Such a great book for a beginner or a novice with details instructions for so many knit stitches.
Would be a great addition for a knitter's library.
I waited quite some time after sending several emails asking for the final copy when it was available. I never received it and therefore can not leave an accurate rating on this book.
I do love Andrea Rangel so I can only imagine it is A1
Knitovation Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel is a must-read for every knitting enthusiast out there. The book offers a wide range of brand-new colorwork motifs that not only expand your creativity but also draw you further into the world of stranded knitting with clever, quirky, and beautiful motifs, including botanicals, animals, and geometric patterns.
What I liked most about the book is that the motifs are accompanied by a selection of accessory and garment designs to illustrate how the motifs can be used. This makes it easier for knitters to understand how to use the motifs in their knitting projects. Additionally, there is technical information on new topics, including using charts and adding flourishes with duplicate stitches. This makes the book a valuable resource for both beginners and advanced knitters.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend Knitovation Stitch Dictionary to anyone interested in colorwork. With more knitters than ever enjoying colorwork, now is the perfect time to give them another tool for their knitting toolbox. This book is an excellent addition to any knitter's library and will provide endless inspiration for years to come.
Endless options for beautiful patterns, along with suggested varieties of yarn that produce the best results. The charts are easy to read and may be especially helpful for newer knitters. Not for a true beginner, but a nice choice for someone who is looking to add color work to another pattern or practice some new stitches independently.
Thank you NetGalley for an advance copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.
KnitOvation Stitch Dictionary is a is a compendium and technique pattern guide for knitting motifs compiled and curated by Andrea Rangel. Released 2nd June 2023 by Interweave, it's 336 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats.
This is a pretty collection of precisely what it says on the cover: colorwork patterns to use in creating, enhancing, or adapting knitting projects. They're grouped in one chapter with both a color picture and clear graph of each motif. The rest of the book contains some good tutorials and tips on planning and designing garments and project with which to utilize the patterns.
There are roughly 150 patterns here (not for actual projects, but for motif patterns), and it would be a superlative choice for public or school library acquisition, gift giving, and the knitter's home reference library. The photography is clear, detailed, and in color throughout the book.
Four and a half stars. Very useful. The tutorials on materials choice and planning are well written. For readers who are true beginners, I would recommend having a teacher/guide in addition, or videos on the internet *in addition*... but it does provide enough info to get started.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
› KnitOvation provides an overview of colorwork including how to choose yarn. There are lots of patterns for motifs that you can use to repeat and create lots of projects. My review copy didn't contain much info so I'm not sure if the finished copy includes the written pattern and charts. It did have a pattern for a Domed Toque and beautiful pictures of each motif. It looks like KnitOvation is a good resource for every knitter.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This book provided a lot of great stitch patterns. There are so many beautiful patterns you can create with your stitches! I enjoyed the little guide provided at the front about how to choose the right yarn for a project. I also appreciated the information provided about how to actually use a stitch dictionary. This was very useful to me since I'd never tried using one before. Overall, I think this book will be a nice addition to any knitters book collection and I cannot wait to try out some of these stitch patterns!
Andrea Rangel has published a new stitch dictionary of colorwork patterns with over 150 knitting motifs. Knitovations is an excellent guide for knitters new to colorwork patterns. Experienced knitters will enjoy a new collection of motifs to explore.
Knitovation is more than a pattern/stitch dictionary. Clear, informative descriptions of different yarns, their fiber characteristics and construction to explain how the yarn fiber, ply, and even breed of sheep will effect the out come of patterned knitting.
The author also shows how color combinations such as light/dark, tonal, long repeat color/solid color, and heathers will look in a repeated pattern. Basic technique tips are explained are helpful to a knitter new to colorwork knitting.
Over 150 stitch patterns show modern motifs that cover a wide variety of interests. These include floral and leaf, geometric, animal and holiday themed motifs.
Each motif is shown with a swatch large enough to show how several repeats of the design will look. The charts are clear and include stitch and row counts.
As a bonus, there are patterns for a hat, fingerless gloves and a sweater to show how the motifs can be combined and used in a garment pattern. Blank charts are included so that you can experiment with the motifs and garment shaping.
Like most well written knitting books there is a guide of special knitting techniques used in the book. The index is organized by motif name, stitch pattern counts and row counts that are very helpful to find a pattern that will fit into your design.
Knitovations is definitely worth adding to your stitch dictionary library.
I was sent an advanced copy of Knitovations by the publisher, Interweave to review.
I was very excited to get an early review copy of Andrea Rangel's newest stitch dictionary, "Knitovation". Filled with knitting motifs that run from the classical to the whimisical, this is a great shelf addition to her previous "AlterKnit" Dictionary.
For the enterprising knitter who wants to change up the motifs in a beloved pattern, or who is ready to strike out on their own and create their own hat, mittens, cowl or sweater, this an awesome idea book to start the creative juices flowing.
