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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.
48 of 49 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!!!
60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Learning and practicing some Techniques June 29 2006
By S. Katley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has an excellent support forum for helping its readers through some of the technical quibbles one will find frequently scattered through this book. On almost every pattern, there will be errata so the naive reader should look at the Artyarns website for corrections or join the helpful multidirectional forum accessible through the Yahoo groups section for help.

Quite honestly, it mystifies me why this book receives the amount of 5-star praise that it does. It has lots of pattern errata (I don't know if this was from poor editing or simply a rush to get it into print - one star off for me). The garment patterns are somewhat so-so from a fashion standpoint (The bullseye cap - while excellently showcasing a certain technique - isn't really all that attractive - perhaps the choice of black and white contrast yarn in the photo is too strong. A more subtle gradation of color may have worked? I think my inital problem with the patterns of this book may be due to the heavy reliance on variegated and novelty yarn in this book. In my wardrobe, I prefer more solid colors, or subtle color shifts or muted patterns that are not so 'busy.' (Another star off from me.)

I think where this book really shines is in the 'knitting for the home' and accessories department as well as the 'design' department. There are some nice scarf and shawl patterns in this book that are likely to appeal to someone and the pillow patterns are fun, decorative and amenable to the Multidrectional technique. Speaking of Modular knitting, I like how this book encourages you to practice the techniques on little swatches. Your collection of little swatches can open a whole host of inspiration to designing your own patterns.

Do I consider this a requirement in a Knitter's library? Well, I think it depends on what you prefer. I like knitting clothes more than I like knitting accessories so for me, this book is somewhat in the category of: 'it would be nice as a gift, but I don't really need it.' I think if one was looking for a way to knit multidirectional without needing to join yarns and loved working with variegated and novelty yarn, this would be a good book. If one was looking for some nice home patterns or accessories patterns, this would be a nice book.

Now a rant - beware!: It really irks me that knitting books, in general, feel no obligation to edit their books properly on first printing (people are right that it's not fair to single out Modular Knits alone - LOTS of knitting books participate in this manner - unfortunately. If readers are going to the trouble of buying a technical book, we rely on those books to be technically correct. English teachers don't like to see bad grammar in books or essays. Scientists who publish books want to be as accurate and precise as possible before they publish their hypotheses and theories. Why should crafting books be any different? Too much errata in books just speaks volumes about lazy editing and writing, in my opinion. I plead with knitting writers to spend a little more time on good technical editing!

My feelings on this book are sort of like/dislike. There is enough errata scattered in this book to be downright annoying. However, this book is great for the knitter who also wants to design his/her own patterns. There are lots of techniques to try here to get the creative wheels turning. The patterns are fun to work with while practicing these new techniques, although the garment patterns are not that appealing to me. The patterns highlight variegated yarns in interesting ways: from geometric shapes to angles to mitered squares. I strongly recommend the reader to first check it out at your local library or go to your local bookstore and BROWSE it first. If you like the patterns in it, great! Unfortunately, I can't share the enthusiasm some people have about this book.

How I feel about this book: "Meh." 2.5 stars/5 stars
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