Retrospective pattern collections such as this one are of particular interest to libraries, because often they do not have easy access to the magazines in which the patterns were originally published and a hardcover pattern collection will stand up to wear better than a single issue of a magazine. This collection includes patterns from ten of this country's best knitwear designers: Meg Swansen, Elizabeth Zimmermann, Norah Gaughan, Lily Chin, Deborah Newton, Pam Allen, Nicky Epstein, Kristin Nicholas, Mari Lynn Patrick, and Michele Rose. The book features four or five patterns from each designer, along with an essay on their careers and how they entered the field of knitwear design. The more than 50 patterns range in date from the first Aran pattern commercially published in the United States (1958) to Chin's Reversible Rib Shawl published in the Winter 99/00 issue of Vogue Knitting. All patterns have been reworked to include yarns available now. Good selection for large public libraries and knitting collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.