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Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Projects for Creative Knitters Paperback – April 1, 2004
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Knights brand of knitting and purling only vaguely resembles the art form practiced by millions of grandmothers. Although she uses needles, in her projects yarn is a variable; its often replaced by such diverse materials as ribbon, wire, strips of plastic and gauze. And the patterns that do use yarn go way beyond the usual patchwork scarves and lumpy sweaters. The 20 patterns here range from simple to truly byzantine. Beginners might try their hand at the Woven Woolen Rug, which employs remnants of yarn and calls for a basic stockinette stitch. The Aran Armchair Cover, on the other hand, will probably intimidate newcomers, as it requires knowledge of the reverse stockinette stitch, seed stitch, raspberry stitch, twisted stitch, diamond panel and fat cable. To her credit, Knight (Simple Crochet; Simple Knits for Little Cherubs; etc.) does explain techniques up front and uses color photographs to demonstrate steps. If nothing else, her book will encourage knitters to think beyond hats and mittens, and consider using knitting techniques to create wall hangings, dog coats, wire bowls, napkin rings or boudoir slippers.
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About the Author
ERIKA KNIGHT is the author of Simple Crochet, Simple Knits for Little Cherubs, Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, and Comforts of Home. In addition to writing books, she works as a fashion and design consultant. She lives in Brighton, England.
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I looked up Simple Knits with a Twist because I wanted to sell my copy and wanted to see what the reviews looked like. I am surprised to see how many people commented that the book was attractive, but had impractical projects.
I disagree. I think the images are a little flat. I find good photography to be inspiring in itself, and good projects as well, especially with attractive materials. I find that the book lacks both of these things.
Some of the projects are kinda cute. There's a dog sweater with a bar code pattern, and knitting combined with woven fabric for a throw, and a knitted wire fruit basket, but these still failed to inspire.
I think that better photography, better styling, and fewer close up photos of balls of yarn (instead of more close-up technique images) would serve this book well.
If this were a more practical OR attractive book, I might not be so eager to unload it.
I haven't tried many of the projects in this book but have tried knitting with wire. It's a challenging media but makes for an interesting fabric. Again, the author helps inspire you to think of knitting in a different way.
The instructions for new knitters are kind of confusing and as a new knitter myself it is a little frustrating but I had never thought of using my knitting in such unique ways. When I get bored with the usual projects, I take this book out to get my creative juices flowing. This book is a keeper.