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Vogue Knitting: Very Easy Knits: The Best of Very Easy Very Vogue Paperback – June 30, 2001
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Included in every issue of Vogue Knitting magazine since its rebirth in 1982 are "Very Easy, Very Vogue" designs--knitwear patterns designed to make it possible for even the beginning knitter to make stylish garments in a relatively short period of time. This collection of designs, many from well-known designers like Norah Gaughan, Christian de Falbe, and Lily Chin, will appeal to the beginning as well as to the experienced knitter who would like to start a fall sweater that is actually finished in time for the season. The updated patterns include substitute yarns for those specified in the original patterns and no longer available. Some patterns are for quick, big-needle knits, while others cut knitting time with simple styling and finishing. Recommended for public libraries, especially those catering to a young, hip readership.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Like the Vogue Knitting magazines in which these patterns first appeared, each of the garments is photographed in vivid color. The photographs, unlike those in many knitting books and magazines (sad to say), represent a very productive compromise between the knitter's desire to see what the knitted fabric actually looks like, and the fashion photographer's desire to make the finished piece look, well, as fashionable as possible. No soft-focus shots here, thankfully.
Yet these patterns, some dating back to the early '80s, utilize the original magazine photographs, and the hairstyles, makeup, and accessories often accentuate just how dated the styles have become. While some are fairly timeless in their simplicity, others, like the scoop-back crop top and the drop-shoulder striped pullover (paired with a long pleated white skirt!), are almost embarrassingly outdated. Moreover, while this may be my own strong reaction to some of the designs, some of the more recent pieces, even those from, say, 1997, are already showing signs of heading down the same path. The more experienced knitter will find much here to be adaptable, and may want to use some of the designs as templates of sorts, but the book's intended audience--beginning knitters who seek simple, yet fashionable designs--may find much to be disappointed in here.
I've only recently acquired my copy of this book, and haven't yet knit any of the designs, but there are several designs here which make the book worth the money. Then again, I bought it used. On the whole, I found the Vogue American Collection and Vintage Collection books to be much more attractive, albeit much more complex, than the set shown here.
And this is not just a book of bulky knits to be made on needles carved from broomstick handles; there are all weights of yarn, and patterns for summer wear as well as winter wear. Vests, cardigans, pullovers, more.
There are not a lot of books of sweaters for beginners, so this is a welcome volume to have. But the variety and style means that this book will be one you will come back to, again and again, no matter how expert you become at knitting.