Knitting from the Center Out: An Introduction to Revolutionary Knitting with 28 Modern Projects

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In Knitting from the Center Out, Daniel Yuhas teaches knitters the fascinating technique of starting a project with just a few stitches and knitting outward, in revolutions (or circles). The book features 28 mesmerizing projects, ranging from baby blankets and lace shawls to sweaters and stuffed toys, and also includes tutorials for the minimal skills required for center-out knitting, such as special cast-ons, increases, and decreases. Throughout the book are enlightening explanations of the underlying math and ...

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Overview

In Knitting from the Center Out, Daniel Yuhas teaches knitters the fascinating technique of starting a project with just a few stitches and knitting outward, in revolutions (or circles). The book features 28 mesmerizing projects, ranging from baby blankets and lace shawls to sweaters and stuffed toys, and also includes tutorials for the minimal skills required for center-out knitting, such as special cast-ons, increases, and decreases. Throughout the book are enlightening explanations of the underlying math and the architecture of the flat and dimensional shapes. Clear instructions and beautiful photography and illustrations assure that knitters of all levels and inclinations—whether they are technique junkies or not—will want to have this book.

Praise for Knitting From the Center Out:

“Though he delivers almost thirty projects in this premiere volume, Yuhas is just warming up. We'll be hearing more from him: Someday we'll look back and say, this is the book that launched a thousand cone hats.” —Vogue Knitting

“It’s not often I find myself wanting to knit a whole bunch of projects from the same book, but there are plenty of things here that would be fun to explore in the knitting and that I’d enjoy wearing and using as well. I’d knit all the toys for my daughter.” —About.com

“Odd. Even geeky. Yet there’s no question that Portland-based revolutionary knitter Yuhas is onto something. His premise is simple: start knitting at the middle/center of the item, which he categorizes into five shapes: tubes, cones, circles, domes, and ruffles. What’s so odd? His mathematical sidebars (on Fibonacci, for instance) and a few titles in his recommended reading: Michael S. Schneider’s A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe (1994), for one.” Booklist Starred Review

“His passion for the topic is apparent, and adventurous knitters will appreciate the opportunity to learn something new here.” —Library Journal

“Clear instructions and beautiful photography ensure that knitters of all levels and inclinations—technique junkies or not—will want this book.” —Modern Day Moms

“We love the sorting hat . . . You can be the Gryffindor of your dreams. . . . He has figured out the science . . . and we can all benefit from that.” —Knitcircus podcast

“So I commend Yuhas for writing a ‘revolutionary,’ original book with lots of good new ideas that will give new and experienced knitters alike lots of challenges and pleasure. The book retails for about $28, which comes out to $1 per pattern; well worth the price. This is a Melanie Falick Book from STC Craft. I have to say, Melanie picked another winner with this one.” —MyCentralJersey.com

“The best part about this book was the section ‘Tutorials.’ Hey, if you are like me and get stuck on a pattern for days, it is nice to have step by step instructions + pictures.” —Sweetly Made (Just for You)

“I would everyone to check it out. I like this guy [author Daniel Yuhas]. I like his voice. I felt a kinship.” —Knit Knit Cafe

“The patterns are killer, lovely and unusual all in one. The Half-Moon Mittens, Heel-Up Socks and Tree of Life Afghan are must knits for me. The Leaf-Yoke Sweater is so spectacular that I show the pattern to every knitter that comes to my house saying, ‘Let’s knit this!’” —Knitty.com

“I was sent an advanced copy of the book Knitting from the Center Out by Daniel Yuhas and can I just say Holy Wowza! (Yeah, sometimes being a craft blogger has its perks!) This book is pretty awesome.” —Smashed Peas and Carrots blog

“This book should be required reading, just to expand your own knitting repertoire. The more you know and understand knitting, the easier it is to express yourself.” —Examiner.com

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Starting your knitting in the center doesn't seem like a revolutionary idea for a circular shawl or blanket, but how about for a sweater or a teddy bear? Yuhas explores these and a variety of other projects in this collection of knitting patterns designed to start somewhere in the middle. He identifies five basic shapes, each with its own "magic number" of increases per round, then presents patterns featuring each of the shapes. Some of the designs are modern, and some are surprisingly traditional, including a baby hat inspired by an 18th-century bonnet. VERDICT Like the designs of other knitters who present innovative, out-of-the-box ideas, some of Yuhas's designs are hits and some are misses. His passion for the topic is apparent, and adventurous knitters will appreciate the opportunity to learn something new here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584799986
  • Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 781,380
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Yuhas’s work has been featured in the magazines Interweave Knits, YarnForward, and Creative Knitting; the books Fresh Designs: Scarves, The 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters, Me Make Monster, and Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders; and online on Knitty and Knitcircus. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and regularly teaches at regional and national fiber festivals.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Something for almost everyone

    I will definitely be trying some of these patterns - some even as gifts if the patterns flow for me.

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