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The Best Of Interweave Knits: Our Favorite Designs from the First Ten Years

The Best of Interweave Knits showcases 25 stylish designs that stand the test of time - scarves, stoles, cardigans, and more.

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These favorite projects represent the creative work of more than 20 notable designers including Veronik Avery, Debbie Bliss, Norah Gaughan, Kate Gilbert, Faina Letoutchaia, Marta McCall, Charlotte Morris, Kristin Nicholas, Leigh Radford, and many more.

This must-have pattern collection, with a foreword by Pam Allen, also includes a dozen favorite articles derived from the popular Beyond the Basics column, a great reference tool. These articles provide in-depth information on essential techniques including casting on, increasing, decreasing, binding off, seaming, grafting, and blocking, and working with two yarns at the same time, reading charts, working short-rows, and understanding lace patterns.

The instructions and articles are written in clear language in Interweave Knits' familiar style, leading readers step by step through every aspect of knitting and finishing, ensuring success even for relatively inexperienced knitters.

If you've been collecting Knits for many years, or if you're new to the Knits world, pick up a copy of The Best of Interweave Knits - this impressive collection of favorite designs will be a great reference tool for years to come.

Reviews: "Interweave Knits is one of the best knitting magazines out there, and it celebrated its 10th birthday in 2007 with a book of the best patterns from the first 10 years." Guide to Knitting

SKU: 07KN8

Author/Speaker/Editor: Ann Budd

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680333

Number Of Pages: 160

Table of Contents
Introduction (Pam Allen)
  • Marcel's Sweater by Véronik Avery- The idea for this fitted sweater came to Véronik while her husband Marcel, an actor, was playing a "voyageur" (a fur trader who traveled by canoe through the Canadian wilderness in the early 1800s) for a Canadian tv program.


  • Basketweave Pullover by Melissa Leapman- Melissa enjoys knitting projects that blend beautiful basic yarns with simple, easily memorized stitch patterns. The sweater pieces are worked separately from the bottom up and fitted together with a square armhole.


Beyond the Basics- Cast-Ons
  • Salt Peanuts by Véronik Avery- Music and movies go together in this swingy cardigan, named for a 1941 jazz piece written by Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Clarke.


  • Threepenny Pullover by Véronik Avery- Named for the Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill, there's a lot to love in this sweater.


Beyond the Basics- Bind-Offs
  • Lace Peignoir and Simple Shell by Joan McGowan-Michael- Wear this romantic jacket over your nightie when you curl up with a cup of tea or wear it over the accompanying shell when you go out for a special occasion.


  • Striped Fringe by Amanda Blair Brown- Stripes are an inexhaustible resource for design innovation, and Amanda has used them to create this imaginative scarf.


Beyond the Basics- Blocking
  • Simply Marilyn by Debbie Bliss- The not-so-subtle shaping and shoulder-hugging neckline on this raglan pullover are design elements that hark back to the 1950s when garments called attention to the feminine form.


  • Ruffle Tank by Leigh Radford- Inspired by an article on knitted ruffles by Pam Allen in the Summer 2002 issue of Interweave Knits, Leigh designed a flirty linen tank with ruffle details.



  • Stripes Go Round by Lana Hames- Hemp yarn is both comfortable to wear and easy to care for. Lana has used four shades of sportweight hemp for this simple, lightweight top.


Beyond the Basics- Increases
  • Marseilles Pullover by Kathy Zimmerman- In this slim cabled pullover, Kathy combined trellis-like diamonds with garter stitch interiors and crisscrossing ribs to reflect the layout of hedgerows and plantings in a formal summer garden.


  • Kristin's Favorite Carry-All by Kristin Nicholas- Inspired by a woven wool bag from Ecuador that she used as a knitting bag, then overnight bag, then diaper bag, Kristin designed this generous knitted alternative.


Beyond the Basics- Decreases
  • Millennium Argyle Vest by Nancy Marchant- For this contemporary vest, Nancy has taken a basic argyle pattern and "broken the rules" by enlarging the diamonds from their traditional smaller size and using a different color for each diagonal line of stitches.


  • Water Garden Fair Isle by Ron Schweitzer- Ron got the idea for this unisex pullover while viewing a friend's photograph of a residential water garden in Calcutta.


Beyond the Basics- Working with Two Yarns
  • Cabaret Raglan by Norah Gaughan- Norah used eyelets and two-stitch cables (also called traveling stitches) to give definition to the angled lines of the raglan armholes and decorate the front yoke of this otherwise simple pullover.


  • Lotus Blossom Tank by Sharon Shoji- This little top, worked in bamboo yarn, combines a delicate repeating lace pattern with a square neckline and unusual shoulder detail.



  • Lite Lopi Pullover by Norah Gaughan- Norah looked to traditional Bohus knitting for the color and stitch patterns on her round-yoke sweater where the signature purl stitches in Bohus designs create a suble "pop" effect - small dots of color and texture in an otherwise straightforward Fair Isle pattern.


Beyond the Basics- Reading Charts
  • Icarus Shawl by Miriam Felton- A lace motif from Sophia Caulfield's Dictionary of Needlework, first published in 1882, was the starting point for Miriam's feather-light shawl.


  • Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia- Faina drew upon the lace-knitting traditions of her of her Russian homeland and of the Shetland Islands, variations on stitch patterns from Barbara Walker's stitch guides, and a fascination with entrelac to create this stunningly elegant alpaca stole.


Beyond the Basics- Knitted Lace
  • Cambridge Jacket by Ann Budd- Inspired by the men's sweater jackets that were popular in the 1950's, this trim cardigan uses placed ribs for fit and knitterly detail.


  • Burma Rings by Barbara Venishnick- In two far-flung corners of the world - Burma, tucked between India and Southeast Asia, and South Africa, home to the Ndebele people - women have for centuries worn brass rings around their necks. Barbara took these rings as inspiration and knitted them into a sweater in soft merino wool.


Beyond the Basics- Short-Rows
  • Man's Brioche Vest by Erica Alexander- This handsome vest featuring soft brioche ribs and a button-up front is a relaxed version of the classic, conservative, man's vest.


  • VIP Cardigan by Charlotte Morris- Charlotte transformed the classic textured Aran cardigan into something delicate and feminine by choosing a lightweight yarn and subtle textures.


Beyond the Basics- Seams
  • Pearl Buck Swing Jacket by Kate Gilbert- The swingy A-line shaping and delicate stitch detail in Kate's little jacket were inspired by the loose-fitting tops worn by Chinese women in Pearl S. Buck's novel, The Good Earth.


  • Weekend Getaway Satchel by Marta McCall- Bright, bold colors make Marta McCall's felted satchel a lively twenty-first-century version of the nineteenth-century carpetbag.



  • Union Square Market Pullover by Kate Gilbert- This flirty, yet comfortable sweater will take you from Saturday morning at the market to an afternoon coffee date.


About the Author

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

SKU: 07KN8

Author/Speaker/Editor: Ann Budd

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680333

Number Of Pages: 160

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Customer Reviews

The Best of Interweave Knits: Our Favorite Designs from the First Ten Years Review by Jan Graunke

Very nice general knitting book. ALot to chose from for all knitters of any experience.

(Posted on 10/5/2011)

(Posted on 10/5/2011)