Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature

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Written by Norah Gaughan, one of the most innovative and respected knitwear designers working today, Knitting Nature was an instant classic when it was released in hardcover in 2006, and it is now available at a must-have paperback price.

In Knitting Nature, Gaughan blends together the natural and artistic world with 39 stunning, fun-to-knit designs for women, men, and children. Among them are a skirt patterned after the hexagonal scales nature has used to cover a domed turtle’s...

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Overview

Written by Norah Gaughan, one of the most innovative and respected knitwear designers working today, Knitting Nature was an instant classic when it was released in hardcover in 2006, and it is now available at a must-have paperback price.

In Knitting Nature, Gaughan blends together the natural and artistic world with 39 stunning, fun-to-knit designs for women, men, and children. Among them are a skirt patterned after the hexagonal scales nature has used to cover a domed turtle’s shell, a jacket whose collar grows in a spiral—much the same way a ram’s horn does—and a tank top with leaves that grow the same way they do on a stem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584794844
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Norah Gaughan is the design director at Berroco Yarns. Her work has been published in all of the major knitting magazines, online, and in many books, including Reversible Knitting, Weekend Knitting, and Handknit Holidays from STC Craft. She is a coauthor of the STC Craft book Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    Drool-worthy patterns--though not exactly easy to make

    I'll admit I bought this book before I knew how to cable, just because the patterns are so gorgeous and inspiring, and the photography is so nice. Plus, I love Norah Gaughan--she's a knitting goddess. Most of the patterns aren't that practical, however--they're knitted art, not the sweater you wear to the store for a carton of milk. (That's the only reason I docked one star--I haven't yet figured out where to wear some of the things I want to make.)

    The patterns will challenge you, but they also teach you a lot about construction as you go. (The Turtle Skirt is a prime example--it's simple in concept, and beautiful once done, but putting it together could result in a few whimpers if you don't prepare yourself. You thought it would be so easy!) The inspiration Norah gives for each pattern is also inspiring if you're a knitwear designer yourself--you see the things around you in a whole new way.

    There are a few easier things, for knitters with some experience. The cover blanket is a great pattern, for example. The tam pattern is also nice, and the child's mittens are grand. I think there's one sweater that's even somewhat easy :)

    If you're a knitting geek, I recommend the book, but it's not for knitting novices.

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