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Rowan's Season's Tale: Thirty Projects to Knit in English Tweeds [Paperback]

Kim Hargreaves
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little excitement, ordinary sweaters Oct. 11 2001
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I can't ever say that I've looked through a knitting book and wished that the photographer had paid more attention to the scenery that to the sweaters. I felt that way with this book. I think the location was Scotland, which could have been fun to see, but unfortunately most of the location is blurred or cramped by the shot. This is unfortunate because the sweaters were, for the most part, so disappointing that if the landscapes were better, the book might have made me a lot happier. Hargreaves published a fantastic book many years ago, with very stylish, sometimes intricate, but truly beautiful sweaters. For many years she's been one of Rowan Yarns' lead designers, especially favored by those of us who weren't Kaffe Fassett fans. Her sweaters are normally innovative but not way-out, striking and easy to make, feminine without being silly or childish -- in summary, truly wonderful. She's had a flair with Rowan yarns, coming up with designs for every walk of life or moment of your life, from casual to formal, outdoors to party chic. But in this book, she seems to have lost her inspiration. The intent of the sweaters is to present styles for the return of the old Rowanspun line of yarn (I'd prefer they returned their lightweight and DK weight lambswools!). The yarn aside, too many of the sweaters have a clumsy look to them, and too many are commonplace -- cropped crew neck cardigans or cropped sleeveless pullovers, things you could knit yourself without even thinking. I did like two of the sweaters, but not enough to purchase the yarn and make the effort at knitting them. I'm glad that I purchased the book, because like with Rowan magazines, it is a quality product, nicely printed and a good collector's item, but you may be as disappointed as I was in the dullness of these ordinary sweaters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The basics and beyond Jan. 20 2002
Format:Paperback
This book contains some glorious patterns--the cropped diagonal aran knit is especially inspiring. I've only had time to briefly run through the patterns but many appear to be fairly easily adaptable to larger sizes and/or the use of different yarns. Someone mentioned earlier that some of the designs are "ordinary" and basic. I personally don't own a lot of patterns so it's nice to have a book that has inspirational designs I may never make as well as others I can use as a template for my own designs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoorah Kim! Oct. 17 2001
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I am a fan of Kim Hargreaves because of her simple clean designs. Her patterns in this book not only showcase the beautiful new wools and colors of Rowan this season but the sweaters are fashionable. The sweaters mirror the boxy clean lines of todays fashions. I look forward to making every one of them. The book itself is also very well done and beautiful to look at. I only wish there were more books by Kim to collect.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but... Feb. 11 2002
Format:Paperback
Nicely done but too many repeats from their Fall/Winter book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little excitement, ordinary sweaters Oct. 11 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I can't ever say that I've looked through a knitting book and wished that the photographer had paid more attention to the scenery that to the sweaters. I felt that way with this book. I think the location was Scotland, which could have been fun to see, but unfortunately most of the location is blurred or cramped by the shot. This is unfortunate because the sweaters were, for the most part, so disappointing that if the landscapes were better, the book might have made me a lot happier. Hargreaves published a fantastic book many years ago, with very stylish, sometimes intricate, but truly beautiful sweaters. For many years she's been one of Rowan Yarns' lead designers, especially favored by those of us who weren't Kaffe Fassett fans. Her sweaters are normally innovative but not way-out, striking and easy to make, feminine without being silly or childish -- in summary, truly wonderful. She's had a flair with Rowan yarns, coming up with designs for every walk of life or moment of your life, from casual to formal, outdoors to party chic. But in this book, she seems to have lost her inspiration. The intent of the sweaters is to present styles for the return of the old Rowanspun line of yarn (I'd prefer they returned their lightweight and DK weight lambswools!). The yarn aside, too many of the sweaters have a clumsy look to them, and too many are commonplace -- cropped crew neck cardigans or cropped sleeveless pullovers, things you could knit yourself without even thinking. I did like two of the sweaters, but not enough to purchase the yarn and make the effort at knitting them. I'm glad that I purchased the book, because like with Rowan magazines, it is a quality product, nicely printed and a good collector's item, but you may be as disappointed as I was in the dullness of these ordinary sweaters.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoorah Kim! Oct. 17 2001
By Bonnie A. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a fan of Kim Hargreaves because of her simple clean designs. Her patterns in this book not only showcase the beautiful new wools and colors of Rowan this season but the sweaters are fashionable. The sweaters mirror the boxy clean lines of todays fashions. I look forward to making every one of them. The book itself is also very well done and beautiful to look at. I only wish there were more books by Kim to collect.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basics and beyond Jan. 20 2002
By T. Maddox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book contains some glorious patterns--the cropped diagonal aran knit is especially inspiring. I've only had time to briefly run through the patterns but many appear to be fairly easily adaptable to larger sizes and/or the use of different yarns. Someone mentioned earlier that some of the designs are "ordinary" and basic. I personally don't own a lot of patterns so it's nice to have a book that has inspirational designs I may never make as well as others I can use as a template for my own designs.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but... Feb. 11 2002
By CLÉMENT ARSENAULT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nicely done but too many repeats from their Fall/Winter book.
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