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The Best of Rowan: 50 Designer Knitting Patterns Hardcover – Nov 1 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883010578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010577
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 23.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #764,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful patterns, but several are only in 1 (medium) size. I wonder why?
I'm not an expert enough knitter to confidentally upsize at this point. That is a flaw in an otherwise very good book.
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The Best of Rowan provides a wonderful selection of Kaffe Fassett classics plus designs by other leading knitwear designers. The book provides clear, easy instruction with excellent layout. Despite many of the yarns featured having been discontinued, Rowan provide substitutions on their website which means all the designs can be made using yarns produced today. An excellent buy for anyone interesting in intarsia knitting as well as plain colour work with superb pattern sequences.
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By A Customer on Feb. 26 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book, however, it's mainly for advanced knitters. Most of the patterns have complicated colorwork requiring many, many colors (which is exactly why they're so beautiful). Only a few are textured, very very few are simple. Also, mostly they call for yarns that I don't believe Rowan makes any more. If you're comfortable with substitution, that's fine, but I wonder how difficult it would be with a pattern involving 25 colors. Also, almost all the patterns call for wool yarn and are cold-weather sweaters. i.e. almost no cotton or lighter sweaters. Many of the women's patterns are flowery and girly (which I consider a drawback as it's not my taste). I liked the men's sweaters better. Also don't get it if you're looking for children's patterns (there were only 2 or 3, mostly for girls). But I'm glad I got the book, as there are several sweaters that are simply gorgeous, and perhaps one day I'll be brave enough to attempt one. Although I got the book... at a [local] store - if I'd paid full price I might have been disappointed (I consider myself an intermediate knitter right now and haven't really done much color knitting yet.)
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By A Customer on Feb. 1 2001
Format: Hardcover
Interesting book, and if you are not familiar with Rowan, a good addition to your knitting library.
However, many of the designs (Fassett's, among others) are already available in other books, so you might want to see how much duplication you will have. Kaffe's Classics has many of his patterns that were not in Glorious Knitting.
That said, it is still a nice book.
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