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Knit in New Directions: A Journey into Creativity

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Freeing knitters with all levels of experience to become involved in the creative process and still make a garment that is knit-to-fit, this template-based approach is not math-dependent and works for people whether they prefer a structured or more freeform process. Knit in New Directions introduces techniques that encourage knitters to just have fun: strip knitting, creative short rows, patchwork, crazy quilt, and free-form knitting. It then explains the other essential tool—full-scale templates. Knitters learn ...

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Overview

Freeing knitters with all levels of experience to become involved in the creative process and still make a garment that is knit-to-fit, this template-based approach is not math-dependent and works for people whether they prefer a structured or more freeform process. Knit in New Directions introduces techniques that encourage knitters to just have fun: strip knitting, creative short rows, patchwork, crazy quilt, and free-form knitting. It then explains the other essential tool—full-scale templates. Knitters learn to use the templates in the book and how to make one to their own measurements. Garment designs support each technique and template with two options. The Guided Tour provides full instructions for specific sizes as well as measure-as-you go versions. In the Alternative Routes, the template functions like a coloring book that allows the knitter to create completely new designs. Practical advice for how to achieve the best fit and finish is included with each design: blocking, a special stitch for seaming, and edge and embellishment options.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
07/01/2014
Wood (Crazy Lace) aims to liberate knitters in her latest book, which celebrates creative knitting—though despite a section in the introduction entitled "What Is Creative Knitting?" this reviewer is not entirely sure what it actually is. Based on the designs, however, readers will discover what it isn't: single-color, tailored, sedate garments and accessories. Wood's toolbox of techniques includes modular knitting, in which pieces are knitted individually and seamed together (or, if you dislike seaming, picked up and knit from a finished edge); strip knitting, in which the modular pieces are long strips attached with i-cord or seamed together; quilt block knitting, in which individual components (similar to quilt blocks) are seamed together to form a garment; and creative short rows, which make use of the properties of short-row knitting to simulate undulating waves in a garment. Wood's techniques lend themselves most to boldly colored, improvisational, boxy garments where the shaping is provided by the placement of the panels, rather than by traditional means. If that isn't your taste, this book won't be either. VERDICT Knitters who enjoy garments similar to those featured in Knitter's Magazine, as well as knitters with an interest in exploring improvisational and hybrid techniques, will be drawn to Wood's funky, functional knitwear.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933064284
  • Publisher: Xrx Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 165,357
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Myra Wood is a fiber artist, a designer, and the author of Crazy Lace and Creative Crochet Lace along with numerous published patterns in magazines and books. She has appeared on TV shows, including Knitty Gritty, Knit and Crochet Now, and Uncommon Threads, and teaches a wide range of knit and crochet classes in person and online. She lives in Sherman Oaks, California. Alexis Xenakis is the publisher of Knitter’s Magazine and XRX Books. His photography is featured in all XRX books. He lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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