Sunday, March 9, 2008

More knitting books

A few more knitting book reviews.

SimpleChic, by Jil Eaton, seems like it would have been "chic" back in the day. All the patterns in the book are shown on the cover. The only cute one is the dog sweaters, and who has ever heard of a non cute pet sweater?

The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, by Ann Budd, contains charts that do all the math for you, to make various basic garments (hats, sweaters, socks, etc) in different sizes and different gauges. Kinda boring, unless you're churning out stuff to sell. This might be good together with a good pattern book, or if you like really plain clothes.

Knitting on the Edge, by Nicky Epstein, is filled with different edging patterns, including ribs, cables, ruffles, tassels, etc, etc, etc. The pictures are great, and the patterns clear. If only I had enough stuff that needed more edging. I think I'll buy this book, just for the pictures.
RMS brought Fitted Knits to knitting today. The designs (and there are a lot of them) are, in general, flattering and lovely. The Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Ties that I knitted is actually in this book (also free on knitty). She's one of my favorite designers--she designs garments that are actually wearable and stylish, and worth all the sound and fury that knitting an entire garment entails. Am definitely getting this book!

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