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Review: Best of Knitscene

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First, the facts:

Title: The Best of Knitscene: A Collection of Simple, Stylish & Spirited Knits

Author: Lisa Shroyer

Published by: Interweave Press

Pages: 143

Type: Pattern collection.

Chapters:

Introduction

  • Article: Knitscene Style by Kate Sonnick
  • Article: The Weighty World of Yarn by Clara Parkes
  • Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky
  • Article: Cables: Put a New Twist in Your Stitches
  • Geodesic Cardigan by Connie Chang ChinchioOscilloscope Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn
  • Profile: Kate Gagnon Osborn
  • Tempest Beret by Kate Gagnon Osborn
  • Equinox Raglan by Debbie O’Neill
  • Freshman Cable Socks by Star Athena
  • Profile: Star Athena
  • Kimono Socks by Star Athena
  • Kenobi Jacket by Norah Gaughan
  • Opulent Raglan by Wendy Bernard
  • Phiaro Scarf by Katie Himmelberg
  • Michaelmas Mitts by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
  • Profile: Cecily Glowik MacDonald
  • Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik Macdonald
  • Article: Counting Rows Within a Cable by Kristin Roach
  • Heather Hoodie Vest by Debbie O’Neill
  • Helleborus Yoke by Mathew Gnagy
  • Emily Shawl by Mandy Moore
  • Article: Reading Lace Charts
  • Article: Knitter’s Geometry: Triangular Shawls by Miriam Felton
  • Rutabaga Bag by Chrissy Gardiner
  • Riding to Avalon by Connie Chang Chinchio
  • Berkshire Dolman Sweater by Melissa WehrleRibby Toque by Carol Sulcoski
  • Molly Ringwald by Michele Rose Orne
  • Best of Knitscene

    The In-Depth Look:

    This collection begins, “Simple, stylish knitting for the free spirit; this is the Knitscene mission. From its debut in 2005 as a special issue to its progression to quarterly status in 2011, we have sought out fresh projects, up-and-coming designers, unusual yarns, and fun ways to photograph them. This anthology celebrates the best of those efforts from the magazine’s first five years.”

    Are they exactly the same as they appeared in the magazine? They state in the intro, “To bring everything up to date, we’ve redone the photography and tweaked some of the original designs to eliminate discontinued yarns and colors. This book takes content, originally time-sensitive in the magazine format, and presents it in a classic way that will appeal for years to come.”

    The book begins, in fact, with some finished projects by knitters who make the original patterns–just by way of showing that things can be updated. (I like a publication that’s willing to show that it’s open to possibilities.) That’s followed by a series of style sheets about different knitting styles (Cowichan, Fair Isle, Cables) by Kate Sonnick, and a look at yarn by the inimitable Clara Parkes, as well as a series of other articles. They serve to introduce techniques as well as some of the designers–a nice touch that makes them feel like real contributions and not just filler. (That sounds like a back-handed compliment, I know, but some “collections” work more successfully than others.)

    The patterns themselves? You’ll have heard of many of them, even if you haven’t subscribed to the magazine. (Like, say, the Central Park Hoodie?) Each one is introduced with a brief description as well as what, if any, modifications or updates have been made for the book–like adding more sizes, or changing to a more current yarn.

    You really should check it out. It’s available at Amazon.com.

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    This review copy was kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!

    My Gush: I enjoyed this collection a lot.

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