Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: VOGUE KNITTING MITTENS & GLOVES

Another gorgeous knitting book from the editors of Vogue Knitting magazine. You will find an incredible collection of over 40 patterns that were collected as best published designs from today leading designers. I am sure you will recognize many of them from the magazine issues over the years. Now they are all together in one book, so we do not have to look for another pattern for gloves or mittens. It will take us some time to get through all of these beautiful, stylish, different in knitting technique and usage points.
Editor in Chief of Vogue Knitting, Trisha Malcolm says: "Fun and funky fingerless mitts are a perfect first project... Many of the projects knit up quickly and with very little yarn..."















In summary: A treasure for knitting a special gift while not getting bored. Each designer offers a different technique. Charts are given and instructions are wonderful. Projects vary from a cutting-edge wristlets and funky fingerless mitts to some classics using Fair Isle, cables, and lace. There are even a few coordinating hats and scarves thrown in.






BOOK REVIEW: ENTRELAC The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting

This new book by Sixth&Spring Books is full of surprises. The author, Rosemary Drysdale, is knitting editor at Vogue Knitting and Knit Simple magazines. She is also a consultant and a designer in the yarn industry. Entrelac is an intriguing technique that sometimes intimidates a not-so brave knitter. This book begins with Chapter 1: Enterlac step by step. It is a picture after picture on six pages. I think anybody can learn this technique following this chapter. It is so clear and every step is there, so you can check your work with the book. There are 65 swatches that take you through use of cable, lace, Fair Isle, rib, and other stitch patterns in entrelac.












In addition to the reference part of this book we can enjoy more than 25 beautiful, fashionable, contemporary and not bulky as you might fear designs. They range from home decor, to baby items, to a great variety of beautiful garments. Gauge of many projects is anywhere between 16-26 sts per 4 inches.
Here are two of 25 projects in the book.





In summary: A beautiful and very helpful book that will take your fear away from this interesting and full of potentials technique. Good buy for the money as well.

KNITTING ON THE EDGE

The new paperback edition of this book is out for your pleasure. Nicky Epstein is offering us the essential collection of 350 different decorative borders that can be used in any way we wish or dare. A great addition to a knitter's library. Nicky is showing some sample projects to support her point of using this collection. Take this sweater, for example. It is worked in plane Stockinette and the edge, called Sugar drops on page 155, makes this sweater fun and interesting.
These are two more examples of the use of edges given in a book. The layout of the material is clear and beautiful. As you browse through many chapters such as ribs, ruffles, lace, fringes, flora, points and picots, and some additional pages on techniques and helpful notes, you can't help yourself thinking where you can use what you see. Your juices of inspiration are brought up to a pretty high level at this point.







In summary: This book is inspirational, full of learning moments, and the one that will be your faithful companion in your knitting endeavors.