I knit a scrappy hat for my grandson with the Pondering Bear pattern. (Gold yarn just called out for pondering Pooh Bear...) The patterns are well laid out with the number of repeat stitches clearly labeled. An index allows you to search for patterns with a given stitch or row count, making subbing in motifs a cinch.
For knitters new to motif knitting it is important to note that many of the clever patterns have very long stitch repeats, necessitating some form of carrying yarn across the back. A little practice, though, with your choice of float management makes any of the patterns achievable.
This will make a great gift for all of my knitting pals.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Wow! The colorwork motifs in this book are amazing. We have a little on the way so I'm all into knitting cute things right now. I was looking for a book exactly like this at the library and it does not exist, this is the one. I don't see any way I'm not going to buy this.
I can't wait for the full version of this book to come out. It has gorgeous patterns and designs. There are going to be truly stunning patterns created with these motives.
A good knitting book has more than just patterns. I like that the beginning includes some information about yarn choices and knitting. I also liked the basic patterns that were included so that you could use the motives without having to design something yourself.
This is a gorgeous book and the charts are fantastic. They're full color and the charts are very clear and easy to read. There's also a nice section that explains how different yarn and fiber choices will impact your color work which is such a great resource. I love this book and will definitely be ordering a copy for the library.
KnitOvation is a fantastic book on knitting! It is seriously awesome! I have a couple other stitch dictionaries, but I've never seen anything else with such fun, whimsical patterns. Its a keeper, for sure! This is an update to my previous review on the sample provided in NetGalley. However I received a full copy of the book and it was simply amazing. The pictures are phenomenal, the patterns are unique and inspiring and to ice the cake the directions are excellent. This book would be a wonderful addition to anyone serious about knitting.
Great for fans of color work with plenty of beautiful patterns to inspire your future projects. I loved how you could take the patterns and make your own project or make the patterns included in the book that incorporated the colorworking design. There were also some great tips for knitters who are new to colorwork, and I loved the beautiful visuals all throughout the book.
The patterns are fresh and imaginative, with a great mix of patterns that range from nature inspired to quirky. I loved how this book had many patterns that I had never even imagined existing, and just looking through the book gave me such inspiration. The patterns are displayed with excellent charts that make it easy to see what you are supposed to so next.
A wonderful resource! I was immediately inspired to start a new knitting project and am excited to try more. The charts are easy to read and there are tips for those more new to colorworking. A great book for knitters with an interest in color work!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions are my own.
Beautiful book. All the charts are easy to read and have very unique patters. They tell you about how different types of yarn can change the final product when knitting colorwork. The pictures a beautiful! I also love how their are colorwork patterns at the end of the book as well to give you an idea of what you can make with these charts. It's going to be alot if fun to use this book.
KnitOvation Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel is not your run-of-the-mill colorwork dictionary. It offers unique and fanciful patterns with full color photos and clear charts. There are also several patterns including the Dome Toque pattern which is, as it states in the description, a graphic, bold design that will look great in any two contrasting colors. This book offers and opportunity to stretch your colorwork wings and will keep any knitter engaged. (I received an advance reader copy of a limited number of pages for this book and all opinions are my own.)
As someone who is relatively new to colourwork, this book is perfect! It is full of stunning designs and easy-to-understand instructions, for both the beginner and the more advanced knitter! Can't wait for this one!
A sample publication that will tempt knitters to be more creative in stranded colour work. There was a useful section at the beginning suggesting the best yarns to use, the patterns were absolutely beautiful and so inspiring, my fingers were itching to try them out, but only one pattern was included as a come and get me!
Written in American terminology, light worsted, worsted, sport, bulky and super bulky, these terms are becoming more familiar to us in the UK.
I love doing intarsia and Fair Isle colour work, but, I am allergic to pure wool, so have to rely on Silk, Linen, Cotton and various Acrylic mixes in my knitting. I also prefer written instructions rather than charts, which I have to write out to easily follow my rows.
I was impressed with this book, the patterns are perhaps a little too advanced for my skill set at the moment, but I will recommend to members of my various knit and natter groups.
My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers, Penguin Random. House for my advance digital copy, freely given in return for my honest review.
I will post to Goodreads and Amazon UK later.
This was a sample of the new book by Andrea Ranget.
The few pages that were included were wonderful - with lots of useful information on fiber content and how that matters when you are doing multi color knitting. There were photographs of the same stitches knitted with different yarn to illustrate the point.
There were some beautiful stitches, and I can't wait to try some of them.
Thanks for the opportunity to review.
I got a copy of this knitting stitch dictionary from Net Gallery. From looking at other reviews, I'm not sure if I received the entire book.
That said, what I did see were some amazing colorwork designs that were a lot of fun. I am not sure if it is the way the book was downloaded on to my iPad through Kindle, but some of the breaks in the pattern directions did make it hard to read. I am guessing this is just the nature of the download and wouldn't be the case in the actual book. I did see a lot of designs I could imagine knitting on mitts or a hat. Super fun and cute!