Simple Style: 19 Innovative to Traditional Designs with Simple Knitting Techniques

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Take a break from knitting fussy garments with complicated techniques. Instead, knit simple, beautiful designs with interesting details and silhouettes with "Simple Style", a collection of 19 contemporary garments that celebrate stunning results without the intricate techniques. Following in the footsteps of "Wrap Style", "Scarf Style", "Lace Style", and "Bag Style", "Simple Style" features appealing projects accompanied by beautiful, luscious lifestyle photographs, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, thorough materials lists, and a Design Notebook that covers ways to maximize style while simplifying knitting and finishing techniques. Projects from 16 renowned knitwear designers - including Pam Allen, Veronik Avery, Mags Kandis, Deborah Newton, and Vicki Square - range from pullovers, cardigans, vests, skirts, wraps, and more, all using simple design sensibility for maximum impact. By using just a few key simple techniques, knitters can create a visually interesting knitted project quickly and easily. From innovative edgings, a well-placed band of color or texture, an unexpected yarn, or creative construction that minimizes seams or maximizes personal fit, "Simple Style" is packed with clever design ideas. All a knitter needs is a basic understanding of knitting techniques.

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Issue 0 Interweave's prolific Ann Budd has released another assemblage of designs in Simple Style. With designers like Pam Allen, Katie Himmelberg and Veronik Avery on board, one expects a high calibre of patterns. But what makes this book unique and a worthwhile addition to any knitter's bookshelf is the 'Design Notebook' found in the back offering simple production and finishing techniques. These provide an excellent foundation for any budding designer or any fledgling knitter. Despite the anticipation generated by the design gurus listed in the table of contents, the patterns are dominated by copious amounts of monotonous stocking stitch yielding both fabulous and frumpy. Highlights include Vicki Square's Kimono Classic which, while appearing 'loose and boxy', uses modified rectangles and a three-needle bind off at the shoulder. The real redeeming quality of the book is the Design Notes section. If you are a newbie knitter with little experience in shaping and finishing techniques or an aspiring designer, this is a great bit of reference material. * Bobbins * June 09 Use this book not so much for hand knitting, but as inspiration for giving a modern look to classics. The 19 designs have interesting details, good colour combinations and silhouettes. The idea is to take a break from knitting fussy garments with complicated techniques, but almost all of the designs can be adapted for machine knitting. Projects range from pullovers, cardigans, vests, skirts and wraps - all using simple design for maximum impact. Use innovative edgings, a well-placed band of colour or texture, an unexpected yarn, or creative construction that minimizes seams or maximises personal fit. Simple Style is packed with clever design ideas. All a knitter needs is a basic understanding of knitting techniques. * Machine Knitting Monthly *

About the Author:

Pam Allen, former editor in chief of Interweave Knits, is currently creative director for Classic Elite Yarns. She authored the very successful book Knitting for Dummies and Scarf Style. Pam lives in Portland, Maine. Ann Budd is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits. She is the author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns series and Getting Started Knitting Socks, plus many of the Style series books (all from Interweave.) She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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