I have in my hot little hands a review copy of Nicky Epstein’s upcoming book: Knitting Block by Block: 150 Blocks for Sweaters, Scarves, Bags, Toys, Afghans, and More. This 240-page hardcover book from Potter Craft is due out on November 9, 2010.
Shamelessly lifted from the Amazon.com page for this book, here’s a description of the contents of the book:
- 150 original block patterns, from simple textures to embossed pictorials, intricate lace to cables, colorwork, double knit, and more, all with Nicky’s signature wit, verve, and style.
- More than ten exclusive project designs that will make you say “I can’t believe that is made out of blocks!”
- Detailed guidance for creating exciting pieces out of block knitting, without using increases or decreases.
- Exclusive cut-and-paste project design pages. Simply cut out the printed blocks and arrange them to help create your own masterpieces.
The book is beautifully designed and photographed, like all Potter Craft books.
There are notes at the beginning of the book about gauge and how to design with blocks, followed by the patterns for 150 blocks. You’ve got basic blocks:
The patterns for each block are very clear, and some have both written and charted instructions.
Here are some of my favorite colorwork blocks:
I think the ones on the left look like Delft tiles — what a gorgeous afghan those would make!
I love the cabled blocks too:
There are also blocks with applique and embroidered embellishments, as well “special techniques” and “eclectic style” which include some very creative and unusual blocks — the type of things you would expect from Nicky Epstein. Because I am mean I did not include a photo of any of these.
There are also patterns for 10 projects that include a couple of afghans, a couple of scarves, a shrug, sweaters, a vest, a bag, and a hat. Here’s a sweater:
And possible my favorite pattern in the book — one-block animals!
There’s a lot of wonderful stuff in this book and the projects are just the beginning. There are so many great things you can make from the blocks and so many ideas to get your creativity flowing.
Meanwhile back at the ranch I am deliriously happy knitting Eala Bhan. More about that tomorrow!