October 19, 2009

Book Review: Reversible Knitting

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I was super lucky to get my hands on a review copy of Lynne Barr’s new book – Reversible Knitting – so my kind of knitting book!  I loveloveLOVE it!!  The first half is “50 Brand-New, Groundbreaking Stitch Patterns” which are all reversible in some way, either identical on both sides, or different but attractive on both sides.  As you can see, the swatches are beautifully photographed to show side A and B:

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The pattern types are divided into: faux crochet, rows within rows, openwork, divide & combine, picked up, and double knit.

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Now I do not normally enjoy swatching (or even do it unless I really have to) but this book makes me want to swatch, swatch, swatch, just to try out all the crazy cool looking patterns!

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There are clear charts as needed…

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…and photo how-tos for hard to understand techniques (as well as a whole section on special techniques at the end).

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Then the second half is (amazing!) reversible designs, which are by Lynne Barr and 12 other designers, including Cat Bordhi, Teva Durham, Wenlan Chia, Norah Gaughan, Véronik Avery….

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One of my favorites is this sweater by Wenlan Chia – Winding Path – which can be worn right-side up, upside down, right-side out, or inside out!  Rad!

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And this hat (Incognita)  by Bonnie Desroches is so me!  Love it!

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The other hat, Flip Your Lid by Eric Robinson, can be worn 4 different ways!

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I really love both of the dresses – Geometric Dress by Teva Durham and Folded Mini Dress by Lynne Barr – but I think they’d only look good on super skinny model-body type women, sigh…  Fun to drool over the knit design though!

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I also really love both sock/slipper designs which you can see pictured on the back cover image and on the designs page above.  There are a bunch more sweaters too, and some scarves, and more – 20 designs total, all super cool!  This book rocks, seriously!

Filed under: books,knitting — leethal @ 1:33 pm
  • http://littlemissmessyhair.xmasberry.com/ holly

    Oh! I am so glad you reviewed this book and posted more pictures as well! I’ve been looking forward to it, mesmerized by the jacket and swatches on the cover. I love the Wenlan Chia sweater, and the swatches look like so much fun!

  • http://littlemissmessyhair.xmasberry.com holly

    Oh! I am so glad you reviewed this book and posted more pictures as well! I’ve been looking forward to it, mesmerized by the jacket and swatches on the cover. I love the Wenlan Chia sweater, and the swatches look like so much fun!

  • http://salihan.com/ Salihan

    Wow! That book does rock! I’m so impressed by the talented designers out there who turn knitting on its head, just like you by the way. :) Thanks for reviewing the book. I’ll watch out for it at the book store.

    P.S. I’m giving away 2 skeins of Malabrigo of your choice on my blog. Drop by if you can.

  • http://salihan.com Salihan

    Wow! That book does rock! I’m so impressed by the talented designers out there who turn knitting on its head, just like you by the way. :) Thanks for reviewing the book. I’ll watch out for it at the book store.

    P.S. I’m giving away 2 skeins of Malabrigo of your choice on my blog. Drop by if you can.

  • Amber

    Whoa! This looks awesome!!!

    BTW – super stoked on your game knitting pattern! Totally rad!!!!

  • Amber

    Whoa! This looks awesome!!!

    BTW – super stoked on your game knitting pattern! Totally rad!!!!

  • Kate

    I really love this book. Actually, I have a review of it in the November KP catalog, and I wrote the description for the website. I was also a big fan of the knitted dresses in this book. I don’t even wear a lot of dresses! I’m thinking about wearing the folded mini dress to wear to work though. We should have a Reversible KAL!

  • Kate

    I really love this book. Actually, I have a review of it in the November KP catalog, and I wrote the description for the website. I was also a big fan of the knitted dresses in this book. I don’t even wear a lot of dresses! I’m thinking about wearing the folded mini dress to wear to work though. We should have a Reversible KAL!

  • Catherine

    Regarding the incognita hat. Help! I can not understand from the beginning starting with the brim. Is it crochet? how many to cast on it says 8 but the brim looks wider than 8. What am I missing? Sometimes these directions are so pared down that they leave out the simple essential.

  • Catherine

    Regarding the incognita hat. Help! I can not understand from the beginning starting with the brim. Is it crochet? how many to cast on it says 8 but the brim looks wider than 8. What am I missing? Sometimes these directions are so pared down that they leave out the simple essential.

  • http://seekyogicstyle.wordpress.com TangerineSamurai

    Thanks for posting so many pics on your review! Really appreciate it as it totally helped me to decide that i really need to own this book. Thank you!

  • http://seekyogicstyle.wordpress.com/ TangerineSamurai

    Thanks for posting so many pics on your review! Really appreciate it as it totally helped me to decide that i really need to own this book. Thank you!

  • Catherine

    thanks for responding but I am still confused. Can you tell translate for me how to make the brim for the incognita hat? Thanks so much for the email!!

  • http://www.leethal.net/ Lee

    Well, what they call the “brim” is the body part of the hat that wraps around the head, knit in garter stitch, sideways. It's just a big strip of garter stitch, and once it's long enough, its grafted together to make a round piece for the hat. Then stitches are picked up all along one side and knit around for the crown.

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