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Knitting Block by Block

http://images.randomhouse.com/cover/9780307586520?width=1000&alt=no_cover_b4b.gifThis book was a much wanted redemption for Mrs. Epstein. I reviewed her last book and every item in there was overdone. With this return to a format like her “Knitting On the Edge” and “Knitting Over the Edge” books, she had a winner. The book very neatly goes through several different types of blocks to make.

The patterns are very clear, with charts and an intro to the various techniques used in the book. The garments designs are fun and only require making specific blocks in the book with instructions on how to seam the different blocks together. She also makes it fun and easy to substitute out blocks to customize your own project. The hooded/pocketed scarf combo may make it into my holiday knitting.  Even if you just want to do something as traditional as knitting an afghan, it will not be your grandmother’s afghan. Really fun ideas.  My favorite blocks are some of the fun fair isle patterns she has graphed out. Fun simple patterns that really pop.

The only detrimental thing about the book is that lots of  directions are just “sew it on” or “knit it and block”. I feel with some of the more advanced techniques tackled in the book, a little more explanation on what is going on, or how one goes about doing the technique would be helpful to people who are learning to knit more complex things.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

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