Book Review: The Best of Interweave Knits

Interweave Press celebrates the 10-year anniversary of their popular Interweave Knits magazine with 25 of editors favorite patterns ranging from the elegantly lacy Forest Path stole to a substantial Basketweave Pullover. Even more valuable then the solid pattern collection are the technique segments lifted from the magazine’s Beyond the Basics column. These cover a diverse range of topics including different cast-ons, bind-offs, blocking, working with two yarns, short rows, grafting and more along with helpful tips that knitters will find themselves referring to on a regular basis. Each pattern includes multiple color photos showing readers how the garment looks from different angles and special features along with comprehensive schematics, full materials list and designer notes. The instructions are so clear that majority of this collection including a couple of fun tote bags can be worked by all but the most inexperienced knitter. From the thoughtful use of different stitches in the Threepenny Pullover or VIP Cardigan to the asymmetrical front opening and contrast colors of the Union Square Market Pullover, careful attention to the details sets these designs apart, elevating them to classics that just beg to be knit and enjoyed.

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