Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
One hallmark of a truly well handmade item is that it quality can be seen from both sides. A surefire way to achieve this in knitting is to create a piece that is reversible, or has two right sides. Iris Schrieier's book "Reversible Knits" is a tutorial guide and pattern book centered on this idea. I received a copy of the 2013 paperback edition, and this review was made front hat copy.
The book covers several techniques to produce a double sided, or reversible knitted piece. Included are knit/purl combos, color work, double knitting, cable, lace and modular knitting. Each tutorial includes step-by-step directions, illustrations, and swatches to show how the technique should look when executed properly. The double knitting tutorial includes two methods for the knitter to choose from. Notably, the author has additional video tutorials on YouTube. Author Schreier gives further information about how to access the videos in her book.
The patterns that use the techniques are primarily accessory pieces. Thee are several scarves, hats, belts, and some shawl patterns included. I can see this book being especially useful for gift items. The fastest to make item is probably the Fresh and Flirty Sparkle headband. Knit with a twisted rib pattern, I hope to make a few of these, both for myself and for gifts.
The hat patterns in the book are of the skullcap variety. If you are looking for slouchy hats or larger hats with earflaps, you won't find patterns for those hats in this book. The skullcap hats do have classic patterning and good design. They would be attractive on many people.
Of the scarf pattern, the Bauhaus lights pattern looks especially appealing. It is an easy, slipstitch pattern that uses two high contrast colors to create a timeless looking scarf.
The patterns in this book read easily. Where appropriate, both written instructions and charts are given. Most of the items are photographed well, showing the reversibility while being attractively photographed. Originally published in 2009, a September, 2013 paperback edition has been printed. As the book has gone into a paperback edition, it is now lightweight and less expensive than purchasing a new original hardback. The photographed samples were all completed with yarns made form the authors own yarn company. Fortunately, the author provides guidance in substituting yarns with both suggestions on pg. 12 and a chart on pg. 142.
If you are looking for book to gain some new techniques to produce two sided knit accessories, this book could be a handy guide.
FTC requirements: the publisher provided me a free review copy of this book. All of my reviews are my honest opinion. I received no compensation from the publisher or book author for this review.