First, the facts:
Title: Refined Knits
Author: Jennifer Wood
Published by: Interweave Press, 2016
Type: Women’s clothing
Knitting with Grace
Elegant Aran Lace
The In-Depth Look:
Elegance is the name of the game in this collection of classic knitwear.
Mostly sweaters, but with some accessories, these patterns aren’t trying to be “edgy” and “new,” but instead are focusing on refining shapes that are already familiar.
The author writes, “Cables and lace are special enough by themselves, but there is something wondrous in combining the two-like uniting strength and grace. I absolutely love playing with stitch patterns, rearranting, adding a lace stitch here, cable there until it becomes just right. Cabling and knitting lace are the two techniques that I concentrated on for this book. … Once you begin knitting these beautiful, contemporary pieces based on old techniques, you will love the old-style knitting rhythm and the modern results.”
Using cables and lace as her playground, the author dresses up pullovers and cardigans to be something new, something sophisticated. There are eleven sweaters here, but also several shawls, a hat, and a pair of mitts. The shapes are graceful and elegant–more fitted than not, though nothing is skin tight or seeming difficult to wear.
As you’d expect from a good knitting book, there are schematics and charts. There are good pictures of details, as well as the more atmospheric, arty kind of shots.
What can I say? It’s classy.
You can get your own copy at Amazon.com or at your local shop.
This review copy was kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!