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The Best of Lopi [Hardcover]

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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 11.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2002
Publisher   Xrx Books
ISBN  1893762041  
EAN  9781893762046  

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This collection offers quick-to-knit patterns for easy-to-wear Arans and simple textured knits using Lopi, the uniquely lightweight bulky yarn spun in Iceland from its long-coated native sheep. With 45 unique designs, The Best of Lopi celebrates the tradition of the Icelandic yoked sweater with updated sizing, colorway choices, and clearly illustrated techniques. Included are step-by-step charts and instructions for classic Lopi pullovers and cardigans as well as hats, mittens, and scarves. An index and palette aid knitters with pattern selection and color blending.

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The Best of Lopi  Jan 14, 2008
Great book. Beautiful pictures, well written patterns, wonderful instructions and charts. This should be in every knitters library. Fantastic book.
Great introduction to two color knitting  Nov 3, 2006
Knitters will enjoy using these patterns to knit up sweaters. The bulky gauge makes the sweaters easy to finish in a week. Knit a little every day and you simply can't help finish in a week. Plus it's fun to combine the charts from one sweater with the sizes from another. Socks, mittens, hats, scarves, ponchos and even some Aran style sweaters are found in this book.
Beautiful Sweaters  Oct 19, 2005
This book is awesome. I highly recommend this book if your at all interested in knitting Islandic sweaters...this is the book for you! The sweater patterns are gorgeous! The patterns are easy explained and the graphs are easy to read. I have made several sweaters from this book and I am very happy with all of them. I also like the way they give you differnt color combinations for most of the sweaters also. Just in case you don't care for the colors it's knitted in in the book, they give you another color combination. I definatley recommend purchasing a Lopi color card sample if your not able to actually see the yarn before you buy it. I got mine on line where I buy my lopi yarn. Just like everything...the colors of the yarn vary from the way they look in the book. This book is definatley worth buying. I love it.
Very satisfied with this book  Dec 9, 2003
Though I have yet to knit a sweater from this book (just received it last week, and have nearly completed a pair of socks from it,) I suspect that it will be one of my most-used knitting books. It contains many sweater patterns, most of which are sized from extra small to extra large, and a number of patterns for socks, mittens and hats as well. I feel that the selection of sweater patterns is well-balanced; there are of course the traditional Icelandic round-yoked sweaters, but there are also patterns for cabled sweaters and a cabled jacket, fairisle, and many other pullovers and cardigans inspired by the traditions of other countries. There are some very nice patterns for men as well as for women and children, which is nice because attractive men's sweater patterns can be difficult to come across. The book also contains information on what exactly Lopi yarn is, plus color charts of both Lopi and Lopi Lite. Then next sweater I start will be the Norwegian-inspired men's cardigan, and I also plan to knit the little girls' poncho and the fantastic Snorri aran before next Christmas. For myself I want to knit the cabled jacket; for my mom the very unique textured, multicolored jacket; for my sister the hooded, zippered jacket with colorwork edging . . . I guess you can say that this book inspires me!
Solid, but hardly the "best" of Lopi.  May 5, 2003
This book is wonderful, but it hardly deserves the appellation "best". The editors, in my opinion, made some very odd choices about what to include (and, conversely, to exclude.) I understand that they were aiming for variety: a mix of cardigans and pullovers, traditional and modern styles, classic neutrals and cheerful, bright colors. There are a few challenging patterns in the collection (Sigridur, with its many three-color rows, comes to mind) but generally the editors have made an obvious effort to keep the book beginning-knitter-friendly.

There are quite a few beautiful, distinctive Lopi patterns which would have satisfied all of the above criteria, but for some reason these were left out of the book in favor of a bunch of clunky, uninspired designs. Perhaps the prettier sweaters were perceived as more difficult to knit, and omitted for fear of alienating the novice knitter. If you can get your hands on a copy of Lopi Vol. 22, you'll see what I mean. Vol. 22, packed with gorgeous designs, comes much closer to representing "the best of Lopi" than this book does.

One further criticism: this book is a compilation of previously published patterns, some of which were published quite a few years ago. XRX should really have re-photographed ALL the sweaters in the book, not just a select few. Many of the pictures in this book are really very silly, with their early-1960's hair and makeup, massive shirt collars, and bizarre color sense.

These quibbles aside, there are several real gems in the book. The Annika cardigan is just beautiful, as are the Laela rose-patterned pullover, the Klara fairisle sweater, and the Sonja and Snorri arans (which look just wonderful in a tweedy shade of Lopi.) Many of the children's patterns, however, are nicer than the adult sweaters! Fortunately, they are not difficult to resize.


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