First, the facts:
Title: Swing, Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia
Author: Jane Slicer-Smith
Published by: XRX Publishers, 2009
1. Simple Intarsia
4. Simply Stunning Intarsia
5. Process & Practice
Pattern Size Range: Pretty wide range of men’s and women’s designs
The In-Depth Look:
The patterns in this book are not for the faint of heart. Not because they are hard, but because they are bold. They are striking and vivid.
This is not your mother’s boring, classic knitting collection.
The book is broken out into different techniques–simple intarsia, miters, texture, and complicated intarsia–and in each technique, well, the designs swing. They’re not small, fitted patterns–they’re eye-catching and bold.
This means that they’re not going to be everyone’s taste. The Harlequin Swagger coat on the cover, for example–not a sweater for a shrinking flower. The elaborate intarsia designs aren’t exactly subtle, either, but nobody ever said that was a bad thing, right?
For those who prefer more subtle looks, there are some, er, less colorful patterns in the “texture” section–patterns that rely on cables and artfully placed drop stitches rather than splashes of color.
And, the colors? The subtitle of this book is “Knit the Colors of Australia,” and all the color combinations are inspired by those found in Australia. One of the great extra touches is the final chapter, which is basically a photographic travelogue of the country, proving why the author feels so inspired.
This review copy was kindly donated by XRX Publishers. Thank you!