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Family Circle Easy Sweaters: 50 Knit and Crochet Projects Hardcover – May 1 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (May 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931543119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931543118
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 22.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 798 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #741,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like the earlier Family Circle: Easy Afghans, this is a compilation of patterns originally published in the magazine Family Circle Easy Knitting. Truth be told, most of the designs are knitted, but four crocheted designs are also included. This book should have wide appeal in public libraries because the yarns featured will be readily available through local yarn stores or mail order and many of the patterns cover a wide range of sizes. There are many companion knits for the family and a good selection of men's sweaters. As with Easy Afghans, some of the designs designated for intermediate knitters might be a tad into the advanced knitter range, but all of the projects are attainable by the average knitter. Generally recommended for even the smallest public library.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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I love several of the patterns in this book. I would describe myself as a knitting novice but still found myself very comfortable with most of the patterns.
The book actually breaks down the sweater into categories such as "beginner" or "intermediate" which I've found very useful. I've limited myself to beginner sweaters so far. The other nice thing about this book is that it gives the complete information for the yarn that is used. This makes substituting very easy since the yarns used tend to be on the pricey side. I am making a sweater from this book right now and it would have cost me $$$ to use the yarn listed but I was able to substitue for only a quarter of the cost...
One thing to note, most of the patterns are for knitters. If you are looking for a book of crocheted sweaters I would recomend that you keep looking. I found only four crochet patterns and only two of them were at the beginner level.
There are patterns for women, men and kids. I actually found a pattern that my DH likes as well. The patterns are very stylish and as a 20-something I liked almost all of them.
The only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars is the small number of crocheted patterns. I find the title to be a bit deceptive.
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By CML on Aug. 26 2002
Format: Hardcover
There are only a handful of crochet patterns in this book. The bulk of the patterns are for knitters. However, there are some very nice things in here.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Very easy sweaters! Oct. 28 2003
By Natalie Morales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love several of the patterns in this book. I would describe myself as a knitting novice but still found myself very comfortable with most of the patterns.
The book actually breaks down the sweater into categories such as "beginner" or "intermediate" which I've found very useful. I've limited myself to beginner sweaters so far. The other nice thing about this book is that it gives the complete information for the yarn that is used. This makes substituting very easy since the yarns used tend to be on the pricey side. I am making a sweater from this book right now and it would have cost me $$$ to use the yarn listed but I was able to substitue for only a quarter of the cost...
One thing to note, most of the patterns are for knitters. If you are looking for a book of crocheted sweaters I would recomend that you keep looking. I found only four crochet patterns and only two of them were at the beginner level.
There are patterns for women, men and kids. I actually found a pattern that my DH likes as well. The patterns are very stylish and as a 20-something I liked almost all of them.
The only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars is the small number of crocheted patterns. I find the title to be a bit deceptive.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing for this crocheter Oct. 18 2006
By ShannonCC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Thankfully I got this from the library (I try not to buy a book unless I've checked it out a few times first).

I'm giving this book 3 stars because even though the knitting patterns might be great (I don't know, I don't knit) they really should just make it a knitting book and get it over with. The subtitle states "50 Knit and Crochet Projects" but what they really meant to say is "46 Knit Projects and 4 Crochet Ones Thrown In There So We Could Get Crocheters To Buy The Book". I'm not kidding, there were a total of FOUR crochet sweaters in the entire book (I counted). Of the four crochet projects, two are very similar in look (big, open holes, simple sweaters). Another is a granny square sweater that's nice looking and the fourth is a really nice sweater I might try to make so I might get something out of it after all. Still, if I had paid for this book I'd be mighty ticked off.

I also think that if you are having a book with knitting and crochet, you should have an easy way to find one or the other. An index would be nice, or have the crochet in one section, knit in another. Instead, all the sweaters are listed under their themes (Easy Does It, Tropical Coolers, etc) with knit on one page, crochet on the next, knit on the next 20, etc.

I'm sure it's a lovely book for beginning knitters, I just think they should take out the four token crochet patterns and focus on knitting instead of trying to play both fields.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bland designs, but useful Nov. 19 2007
By Irene Fuerst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether a design strikes you as interesting is a matter of taste, so it's hard to pass judgement, but I was disappointed when the book arrived. I bought it because I have some old issues of the Family Circle Easy Knitting magazine and liked the patterns, but I thought this book contained the dullest ones. The majority seem to have an oversized fit, dropped shoulders, and/or knit with bulky yarn, three features that I don't like. They also use colors I don't care for, but that's easy to change.

I was set to send it back when I took a second look and decided there were a few things I could see myself wearing, and there were a few things I could see other people wearing. The shaping is simple. There are patterns for children and men as well as women.

Overall a good beginner/unchallenging intermediate book, just not exciting or innovative. Vogue's Very Easy Knits is more interesting, but also a notch more difficult.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Easy Sweaters Jan. 2 2013
By Mrs. Connelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I did not like this book. Most patterns were not for crochet. I don't remember if the cover mentioned how many were crocheted but, if it did not I wish it would have had an indication or I wish I had not missed that bit of info. They were not what I expected.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not for crocheters March 19 2010
By Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Agree completely with prior review that says they should have just stuck to knitting. Putting 4 out of 50 patterns in the book for crochet is silly. Either make it more even (say 20 out of 50?) or drop the few crochet projects and just call it a knitting book. The reason I give it two stars is that the patterns are nice, and I might do one. But 1 out of 50 isn't super.


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