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Knit 2 Together: Patterns and Stories for Serious Knitting Fun

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Tracey Ullman has been known for almost 20 years as an award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and producer, well-loved for her eccentric and iconoclastic humor. She is also an avid knitter, and she brings the same freewheeling spirit to her most recent production, a book she created with knitwear designer and yarn-shop owner Mel Clark. Although she has been knitting sinc ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang
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Jessica
Jan 19, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting, humor
I never tried any of the patterns, though a couple of them looked fun. But I'm a huge Tracey Ullman fan, and have been since back when the Simpsons were just some cartoon shorts on her fabulous skit show. What was great about this book were the stories of her life as a knitter, things like leaving her knitting on the backseat of a taxi and running down the street after it, screaming until the driver stopped, horrified that she'd left her baby on the backseat. And I loved things like lists of fam ...more
Jennifer Defoy
I really liked the patterns in this book. My only problem with the book is that the clothing patterns (like most books) are not made for big girls. So I will have to do some tweaking for some of the patterns.

I did like that there were stories with some of the patterns. I like Tracy Ullman and I liked her even more after reading this book. For some reason when I find out a celebrity is a knitter it makes them more "human" to me.

Overall I think that these patterns were fairly straight forward. I
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Laura
Feb 24, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Funny stories and adorable patterns. The patterns cover a wide level of skills, with Mel reminding us that Tracey only knit scarves before she decided to make some of these things, so we shouldn't be intimidated. The patterns are the knit equivalent of the really hot girl next door. Super cute, but approachable, and attainable because you knew her in her awkward stage when she dated the pimply kid in your brother's class.

I only wish that there were more sizes given for these patterns, because w
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Regan
Dec 10, 2014 Regan rated it really liked it
I found this book on a clearance table at...get this...Tractor's Supply! Wow. And it was only $3. Awesome.

So I hadn't intended to read the whole thing, and to suggest that I read every word would not be true (it's a lot of patterns, after all), but I did plow through the entire thing in one long sitting.

There's like 5 patterns in this that I want to do and it's funny and fun and cute. I had no idea that Tracey Ullman was a knitter and it's fun to hear about her path. Overall a fun little book.

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Kathleen Dixon
Mar 08, 2014 Kathleen Dixon rated it liked it
Shelves: craft
This is quite a nice knitting book with a wide range of items to knit (e.g. toys, baby clothes, scarfs, a woman's suit) - I found a couple of shrugs that I might make. The layout is nicely designed with what look like easy to follow patterns.

Tracey Ullman is a comedian, and her story about being able to knit only in straight lines is told most amusingly; Mel Clark is a New Zealander who ended up owning a yarn shop in California - their anecdotes along the way are interesting and fun.
Sarah
Mar 23, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting-books
Mainly just checked this out for the two person sweater pattern. Doubt I will ever knit it but I will say that the authors seemed like a lot of fun to be around!
Sandy
Nov 22, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it
A cute book by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark. Mel is a past owner of Wildfiber in Santa Monica. No new patterns, funny stories.
Cia
May 25, 2016 Cia rated it it was amazing
I have knit several items from this book and I purchased it at Wild Fiber in Santa Monica when Mel owned it!
Vita
Jun 04, 2014 Vita rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft
This book was serious fun, knitting or no knitting! Laugh out loud funny!
Mckinley
Aug 12, 2015 Mckinley rated it liked it
Variety, liked many projects.
Maggie
Jan 10, 2014 Maggie rated it liked it
I'm pretty sure I've read this book before. I know I've heard/read the story of Tracy Ullman chasing the car where she left her yarn. Still, it has some good stuff. Liked the patterns.
Caulyne B
Aug 29, 2007 Caulyne B rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting
There are a couple great patterns in this book. It is a funny knitting book-- something I didn't think would exist in this world. I rarely use the yarns suggested in patterns-- so I don't know how available the suggested yarns are. I made the herringbone doctor's bag-- and overall I was pleased with the results. There are a few others that I would like to try.
Diane
Jun 08, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it
As a long-time Tracy Ullman fan I was biased towards liking this book before I opened the cover.

What is inside are eminently wearable and knit-able designs for all ages and genders.

