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Review: Finish-Free Knits

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First, the facts:

Title: Finish-Free Knits: No-Sew Garments in Classic Styles

Author: Kristen TenDyke

Published by: Interweave Press, 2012

Pages: 159*

Type: Patterns

Chapters:

No chapters, just a list of patterns

KS: Finish-Free Knits

The In-Depth Look:

So, be honest–how do you feel about having to sew seams in your knits? Setting in the sleeves? Mattress-stitching up the sides?

Love it or hate it, there’s a lot to be said for NOT having to do it, and Kristen TenDyke has provided lots of reasons not to.

This book is a collection of (mostly) sweaters for women, designed to be wearable, attractive, and … oh yes … to be knitted more or less in one piece. It’s a lovely collection, too–feminine and somewhat fitted. There’s nothing overly bulky, nothing overly fussy, but there are really nice touches to keep things interesting, like bodices knit sideways, or short-rows for shaping seamless pockets (in the “Divine” vest which I really and truly WANT in my closet right this minute).

I like this collection–a lot. It’s got interesting features, simple (but not boring) construction, and everything just looks nice. Yes, I know, “nice” is one of those damning-with-faint-praise kind of adjectives, but it’s sincerely meant here, because the sweaters in this collection truly are nice–good, flattering, easy, friendly kinds of pieces that would fit into just about any wardrobe.

The size ranges vary from design to design, but average about 30″ to 50″ in range. The photographs are clear, attractive, and helpful–nothing “hiding” in awkward poses. There are schematics and tips and … really, I just LIKE this book. I definitely recommend checking it out.

You can get yours at Amazon.com.

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

My Gush: Darn it, I just really like this!

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