Knitting books

Knitter’s Bookshelf: Pop Knitting

This week’s Knitter’s Bookshelf entry comes to us from Sweden via Interweave press.  Pop Knitting: Bold Motifs Using Color & Stitch by Britt-Marie Christoffersson is an exciting and inspirational book, full of truly different bold, graphic stitch patterns and motifs.

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It is a slightly older book – published in Sweden in 2009 and the translation published in the US in 2012, but it is still readily available.

This book covers a lot of ground, from simple colorwork through texture and slipped stitches, and finally on to some very different kind of techniques.  The swatches you see here on the covers are representative.  There are little individual motifs – circles, squares, freeform shapes – joined together either through knitting or tying.  There are all kinds of texture, both by prosaic knit-and-purl patterns, and some wilder ones.  There’s one method where within a row you cast on some stitches and then bind them off, thereby creating little cords that stand out from the knitted fabric.  There’s a section on adding knitted braids within the fabric in various patterns.  Holes of various shapes and holes with knitted on borders (which you see above) are also well covered.

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This set of examples above, which is off the back cover, is a pretty good representative sample of what you can expect to find.  Not every thing is this cray-cray, though.  The slipped stitch section particularly can be worked in a nice quiet single color yarn, if you like.  Even if you feel like these patterns are a little much, many of the wilder stitch patterns would lend themselves to household uses, particularly if you like mid-century modern design.

Be aware there aren’t any garment patterns, per se.  Throughout the book, you will see example of sweaters or various items made entirely of some innovative pattern or another, but you will not find a pattern for one.  It is up to the knitter to find a basic sweater pattern and translate these nifty stitch techniques to your own garments or other items.  Still, the patterns are innovative and interesting, and the knitter ready to strike out in new directions may find some good inspiration here!

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