Well-produced, clearly arranged book, with tons of good info re. types of sock yarn and various uses and/or substitutions. Enjoyed that (beginning) pa...moreWell-produced, clearly arranged book, with tons of good info re. types of sock yarn and various uses and/or substitutions. Enjoyed that (beginning) part very much. Patterns weren't very interesting to me, though - interesting color choices in a couple pf designs, but over-all mainlu basic sorts of things albeit using mainly small amounts of various colored yarns that provided a bit of punch.
BOTTOM LINE: good, not great pattern book for those of us who enjoy working with the lovely varieties of sock yarns now available. (less)
Another decent book from Debbie Bliss. I know there are many who simply *adore* her work, but much of the time I find her to be just a smidge "too cut...moreAnother decent book from Debbie Bliss. I know there are many who simply *adore* her work, but much of the time I find her to be just a smidge "too cute!" for my tastes.
Lots of "cosy home" sorts of things in the book, and text is well-written and presented. superb production values and lovely pictures, and a nice amount of basic information made this fairly enjoyable to peruse, but I won't be buying a copy any time ssoon. Nothing new or particularly interesting, but a good mix of designs, including an old favorite I love - a garter stitch one-piece baby sweater worked with short rows to give it shaping. Ought to make up beautifully and easily, and I firmly intend to try it soonish...
Note: the Ravelry page with that pattern info gives rather different dimensions of the pattern when compared with the book, although it references the book as source. It shows sport yarn rather than baby yarn, #4 needles rather than #3, and so is likely to work up much larger, not the Zero to 9 months sizes of the original pattern. You're going to have to swatch if you make this. (less)
Sumptuous book, filled with extremely complex intarsia patterns but oh-so-beautiful!
All charted, these sometimes whimsical, often over-the-top design...moreSumptuous book, filled with extremely complex intarsia patterns but oh-so-beautiful!
All charted, these sometimes whimsical, often over-the-top designs made me smile - and wish I could use charted patterns! (poor vision plus limited patience would equal a frustrated mess, unfortunately).
She not only uses big, bold colors, but big, bold elements in her designs - these are quite far afield from Fair Isle indeed! But in their way nearly as beautiful. There is some repetition of motifs in the designs, but the book is filled with charted patterns plus the instructions as to how to adapt them all for your personal use - a wonderful addition to an already fine book.
*I originally wrote: Jenny Kee is a designer to watch IMO. Now, if only she'd use flowery motifs for her next project...!* - should have checked copyright first!!! geesh.
This is from 1988, and her other pattern book (WINTER KNITS) is from 1989. Makes me wonder what she's been up to lately...! (less)
I'm quite adverse to the use of "Chic!!" and "Retro!!" in clothing patterns/books etc, and this is a simply dreadful example...moreOh,dear. WHERE to begin??
I'm quite adverse to the use of "Chic!!" and "Retro!!" in clothing patterns/books etc, and this is a simply dreadful example of just why. I suspect the authors/editors thought the use of the catchphrases "geek" and "retro" would sell this - and if you brlieve those words, more fool you! The write-up for the book on the GR page only continues the theme. Filled with those catchphrases (plus "Cute!!" and "Cosy!") it ought to warn you to Be Warned!! Sugar High Approaching!!"
Now, if that IS your sort of thing, well, fine. But "cosy" AND "chic" togther? Different sensibilities IMO. Anyway, enough rant; on to the book itself.
This thin, extremely tightly bound book is impossible to use while actually crocheting - the pages simply do not stay down so you can read the patern while working. Heck, it's even quite difficult to read the first time through because it's so tightly bound together! Filled with 30-ish models attempting to look fifteen, set in cutely coy poses that made me grit my teeth, I'd have forgiven een that if the patterns were interesting, or fun, or there were new construction techniques - something interesting! But, alas, no.
The patterns themselves were mostly quite ugly - when they weren't downright unwearable - no, not even by an actual extremely skinny fifteen year old. The sizes were quite small, so most pre-teens might fit, but nobody else. And the only way you will get a fashion-conscious pre-teen - female - into anything other than the cover pattern will be as a Duty Wear of a present from Grandma. And while there are a couple of patterns for males here, they're completely unusable - no pre-teen boy would be caught dead in them, probably not even for Grandma, unless on penalty of death and never at school.
I attempted to like this, I truly did. I quite liked the pattern on the cover but, alas, it's the only one in the book that truly approaches both "retro" and "chic" - and that second is only a maybe. Once a trend/design idea filters down to crochet pattern books, you can bet it's been "out" among kids for AGES - maybe six months, even...(less)
Three stars plus, actually - a pretty useful book.
With good instructions, excellent production values (spiral bound, yay!!), and some decent-to-good...moreThree stars plus, actually - a pretty useful book.
With good instructions, excellent production values (spiral bound, yay!!), and some decent-to-good patterns in extremely generous sizes, this *ought* to have rated higher, but many of the patterns use bulky yarn and/or extremely large hooks, resulting in unfortunately lumpy garments. But I tend to dislike the use of bulky yarns and large needles or hooks anyway (Pet Peeve) so YMMV. (less)