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No Sheep for You: Knit Happy with Cotton,…

No Sheep for You: Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo &…

by Amy R. Singer

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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. ( )
  RochesterKnittingGui | Apr 16, 2016 |
No Sheep for You. knit happy with cotton, silk, linen, hemp, bamboo and other delights. by Amy R. Singer. Interweave Press Inc. 2007. Amy lives in Toronto.

This book is beautifully laid out, with lovely little drawings, clear photographs of textures and boxes of supplementary information alongside, but not interrupting, the text. Her writing is engaging and chatty.

There are three introductory chapters, the first is on fibres, how they’re grown or man-made, their structure, how they’re processed, properties and best uses, and care of finished article. It is thorough and a delightful read.

Chapter two: Successful sheepless substitutions to ensure your piece will have the same gauge, drape and body as the woolly pattern one intended. This includes charts to guide you when substituting for example: cables, easy care, stranded knitting, intarsia, or stitch definition.

Chapter three: a new and fun take on swatching. This too is very thorough.

Then there are 20 projects: sweaters for men and women, a one-skein collar, thrummed mittens, socks, a bag and a hat. Again there are side boxes treating: yarn pilling, needles, allergies to wool, weaving in slippery ends and gussets.

And finally there is a good glossary of terms and stitches and techniques.

Jacqueline Biéler, November 2008
  OKGLibrary | Sep 10, 2010 |
Fantastic book for knitters with fiber allergies as well as knitters who want to experiment with non-animal fibers. ( )
  blindpurls | Jan 2, 2010 |
I love that these patterns were designed with plant fibers in mind (along with some silk, but I prefer to use cotton instead). There are cables that don't weigh you down, colorwork that doesn't need to be wool and shawls that bloom without using animal fiber. The patterns are, for the most part, pretty nice (although there are one or two really crazy ones). I have already picked out yarn to make the Cables and Os cardigan, and there are a half-dozen more that I'm planning on making eventually. ( )
1 vote 391 | Dec 23, 2008 |
Excellent technical detail and lovely patterns ( )
  berkeleybecca | Jan 10, 2008 |
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