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The Shape of Knitting: A Master Class in Increases, Decreases, and Other Forms of Shaping Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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Perhaps the techniques are a little advanced for beginning knitters, but an adventurous beginner or moderately experienced knitter should be able to knit some or nearly all of the designs. Many of the patterns are for cowls, scarves, hats, or simple tops knitted in worsted or heavier yarns on large (US 8-US 11) needles. The garments themselves are unshaped or simply shaped, but the incorporated techniques produce ruched fabric; decorative elements formed by dividing and crossing sections of stitches; knitted-in pockets; plain and fancy pleats; and fabric built from unit-style stitch patterns that look like directional knitting.
The techniques that are described in detail in the Techniques section (slightly more than one-third of the book) use standard or specialized cast-ons, increases, and decreases. In particular, the author's instructions for the "speed increase" and for "continuously applied caps" are new and interesting to me. The Techniques section includes many clear photographs that are accompanied by good written-out instructions.
The Techniques section includes the following techniques: (1) long-tail and reverse-long-tail cast on; (2) yarnover cast on; (3) add-on half twist (backward loop) cast on; (4) add-on full twist cast on; (5) tubular cast on; (6) open-tube cast on; (7) cable cast on; (8) Turkish cast on; (9) crochet provisional cast on; (10) double-loop cast on; (11) tubular bind-off; (12) three-needle bind off; (13) Kitchener stitch; (14) divided rib graft; (15) leaning increases; (16) speed increase; (17) yarnover increase; (18) leaning increases; (19) centered double increase; (20) multiple layer decreases; (21) combining stitches in three-dimensional knitting; (22) dividing stitches in three-dimensional knitting; (23) pleats (vertical, folded horizontal, pulled horizontal, box, tuck, tube); (24) short rows; (25) hems and casings; (26) continuous caps (continuously applied pieces); (27) tubular knitting; and (28) pick-ups.
The Techniques section is very good, and probably worth the price of the book. However, because most (and perhaps all) of the technical information is available in standard knitting references (for example, my favorite, Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook), and because none of the designs showing how to use and apply the techniques actually appeal to me as garments that I'd want to knit or wear, I rate THE SHAPE OF KNITTING at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale).