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Alison Ellen

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maggio 2012
An in-depth look at the technique of hand knitting and at what effects can be created from different stitches and by knitting in different directions Taking a fresh approach to knitting and examining it from scratch, this book explores not just the look of a knitted pattern, but how the knitted fabric can be altered with different stitches to change its stretch, drape, and thickness. Once understood, the design and application potential of this textile technique is thrilling and endless, and it encourages and inspires both beginners and experienced knitters to experiment and develop their own designs. This guide covers basic stitches, including many different ways of casting on and off; new approaches to construct fabric in any direction in order to make any shape without sewn seams; an in-depth section on color; advice on dyeing yarns; and knitting patterns to suit a range of body shapes, with directions for personalizing the size.

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22 di 22 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle A Compendium of Many Knitting Techniques, Some Useful and Some Arcane 24 aprile 2012
Di Bonnie Brody - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
This is not your typical knitting book. It's opening sentence states that "This book will look at hand knitting as a way of constructing fabric and three dimensional shapes in a creative way, rather than following the conventional knitting pattern formula of describing flat, patterned shapes to be joined together by sewing." The book also explores how different types of yarn effect the drape of a pattern - how it hangs and how stretchy it is.

The book provides a history of knitting from pre-history until the present. It then proceeds to types of stitches and how they work. In this section, a multitude of stitches is provided along with samples, both written and charted. Modular and entrelac techniques are reviewed. Techniques of knitting comes next and the author encourages that knitting be done in a comfortable setting, emphasizing that there are a number of ways to knit and "there is no official way of knitting". Colour is a large section of the book "Working with colour opens up a whole world of more possibilities in knitting, both in creating patterns, geometric or free-form, and also in combining stitches and colours to get more subtle or intense effects." Stripes, zigzags, curves, Fair Isle knitting, and mixed methods are only some of the types of coloured knitting covered. There is a nice section on colour theory and a good section on dying yarn. The next section deals with the materials that make up yarn. These include animal fibres such as sheep, goat, camelids and silk. Plant fibers include cotton, linen, hemp, ramie and bamboo. There are also man-made fibers. The next section covers joining, finishing, edges and extras. It offers various techniques for knitting such as different types of cast-ons, ways to lengthen materials, joining techniques, buttonholes and double knitting. The last section of the book concludes with patterns. Most of them are modular and multi-coloured.

While the book includes a lot of information, I'm not sure what its intent is. It seems to be all over the place and is not really a pattern book and not really a colour book and not really an information book. It is a little bit of each of these things. I think, based on the title, that it should have focused more on design which is not really included much at all. It is a compendium of a lot of things, many useful and others somewhat arcane.

There are, however, many things that I would use in this book and the explanations are rather good. For instance, the section on cast-ons is excellent as is the section on colour theory. The book is written in the UK by Alison Ellen and perhaps the focus on knitting there is different than it is in the United States. I would use this book to look up and clarify things that are not covered as well in other books. The patterns are okay but not that special, unless you like modular knitting or entrelac, neither of which I'm a great fan of.
18 di 18 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Bend me, Shape me, Anyway you want me, you've got the power (to knit) 26 aprile 2012
Di Joanna Daneman - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
This is not your standard "Knit me! Knit me now!" book of enticing patterns. It's more a technical knitting book on how stitches work to shape and bend themselves into design features. For those of you who enjoy branching out from written patterns and creating your own designs, or who want to get into the "physics" of knitting, this is for you.

The information in this book goes over how stitches bend and shape (ie, motif knitting, mitered squares, modular knitting, and entrelac) and how color affects design (ie stripes) as well as a discussion of lace. There is also a discussion of how to take advantage of colors in strands of yarn (dots, bands of color that are repeated over the skein) and implement them in design. And there is information on grafting and joining as well as finishing, which is helpful for knitting strips or making a design that employs parts that are joined to make a whole.

The good news: many beautiful photos of motifs and their details. There is a lot about modular and entrelac. A lot of ideas here. The bad news: this book is over-ambitious, though I am sympathetic to the problem. Knitting knowledge is VAST. The authors have made a huge foray into the absolutely diverting subject of how to manipulate stitches, motifs and colors to achieve fascinating results but they obviously wanted to do it all, and ...well, you cannot do it all. There is a little about a lot, but not a lot about every single subject (ie, lace.) I think the author bit off more than she could chew in a subject as broad as this--for instance, I would have left out entirely the history chapter, even though it's interesting and important. There just isn't time to do it justice and it's not as germane to the subject as how stitches work to create shapes and designs. Ditto info on ethnic knitting traditions. This subject is a vastness unto itself and again, though relevant, not central to the book's intent.

