Get inside the artistic mind of talented knitwear designer Michele Rose Orne and discover her secrets to creating beautiful handknits for any season of the year. Inspired to Knit features four mini workshops with twenty-one patterns and spectacular photography conceptualized to help knitters think creatively, find inspiration in their surroundings, and shape those elements into garment design. Along the way knitters will pick up invaluable tips and tricks of the trade plus a wealth of inspiration.
Stunning patterns are arranged by season, reflecting the colors and beauty of nature that inspires Michele's feminine designs. From an amber beaded cardigan that captures the feeling of hay fields drying in the sun to a long, belted coat with a spray of feminine coral roses inspired by flowers in her local market to an intarsia jacket that evokes memories of a fall hike in a forest, each pattern is rich with color, detailing, and romantic knitting style. Design workshops throughout the book guide and challenge readers to find inspiration in their surroundings, build color palettes, swatch creatively through knitting and sketching, and finesse their style and fit. Think more creatively about knitting and unleash your inner designer with Inspired to Knit!
Reviews: "A lovely book that should inspire designers and want-to-be designers alike."-About.com Guide to Knitting
"If you've ever wondered how a designer comes up with his or her ideas, and how you might yourself go from a general idea about a color or a theme and come up with your own knitwear designs, this is a great book to check out. It may just get you to build your own vision boards and get you started looking at how patterns come together in a new way."-About.com Guide to Knitting
"If you are looking for knitting inspiration... look no farther than Inspired to Knit."-Bangor Daily News
"If you are an advanced knitter looking for sophisticated and feminine designs that could have stepped out of an Anthropologie catalogue... Inspired to Knit is the knitting book for you."-Blogcritics.org, Alyse Wax, Blogcritics.org
"Stunning. This is some of the loveliest, most innovative work I've seen in a quite a while. It's a rare book that contains multiple patterns that I love enough to knit. Rarer still that one arrives in which I want to knit everything."-Brenda Dayne, host, Cast On: a podcast for knitters
"This book is wonderfully presented, beautifully photographed, and well written. This book will certainly become a core to a knitter's design library."-Knit 'N Style
"5 out of 5 possible stars. This is a fantastic book."-Knitting News
"These sweater patterns–and they are primarily all sweaters, blouses, halter tops, or something like that–are just beautiful to look at, lush and finely detailed. The details are exquisite."-KnittingScholar.com
"There is so much and such deep information in this book you really need to read it to get the full impact. Of course you could just lose yourself in patterns. They are challenging and intriguing. I found myself reading patterns just to figure out how she did that."-Knitty.com
"The mini-workshops along with thoughtful pattern design just beg knitting groups to dive in with their own interpretations."-MonstersandCritics.com
"Stunning from start to finish. This is one book for which the "Inspired" in the title is no overstatement. Orne's a true master of details.... Intricate, uncommon, beautiful."-Yarn Market News