Growing up in my mother’s yarn store has instilled in me a deep love and passion for knitting and crocheting. I started knitting at a young age it was only natural that I really wanted to learn how to crochet as well. When my daughter was young I loved making adorable sweaters, lots of cute toys and oodles of character afghans. I quickly progressed to making difficult Aran sweaters and I thoroughly enjoy making garments, doilies and other projects through graphs and charts. I find it so much easier. I’m always looking for new patterns and challenges and the Japanese Knitting book offered both.
Japanese Knitting – Patterns for Sweaters, Scarves and More!
Knits and crochets for experienced needlecrafters (15 Knitting Patterns and 8 Crochet Patterns)
This book features the patterns of Japanese author michiyo, but has been translated into English. Even though the patterns are simplistic for the most part, they were created for experienced and skilled knitters and crocheters. I love that when you first open the book, the contents are schematics or drawings of each of the patterns instead of just their title. It also shares its stats like if the patterns are seamless, straight edge, how many sizes the pattern can be made in and how many different ways it can be worn. This is such a unique and clever way to present the patterns. I haven’t seen this feature in any other knitting or crocheting book, and I love it.
When you peruse through the book, you may be overwhelmed with the precision of each pattern. There is so much detail that it could potentially scare you off. The front of the book has a section called ‘Understanding These Patterns.’ I highly recommend crafters read through this material before attempting a pattern. It will set you up for success. Reflective on the yarn you use, getting your gauge right at the onset will ensure your pattern turns out correctly.
The next section is the Knitting Symbols. You will need to get familiar with these as there is only basic and minimal but clearly written instructions for the majority of the patterns. I like to photocopy them so I can use them without flipping back to the front of the book.
Japanese Knitting offers some easier patterns to start off with like knitted slippers, crocheted hat or the crocheted cowl. But, it will still require poring over the instructions before starting. My mom made the slippers and found it fairly easy to follow the chart. There are also several more difficult sweater patterns that she’ll be tackling this fall. I love the Nordic style cardigan with gorgeous snowflakes. Other patterns include a vest, shawl, bolero and scarf, poncho, cowl, dress and long vest, several cardigans and many more. All reflect a casual look, but yet high fashion enough to wear to work or somewhere special.
If you’re a skilled knitter and crocheter, and you’re looking for something new to make, this book will inspire you to pull out your needles. It’s a refreshing addition to my craft book collection.