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Monday, October 19, 2009

Reversible Knitting by Lynne Barr

This week-end I bought one of the most impressive knitting books that I have seen in a long time. A totally new look at the subject of reversible knitting: Reversible Knitting by Lynne Barr.

I have long been fascinated by reversible stitches and have collected a repertoire of them for my own designing. Because so many of my designs are for shawls, scarves, and wraps, the reversible feature is of some consequence. It is best that both sides be equally beautiful, since either side may be on view at any moment.

Many of the reversible stitch patterns I am familiar with are the old standby's, based on combinations of knit and purl stitches, double knitting, reversible cables, slip stitch knitting, and so on.

But then along comes Lynne Barr, who, with the mind of an engineer and an architect, deconstructs the knitted stitch and reassembles it into configurations never seen before.
Nothing stops her from experimenting. "That can't be done" is simply not in her vocabulary. She allows herself to become intrigued by shapes and textures around her and practises until she can emulate them in knitting.

A case in point is crochet. She wanted to get the feel of crochet within knitting and came up with a collection of crochet-like stitches.
But, of course, she doesn't stop there. She goes on to translate her discoveries into the most unusual knitted constructions.
As well as garments that can be worn either side out.
She has also invited designers like Cat Bordhi, Veronik Avery, Norah Gaughan, Teva Durham, and Laura Zukaite to contribute designs as well.

So not only is this the most delicious stitch dictionary, each stitch pattern clearly illustrated and fully explained, with lots of technical help, it is also a wonderful collection of one-of-a-kind designs from some of the top names in the business.

I know that this is a book that I am going to return to again and again.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 10/19 at 11:22 PM