Confession time: I didn't order this book, it just popped in my mail because I have been lazy and haven't responded to my Crafter's Choice notice *yeah, they always get me to buy more books this way*. But this is one time when I don't regret getting the "editor's choice" book for the month. The book Knit Tricks is full of inspirational knits from simple tops to bags. Ingenious ways to arrange rectangles to create beautiful garments.
Have you just started knitting or loom knitting? Rectangles have been your forte but you are ready to move away from knitting scarves. Pick up Knit Tricks, 25 Stylish Projects from Simple Rectangles by Rebecca Wat.
The main reason why this book made it into a review is that loom knitters are usually looking for more patterns. More, more is a constant in our little corner, despite all the flourishing designs coming out everyday, there is just not enough (when compared to needle knit designs), Knit Tricks fills a little bit of that void.
The patterns are easily convertible to knitting looms; remember most of the patterns are just rectangles put together. Check out this page on Converting Needle Knit Patterns to Looms and you will be on your way to putting all those lovely patterns from the Knit Tricks to the looms. Try to achieve the gauge that the item is knit to or simply follow the schematics and knit the rectangles to that size and arrange them as instructed. Run, run go and get this book, you will find it inspirational. Rectangles are definitely more than just scarves and with the help of this book, the door to more designs is open to us!
Here are a few pictures of the patterns I queued from the book. (Click the image to view larger.) You see that vest in the lower right hand corner, it converts into a purse! Yep, it converts into a purse. It is ingenious indeed. The blouse on the lower left has me very tempted to cast on...it looks easy enough and it can probably provide me with the perfect knitting project for watching some tv (I hear Lost is starting today).
Knit Tricks gets a very good review from this reviewer. I am all for easy, fast projects and the projects in this book seem to fulfill those two qualifications.
This reviewer gives Knit Tricks: 5 wonderful balls of yarn!!