Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Drop-Dead Easy Knits by Gale Zucker, Mary Lou Egan, and Kirsten Kapur

The book, Drop-Dead Easy Knits by Gale Zucker, Mary Lou Egan, and Kirsten Kapur really makes creating fun and comfort cozy pieces very easy! I'm not a pro knitter, and just know a simple pattern to design a simple scarf. However, I think I might actually be a bit more creative and make more with knitting, thanks to this book! The name pretty much tells me that this is expected to be easy and not take long to do! Nevertheless, I know if I'm just learning it might be a bit longer to finish, than those who already have an idea how to create these different designs and accessories. So it may be not as quick for me, but easier in the time it takes me to figure out and construct each piece.

Now the information inside the book is set up in order of the tools and projects you can create. Next, each section of patterns for the accessory or item you'd love to create. It's as normal as many pattern books.  After all, the patterns you'll find all the abbreviations and what they stand for, techniques, difficult rating, and even alternate yarn suggestions (excellent if you want to use a different type). I think with everything in this book it's pretty much a great pattern and easy book to learn from.

Plus, you get such a beautiful photos of the items you'll be creating from the Family Entanglements section to the No Sheep At The Shore, you'll learn some fun and easy patterns and designs for items you can easily gift another or keep for yourself. It's got plenty of style for all year and gift ideas inside this book! I honestly love the designs and the simple patterns to follow from. Learning and understanding to knit more than jus a scarf, just terrific! Such a great patterns book for knitters!

Information About The Author:
Gale Zucker is an award-winning editorial and commercial photographer. She is the co-author/photographer of the books CraftActivism (2011) and Shear Spirit (2008).  Her clients include yarn companies, magazines, book publishers, knitwear designers and artisanal clothing manufacturers.  Her publication credits include everything from Vogue Knitting and The New York Times to Forbes, Woman's Day, and TV Guide. 
Gale can found be online at www.gzucker.com, as  @galezucker in social media or as She Shoots Sheep Shots, the name of her long-running blog.

Early in her career, Kirsten Kapur worked in ready to wear as both an apparel and textile designer. During those years she gained a strong knowledge of garment construction as well as surface design, a combination of skills that led to designing knitwear which requires both. Kirsten particularly loves exploring the intersection of color and texture in design. Her most recent book is Kirsten Kapur Shawl Book One. Kirsten’s independently designs can be found online on Ravelry and her website www.kirstenkapurdesigns.com. She has had patterns published in many other publications including Knitty, Ply, Knit Simple, Vogue Knitting, KnitScene, Knit to Flatter, Loop's 10, Malabrigo Book 4, Brave New Knits, Knitting it Old School, My Grandmother’s Knitting, Craft Activism, Weekend Hats, and Fair Isle Style among others.  

 As a designer, Mary Lou Egan specializes in accessible projects simple enough for a less-experienced knitter to accomplish but that also give experienced knitters a chance to relax and knit: while waiting at the doctor's office, reading the subtitles in a movie, or hanging out with friends. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, she teaches in the nationally-known shop, the Yarnery and at other shops and fiber festivals. The insight gained from teaching plus working the shop’s free knitters’ clinic has given her insight of ways to address the challenges knitters face with many designs and patterns. Mary Lou is the author of Wearwithall: Knits for Your Life ranked as an all-time best-seller by Unicorn. Her designs have appeared in Knitty, Craft Activism, and Shear Spirit. Her line of self-published patterns are sold at yarn stores nation-wide, as well as on Ravelry and Patternfish.

Book Information:
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 20, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553459341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553459340
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 10 inches
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