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Shadow Knitting [Paperback]

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A professional knitwear designer explores and refines the technique and principles of shadow knitting, including step-by-step instructions followed by projects including winged shawls, vests, and Japanese-style kimonos. Original.

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The mysteries of shadow knitting—a simple technique of alternating rows of dark and light yarn to produce a subtle patterning that appears and disappears depending on the angle from which it is viewed—are explored and refined here by a professional knitwear designer. The basic principles and techniques of shadow knitting are introduced through clear, well-illustrated instructions and are followed by spectacular projects that include winged shawls, squared bags, a matching cap and scarf, vests, sweaters, and Japanese-style kimonos. Each project is accompanied by step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs.

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Pages   143
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2004
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1931499411  
ISBN13  9781931499415  

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Extremely Disappointing   Apr 17, 2008
I made the mistake of buying this book without looking through it. I wish I had. I would never make a single pattern in this book. All of the sweater designs are completely unflattering: oversized and boxy. And all of the illusion designs are simple geometric shapes. Nothing is different or interesting.

But worst of all: there is no clear section on how to make your own illusion patterns! Luckily I have since found a website that has a tutorial. This book was a complete waste of money.
Want to put a little magic in your projects ?  Nov 7, 2005
I am overly enchanted with this book, who would of thought that a little switch here and there would create a stunning result. Learn how to not only create a work of art, but a conversation piece that will have alot of people saying "how did you do that" (get the book so you can learn how).
A very old idea dressed in new clothes.  Jun 25, 2005
Nothing at all new in this book. Any experienced knitter has
been there before. Pretty colours & glossy pictures do not add
up to a worthwhile book for knitters.
Not all it could be  Jun 23, 2005
If you're looking to get into shadow/illusion knitting, this is, as far as I know, the most comprehensive book out there, and worth the price. Other books only offer very short "instruction" on it, which tends to eliminate necessary things like gauge, yarn content & needle selection.

This book is also chock full of beautiful colour photographs. And most (although, unfortunately not all) of them include shots from at least two angles, enabling the reader/knitter to see how the pattern should look from both angles, which can make the knitting of the item easier.

On the other hand, there is ZERO information on how to create your own patterns. Also, Høxbro has a tiring predilection for very geometric patterns, and this technique lends itself to so much more elaborate patterns than that. Annoyingly, everything seems to be in a "four row" pattern, and there are other options, which is given almost no mention.

While I'm glad I bought the book, and it's currently the most comprehensive widely available book, for the "expert" on the craft to issue such a woefully incomplete reference, especially after such a long delay, is terribly disappointing.
A knitting project & make the most of highlighting & shadows  Feb 8, 2005
Add color to a knitting project and make the most of highlighting and shadows with Shadow Knitting, which demonstrates how to use alternating rows of light and dark yarn to produce subtle patterns. Prior knitting experience and experience reading patterns will assist in the use of an excellent survey which includes everything from the charts and counting needed to produce special effects to color photos of complete projects and step-by-step directions.

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