Friday, September 10, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: NEW ENGLAND KNITS

You probably have noticed some buzz around our knitting community about this book. Two talented designers Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre collaborated on this lovely collection of knitwear that fits the subtitle of the book Timeless Knitwear with a Modern Twist. You can't help yourself but agree with the authors when you browse through this book. Every item in this book has a classic look that we feel comfortable with. Yet, there is something new and fresh that fits in our world today.
Although the book is divided into three definitive chapters: Around the town, Fall in the farm, and Along the coast, I can see any of those designs to be worn in a city or anywhere else as well. They are comfortable, stylish, and feminine. Look at these designs and tell me if you can wear them. Most of the designs are offering a good range of sizes (5-7 sizes) and the shape that is flattering. The detailing and the construction of patterns are subtle, not overwhelming, but very beautiful and interesting. You will see there some lace, cables, embossed stitches, use of ribbing, ruching, bobbles, and picot edging. The construction elements include a good variety like knitting in the round, knitting sleeves in the round, knitting from top down, double-breasted front, many styles of collar, and hoods.


There is a skirt and a few but nice accessory pieces.












I do like this book for everything I already mentioned and its tasteful offering of patterns with the calm and graceful attitude. I hope you share my humble opinion about it.