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Scarf Style: Innovative to Traditional, 31 Inspirational Styles to Knit and Crochet (Style series) [Paperback]

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Item description for Scarf Style: Innovative to Traditional, 31 Inspirational Styles to Knit and Crochet (Style series) by Pam Allen...

This collection of 31 elegant and ingenious scarf designs tap the expertise of more than 25 knitwear designers who offer new ways to think about this most basic of garments. Designs by Kathryn Alexander, Debbie Bliss, Nancy Bush, Lily Chin, Nicky Epstein, Sasha Kagan, Sally Melville, and Kristin Nicholas are included, representing a varied exploration of techniques that provide innovative ways to think about knitting and crochet. Sections on knitting and crochet basics, making a scarf without a pattern, and a designer's notebook with templates for basic scarves and suggestions for design variations are provided.

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1931499543  
ISBN13  9781931499545  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Pam Allen is a designer whose knitting patterns have appeared in such publications as Interweave Knits and Twist Collective.

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Pam Allen currently resides in Camden, in the state of Maine. Pam Allen was born in 1949 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Development Coordinator, Sheffield.

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BLURRY PHOTOS! They need to overhaul it and publish a new edition!  Jul 14, 2008
Yes, several of the patterns are innovative and inspiring, but the frustration of the photos just overrides any positives in this book. The models' pretty faces are in sharp focus; the scarves are usually obscured by a pseudo-artistic mist. If the publishers were professional and concerned about the needs of the people fabricating these patterns, you sure can't tell.
Scarf Style  Jul 14, 2008
This book has several different styles of scarfs you can make, it's wonderful. I just went out and bought some yarn specifically for some of the patterns in this book.
Lovely book needs help with clarity  Dec 20, 2007
Let me begin by saying that I highly recommend this book for its power to inspire. I agree with previous reviewers regarding the photography - whoever thought it was a good idea to put the actual knitted garment out of focus was lacking insight. Nonetheless, thereare several pictures for most items, so one can get the general idea of shape, drape, and structure. Also, there is a very wide variety of techniques used, so there is a lot of learning that can happen using this book. I carried this book everywhere for the first few weeks so I could drink in the possibilities.
I disagree with posters who say that this book is for intermediate/advanced knitters. I was a beginning knitter when I purchased this book and *became* an intermediate knitter by making three of the patterns within. The instructions are quite clear. The publishers did not skimp on pages dedicated to each design. Also, the "design notebook" section at the end helps the "young" knitter understand design elements.
This book earned 4 rather than 5 stars because of the hazy photography. Another issue is that a lot of the suggested yarn is very high priced. It would have been helpful to add a section on yarn substitution. Other than these two things, this book is perfect and I heartily recommend it for any level knitter.
Gypped  Dec 3, 2007
When I bought this book of "31 inspirational styles", though I am a knitter, I thought that I could put up with a couple of crochet patterns. What I did not know was that though this book purports to be a SCARF book, about a quarter of it is taken up with SHAWLS, STOLES, SHRUGS, WRAPS, COLLARS and CAPELETS. These items definitely do not belong in a scarf book. They are just padding. I paid good money for the book, plus postage to the other side of the world, and I feel gypped, swindled, cheated.
I agree with other reviewers who have complained about the photography. In a knitting pattern book like this we do not need arty photographs with misty effects. We need CLEAR photographs with the scarfs shown ENTIRE (including the ENDS); scarfs spread out so the pattern can be seen, not scrunched up; scarfs in good lighting with a minimum of shadows; scarfs with adequate contrast to their background; scarfs not obscured by the model's hair, arms, knees etc or by "accessories" such as books and dogs!
As for the yarns: It would be much better in a book like this to use mainly standard yarns rather than novelty yarns that are likely to be discontinued.
I hope that the people at Interweave Press will take notice of these points.
Not your plain-Jane garter stitch scarves  Jul 28, 2007
Beautifully written patterns with skill level ranging from ambitious beginner to knitting pro. Knitted Misty Garden for a friend and fell in love with it's feathery, open look. Definitely recommend.

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