Review: Luxe Knits

Luxe Knits 9781600592836 by Laura Zukaite has some interesting techniques in it, but the designs are more high fashion than I wear. The garments are shown on impossibly skinny women in unnatural poses. The photography is artistic but it fails to actually show the garments properly. Pictures of accessories can mostly show the model in a whole outfit and you can’t see the accessory. Pictures may be sharp on the models face but out of focus on portions of the knitting. The descriptions may refer to elements of the design (such as the front) that are never shown. I really want my knitting books to focus on the knitting in the picture.

That said, the book is interesting to flip through. The original sketches are included and there are a couple of sentences about the design, so it is interesting to see the design process at work. The Shawl Sweater is an interesting design. You can see it in the preview linked above. The technique used for the Tonal Skirt and the Tube Scarf are interesting, slowing transiting through various colors. The scarf is even something I could consider making. The Herringbone Purse (not in Ravelry) has a nice look, if it was made half or a third the size. Zukait incorporates leather lacings into the knit as part of the herringbone and then they become the handles. The Cable Wristlets (not in Ravelry) are made on straight needles so Sari may want to take a look at that pattern (not being a fan of dpns). I like the effect of lace weight yarn as a simple semi-sheer panel inset in a deep v neck cabled sweater (Deep V Sweater) but I can skip the huge asymmetry of the hem. The Fitted Blouse might be nice, with its waffle on top and fitted ribbed bodice below, if only there were photos where the top wasn’t all stretched out by the models elbows. If I crocheted, the Half Moon Stole (not in Ravelry) might be tempting. The Peplum Cardiganlooks wearable by people I know. One more thing – wow the designer uses a lot of cashmere (and silk). Overall, the book is worth looking at but I don’t think I would ever make something from it.

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One thought on “Review: Luxe Knits

  1. Thanks for the review! I think you're right, in that it looks like it might be fun to flip through the book. Or, at least, the patterns that have pictures on Ravelry might not be ones I'd like to wear.

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