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!

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