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Knitting Off the Axis: Projects and Techniques for Sideways Knitting [NOOK Book]

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A new angle on knitting.

Emerging knitwear designer Mathew Gnagy presents a fresh collection of fifteen projects for women and men with Knitting Off the Axis. The projects are both classic and stylish, incorporating clever combinations of textured stitches and design details.

Each of the fifteen patterns is designed in a one-of-a-kind way, focusing on knitting sideways or ...
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Knitting Off the Axis: Projects and Techniques for Sideways Knitting

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Overview


A new angle on knitting.

Emerging knitwear designer Mathew Gnagy presents a fresh collection of fifteen projects for women and men with Knitting Off the Axis. The projects are both classic and stylish, incorporating clever combinations of textured stitches and design details.

Each of the fifteen patterns is designed in a one-of-a-kind way, focusing on knitting sideways or in an untraditional direction rather than the usual top-down or bottom-up construction. Knitting at different angles gives the projects unique shaping and fashion-forward silhouettes.

Learn new techniques for knitting sideways and every-which-way and make fifteen contemporary, wearable patterns with Knitting Off the Axis.
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Editorial Reviews

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Named one of the Best Craft Books of 2011 by Amazon.

"Fall always bring a surprising book or two and this is the one for me, it's a book of directional knitting, with the direction being mostly sideways, but not always. The garments in this book are more sculptural than most knitted garments both in the silhouette side to side knitting takes on, and in the surface texture that knitting in multiple directions gives. The book starts with a short introduction to directional knitting, tips that Matthew Gnagy has learned through experience - row gauge, blocking, increasing and decreasing and assembling your garment. The sweaters are striking in their unusual look and shape, modern with clean slim-fitting lines. They are knit mostly from worsted weight yarn, giving an added visual weight and structure. My favorites are in the last two chapters, where the knitting is in multiple directions, and any of the sweaters with cables. Cables going in multiple directions, with the added swoop of an interesting and unique way of increasing and decreasing, appeal to my knitter's hands and brain. Spinners take note: these sweaters would be a great way to showcase handspun yarns." - Jillian Moreno, Knitty.com

"It's an ingenious collection." - Yarn Market News

"Recommended for experienced knitters with a taste for modern design." - Austin-American Statesman

"Top-down, bottom-up, been there, done that. If you want to get a new angle on sweater design, you've got to go sideways. Learn how to knit sideways, diagonally and every which way to create unique and stunning designs." - Crafter's Choice Book Club Sneak Peek

"Sideways knitting is not that uncommon, but Mathew has managed to use imagination and needles to come at knitting from every angle." - Karen Platt's Book of Reviews & Crafts

"If you'd like to take your knitting in a different direction, Knitting Off the Axis is an intriguing and fun book with lots of different options for turning your knitting on its side and beyond. The techniques used to shape these garments take a bit of patience and attention to get right, but the lovely results are well worth the effort of twisting your brain to work in a new and different way." – About.com Guide to Knitting

"This is the coolest book. Talk about knitting outside the box, well this box is sideways!" - CraftGossip.com

"Each of the patterns is designed in a one-of-a-kind way, focusing on knitting sideways or in an untraditional direction." - JimmyBeansWool.com

"It shouldn't surprise you that the designs in this book are unique. The designer is literally looking at the concept of knitting a sweater from a completely new angle. These sweaters are full of creative design elements, but they are beautiful, wearable sweaters, not the kind of wearable art you see on high fashion runways." - KnittingScholar.com

"The sweaters are striking in their unusual look and shape, modern with clean slim-fitting lines. They are knit mostly from worsted weight yarn, giving an added visual weight and structure. My favorites are the in the last two chapters, where the knitting is in multiple directions, and any of the sweaters with cables. Cables going in multiple directions with the added swoop of an interesting and unique way of increasing and decreasing appeal to my knitter's hands and brain." - Knitty.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620331453
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 290,848
  • File size: 36 MB
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Meet the Author


Mathew Gagny is an accomplished costume designer and pattern maker. His knitwear designs have been published in Knitscene and by Lion Brand Yarns. He has also made knitwear samples for a variety of fashion designers for runway shows. Mathew resides in New York City with his partner and their two cats.
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Table of Contents


Note: this is being amended in production

Introduction

Chapter 1 : Truly Sideways
Cecile textured pullover
Merideth swing jacket
Lynette cropped cardigan with bell sleeves
Merielle short cabled cardigan with shawl collar
Talia heavily textured dolman
Deille cardigan with bell sleeves and wide collar

Chapter 2: Mostly Sideways
Dominique lace short-sleeved jacket
Francesca short-sleeved top with embossed diamond pattern
Dani V-neck shell with braided cable at shoulders
Gemma cape with cabled edges
Felix man’s Al pine jacket with zipper
Becca asymmetrical cardigan with wide bell sleeves

Chapter 3: Every which way
Jose man’s cabled cardigan with deep yoke and shawl collar
Erik man’s textured cardigan with stand-up collar and diagonal pockets
Jacqui bolero-type vest with cable edging

Chapter 4: Glossary of Techniques
Sources for Supplies
Index
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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Gotta have!

    I love the new way of thinking and the different approach. I'll definitely be knitting several sweaters from this book. The ideas are so refreshing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    I like anything that increases my understanding of knitting and

    I like anything that increases my understanding of knitting and fashion tailoring. I Love This Book. It is especially informative when viewed with the DVD class presented by Nagy himself. This book also includes two of the best men's sweater designs I've seen, anywhere. Good work, Mathew

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    Creatively recommended

    I was intrigued by this book when I looked at it and saw the cable vest that uses Berocco Blackstone Tweed, a yarn I have in my stash. I plan on adding sleeves from one of the other patterns, with the necessary modifications to make the base pattern work.

    I also like several of the other patterns, a necessary pre-requisite for buying a book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Did not receive the book yet.

    Would love to write a review. But haven't received the book because it is October 28, 2011 and if you check the pub. date it is November 15, 2011. Your email is a month early.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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