KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave

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Overview

All over North America and Europe, a brand-new generation has taken up knitting—and is transforming the venerable needlecraft by blurring the boundary between craft and art. In Copenhagen, Denmark, Isabel Berglund hand-knit an entire room. In New England, Dave Cole constructed an enormous "knitting machine" (he used excavators and utility poles) that knit an 800-stitch, 35-by-20-foot American flag. But the projects aren't all of a monumental scale. In Los Angeles, Bridget Marrin knits little dollhouses—complete ...
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Overview

All over North America and Europe, a brand-new generation has taken up knitting—and is transforming the venerable needlecraft by blurring the boundary between craft and art. In Copenhagen, Denmark, Isabel Berglund hand-knit an entire room. In New England, Dave Cole constructed an enormous "knitting machine" (he used excavators and utility poles) that knit an 800-stitch, 35-by-20-foot American flag. But the projects aren't all of a monumental scale. In Los Angeles, Bridget Marrin knits little dollhouses—complete with lawns, shrubbery, and smoke-filled chimneys, all made of yarn. Using surgical wire, Indiana-based knitter Althea Merback hand-knits sweaters smaller than a dime.

Five years ago, Sabrina Gschwandtner founded a 'zine to tackle the blurry edge between craft and fine art. Now, her book KnitKnit brings together profiles of 27 of the most talented artist-crafters knitting today. But KnitKnit does more than just document their ingenious creations. Each of the profiled knitters has contributed a project—a sweatshirt kimono, a mohair and metal belt, a pair of high-heeled boots, a geodesic-patterned cap, even a teddy bear knit from fiberglass insulation—meant to inspire you to find and follow your own creative path.
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Editorial Reviews

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Gschwandtner is an artist and founder of KnitKnit, a limited-edition journal exploring the links between fine art and crafts. KnitKnitthe book is a fascinating read, profiling a new generation of art knitters motivated more by ideas than by the technical aspects of their craft. Artists profiled range from creative mainstream knitwear designers like Norah Gaughan, who bases many of her designs on abstract forms found in nature, to avant-garde artists like Dave Cole, who used heavy-duty construction equipment and knitting needles made of 25-foot aluminum poles to knit a 25' by 20' American flag. Each of the 25 knitters profiled has contributed an original project to the book to encourage the reader to explore the possibilities of knitting as an art form. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.


—Jan Zlendich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584796312
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 872,696
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

SABRINA GSCHWANDTNER holds a BA in art/semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from Bard College. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally at such venues as the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and the Fleming Museum, Vermont. She is the founder of KnitKnit, a biannual artists' publication dedicated to the intersection of traditional handcraft and contemporary art. Gschwandtner lives in New York City. You can visit her website at knitknit.net.

KIRIKO SHIROBAYASHI is an award-winning New York-based photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Houston Center for Photography and the National Museum of Belarus, among other venues. Her work was featured in Stewart, Tabori and Chang's Knitting for Peace and appears regularly in magazines in the U.S. and abroad.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Radical Knitting Inspiration, Male Knit Artists

    Not your grandmother's knitting book. Artist/knitters featured in Gschwandtner's Knitknit Internet zine describe their art, backgrounds, inspirations, and present a pattern. Lots of great pictures of projects too large, expensive, complicated, or impractical to knit for personal use. (A 14 ft. fiberglass teddy bear. Miniature 1/12th" socks. A Lady GaGa Tube Dress. Really?)
    Some artists in this book inspired me so much that I researched them and found other books and patterns by them that I CAN knit. And, most importantly for me, in this process I learned new techniques and new ways to look at knitting. Auerbach's geodesic hat IS practical to knit. I found a similar pattern in DIY Knitty Gritty Knits: 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects. Gaughan's purse pattern was too complicated for me, however, her Lopi knitting book is one of the best sweater construction books I've used.
    Men who knit may be inspired by Dave Cole who shows knitting closely related to engineering (civil and electrical); Jim Drain, who has a BFA in sculpture,provides a Renaissance Festival gem: a metallic Sweatshirt Kimono; and David Gentzsch who provides a lesson in felting wool yarn
    This book is well worth reading for the stories of artists, particularly young and counter-culture artists who have found their voices in an unexpected form.
    After reading this book, I see knitting through new eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    The best knitting book I own

    This is a gorgeous book, with fascinating profiles of imaginative and talented knitters. Best of all each knitter contributed a pattern to the book - my favorites are a suede handbag (Norah Gaughan) and a sixteen foot tall fiberglass teddy bear (Dave Cole).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    A fascinating art book

    This seems to me more of an art book than a craft book, though I don't really need to define what I see in here, which is stuff I just love! The profiles of these people are well-written, the design is eye-popping, and the knitting patterns (a total bonus, as far as I'm concerned) are clear and laid-out well. You can knit from this book, you can learn from it, you can imagine yourself to be one of these fabulous people...I ordered five copies as early Xmas presents!

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