Iris Schreier's Reversible Knits: Creative Techniques for Knitting Both Sides Right

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"For me, the design has to be intentional...so that both sides are beautiful and balanced . . . If both knitted sides are similar—or even completely different from each other—the piece is reversible in a way that much, if not most, knitwear is not. Either side can be public." --Iris Schreier
What a winning combination: celebrated author Iris Schreier, 24 exquisite projects, and dozens of in-demand techniques that result in garments that look great on both sides. Using knit/purl,...
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Overview

"For me, the design has to be intentional...so that both sides are beautiful and balanced . . . If both knitted sides are similar—or even completely different from each other—the piece is reversible in a way that much, if not most, knitwear is not. Either side can be public." --Iris Schreier
What a winning combination: celebrated author Iris Schreier, 24 exquisite projects, and dozens of in-demand techniques that result in garments that look great on both sides. Using knit/purl, two-color, double knitting, cable, lace, and modular knitting methods, Iris creates beautiful shrugs, shawls, scarves, throws, hats, socks, and more. Some of the items actually have different looks on the front and back while others simply show the same clean, finished fabric throughout. Iris walks novices through all the essentials, then shares modern adaptations of classic stitches, illuminated by photos of hand-knitted swatches. As a bonus, there’s a super-handy yarn substitution chart and an appendix with extra variations for advanced knitters. Knitters of all skill levels can now achieve true “revers-atility”!
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/15/2013
"Reversible knitting" sounds a little intimidating, but at its most basic it's garter stitch, in which each row is knitted, or a simple ribbed pattern, where a predictable knit-purl pattern is offset but equal on both sides. At its most complex, reversible knitting includes advanced techniques such as double knitting or cablework on both sides of the item. Schreier (Lacy Little Knits: Clingy, Soft, and a Little Risqué) explores the possibilities of reversible knitwear and accessories in this collection of contemporary patterns. Many of the projects are suitable for beginners, and most are small and quick to make, allowing knitters new to reversible knitting the opportunity to experiment with new methods on a small scale. Schreier's yarn choices add to the interest of many of the projects and can be unexpected, as is the case with the cabled collar knit with superfine mohair. VERDICT There's enough here to get novices started with any of the reversible knitting techniques, but those who get hooked on double-knitting should look for Alasdair Post-Quinn's Extreme Double Knitting: New Adventures in Reversible Colorwork, which is a more thorough guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454708421
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 425,727
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Iris Schreier’s time spent working in the Soho district of New York City exposed her to fresh and hip urban street fashions. She has a passion for designing and uncovering new techniques that simplify established processes. Iris owns a popular yarn company, Art Yarns (artyarns.com), and her work has been published in numerous periodicals, including VOGUE Knitting and Knitter’s Magazine. Iris’s previous books include Lacy Little Knits, Modular Knits, and Exquisite Little Knits (all Lark).
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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    The One Knitting Book You Must Buy This Year

    There is something for everyone in this book. The pictures are a delight, the patterns are seriously-fun to knit.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    Iris Schreier's best to date!

    I've been a fan of MODULAR KNITS and Artyarns. In REVERSIBLE KNITS, Schreier presents patterns for knits with two right sides, divided among six concepts. Although some of the ideas may initially seem daunting, the directions are so clear that any person who can read a knitting pattern can easily read her patterns. However, the book does not simply offer patterns; each othe six concepts is well-explained so the knitter understands what he or she is doing with each stitch.

    Because Artyarns yarns tend to be expensive (and so worth every cent), the book includes a chart of suitable yarn substitutions, ranging from inexpensive and available at any craft store, to higher end yarns available only either online or in a local yarn shop.

    My only issue with this book is that it is not spiral bound. I believe that all knitting books and music books should be spiral bound. If this book is ever rereleased in softcover, I strongly recommend purchasing it and taking it to an office-supply shop to have a spiral binding inserted.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Great Knitting Book

    A wonderful book full of knitting instructions. Would recommend to any knitter

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