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Knitting Block by Block: 150 Blocks for Sweaters, Scarves, Bags, Toys, Afghans, and More

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Create gorgeous sweaters, bags, afghans, and toys just by knitting the simplest of shapes—a square!

No one forgets the sweet victory of completing their first knitted block, but most of us quickly move on to more complex constructions, only making swatches for guage. In this comprehensive volume, celebrated designer and innovator Nicky Epstein reimagines the humble block wi
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Potter Craft
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Linda B
Feb 18, 2015 Linda B rated it really liked it
Afghans, scarves, sweaters, vests and more all made one block at a time. There are instructions for a variety of basic blocks using different stitch patterns, but then it goes one step beyond the basics. There are also instructions for a variety of embellishments, such as frames, bobbles, designs using i-cord, and even embroidery. Also included are fair-isle, embossed and other special stitches to offer a variety of ideas. The projects in the book are beautifully classic. They are neither old ...more
Mar 17, 2013 Brixton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: "Crafters" who love miles and miles of i-cord appliqué
Why on earth would a person sew a zipper on the surface of a block (and how does that qualify as a knitting pattern)? Or imagine laying your head down on a pillow covered in garlic bulbs, or worse-- wearing garlic bulbs on a sweater constructed of square blocks. It just gets uglier from there. Even the layout, organisation, and pattern instructions are ugly.
Jan 22, 2011 Irene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting
A block stitch dictionary. Contains many original,imaginative blocks. Definatly for the experienced knitter. Great resource for designing anything that can be made out of blocks. The book does contain a few patterns as well.
Feb 15, 2015 Jaina rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read TIll Dawn.

Yes, I really did request a knitting book for my next read-to-review. I clicked before I finished thinking it through, okay? My inner voice was going "you know, you've always wanted to learn how to knit" and I had requested the book before my brain remembered that this isn't actually a book that's made to teach people how to knit. It arrived two weeks ago, and it's been interesting. I really have learned how to knit! I've had a blast learn
Feb 14, 2015 Sarah-Hope rated it liked it
Nicky Epstein is a remarkably prolific designer with the ability to come up with truly original ideas again and again. I first discovered this when I can across her book Knitting on the Edge, which offers a compendium of edgings and cast-ons that a creative knitter can use to design her own pieces or to add a distinctive touch to a piece knitted from a commercial pattern. This book was followed by Knitting Over the Edge and Knitting Beyond the Edge, which offered more ideas for designing or ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Hayden rated it liked it
Since I fully admit that I'm not the most talented of knitters, this book greatly appealed to me. Since every project is made of much-easier-to-handle blocks, I figured it would be a good way to get back into to knitting. So far, I've only tried one block (and a really easy one at that) but it seems to be working out fine.

I do have a couple of complaints though. the first is that while there are some really beautiful block designs that I loved, some are really unattractive (and in many cases the
Dec 01, 2011 Abbey rated it really liked it
BOTTOM LINE: Fascinating look at some really interesting, and a few rather peculiar, knitted blocks, many with embellishments, not my sort of thing, but the ways shown to use color and texture in setting up your own afghans is rather well-done.

The color-work blocks are charted, but most of the others are explained stitch-by-stitch, my preferred method. Explanations of each stitch and the write-ups prior to and connecting the sections are very well-done, thoughtful and entertaining. Wouldn't min
Linda Wilson
Feb 05, 2015 Linda Wilson rated it liked it
Let me start out by saying I am not a novice knitter nor a super expert knitter. The patterns are not written with a novice in mind or even someone like myself who has done quit a bit of knitting. I would say you would need to be an expert knitter to follow a lot of the instructions. I had to look up several of the abbreviations as I didn't know what they meant. I didn't find the directions to always be clear. I am also challenged with any knitting project as I am left handed and have to reverse ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from Blogging for Books in return for an honest review! The thoughts in this review are of my own!

