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Pop Knitting: Bold Motifs Using Color & Stitch Paperback – May 22 2012
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"Break the mold and go bold! Why not let this handicraft consultant (Sweden) teach you a thing or two about innovative knitwear. It is definitely worth looking at, for the inspiration alone!" - Can Do Books, Australia
"This is definitely not just another stitch book." - Halcyon Yarn
"When this book crossed my desk, I looked at the cover and thought, 'Wow, this looks cheerful, but not really my style'. I fully expected that I would flip through it, tell you how pretty it was, and then move on. But...instead, I was blown away." - KnittingScholar.com
"Cool Book! Mix bright colors, interesting stitches and textures and a renowned designer and you get this book." - CraftGossip.com
"This is a book for a swatcher, for the adventuresome knitter who isn't afraid to add a motif to a knitting pattern or strike out on their own to create something amazing." --Craft Gossip
About the Author
Britt-Marie Christoffersson is an innovative knitwear and textile designer. She is a former member of the 10 Group (10-gruppen), known for their bold colorwork and graphic designs. Britt-Marie has worked with a variety of international exhibits and teaches complimentary workshops as a handicraft consultant. She lives in Halmstad, Sweden.
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There are no garment patterns, but dozens of samples of motifs worked out in a rainbow of fine, regular yarns which are accessible to everyone.
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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
Highly recommended. Not for beginners.
What's more, in many of the beautifully shot patterns (remember, these are blocked and stretched pics of only the BEST examples) it would have been nice to see what all that contorting of the stitches would do to the BACK of the fabric, but they don't share that very important detail in any more than a couple of patterns. Even a simple, smaller insert on the page would help illustrate what the stitches do, in the absence of any illustrations.
If you are a chart person, you're also out of luck as the only chart used illustrates holes in the knitting. I'm no expert charter but illustrating absence is the simplest thing you can do and illustrating holes is all there is in the way of charts.
I'm not saying this isn't a good book, it is. Why would I say this after being so critical? With as much experience as I have and with the absence of so much instruction, the only way I can figure out what I want to know is to knit a swatch. Any book that makes me want to knit the patterns of what they're presenting, as quickly as I want to, and I'd say that this book is pretty succesful. However that is my opinion and you might not see it as kindly.
The actual stitch pattern is printed in a clear font and yes, yes, the author uses double spacing between each row of instruction. This layout really helps me to keep track of what I'm doing. When applicable, multiples are listed right at the top (how many stitches one needs to complete the pattern on one row). This makes all the difference in being able to transfer this into your design. If blocks are used, the amount of stitches is listed right at the top of the pattern. In addition, in the latter part of the book, there are instructions to lead you through the technical end of all this color work.
This is all about design. If you have an idea for a sweater that needs something to jazz it up or if you just want to make a one of a kind blanket (or afghan if you prefer), then this book will guide you along the way. I am a beginner at knitting so I'm not too sure this would be for me, just yet, but with time and the instructions included, I can see that one day I could make my own knitted fabric. But for now, all you intermediate and advanced knitters, have at it!