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No Sheep for You

Yarns made from plant fibers, modern synthetics, and silk take the spotlight in this collection of 21 classic knitting patterns for socks, scarves, hats, bags, vests, sweaters, and even a luxurious bathrobe. Some knitters are discouraged by the thought of baggy hemp sweaters and droopy cotton socks when they consider vegetable fibers, but this authoritative, fun, and light-hearted guide promises that, while wool has no equal when it comes to elasticity and warmth, the right tricks and techniques produce non-wool fashions that fit well, wear well, and hang beautifully. Knitters are taught to knit swatches to study the behavior of a yarn, to choose an appropriate pattern, and to master techniques for reinforcing stitches and inserting knit-ins of springier yarn to keep cotton, silk, and other fibers from sagging. Key information about durability, weight, pilling, and special handling is provided for acrylic, bamboo, cotton, hemp, Ingeo, linen, lycra, nylon, polyester, rayon, silk, soy, Tencel, and viscose yarns, and a chapter of helpful tips advises on needles to use (and avoid), how to start new balls and weave in ends, how to work intarsia and Fair Isle patterns, smart ways to control the cost of materials, and the right methods for washing, drying, and blocking the finished pieces.
Singer, Amy R.
$22.95 each $16.06 each


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Only minimal new info, lots of patterns

By JissaLB

from Durham, NC

About Me Everyday Reader



    • Disappointing
    • Not enough on the fibers
    • Not What I Expected
    • Patterns are most of book

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      Comments about No Sheep for You:

      I got this book, because as someone who can't knit with wool, or animal fibers because I react to them, I wanted to hear the latest and greatest info for people like me. Unfortunately, most of the book is a repeat of fairly basic info you can get just by feeling yarns and thinking about how your own store bought garments made of the same material work. I was particularly disappointed in the patterns. I don't have the book in front of me, but my recollection was that more than 50% of the book was given over to patterns, and none of them were anything that I would consider knitting. All in all, I think it did a poor job of showcasing wool free knitting.

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