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Handknit Style II:

More Contemporary Sweaters from Tricoter

by Linden Ward & Beryl Hiatt

Rating: 4 sheep

 

Handknit Style II, a sturdy spiral-bound volume published in 2006, contains 16 patterns by the authors, who opened the Tricoter Shop in Seattle in 1993.  The shop seems to be prospering.  The book opens with a section on yarn arriving at the shop, on getting started, with information on yarns used and resource yarn companies with addresses.  Many special tips and techniques are included, along with 16 patterns.

While I haven't yet seen Handknit Style I, I really liked this one.  My main impressions are:

  • Glorious photos and yarn colors;
  • Perfection of knitted stitches;
  • Refreshing, elegant, whimsical design features.

Some of these design features are a rose pocket, elegant fringe edging on a Chanel jacket, a bulky cable that encompasses almost an entire sleeve, fine cable detailing around an arm scye, across the yoke and up the front, and a wide ribbon belt drawn through knitted loops.  In every case the yarn for these elegant designs is exquisite.  Many of the patterns use a solid color; about 6 display creative use of stripes and other color combinations.

Not every design appealed to me (one a bit quirky, one so absolutely lain it seemed not to fit with the others), but then many were so elegantly unusual that it was a joy to simply look at it over and over, and how many pattern books can make that claim?

It's a fairly expensive book but one that will satisfy and move the imagination.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia Piacentini

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