Double Knitting: Reversible Two-Color Designs
by M'Lou Baber; pub. Schoolhouse Press, 2008
Meg Swansen rightly proclaims that the cover photo alone is worth the price of the book. But there are many more beautiful photos inside.
The book begins with an overview of the double-knitting technique, including casting on, increasing and decreasing, open and closed edges, ribbing, reading charts, binding off, and more. There is also over a page devoted to estimating yarn quantities, as well as a paragraph about getting gauge. All instructions are clear and concise, with helpful photos.
The patterns start out fairly simple, with potholders, coasters, headbands, and a baby blanket. Then the fun begins with "Knitting the Refrigerator Door," a section on converting children's art into double-knitting. Whee!
Also in this book are patterns for a bag, some children's bonnets (and an adult bonnet!), a gorgeous fair isle vest, a couple of lovely shawls, children's cardigans with matching hats, and an armload of adult coats and jackets with and without matching hats.
Unfortunately, only the children's sweaters come in different sizes. The adult garments are one size only, ranging from 35" (Camilla Vest) to 57" (The Far East Jacket). All can be worn open at the front. The patterns range from classic fair isle to cute animal depictions to stylish abstract looks.
This is not a new book, but one that deserves renewed attention in light of the recent upsurge in double-knitting. It's a wonderful introduction to a useful technique.
Disclosure: Kangath reviewed her personal copy of Double Knitting. Kangath was not compensated for the preceding review. All opinions expressed in the review are the blog author's and are not necessarily the opinions of Schoolhouse Press or M'Lou Baber.
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