This collection of squares, hexagons, octagons, and botanical shapes uses many inventive techniques to fashion flower and leaf modules for use in such projects from blankets and bags to birdcage covers and greeting cards.
The book begins with a broad overview of knitting equipment. Next is a brief but interesting discussion of yarn and the fabrics different gauges result in. Sections on chart reading, needlework techniques, blocking, and joining follow, including an important section on calculating the size of each module. This is crucial because the book provides no finished sizes. It offers a suggestion for yarn weight for each block, but no gauge indications.
The best way to determine whether to purchase this book is to look at the designs in it. There are 75 block designs and 7 project ideas. Lace, embossing, bobbles, elongated stitches, loop stitches, I-cord, embroidery, picked-up and bound-off stitches, and appliqué are all employed in the blocks. If you're looking to expand your repertoire of knitting techniques and like the looks of these flowers, this book would be a good way to practice each technique on a small scale.
My favorite section in the book is the pictorial depictions of large Georgia O'Keeffe style flowers. Done in intarsia, they would be less suitable for a baby blanket than for a bag or pillow, but they are impressive.
Sometimes insets are shown of coordinating blocks or blocks in opposite colorways sewn together in groups of nine. Both this and the project section help knitters visualize different combinations and brainstorm uses for the blocks.
As an aside, I was so intrigued by the Cheese Plant Leaf that I looked it up. Cheers!
Disclosure: Kangath received a review copy of this book. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed in all Kangath's reviews are her own.