Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Musings by Knitwits - Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein

Published: November 2010
Publisher: Potter Craft
Copy from: Library
Summary: Goodreads

No one forgets the sweet victory of completing their first knitted block, but most of us quickly move on to more complex constructions, only making swatches for guage. In this comprehensive volume, celebrated designer and innovator Nicky Epstein reimagines the humble block with 150 new patterns and masterfully demonstrates how to mix, match, and easily combine them into stunning one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.

Inside you will find: 150 original block patterns, from simple textures to embossed pictorials, intricate lace to cables, colorwork, double knit, and more, all with Nicky’s signature wit, verve, and style.
More than ten exclusive project designs that will make you say “I can’t believe that is made out of blocks
Detailed guidance for creating exciting pieces out of block knitting, without using increases or decreases
Exclusive cut-and-paste project design pages. Simply cut out the printed blocks and arrange them to help create your own masterpieces.

Blocks are quick to knit, portable pieces perfect for group and charity projects, and now not limited to just afghans! Knitting Block by Block gives you the tools to unlock a world of creative possibilities and confidently build your own design “blockbusters,” one block at a time.

Ok, knitters beware! This is a beautiful book and as soon as you see it you will want to add it to your knitting library. "So it's just another stitch book" I hear you saying to yourselves - but you're wrong. Nicky Epstein has taken the humble 'block' and raised it to new heights.

You will find simple blocks and blocks so complex you'll want to tear your hair out. There are intarsia blocks, cable blocks, 3-dimensional blocks, striped blocks, lace blocks, entrelac blocks, fair isle blocks - do you get the picture? This is a stunningly photographed book that is a delight just to look at. The extras come when you see the projects that can be made from these blocks, which include wraps, shrugs, gloves, bags, toys and many more.
There is plenty in here for more experienced knitters, but also lots for a newer knitter who is ready to try something a little more challenging. Check it out - you'll love it.

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