If you love knitting design, however, or like modular or "domino" knitting and entrelac in particular, you are going to LOVE this book. It lets you get ideas to play around, to "bend and shape" your knitting, playing with small motifs to get exciting combinations and ideas. But I'd use this book in concert with other design books (among many others, Deborah Newton, Vivian Hoxbro, Anna Zilboorg and Susanna Lewis' book Lace Knitting ) if you want more depth into designing knit motifs and patterns. I do like this book and I'm going to play with many of the ideas in here, but it would have been a better book if the author could have restricted the subject just to stitch, motif, color and design. Believe me, if I were writing a knitting book, I'd face the same dilemma of wanting to put it ALL in my book, because knitters just love their craft and all its aspects, but sometimes, less is more. Hence, four stars.
9 di 10 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle Same contents and pictures from her previous book! 25 giugno 2012
Di Lexx - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
When I get a new book, I expect it to have new content, information not covered in my other books. I have a knitting book collection, one of the books including Allison's Hand Knitting New Directions book. I recently bought this book only to see the same content and pictures from her Hand Knitting book. This book is lacking so much just like her other book, with hardly any pattern swatches. There is one page with a variey of attractive swatches showing color and stitch variations going in different directions, but the rest of the pictures are sloppy samples in one color with the yarn tail still hanging from it! I was very disappointed in this book. While the author does write some good info in the book, its the same information from her previous book, even the chapters are the same, just worded a little differently. I get very little inspiration from this book, she could have put so much more into it. I would have really enjoyed a book filled with swatches in different color and stitch combinations going in various directions throughout the book to get my creative juices flowing and inspire me. This book definitely does not inspire! Authors really need to get creative and stop stealing people's money! If your gonna write a NEW book, put NEW content in it!
11 di 13 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent technical reference 2 maggio 2012
Di Kathleen Davis - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
I started knooking (knitting with a crochet hook with a cord) last year and have been trying to find references on knit stitch construction that imparts technical knowledge usually lacking in almost all knitting books and patterns. This book delivers this information. Things I found most helpful:
*stitch construction explained with text, pictures and standardized diagrams
*how various stitch combinations work together to create various fabric types with interesting examples
*detailed explanation on the directional joining processes in modular knitting -the pictures clear up confusion on where to pick up stitches on previous modules
*clear text and illustrations on joining techniques
*technical information on yarns and how yarn construction can affect your knitting
*a great overview on the use of color with helpful examples
*a final bonus of some interesting mostly modular projects using techniques outlined in the book
If you are looking to understand knitting on a technical level and gain insight on knitting design then this is the book for you.
5 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Not "how to become a knitwear designer" 17 giugno 2012
Di Underground Crafter - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
(Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Trafalgar Square Publishing.)

This book is an exploration of knitting design, with an emphasis on construction, fabric structure, and colorwork.

Alison has been a teaching knitting design workshops for 30 years, and the book is written as though you had an inside tour into her classes. The book would be of interest to anyone working with freeform knitting.

The Introduction explores different ways of approaching knitting construction. Alison says, "Experimenting with knitting is not something many of us have time for; it is simpler to follow a knitting pattern. However, if you enjoy being creative, it is worth putting aside some time to play and see what happens." If you see some of yourself in that quote, this might be a great book for you.

Knitting from Pre-History to Present reviews the recorded history of knitting and discusses how it was primarily a functional craft up until the end of World War II.

Stitches and How They Work includes illustrations and written and charted instructions for several knit and purl combination stitches, cables, entrelac, lace, zig zags, increases and decreases, short rows, circles and squares, and bias and modular knitting swatches. Pictures of different samplers are shared and there is explanation of how the fabric texture and structure is impacted by the different techniques and stitch patterns. Some color play is introduced in this chapter.

Techniques is a brief chapter exploring different methods for holding the yarn and needles. Alison encourages flexibility here.

Colour features more samplers and explores stripes, slip stitches, Intarsia, and Fair Isle/jacquard knitting. Here is also where Alison talks about color theory. She has an interesting 4-step color exercise that is intended as an introduction to design. She also talks about dyeing basics, including how to wind the yarn into hanks, dye yarn using natural and chemical dyes, and dip and tie dye methods.

The Materials chapter reviews different yarn fibers with an emphasis on natural (animal and plant) fibers. There is also a brief introduction to spinning, and a discussion about the different ways yarn twists.

Joining, finishing, edges and extras, as the name suggests, talks about techniques for joining, seaming, casting on and bindig off while also providing instructions for button holes, tubular knitting, and preventing holes in your work. For most techniques in this section, there is an illustration, photo of the hand in action, a swatch, and a written description.

Knitting patterns explains tension (gauge) and the math behind sizing patterns. The patterns are all for tops and include 6 modular designs, 2 entrelac designs, 3 children's garments, a shell jacket, and a zig zag waistcoast. The projects are shown in white space, without models. There are fairly detailed instructions for construction.

Knitting: Colour, structure, and design is not a book about how to design perfectly fitted sweaters, nor is it a book with stunning patterns that will go viral on the internet. It is a book written for your inner knit nerd - the one who asks why the yarn, colors, stitches, and textures come together in a certain way. I would recommend this book for someone who takes a contemplative approach to knitting - who likes to swatch and play around with yarn to see what happens. If you are interested in learning more about designing, this book will provide you will a lot of background on all of the elements of a knitted fabric.

This book provides a much deeper exploration into knit fabric. This is a book that you will need to sit down and read, but where you will learn a lot that can be useful for any project. As far as writing style, it makes you feel as though you won a free private lesson with an accomplished designer and teacher.

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars for a confident knitter who learns well from written descriptions and who likes to create small projects or swatches. I would give the book 3 out of 5 stars if you are looking for patterns or a "how to become an overnight sensation as a knitting designer" book.

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