I almost skip out on this book! I love knitting, but I was not sure if this book would be a good fit. Boy, was I blown away. I LOVE this book! This is a book that every knitter needs in their knitting literature.
The book is presented beautifully! Whoever Nicky Epstien hired to design the book, she should keep them; because, the whole book is just flawless! Very welcoming
Dec 29, 2014 Liz rated it liked it
Knitting Block by Block is a testament to the author's creativity and love of experimentation with knitting. The concept of knitting small blocks of different patterns and textures is a fun one, but as a knitter I'm looking for projects and patterns that give you a useful and wearable finished product. I didn't feel this book delivered that, and if you're on the same page I would not recommend this title.

However, Epstein's work is presented in a beautifully photographed coffee table format and
Jan 18, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Nicky Epstein has wonderful new ideas for knitters and KNITTING BLOCK BY BLOCK has many inventive and unusual patterns for her individual blocks. Some of the patterns are rather outlandish and I cannot imagine spending time to make them. I also think some of the garments she constructs with these blocks are rather unattractive. That being said, some of the pattern blocks are intriguing and can be used in your own projects and garments. Nicky Epstein is an "idea person" and her book presents food ...more
Jan 11, 2011 Libbeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting, 2011
Modern and mostly unusual knitted blocks to be used for afghans, scarves, jackets - anything you can make with blocks, and you are encouraged to design your own projects.
Not for the novice in that sometimes the instructions tell you to do something and assumes you know how to do it but you could turn to other resources to fill in the gaps in your experience, and this book would have to be huge if it included detailed "how to" as well.
Jul 27, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
While I wasn't crazy about some of the projects using the blocks (a sweater made from random blocks?) the number and variety of lovely squares to knit are wonderful. I'm currently using it to make some blocks for a friend who is making a blanket for her daughter with cancer, and it has lots of ideas for me to use.
Apr 23, 2012 Ali rated it it was amazing
It's another great book! I am having a lot of fun creating blocks and you can easily photo copy the pages and cut them up to use for planning your own afghan or what ever you want with blocks. There are ideas for garments as well. Personally, I've used the blocks for pillow tops. I hope to also make a matching afghan all done with Fishermans' wool.
Apr 16, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
As always, Nicky Epstein presents a collection of knitting ideas in a beautiful fashion. At first sight, I was stunned but as I looked closer, many squares were repeats of ideas (I cord designs, for example) or classic blocks. Still, a nice collection of patterns to play with.
Jul 15, 2012 Cayenne rated it it was amazing
This is one cool book. I love the sample patterns and all the neat things you can do with knitted squares.
Sep 09, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
Plain blocks, patterned blocks, embellished, 3D -- as exhaustive but not as intriguing to me as her circles book.
Kathleen Dixon
Oct 24, 2012 Kathleen Dixon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craft
Thie book is beautifully designed without being flashy, does exactly what it says it will do, and is on my list to definitely borrow from the library again.
Julie B
Mar 19, 2014 Julie B rated it really liked it
Really cool and interesting blocks. Way beyond what I'm ready to do, but very pretty book to flip through.
Feb 19, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing
Great! I use this book all the time, and I credit it with teaching me lots of new skills like cabling and lacework.
Oct 27, 2012 Laurajean rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book. I have several of her others, but I think this is my favorite. On my wish list for Christmas.
Jun 14, 2011 Heywu rated it liked it
Block knitting requires sewing the blocks together. This is not for me, but there are some interesting blocks.
Nov 27, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Really cool projects a bit different from typical knitting patterns. Starts off showing stitch patterns for blocks. Ends with a few actual projects.
Mar 20, 2012 Tara rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-reference
I have not gotten a chance to test the patterns, but I love the ideas and blocks. Maybe my review will be 5 stars once I get to try some blocks.
Nov 18, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
The block designs are great, and the project ideas are great, but there could have been more. Also, I personally prefer less of a reliance on the time-consuming and cumbersome i-cord.
Nov 13, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting
Genius. Great design resource for quilts, scarves, clothing, accessories. Almost anything that needs texture.
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Nicky Epstein is a knitting designer and author of numerous books on knitting. She is known for her creative combinations of knitting stitches, and for the colorful patterns often found in her sweaters, especially involving applique of separately knitted motifs.[1] In 2005, she was given a prestigious award by the National NeedleArts Association. In 2006, her work was featured in a retrospective ...more
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