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Modular Knits: New Techniques for Today's Knitters [Bargain Price] [Hardcover]

Iris Schreier
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Sept. 1 2005
A traditional knitting technique gets a new and easier spin, so that even beginners can master the process. Just dip into this comprehensive course, with themed tutorials--each with handy practice exercises--as well as simple instructions, charts, and 29 fabulous projects. Modular knitting is a bit like a game: you create designs in the same way you'd work a jigsaw puzzle--piece by piece. Start by completing one square, cube, or diamond, and then build on that by knitting additional basic figures and forms. Although the finished product looks complex, with its variety of shape and color changes, it's actually not hard at all. Start with a very easy patchwork square pillow, and move onto the rounded market bag, triangle hat, and zigzag scarf.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it! June 14 2006
Format:Hardcover
I've had this book for a few month now, in fact it was the first book I bought after a very long knitting hiatus for me. I'm not in knitting groups but a solidary knitter. I did only one tutorial before I dived in and started with the triangles scarf, the Diamond Blossom Scarf was next and it was so much fun! I made both purses and the flat hat - I couldn't stop - I just love this multidirectional way of knitting. I found out about the errata, which I was glad I was offered, instead of fiddling around (many other books have mistakes,but you can't find the corrections that easily) I am intrigued with this method and after knitting many projects from this book (every one is interesting) I was even able to design my own projects using the multidirectional design. Once you get into it, it's like an obsession. I've bought both of Iris's books and am waiting for her third one impatiently. Here you find a new way of knitting NOT something repeated, nothing you can find somewhere else. You have to be open for new directions of knitting (literally). I can finally use my beloved variegated yarn and the knitting looks good! I love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to learn June 14 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is the only book that I've ever used for more than one item. The techniques are different than other modular knits that I've done because Iris uses short-rows instead of picking up stitches. I found the tutorials easy to follow as long as I followed the directions and did not "over-think". There are quick projects as well as ones that are more challenging and take longer to complete. There is also a Yahoo group for knitters interested in this technique, with very helpful moderators as well as Iris herself. I've always loved knitting and learning new techniques and this book has held my interest for longer than others that I've purchased.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modular Knits is Innovative June 14 2006
Format:Hardcover
Rarely does one find something truly new and exciting....the techniques and patterns in Modular Knits will take you on a

wonderful knitting adventure.....come join me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book! June 14 2006
Format:Hardcover
I am currently knitting the "Sheer One-Piece Shawl"

and I cannot wait to get it finished, so I can wear it and show off.

The way to create anything from this book is inspiring and exciting. I love the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Portable Modular Knitting - a truly new technique Oct. 1 2005
By G. Stansifer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
With the (over)abundance of knitting books available at present, one must be very discriminating unless the book budget is unending. So many of the new offerings are just rehashes of the same-old same-old sweaters/coats/cardigans/etc, made in the same-old same-old way. This book introduces a truly new technique for making modular-style knits, which is one of the best ways of using variegated, hand-painted or other multi-colored yarns. And this form of modular knitting is portable, as it utilizes a unique short-row technique that eliminates the need for carrying innumerable balls of different colored yarns. I love all forms of modular knitting, but this one has the extra added benefit of me being able to carry it with me and, once the pattern is mastered, becoming "mindless" knitting. Added kudoes to Iris Schreier for making herself available via a Yahoo!group devoted to this knitting technique. She gives her advice selflessly. Highly recommended on all counts.
69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a different sort of knitting Sept. 21 2005
By S. Al-Amri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you like trying different sorts of knitting but don't feel like picking up stitches/sewing, then you will enjoy this book. It uses short row techniques to make some really pretty garments. I have made three of the scarves and a belt and they are addictive patterns. Waiting for yarn to arrive to make a shawl and then might try the vest. There are also a couple of bags (one felted and one not) that I will eventually do.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful New Book for Knitters! Aug. 4 2005
By Suzy Q - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Perfect book if you love hand-painted yarn and want it to look as good in

your knitted piece as it does on the hank. It shows you through tutorials

and 25 projects how to maximize the beauty of the yarn by turning and knitting to create interesting designs.

Most of the chapters teach a way to knit in continuous modules without having to cut yarn or pick up stitches and

the last one teaches traditional modular knitting. This is totally new stuff, so if you're adventuresome

and want to expand your knitting abilities, you'll love it.
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Inspirational Knitting Book I Own! Nov. 12 2005
By Audrey C. Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In the three months I have owned Iris's "Modular Knits," I have been more inspired and more productive than in the five decades that I have been knitting. The designs are indeed works of art, appearing almost multi-dimensional as a result of the multi-directional techniques. The support that the author provides in an on-line listserve makes a great offering even better. I wouldn't part with this delightful volume! I know that the skills covered in this volume with eventually result not only in some wonderful knitted garments and accessories, but in some daring design work of my own. This is a must have for any knitting buff!!!
100 of 110 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book of enticing designs full of errors Sept. 9 2006
By Judith Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been fascinated with modular knitting for years and teach the technique at yarn shops. This book has some unusual techniques to share and the designs are first-rate. HOWEVER, there are errors galore. I've worked my way through about 4 of the 'tutorials' and hit the wall every time due to errors in the pattern. I had some experienced knitting friends attempt the tutorials and patterns as well and they all had the same experience--errors galore that make it impossible to execute the designs.

The author apparently wants the readers to join one of her discussion groups to get "help" with the patterns (she won't admit that the book is lousy with errata). My feelings are that if she doesn't have the time to properly edit her book, I certainly don't have the time to join her silly discussion group.

If you like puzzles, this is a great book. If you expect a well-written knitting book with accurate instructions, save your money and buy one of the other wonderful books on this technique on the market (Hoxbro, Luters, etc.). My copy will probably go to the recycling bin.

PS: Sorry Iris, I've been knitting for over 30 years and the 'problems' in this book are not due to my lack of understanding. Get yourself a good editor!
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