Review: Knit 2 Together

Knit 2 Together : patterns and stories for serious knitting fun 9781584795346 by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark is a quick, fun read. Most of the book is patterns, but rest is quite entertaining, The book includes 32 patterns by Clark. The designs are varied and range in skill level. Some of Clark’s designs seem fairly unusual, such as the linen kilt, some are kitschy, like the saucy apron, but they most are things I can picture real people wearing. You can see several of them here.

Most of the designs are not things that say “make me!” but I enjoyed looking at them anyway. I ought to like the “Grownup bonnet because that is how I wear my winter scarf (which is why TH has gotten me hats) but I don’t. The gym slip dress is almost something I like, but I need to modify it. The Pimlico shrug is also a near miss for me. I think my favorite item is the Pea Pod cardigan, but the button band would need to be straight.
Rating: 3

Review: Modern classics

Modern classics: knit over twenty timeless designs 9781564776440 by Louisa Harding has a nice selection of sweaters and other knitted tops. The listing at the back shows 13 long-sleeved pullover sweaters, 1 short-sleeved, 1 twinset, 8 Cardigans/jackets and 1 vest. Five of the sweaters are really variation on the fitted sweater and the basic sweater so you can choose fit and neckline. Some of the sweater use single color yarn, other variegated and others have a pattern knit in (strip or stranded). I haven’t used the book so I can’t comment on the instructions. Harding has her own yarn line. I have never seen (or felt) her yarns that I know of, so I can’t comment on them either. The patterns are organized by weight of yarn

There are several designs I can see making, but not necessarily from this book. The garments of classic shape have similar patterns in other books as well. I like the panel jacket, which is a bit more unusual. I also like the subtle detail on the fitted textured sweater. The lace version of the V neck cardigan is also nice. I often don’t like variegated yarn with lace, but I think this design uses the yarn effectively. I like the look of Sloppy Joe but I know the wide boat neck would drive me nuts. You can see all the patterns here.
Until I know if her instructions are good, it is hard to rate this too high since the designs are classics and therefore not super unusual.
Rating: 3.2