I'm getting a lot of good books across my desk these days, and want to share them with you much more often! I thought I'd choose a day of the week, like Wordy Wednesdays, but it looks like I missed that one, at least for now…Let's pretend it's yesterday, okay?

Simple Style  –the latest arrival in Interweave's Style series, this book sets the same high standards we've come to expect from Interweave, with star designer power and a photo-packed layout. Over the past few years, I've leafed through many simple/quick/easy-type project books, but this one takes the concept beyond big needles and boxy styles.

The 19 projects consist mostly of sweaters, with two skirts, a dress, a wrap and two vests tossed in for good measure. The idea behind the collection lies in emphasizing one element–a knit-purl texture, a well-placed ribbed area, and shaping minimally, yet effectively through stitch patterns. The looks, while simple, don't promise a quick knit, but are put together to emphasize a stylish look. Most patterns include bust sizing from approximately 30" to 44," with a few going up to 50."

 As with all of the Style series,  Simple Style  includes a Design Notebook which underscores the guiding principles of the book ("Let the Stitches work for You;" "Simplify Stitch and Color Patterns") and an illustrated glossary of terms and techniques. My mom, who hasn't picked up her needles much in the past year, found
Vicki Square's Kimono Classic design a strong pull to return to
knitting, and I itched to cast on the Twisted-V Pullover and Tailored Vest right away.


PS– I know I've blogged about this before, but the Kate Cardigan Knitalong Kickoff is this Saturday at the Knitting Tree from 2-5.

It's going to be lots of fun, with baked goods, prizes, good company, and lots of yummy yarn. Hope to see you there!

March 05, 2009 by Knitcircus

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