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Kaffe Fassett's Pattern Library: Over 190 Creative Knitwear Designs Hardcover – Sep 1 2003


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (Sept. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561586633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561586639
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.7 x 28.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #393,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

"Color and pattern are my obsessions, and playing with them in different mediums leads to a stimulating life." Kaffe Fassett enjoys worldwide artistic recognition for his visionary, organic and instinctive uses of color and pattern inspired by centuries of decorative arts and the compelling world of nature. He is the first textile designer to be given a one-person show at both the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. He also is a leading fabric designer for Rowan Patchwork and Quilting and the leading knitwear designer for Rowan Yarns. Born and raised in San Francisco, Kaffe moved to London to Paint at the age of 19. He became a permanent London resident in 1964 and from London, travels, exhibits and teaches around the world.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman on March 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
Kaffe Fassett is an artist using textiles (knits, quilts, needlepoint) and paint. His style is to use a sort of ornamentation-on-steroids, a wild profusion of color and pattern to create a wash of color with pattern that looks logical in its confusion. His work never fails to amaze me. If you liked his earlier knit books, this Pattern Library is a really valuable addition. Instead of sweater patterns, this book has detailed charts of the designs and hints on how to knit them (such as the popular round Persian Poppy pattern that you can knit using a "magic ball" or random strands of yarn tied into a giant raggedy ball that yields fascinating results.) For those who design their own vests, pullovers, jumpers and coats, this is a really valuable reference book. Personally, I'd just use it to knit pillows and not even worry about creating a garment with the patterns. Plenty of color photos, detailed shots and a nice printing job, too. Highly recommended for knitters who love colorwork.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on June 29 2004
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My mother got me started knitting when I was five years old. Admittedly my first scarves were trapezoidal marvels as I lost or split stitches, but I've enjoyed the hobby ever since. Kaffe Fassett's book of designs is an incredible resource. Not only are there useful designs for the knitter, but needlepoint, cross-stitch and other enthusiasts of handwork will also find wonderful ideas for their artwork. I used a pattern of flowers taken from the book to design a decorative band for the front of an otherwise very plain swing coat sweater, and I have yarn now for a similar sweater using another, broader floral pattern for the lower edge of another garment. Really, if you're tired of the routine, this book--an eye pleaser just as something to look at--will give you tons of ideas for your own designs.
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I have always loved Kaffee Fasset's designs but some of the sweaters have become a little dated. This pattern book allows you to take you favourite designs and apply them to current colour ways and 21st century sweaters and such.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Colorwork on steroids, a valuable reference for handknitters March 18 2004
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kaffe Fassett is an artist using textiles (knits, quilts, needlepoint) and paint. His style is to use a sort of ornamentation-on-steroids, a wild profusion of color and pattern to create a wash of color with pattern that looks logical in its confusion. His work never fails to amaze me. If you liked his earlier knit books, this Pattern Library is a really valuable addition. Instead of sweater patterns, this book has detailed charts of the designs and hints on how to knit them (such as the popular round Persian Poppy pattern that you can knit using a "magic ball" or random strands of yarn tied into a giant raggedy ball that yields fascinating results.) For those who design their own vests, pullovers, jumpers and coats, this is a really valuable reference book. Personally, I'd just use it to knit pillows and not even worry about creating a garment with the patterns. Plenty of color photos, detailed shots and a nice printing job, too. Highly recommended for knitters who love colorwork.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Incredible resource June 29 2004
By Atheen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My mother got me started knitting when I was five years old. Admittedly my first scarves were trapezoidal marvels as I lost or split stitches, but I've enjoyed the hobby ever since. Kaffe Fassett's book of designs is an incredible resource. Not only are there useful designs for the knitter, but needlepoint, cross-stitch and other enthusiasts of handwork will also find wonderful ideas for their artwork. I used a pattern of flowers taken from the book to design a decorative band for the front of an otherwise very plain swing coat sweater, and I have yarn now for a similar sweater using another, broader floral pattern for the lower edge of another garment. Really, if you're tired of the routine, this book--an eye pleaser just as something to look at--will give you tons of ideas for your own designs.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great for creative reference Nov. 22 2006
By Tnafbrat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The best thing about this book is it's so full of design patterns. Having the charts for colorful designwork is handy. So many books are full of the actual garment patterns, this one is full of the design patterns making it easy for the creative knitter to find a design and adapt it to whatever knitting project they choose. It's great for the experienced knitter, however, it may not be the best or most useful for a new knitter although, it's definately one for the new knitter to have in their library as inspiration and future use.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Most cost-efficient resource for "do it all yourself" Dec 15 2004
By Svetlana Piner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Excellent resource for color work. And I mean color work as in knitting, embroidery, tapestry, mosaic. Doubles as all of that! This was my first book by Kaffe. Now I own a half dozen of them. And love them all.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Kaffe Fassett's Pattern Library Jan. 11 2009
By M. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Nothing new here for Kaffe Fassett fans as it's a library of his patterns from the past. However, because the shapes in his older books are so large and oversized, this allows the knitter to take his patterns and adapt them to more modern shapes. Inspirational as usual.


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