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Knitting Reimagined Review

Nicky Epstein is a popular knitting book author for a reason - her books often have a great variety between the patterns, even when they fit into a particluar theme. Knitting Reimagined is a perfect theme for Epstein. Epstein already has twenty-five knitting books behind her, several of which teach unconventional knitting techniques. This particular installment fits well with her reputation.
Variety is a key feature of this book. Esptein provided a guide for each of the twenty five patterns to help knitters decide the difficulty level and how much time it would take to knit each garment. All of the patterns are for wearable clothing to fit regular size adult women.
The pattern designs fit a variety of tastes, as some are traditional, casual, or bohemian. Gone from this collection are any of the kitschy, hokey looking styles that sometimes appear in Epstein's books. The patterns are organized in chapters based on the unique aspect of the design.
Chapter 1 has eight designs that have a directional change, such as a 90 degree corner are angled knitting to make the garments stand out. I really like the Welted Button Cardi, which is an asymetrical, tunic length cardigan with a lot of drape.
Chapter 2 features interesting construction details, where garments are made by combining unusual shapes raher than just front, back and sleeves. Of the six designs in this chapter, On The Edge Dress looks like a potential wardrobe classic, using stockinette stitch combined with open holes near the shoulders and hemline to give detail that would continue to be eye catching but won't look dated for many years.
Chapter 3 has woven details added to each of the items, this shows up as woven looking cable patterns, or woven straps on the back of a tunic style tank top. Chapter 4 is called stitch impact, and features color work and other advanced knitting techniques.
Each pattern has suggestions for adaptations listed in a separate "reimagine it" footnote. All of the yarns used are brand name yarns carried in fine yarn stores, although the prices of the yarns vary to fit a wide variety of budgets. Many of the yarns are long running classics, such as Cascade superwash 220, that probably won't be discontinued any time soon. Some of the patterns do rely on the impact given in a high budget yarn, so finding affordable alternatives would change the end result. Still, if you understand what the change would be and still would be happy with that result, then the pattern would still be a joy to knit.
This book would be a great addition to the library of Nicky Epstein fans, knitters looking for something fresh and different with a variety of projects for different skill levels and at least a weekend, and sometimes a few months, they can spend a knitting project.

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