Big Knit Love

Creative Knitting - - BOOK REVIEWS -

By Linda Zemba Burhance (Taun­ton Press, $24.95, 160 pages)

You’ve seen jumbo yarn in stores, and per­haps, you have even arm-knit with it. Big Knit Love puts gi­nor­mous yarn in the spot­light by fea­tur­ing trendy wraps and ac­ces­sories made us­ing big nee­dles. And we are talk­ing big nee­dles—up to U.S. size 50 (25mm)—and big yarn—chunky, su­per-bulky or jumbo yarn (CYC cat­e­gories #5, #6 and #7).

Most of the 20 projects in the book are suit­able for be­gin­ners, and for many of them, gauge doesn’t re­ally mat­ter much. How of­ten do you hear that good news? You might think that a big gauge means su­per-sim­ple shapes, but de­signs like the Fully Fash­ioned Chunky Knit Top in­clude in­no­va­tive shap­ing and seam­ing to cre­ate un­ex­pected gar­ment sil­hou­ettes. De­signer’s Big Idea side­bars of­fer de­sign inspiratio­n to vary the pat­terns, and The Big Pic­ture side­bars of­fer tips and tricks for work­ing with chal­leng­ing yarns.

Big Knit Love of­fers plenty of on­trend style for the ad­ven­tur­ous be­gin­ner and quick projects for in­ter­me­di­ate knit­ters.

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