of 20 found the designs gorgeous and desirable, too. THe layout of the book is lovely, patterns flow right from the gorgeous photos, and SO Much information is given, not only on yarn and needles and gauge, but also on what size was photographed, how much ease the piece was designed around, and so on, which will make choosing a size a snap, and a properly fitting garment the result of your time investment.
If you love beautiful knitwear design, you need this book. It's that simple.
I still consider myself a novice - have only been knitting for a year and I'm just getting started with more difficult pieces. This book is not for beginners, but there is a range of difficulty to the patterns, so you can absolutely progress through it, starting with something a little simpler like the shrug or a wrap and working your way up to the adorable dresses and lacework.
In this book, I'd say there's a pattern or two NOT worth knitting. Everything else is an absolute gem. I've had the book three months and I'm already knitting two sweaters from it, the striking Transparency and the classic Balloon-Sleeve Jacket (which appears on the cover).
This book should be on the shelf of any sweater knitter, especially, and anyone who wants to knit sweaters. Many of the designs are simple, but not the kind of "big-needle-fast-knit-crap" found in all too many books these days. These are thoughtful designs with shaping and drape to flatter most figures. Most are classics; a few are fashion-forward. Most are mid-weight (worsted, DK, Aran), some are lighter for a less bulky fit.
Do yourself a favor and at least flip through this book, or check it out on Ravelry. I think you'll find you can't wait to acquire a copy.
The only draw back is the errors in some of the patterns... some of them aren't even explained by the errata on the book's webpage. But aside from that, great patterns-- none of which are a bore!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Patterns written concisely, with beautiful photos. The sizes are for normal Small to Large. I'm small and even had to use a medium size in this book. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by MJS
Love this book, it has such GORGEOUS pictures it should have been a hardback book! Just started knitting so am not at the level to complete these patterns but what a way to... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by TnT
Very beautiful knitted sweaters and other items, I love this book. I can't wait to make several items out of this book!Published on December 3, 2012 by honeybear
I have bought the book based on the cover and the title and I did right! The book is great, the models are nice (even if I do not appreciate all the models). Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by denlo
The support link for this website has been down since before I ordered it. I have had to rely on fellow knitters and the community for support on errors in this book. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by CubsFan80
I recently purchased this book and have not yet knit the patterns. But, the designs are beautiful and many of them are made using minimal seaming. Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by GRS
This book is for anyone intersted in looking good in fitted knitwear. An excellent alternative to tailored business jackets made of fabric, these patterns offer style and comfort... Read morePublished on October 30, 2010 by Veronique from KnitwearPatterns
I really love this book. For the price, I can't think of a better set of patterns. I plan on making practically everything in the book and the yarns chosen are really sumptuous. Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by Bombay Lover