Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Amazon.com link: Oddball Knitting
Name of Book: Oddball Knitting
Author: Brenda Horne
Any other info: Kangaroo Press, 1989, 0864172567

Types of patterns: Garments

Number of Patterns: Technically 8, Jumper (5); Jacket/Cardigan (3)

Split of patterns: Men/women/children; apart from the 2 oversized jumpers each pattern is presented as Men then Women then childs

Size Range: Men 110-130 cm; women 95-115cm; childs 67-89cm and then the two oversized are listed as sizes (uk one assumes); 16/18(20/22) just to confuse

Colour/Black & White: Colour photographs in the centre; charts are hand drawn but well done and black and white.

Schematics: No

Target Audience: You'd need to know something about colourwork, and if you want to do two handed knitting it justs mentions that it's possible.

How to knit guide: Short and pretty basic


Comments: While the patterns are boxy and the oversized patterns made me scream "get thee behind me 80's" the rest are actually doable and the kind of patterns to use up odds and ends of yarn. There are three basic patterns, pattern a - Dancing Diamonds, which is stacked up parallelograms; B - Mosaic - diamonds inside a solid outline (one of the photographs has the look of stained glass with the outline in a dark colour and the inners in jewel bright tones); C: On the Slant - prety much longer dancing diamonds without the points. They're actually pretty clever patterns that if you picked the right yarn and colours would stand the test of time.

Buy/Borrow: I'm seriously thinking about hunting this one up to buy as I have a tonne of dk weight yarn that could do with being used up and these look good.

Where found: Dublin City Public Libraries has a few copies.

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