Clear, understandable instructions, beautiful photographs, and everyday usefulness makes this a perfect book for knitters who are tired of shawls and beaded scarves.
Sarah
Aug 19, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Knitters ready for some more sophisticated projects
I got this as a Christmas gift from Peter's mom, and I love it. There are a lot of really beautiful patterns for intermediate/advanced knitters. The combination of the knitting expert (Mel Clark) and the comedienne (Tracey Ullman) make for a light, easy-to-read tone, and the entire spirit of the book is "no matter how hard it looks, you can do it!"
Miss Mouse
Jul 31, 2008 Miss Mouse rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-crafty
This is a cute book. I never knew Tracey Ullman was a knitter or even designed her own patterns, so that was kind of a cool surprise. I enjoyed reading the little blurbs throughout the book (and the ones before each of the patterns too, which I usually skip), because they're so funny. The patterns were OK, but not enough for me to buy the book.
Jen
Jan 23, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
Purchased for Daphne's Baby Cape pattern (p75) ended up using another pattern (by choice of giftee and for time-sake) but am keeping the book because I will make this cape! Other patterns in the book are equally inspiring. Love the Luxe Neck Warmer. Ullman and Clark's wit throughout is worth the purchase alone.
Marla Glenn
Feb 21, 2010 Marla Glenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference
This is really cute. Ullman's stories about her knitting fiascos are a hoot, too. Fun just to read, even if you don't knit. I want to make the slippers if the libraby will let me renew the book! Otherwise, I guess I'll have to buy my own copy!
Sonia
Dec 26, 2010 Sonia rated it really liked it
The really cool thing is that Tracey reconnected with her knitting at a shop in Fells Point in 2003. That had to be "A Good Yarn," while filming a John Waters film. There are some really good patterns that are on my endless list.
Melinda
Oct 10, 2008 Melinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
I knitted my first big project (the satchel) from this book, and while I could have done a better job reading the directions, it came out useful. I'm using it as my knitting bag now 'cause it's a little too big to carry otherwise.
Les
Jan 06, 2010 Les rated it liked it
Did you know Ullman means "wool man"? This is just one little tidbit I learned about Tracey Ullman, that and her love of all things knitting. Some cute patterns included, plus lots of laughs about her knitting adventures.
Knitology
Aug 28, 2007 Knitology added it
Shelves: non-fiction
'Knit 2 Together' features lively lessons from beginners and more than 30 original designs for knitters of all abilities and stripes - everything from a lady's detective hat and house slippers to a saucy apron and a table skirt.
Sarita
Apr 01, 2008 Sarita rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Knitters in Need of Inspiration
This is like one of those glossy cookbooks that you drool over but will never use to actually make food. Very fun to read, though, and her breakdown of basic skills at the end of the book is well-laid out and helpful.
Emily
Nov 25, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
I was really surprised at how nice many of the items are in here. There are personal little stories placed throughout the book, which, for some reason, seem a little annoying and unnecessary, but the patterns are good.
Zelda
May 23, 2008 Zelda rated it really liked it
Shelves: needlework
She learned to knit while filming a John Waters movie. I can't help myself. I looked at Borders, I borrowed from the library, and I had to have my own, xeroxing would not suffice.
Stacie
Dec 03, 2011 Stacie rated it liked it
Have had this one from the library before. Didn't make anything from it yet, but I like Tracy Ullman/Mel Clark and it's fun to peruse. A few cute things possible for in future.
Ann
Aug 12, 2008 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting-books
Hilarious excerpts from Tracey on her battles and victories with knitting. Not stodgy at all and with great, realistic patterns. I highly recommend it.
Nitrorockets
Feb 26, 2008 Nitrorockets rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: knitters
Shelves: knitting
I love this book. It has great patterns and I like the way there is a no nonsense appeal to the patterns. Great book that isn't boring.
Sarah Kingston
May 17, 2010 Sarah Kingston rated it it was amazing
Not only funny (It's Tracy Ullman!), but some seriously cute patterns. I'm trying to make the cable-knit legwarmers.
Kate
Dec 31, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting-books
Must go back and make Daphne's Baby Cape if I have a girl (page 75). Also like the Pimlico Shrug (page 108).
Heidi
Jul 27, 2008 Heidi rated it really liked it
Good discussions about knitting with Tracey Ullman providing a respite of humor.
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Tracey Ullman is an English stage and television actor, comedienne, singer, dancer, screenwriter and author.

Her early appearances were on British TV sketch comedy shows A Kick Up the Eighties (with Rik Mayall and Miriam Margolyes) and Three of a Kind (with Lenny Henry and David Copperfield). She also appeared as Candice Valentine in Girls On Top with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

She emigrated
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