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Simple knits with a twist : unique projects for creative knitters
Knight, Erika.
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Publication Information:
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, [2004]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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TT825 .K6215 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Millions of thoroughly modern knitters, including a growing number under the age of thirty-five, will applaud the fresh interpretations featured in Simple Knits with a Twist," Erika Knight's latest collection of creative designs. By matching classic stitches with other craft techniques and incorporating innovative materials like fine wire, beads, and recycled plastic with conventional yarns, Knight takes knitting beyond its traditional boundaries into new, inspired realms. Easy yet inventive, her projects bring a hip, artsy edge to items once deemed homespun. The twenty projects, which include wire napkin rings, an Aran armchair cover, a patchwork throw, and a beaded silk scarf, teach knitters how to add such creative skills as felting, patchwork, and beading to their repertoires. Each project is featured in a full-page color photo and in close-up how-to shots. For beginners with contemporary tastes and accomplished knitters interested in expanding their range, Simple Knits with a Twist" presents a world of possibilities.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Knight?s brand of knitting and purling only vaguely resembles the art form practiced by millions of grandmothers. Although she uses needles, in her projects yarn is a variable; it?s often replaced by such diverse materials as ribbon, wire, strips of plastic and gauze. And the patterns that do use yarn go way beyond the usual patchwork scarves and lumpy sweaters. The 20 patterns here range from simple to truly byzantine. Beginners might try their hand at the Woven Woolen Rug, which employs remnants of yarn and calls for a basic stockinette stitch. The Aran Armchair Cover, on the other hand, will probably intimidate newcomers, as it requires knowledge of the reverse stockinette stitch, seed stitch, raspberry stitch, twisted stitch, diamond panel and fat cable. To her credit, Knight (Simple Crochet; Simple Knits for Little Cherubs; etc.) does explain techniques up front and uses color photographs to demonstrate steps. If nothing else, her book will encourage knitters to think beyond hats and mittens, and consider using knitting techniques to create wall hangings, dog coats, wire bowls, napkin rings or boudoir slippers. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Ideal for those taking up knitting who have no desire to knit anything conventional, this book by Knight (Simple Crochet) covers basics quickly, with clear photos of knit and purl stitches, casting on, and increasing. Then come ideas for inventive knitting, e.g., creating random-effect yarns by combining strands of different yarns, mixing knitting with woven fabric, and seeking out alternative sources for yarn like unraveling thrift-store knitwear. The mix of patterns is pretty strange on the whole: a handsome, patchwork throw combining knitted and woven fabric and a challenging molded bowl knitted with 24-gauge wire. The most ambitious project an Aran armchair cover with patterns reminiscent of a traditional fisherman's sweater will cost almost $300 in bulky Rowan yarn, probably out of reach for starving artists. Not an essential purchase, but consider for large public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Techniques and texturesp. 6
Modern brightsp. 30
Rose chintz cushion
Retro poodle bottle cover
Recycled plastic carryall
Woven woolen rug
Patchwork throw
Black and whitesp. 52
Wall hangings
Barcode dog coat
Patched throw
Laddered sweater
Customized cushions
Urban neutralsp. 74
Beaded napkin rings
Satin boudoir slippers
Painted felt cushion
Molded wire bowls
Flower-trimmed evening bag
Organic naturalsp. 96
Aran armchair cover
Beaded and sequined muffler
Denim beanbag
Hanging basket liner
Gardener's kneeler
Pattern chartsp. 120
Substituting yarns. Yarn suppliersp. 125