This book combines various types of texture, color and motif knitting techniques in a novel fashion. If you want to add something VERY fresh to your knitting, this book can give you a lot of wonderfully fun ideas. Author Brit-Marie Christoffersson, who is Swedish, takes her inspiration from designs out of the traditional and vintage folk textiles of Scandinavia (small prints, those folkloric prints that were so popular in the Thirties through Fifties decades) along with the bright, blocky almost child-like colorwork from the Sixties and Seventies a la Marimekko.
The techniques range from adding beads, knitting motifs in the style of modular knitting (aka domino knitting aka mitered squares and more) and adding textural and colorful bands, tubular accents, linked motifs with holes, round holes, square holes, diamonds, bricks, checks, and bands linked by yarn strands imitating those thread insertions in French handsewing. The photos are large, well printed and have a lot of detail. The ideas are very fresh and exciting.
So, this book is sort of a stitch dictionary demonstrating these unusual techniques--and the cover gives you a good idea of the type of textural color work you'll find inside. There is a sweater schematic (flat shapes of a cardigan) and you can use that as a template to overlay with the netted motif knitting to make a mod lacy jacket, or you can essentially knit fabric with dense texture or colorful small repeats, almost a print, in a way, to make a printed cardigan. This is not a "knit me" pattern book of garments, however. Very few garments are demonstrated in the book. Instead, you are focusing on FABRIC. So you could adapt any of the ideas that catch your eye to, say, pillows or afghans, too. This book is about Texture, Pattern and Fabric.
Who will like this book? Designers and adventurous knitters who want to branch out and create something unique will find this a terrific resource. Or, someone who wants to make accents and appliques--you will be able to make some really creative designs. Who will want to pass on this book? If you are the type of knitter who finds motif knitting slow and boring, or if you want patterns to follow to create a garment, complete with sizes laid out for you, or if you like classical knitted lace, this is probably not for you.
The book is laid out as a typical stitch dictionary; the chapters are listed by technique:
two color garter, four rows
two color garter, three rows
apron designs (small print-like designs as on vintage apron and dishtowel fabrics)
slipped stitches and stockinette
slipped stitches and garter
slipped stitches that form welts
casting off and binding off within rows
cords on outer edges, bind off designs
braids, honeycombs, braided bands
holes and buttonholes
knitting in different directions
joining stitches in succession
vertical increases and decreases
shortened and lengthened rows