Twinkle's Town & Country Knits

Twinkle's Town & Country Knits

30 Designs for Sumptuous Living

Book - 2008
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Twinkle's Town & Country Knits whisks knitters to picturesque locations such as the California coast and the farms of New England - the influences for this set of Chia's signature garments - and offers 30 designs unified by their chic, classic silhouettes. From the Pacifica Cardigan (a sky-blue sweater with feather-edging openwork) to the Santa Lucia Skirt (a long, coral-and-pink skirt with wavy stripes) to the Bookbrowser s Sweater (a bright-pink, long-sleeved sweater with a bobble front and split fold-over neck), the projects suggest a town and country lifestyle, with a charming, witty touch that one expects from Twinkle collections. The patterns feature the attention to shaping and the innovative approach to large-gauge knitting that Twinkle is famous for, along with easy-to-follow directions.
Publisher: New York : Potter Craft, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307346124
Branch Call Number: ANF 746.432 CHI
ANF 746.432 CHI
Characteristics: 159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm


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Dec 27, 2009

Wenlan Chia's ideas are fresh, her colour choices modern and original, and her designs, even if you would never wear it, are interesting and cleverly constructed. A major plus with her patterns are the sheer speed they can be created in, without the concern that your bulky-knit sweater will sag to horrid lengths because of her thoughtful construction details.

I have only two complaints about this book, and it is the same beef with Wenlan Chia's other books: substituting yarns are a pain, and her use of negative ease leads to some sizing confusion. Please bear in mind, her patterns are not just for twig-sized people, but the sizing is confusing because she incorporates as much as 5 inches of negative ease in her sweaters. Also, as she uses her own yarns, which are not yet available to buy in person in Ottawa, and while they can be purchased online, I, and I imagine others, like to see the colours in real life before purchasing. Subbing in yarns is tricky, as her Soft Chunky yarn has only one other gauge equivalent: Cascade Magnum, which is also tricky to find.

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