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Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature [Hardcover]

By Norah Gaughan & Thayer Allyson Gowdy (Photographer)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 9.25" Height: 10"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books
ISBN  1584794844  
EAN  9781584794844  

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An innovative designer showcases thirty-nine creative patterns that were inspired by diverse patterns found in nature, accompanied by information about the pattern as it is revealed in the natural world, along with step-by-step instructions on how to render that pattern in a variety of beautiful fashions or accessories.

Publishers Description
A fractal is a complex geometric figure made up of patterns that repeat themselves at smaller and smaller, or larger and larger, scales. In nature, they're found in fern leafs and corals. In this book, they're found in the pattern for a scarf, the cables of a pullover, and the intricate hemline of a skirt. The pentagon is a familiar five-sided figure that, in nature, can be spotted in the starfish or sand dollar; in this book it's spotted in the yoke of a pullover, the textures of a cardigan, and the shape of a shawl. In nature, water waves and chemical waves abound; in this book, they flow as the patterns in a hat and mittens and in the gores of a skirt.

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More About Norah Gaughan & Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Norah Gaughan has served as design director for Berroco Yarns and JCA Yarns, designed for Adrienne Vittadini, and published patterns in all the leading knitting and textile magazines. She is the author of Knitting Nature, Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans, and Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers.

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Hands down my favorite knitting book  Mar 21, 2008
I seriously plan to knit almost every design in this book. The patterns are innovative and stylish. As an artist I love how Norah explains her inspiration and works in different themes throughout the book. Yes, there are errata but these are listed with the publisher. Most knitting books I've found have the same issues but without the overall high quality of the book. What a pleasure it is to knit and wear Norah Gaughan designs!
Wow.....  Nov 14, 2007
What an amazing book. I didn't pre-order this as I do most of my knitting books, to be honest, her designs never get stickied when they feature in my favourite knitting mags. I have admired their technicalities in the past, but usually found them a little shapeless or un-cool. But after seeing a photo of the funnel sleeved sweater, I had to have this book. I was a little put off by all the errata comments, but prepared to risk it and wing it. Anyway, I am pleasantly surprised. Not only is it the usually beautifully photographed book - fab settings, beautiful models, lovely styling - what one expects from this publisher, basically - but their are a number of items I want to make now.

I removed a star because of the yarns. No number rating or even a hint of whether a yarn is bulky, worsted, whatever.... in this day and age. Come on. This is pure laziness and thoughtlessness. Furthermore, I don't expect to see a brand new book using Polar - this was discontinued years ago. Last but not least, many US books now contain m etric measurements - why not here ? (But this is the least important and I wouldn't have removed a star for it). I would probably remove another star for the errors but can't reveiew wshat I haven't yet experienced.
Great Book  Oct 28, 2007
Great pattern book! I've learned quite a bit from making the patterns in this book. This is not a beginner book. Also, if you are small, like me, you will have to modify the patterns quite a bit. Most of them are sized for the normal to large range of people.
stunning and original  Oct 1, 2007
I waited quite some time to buy this book after it was published, and finally purchased it after reading so many positive reviews. I wasn't disappointed.

Norah Gaughan is one of the most original and creative knitwear designers around, and this book is a great showcase for her patterns. The inspiration for the patterns come from the shapes found in nature and accordingly the book is divided into sections focusing on Hexagons, Pentagons, Spirals, Phyllotaxis, Fractals, and Waves.

Each chapter begins with an introduction to the geometrical patterns that follow, and this provides a fascinating insight for anyone interested in the mathematics found in nature. It's refreshing to read a knitting book that is insightful, delving deeper than just a list of patterns.

The patterns in the book are clearly 'inspired by patterns in nature', and the shapes found in the natural world are often merely a jumping off point, as these shapes are then woven in to wearable knitwear designs. All of the patterns are original and inspiring, and *mostly* very wearable. Some of the patterns may not suit everyone, such as those with mid-riff bearing shapes, but don't be afraid to check the internet for wonderful versions that other knitters have made. The best thing about knitting items yourself is the ability to modify patterns to suit yourself.

As other reviewers have said, this book is beautifully presented, and the photography is stunning. Although I haven't knit any of the patterns yet, I often find myself pulling the book off the shelf just to flick through the pages. I'm sure this book will set the standard for knitting books in the future.

I would recommend this book for any intermediate to advanced knitter who is looking for some inspirational ideas. However, as others have said, be sure to check for the online errata before starting on any of the patterns. It's well worth the purchase price.
Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature  Oct 1, 2007
Very modern designs. These designs are inspiring to more experienced knitters,encouraging to new knitters. Well written book.

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