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SimpleChic: Designer Knits, SuperQuick! (Minnowknits Books) [Paperback]

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Item description for SimpleChic: Designer Knits, SuperQuick! (Minnowknits Books) by Jil Eaton...

Knitwear designer Jil Eaton offers up this collection of 20 colorful concoctions that knit up to perfection. The look ranges from the high fashion mohair wrap to the classic cashmere sweater to the whimsical Pop Top hat. Even the family dog is in on the knits, with a functional waterproof jacket. Projects are quick and full of fun, with bright colors, soft yarns, and unmistakable design touches like cable detailing on sweaters and mitts, tassels and trims on hats, and buttons and bows for babies. The guide has a quick refresher section for those in need of a quick review or beginners. Tips, tool and sizing guides, and care instructions are also included. For seasoned knitters looking for flair or new knitters needing achievable but stylish projects beyond scarves, the patterns in this book are clear, exciting, and inspiring.

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.3" Width: 8" Height: 8.6"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 2005
Publisher   Breckling Press
ISBN  193330801X  
ISBN13  9781933308012  

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More About Jil Eaton

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jil Eaton is internationally acclaimed for her children's wear and designs. She publishes and distributes her exclusive patterns under the popular MinnowKnits label and produces two collections annually for Vogue Knitting International. Eaton is an alumnus of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

Jil Eaton currently resides in Portland, in the state of Maine. Jil Eaton was born in 1949.

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Reviews - What do customers think about SimpleChic: Designer Knits, SuperQuick! (Minnowknits Books)?

Not as good as her other books  Apr 7, 2008
Disappointed by this one. First of all it's a very small book, same as her other books. I'm only glad I bought it at a much lower price than the current one. Maybe it would be good for beginner's, because the designs are very simple.
I made the gray sweater on the cover for my boyfriend!  Apr 18, 2004
And he is thrilled with it! I've knitted before--just scarves and mittens, though, so I thought this would be a big challenge. I was amazed how quickly it went--and it fits him perfectly. Next, I'm going to try the little doggie coat. I haven't tried felting before, but the instructions make it look pretty easy. Great book, lovely patterns.
Sensational Ease  Mar 5, 2004
Jil Eatons latest, "Simplechic" has once again hit the top with fun patterns full of palette, yarn and sparkle possibility that WORK!!
I love her photos. They show such natural warmth which inspires in me an eagerness to begin and create anew. THANK YOU JIL
Simple What?  Feb 6, 2004
For those of you Minnowknits fans, this book will be a disappointment. It's unfortunate that this talented designer, who has had such success with her children's and infants patterns, felt a desire to take on adult fashion. Where the square shaping, bright colors, and single-stitch patterns can be packaged so well for babies, it's just not working in this collection.

Few knitters would want to spend hundreds of dollars on cashmere to knit the unflattering Cashmere Creme sweater, which is billed as the highlight of the book. It's not just that the designs are not hip and new as the book promises, but the monotonous plain stitch patterns, limited shaping, and lack of color patterning will not attract or challenge even the novice knitter. Putting a cute button on a dull sweater is a tricky enticement, but most people will realize that they could buy a machine-made sweater with similar results. The poor folks who had to knit these samples must have been bored to tears.

Granted, the best designs in the book are the dog sweaters. I don't have a dog, nor would I knit for it if I did have one. The pointy Christmas tree hat shown on the cover is also cute. (But since I celebrate Hanukkah I probably wouldn't knit that one anyway!) Don't run out and buy this book for that hat alone since practically the same hat can be found in Too Cute! by Debby Ware, which came out last Spring and is chock full beautiful kids' knits, and is a much better value. The other fashions in this book are either clownish (i.e. the hats) or extremely frumpy looking. Where is all of the high fashion that the title proclaims?

Unlike many knitting books where the pages are filled with instructional text and obscure abbreviations, this book's content conveys a big personality. Unfortunately, it's not a likeable one. Her first book, Minnowknits, is still the best bang for your buck. It's been a downhill ride since then.

Ho Hum  Jan 20, 2004
I'm fairly new to knitting, and very gung ho about it, but this book doesn't excite even me. There really aren't any patterns that make me want to pull out my needles. The stuff in it went out of fashion years ago, yet Ms. Eaton claims to have her finger on the pulse of "chic". She would be wise to henceforth eliminate that word from her vocabulary, and to remove the exclamation point from her keyboard, since her overuse of both is tiresome.

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