- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Schoolhouse Pr; First Edition edition (September 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0942018222
- ISBN-13: 978-0942018226
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.8 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unexpected Knitting Hardcover – September, 2003
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I made a 'scribble lace' capelet based on one of the techniques and it never fails to turn heads. While I am just an advanced beginner, I certainly aspire to one day be able to create magic with fiber like Debbie.
Her scientific approach makes me feel like I almost need a math or science degree to follow, however after careful reading, it is very interesting and ingenious. Much how things in nature are ordered, New shows how knitting is very similar. This will certainly appeal to the mathematician or scientist who knits as well.
The book also showcases some of New's works of art, such as knitted scultures among other things.
Two thumbs up. This book will surely inspire and be a source to turn to when one wants to release creative energies.
This is not a book for a true beginner, but for anyone with a grasp of the basics, it will extend horizons tremendously. This is something genuinely new and genuinely exciting in the world of knitting. Buy it!
I loved Loop d' Loop. I love this book for the same reasons. Passion shines through in all of New's writing; genius in the patterns (I mean the units and techniques here, not necessaily all of the finished items which are not all to my taste, but then why should they be?) It propels me to the needles and some wool and experimenting. Not only that, but it makes me think "I could do something with that" which a lot of books don't do.
Aside from all of that, it's big, it's hardbound, it's beautifully typeset and the photos are gorgeous. Well worth every cent.
The author shows how to create flat and 3-dimensional angles and shapes and using increases and decreases. The idea is that you would knit assorted shapes (circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, triangles, snaky twisting strips, cones, spheres), binding off and picking up at random. Then you would fit these shapes into the outline of a sweater (the kind that is seamed under the arms and sides) and knit into the spaces to fill up the grid, joining with the existing shapes as you go along (e.g. with a knit-2-together to link stitches). Hems and necks can be picked up and knit in the round after seaming.
She builds up almost all of the sweaters this way with variations. The log cabin sweater is done with rectangular strips. Swirl knitting uses circles, ovals and snaky strips.
There are a few more innovative techniques. Notable are scribble lace, which is plain knitting done by alternating a thin yarn or thread with a very thick one, and virtual knitting, which is really nalbinding (an ancient technique that looks like knitting, but you do it with a needle, one stitch at a time) over a temporary backing, which is cut away and removed later. Cellular automaton takes the scientific principle of following simple rules to form complex patterns and applies it to colour or texture knitting. Ourobus knitting is mitered circles which are folded origami-like to create sweaters. Labyrinth knitting is a sweater knit as one long strip with carefully places angles and corners, sewn up to make the sweater form (again, the kind that is seamed under the arms and sides).
The irony is that anyone who knits without patterns or swatches would probably know how to form basic shapes already.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has been on my wish list for a few years. I haven't had to chance to really get into it, but I'm looking forward to doing so.Published 7 months ago by Mary Sundberg
This beautiful book contains some of the most wonderful" unexpected knitting" in the world - plus patterns and techniques for us ordinary mortals. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Nana
This book was delivered in the advertised condition and in a reasonable amount of time. I love the pictures. Great photography. The print size is excellent for an older reader. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by V. Muenich
I was excited to find this book by Debbie New . Some years ago I was able to take part in a workshop in Tasmania with Debbie who of course live in Canada. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Curly Wool
I have been interested in freeform knitting and I heard about this book. It gives both an idea of knitting in freeform mode and also gives some patterns which are different from... Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by bettyd
This is a collection of artwork with instructions that are very hard to understand. Designs are now quite ordinary.Published on February 17, 2009 by Fay Weldon
Unexpected Knitting has been one of my most treasured tomes since it was published. Endless inspiration abounds for taking knitting to the next, creative level. Read morePublished on March 2, 2008 by Myraknits