A swatch is a great way to combine shapes to create visually stunning fabrics. Who doesn’t love to knit a swatch?
This is exactly what Kristin Omdahl has done with Knitting Outside the Swatch.
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Interweave (October 31, 2013)
It sells for $24.95 US
The first thing I do when reviewing a book is page through it. Not read it. Just look, page by page. I have to tell you, I had more Ooh’s and Aah’s going through her book than I’ve had in a long time. The textures created with all the round motifs, the flowers and square motifs, became quite the eye candy for me.
Kristin explains that they are “small and quick to make.” She also mentions in the introduction that these are great for experimenting with different stitch patterns.
This book has 40 motifs, 10 beautiful projects, and she even gives you ideas on how you can use these motifs in your own creations. The photography is stunning. A photographer myself, I can always spot amazing photos.
I’d love to paint a picture for you as we go through this book together:
Kristin starts out with her introduction explaining what this book is about, how the motifs are constructed, and how you can be your own designer. She loves to knit a swatch. Don’t you? I know I do!
She goes on to explain how to use the motifs she’s created. From allover fabric to edging to embellishments, and more. Some of the various stitch patterns included in the book are cables, lace, short-rows, as well as others…
There are 4 motif sections:
~ Flowers & Stars – 11 stitch patterns
~ Circles, Squares & Rectangles – 19 stitch patterns
~ Join-as-You-Go – 4 stitch patterns
~ Unusual Shapes – 10 stitch patterns
Then…The Projects! 10 Projects…Accessories and Garments.
Kristin has done an amazing job! She gives us the tools to design our own accessories or garments by creating fun motifs. There’s a designer in all of us, I’m sure of that. Or maybe you prefer to knit the projects in this book. I know I will! I love everything about this book.
I decided to knit a couple swatches. Here’s mine…
|Large Ribbed Circle Swatch|
|Round Flower Medallion|
Okay friends, please leave a comment below and let us know how you would use this book.
Interweave has mailed me a FREE copy to giveaway to one lucky winner. I’ll pick the lucky winner this Friday, November 8th. Please make sure I have a good email address for you. That gives you one week…Good Luck!
So, as Kristin says,
“Grab your needles and start Knitting Outside the Swatch!“