- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Quince & Co.; Pap/Psc edition (Jan. 15 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986103985
- ISBN-13: 978-0986103988
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Texture Paperback – Jan 15 2017
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Praise for her most recent title, Home & Away: "This book makes me want to knit. Hannah has done what she does best--each design is edited to its most essential elements. What's left are effortlessly wearable garments that celebrate every stitch." -Lisa Shroyer, Editor, Interweave Knits Magazine "This book not only captures everything we want our knitted things to be, but also helps the knitter achieve great results by providing succinct, thoughtful spreads on our most common questions." -Amy Herzog, Founder, Customfit "Hannah Fettig is master of the simple, wearable, live-in-it sweater--the kind of thing that lives more on the chair back than in a drawer. The kind of thing you love and want to make more than once." -Pam Allen, Author, Knitting for Dummies
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In the introduction, designer Hannah Fettig explains: "I have been designing simple, wearable knitwear almost exclusively in Stockinette stitch since the beginning of my career. In 2010, I designed a sweater called the Rocky Coast Cardigan, which featured an all-over cable pattern. This was a departure for me, and knitters went crazy for it! ... I have continued to design in my beloved Stockinette stitch .... Meanwhile, I was still thinking about that cabled sweater. What if I did an entire collection of all-over textured knitwear? And what if I ... helped knitters take the leap from simple knit to textured stitch?"
This, in a nutshell, is the story of this book. The textured garment patterns are accompanied by modest technical designing instructions and tips (e.g., choosing yarn, measuring gauge in textured stitch pattern, reading your knitting, increasing and decreasing in stitch pattern, etc.). These are the important things that Fettig encountered in moving from stockinette to textured designs, but advanced intermediate and expert knitters will already be familiar with the technical material. There is NO glossary of textured stitch patterns.
The written-out (not charted) garment patterns are as follows: Pretty Little Cardi, Eventide Cardi, Jennie Drop Shoulder, Supermoon Kerchief, Boatyard Pullover, West End Cardigan, Wharf Street Pullover, Textured Hats and Mitts, Pierside Cardigan, Art Walk Cardi, Morning Jacket, Big Cable Cowl, and Big Texture Cowl. The patterns should be suitable for adventurous beginner or intermediate knitters. Because the patterns involve texture, they are mostly knit on US size 5 or size 6 needles.
Two of the designs, Boatyard Pullover and West End Cardigan, feature all-over moss stitch--something that you probably won't want to knit more than once in your life, even though moss stitch looks lovely!
If you love Hannah Fettig's design aesthetic, you'll want this book, but none of the designs appeal to me. The garments are too simple to be inspiring, and none look like they would be particularly interesting or challenging to knit.
I'm dismayed at the number of knitting books published lately that are badly produced. I recall a cable book with multiple errors in the samples and the instructions, and surely cable errors must be very obvious at least in the sample squares, so why not do it over and do it right? A knitting book with good designs but special abbreviations that are nowhere at all defined -- I spent a long frustrating evening looking and looking through that book for the abbreviations and they just weren't there; I googled the next day and found them in an errata published online, separately. Another bad production is a half-size stitch catalog where the samples don't show up clearly. This book "Texture" doesn't have those faults, though I can't tell about mistakes in the patterns, having not worked through them. The worst problem with this book is the small print: it is certainly two font sizes below standard, maybe more. I suppose a person who wanted to knit one of the sweaters could go to Office Depot and get it enlarged on special paper, but who goes to all that trouble? The book is nice and big and so the font used should be normal size, not shrunken nearly to unreadability.