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Inspired to Knit: Creating Exquisite Handknits

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Four mini workshops with 24 patterns and spectacular photography in this compilation help knitters think creatively, find inspiration in their surroundings, and shape those elements into garment design. Stunning patterns are arranged by season, reflecting the colors and beauty of nature that inspire feminine designs. From an amber-beaded cardigan that captures the feeling ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Interweave Press
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Sep 18, 2010 notgettingenough rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting-is-sexy
Update: This is finished too:

I WILL have my own pictures at some point!

So, I did this in two strands of a chunky cashmere, and my gauge was way out. Instead of something with a foot of ease, mine is almost body-hugging. Happy accident, it looks totally gorgeous. Oh, I made the neck lower, I thought the original would make me feel imprisoned.

It took no time to knit - though this wasn't the point for me, I wanted something WARM!! The pattern is a delight.

I just can't imagine anything in this book
Aug 14, 2012 Abbey rated it really liked it
BOTTOM LINE: Another strong pattern book from Interweave, with really gorgeous designs, well-planned format for the book, good (if a mite chi-chi) pix of the patterns, AND most of the stitches are shown precisely how-to within the patterns as well as charted.

While nothing absolutely screamed at me Make Me Now!!!*, there were many very beautiful designs that looked to be rather interesting to make up, and I enjoyed looking through this book very much. A few of the patterns were what I call "runw
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Oct 02, 2008 penny shima glanz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: knitters, designers
I was surprised, I didn't think that this volume would inspire me, but it has: the photos, the drawings, the layout, the short essays. Oh and the knits. They surprised me. It's rare that I like the majority of a patterns anywhere. I don't want to knit every pattern but I do want to change and modify and find more time to knit. I was looking for a creative boost and I think this is the type of book to do it time and time again. I hope to one day give it a permanent space on my bookshelf.
Oct 01, 2008 Cayenne rated it it was amazing
Orne is a genius. I loved the design workshops in the book. They were well explained and after reading this book I felt like maybe I could actually design a sweater on my own. I felt like eventually I might even be able to come up with designs almost as beautiful as hers. I especially love the idea of mood boards.
Dec 10, 2008 Kristine added it
Shelves: knitting
Amazing designs, almost extravagently so. A lot of great description about the why's behind the choices.
Nov 30, 2008 Kate rated it it was ok
Knitting porn, but it made me feel how far away I was from the objects of desire ... I'm sticking with blankets and scarves.
Jul 08, 2012 Jean rated it liked it
Shelves: craft-books
This book has a lot of nice patterns that are wearable and some requiring a bit of boldness. Very nice pattern, nice detailing -- a lot of cabling, lace work and color work.
Jan 03, 2010 Teresa rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
It wasn't that bad, just mostly not my style of knits and too advance for my minimal knitting skills
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Shelves: knitting, books-i-own
Beautiful patterns, though not very practical.
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Michele Rose Orne, Partner and Knit Design Director for Swans Island, has been designing hand knits for over 25 years. She brings a rich combination of passion and experience to Swans Island’s line of all-natural, hand-dyed yarns and timeless patterns that are inspired by classic favorites and daily life along the coast of Maine.

After graduating from Yale University in 1985 with majors in fine art
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