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Clara Posted - 06/08/2011 : 7:43:35 PM

Since we're on our every-other-week summer publishing cycle, I thought I'd talk about not one but two books in this week's Knitter's Review. Both are self-published, and both address the concept of a perfect-fitting sweater--but from very different perspectives.

Meet Ysolda Teague's Little Red in the City and Sandra McIver's Knit Swirl. Happy reading!

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NutmegOwl Posted - 06/10/2011 : 06:10:02 AM
This is the one venue where I can confess my "knitter's crush" on Ysolda Teague sans risking derision. She writes some of the clearest patterns on the planet. As one who has the subscription to LRITC in ebook and hard-copy, I am looking forward to the customization in the patterns. While her thousands of devotees have been all worked up about the delivery date of the book - and she has painstakingly been refining and editing - from this vantage point, the designs might have benefited from models with a few more body-types than the dramatically different "twig" and "apple" to have more positive first reaction from knitters unfamiliar with her work. It's all about learning and I know I will have important take-aways from LRITC.

Nutmeg Owl
Quaecumque sunt vera Posted - 06/09/2011 : 11:13:39 AM
I have an absurd amount of Koigu boucle yarn purchased about 10 years ago. I also have a shrinking body and avoided making any garments that wouldn't fit after a while. Knit, Swirl, Knit is perfect and a wonderful addition to my knitting library. Since there are so many stitches, I plan to use the Portuguese Style technique to avoid hand cramp and fatigue.
churchlady Posted - 06/09/2011 : 10:58:00 AM
I think I have one book's worth left in the birthday loot, and I like the sound of Knit Swirlas much as the others. I know Ysolda Teague's book will be excellent, but I do have a few quite technical (for me) books that I've done a bit of custom fitting with, but I still have a bit to do on a few sweaters, so I'm still not sure I'm ready to progress.
One Stitch at a Time Posted - 06/09/2011 : 09:18:04 AM
Great reviews, Clara.
I happened to look through Knit Swirls at a book store last week and I was very intrigued. After reading Clara's review, I am tempted to invest in it, but am concerned that I will once again be the exception to the "one size fits all" rule. I'll have to go and look at the book again.

robinstephanie Posted - 06/09/2011 : 08:44:15 AM
Haven't read the newsletter yet, but I recently clicked on the KnitSwirl sponsor ad on KR, and went to the book's website. There I found several really great photos of projects that reallyappeal to me. I'm not sure I could knit many of them yet, but I like having pictures of more complex projects to aim at, for when my skills get better. It motivates me to learn new skills with each new project I try. I look forward to reading this review. Thanks, Clara!


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
McKennaO Posted - 06/09/2011 : 05:05:13 AM
Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you, Clara! I'm so glad to see Sandra McIver's Knit, Swirl! reviewed!

I've been knitting for decades, mostly intuitively and without a pattern, the intended recipient my only guide. Still, I greatly admire the work of those intrepid souls who put their patterns to paper; I have a vast collection of books, which I adore and would never part with.

Knit Swirl, however, actually inspires me. It's been a lot of years since something actually grabbed my attention to the point of digging through my stash after the first few pages, and this book had me from the very beginning. It is just plain fun to knit these jackets, and because the end result is unfailingly flattering, you'll soon find yourself considering whimsical yarn combinations you might otherwise have dismissed - the vertical and diagonal welts quickly neutralize the bulking-up effect of traditional horizontal stripes, and the fabric created by the welts always drapes beautifully, if for no other reason than the sheer volume.

I think most of us have go-to yarns. Well, these have quickly becoming one of my go-to patterns. Swirls are easy, portable and highly adaptable. More seasoned knitters may want to cap the sleeves - the result is a truly awesome sleeveless hoodie or vest - or knit them flat to create a cut-away effect. Newer knitters will be gratified by the simple fact that they can create a truly pretty and infinitely wearable garment each and every time.

I'm so glad Ms. McIver took the risk of self-publishing and have no doubt that major publishers everywhere will be kicking themselves for not having acquired the rights.

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