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"Kaffe Fassett's garments sell from upwards of $1000 each, but for just a fraction of that price, GLORIOUS KNITTING offers over 30 exclusive patterns for jackets, coats, waistcoats, dresses, shawls and slipovers for men, women and children, plus lots of ideas for variations for the more adventurous knitter. The rich blend of yarns and inspirational use of colour give the i "Kaffe Fassett's garments sell from upwards of $1000 each, but for just a fraction of that price, GLORIOUS KNITTING offers over 30 exclusive patterns for jackets, coats, waistcoats, dresses, shawls and slipovers for men, women and children, plus lots of ideas for variations for the more adventurous knitter. The rich blend of yarns and inspirational use of colour give the illusion of complexity but the design themselves are all based on simple shapes and stocking stitch so are well within the capabilities of the average knitter. Accompanied by full-colour photographs, the patterns are written simply and clearly with large, easy-to-follow charts and advice on how to choose colours and yarns, as well as fascinating information on the background and sources of the designs." (This edition published by Ebury Press, an imprint of Random House UK Ltd., London. GLORIOUS KNITTING has been the title for UK editions, while GLORIOUS KNITS has been the title for US editions. Content and page count are the same.)


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"Kaffe Fassett's garments sell from upwards of $1000 each, but for just a fraction of that price, GLORIOUS KNITTING offers over 30 exclusive patterns for jackets, coats, waistcoats, dresses, shawls and slipovers for men, women and children, plus lots of ideas for variations for the more adventurous knitter. The rich blend of yarns and inspirational use of colour give the i "Kaffe Fassett's garments sell from upwards of $1000 each, but for just a fraction of that price, GLORIOUS KNITTING offers over 30 exclusive patterns for jackets, coats, waistcoats, dresses, shawls and slipovers for men, women and children, plus lots of ideas for variations for the more adventurous knitter. The rich blend of yarns and inspirational use of colour give the illusion of complexity but the design themselves are all based on simple shapes and stocking stitch so are well within the capabilities of the average knitter. Accompanied by full-colour photographs, the patterns are written simply and clearly with large, easy-to-follow charts and advice on how to choose colours and yarns, as well as fascinating information on the background and sources of the designs." (This edition published by Ebury Press, an imprint of Random House UK Ltd., London. GLORIOUS KNITTING has been the title for UK editions, while GLORIOUS KNITS has been the title for US editions. Content and page count are the same.)

30 review for Glorious Knitting: Over 30 Exclusive Patterns

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lobstergirl

    I can't believe this is out of print. A seminal work; everything he published after pales in comparison. I can't believe this is out of print. A seminal work; everything he published after pales in comparison.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Many decades since publication this book is still inspiring, relevant and useful. As well as wonderful knitting patterns it is interesting to read and gorgeous to look at. I had to track it down on a second-hand market place, and I'm so happy I did. Many decades since publication this book is still inspiring, relevant and useful. As well as wonderful knitting patterns it is interesting to read and gorgeous to look at. I had to track it down on a second-hand market place, and I'm so happy I did.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Apryl Anderson

    “Like many other crafts, knitting has the potential to create magic in our lives. Mosaic-making, woodcarving, tapestry, quilting and so on, are all capable of lifting everyday household objects out of the ordinary to brighten up our days. Instead, they are often responsible for drab, uninspired works that have the opposite effect…I want to convey that a sense of color is not something you automatically know about; you discover and rediscover its secrets by playing with it, and above all, constan “Like many other crafts, knitting has the potential to create magic in our lives. Mosaic-making, woodcarving, tapestry, quilting and so on, are all capable of lifting everyday household objects out of the ordinary to brighten up our days. Instead, they are often responsible for drab, uninspired works that have the opposite effect…I want to convey that a sense of color is not something you automatically know about; you discover and rediscover its secrets by playing with it, and above all, constantly looking.” Fassett offers the eternal challenge and consolation that we learn most effectively by trial and error. Contents include an Introduction (Knitting with colors, and abbreviations); chapters on Stripes, Steps & Zigzags, Diamonds, Stars, Squares & Patches, Circles, and Flowers; Yarn information, Hints for American knitters, Acknowledgements, and an Index. I bought a used copy for all of 5€ recently, and evidently time has been gentle. This 1987 reprint is as fresh as it was hot from the press: colors are bright, and the binding holds firm. The font is sharp enough to make a clear photocopy—a necessity, of course, so as not to carry around this heavy book in one’s project sack. What a joy to revisit this book almost thirty years later! By the time I first discovered it—Fassett’s ‘Carpet Pattern’ coat (glorious color-spread pp. 44-45) featured in an issue of “Vogue Knitting” circa 1986—his unique style was all the rage. I adored it, but didn’t pause to study his method. Thankfully, this book withstood the test of time, and is proving itself a classic. Written for pattern-followers, there are enough hints from our esteemed guide to entice more confident knitters into the process. Fassett leads without dictating…well, he does dictate, if you prefer to buy a kit or match his colors at your discretion, and that’s what’s so appealing about this book: it speaks to so many levels. I can learn from him as I learned painting from Cézanne—by turning observation into creation with a heady dose of trial and error. My regret is that he’s not more dictatorial about color theory. The glossy photos explode with color—color that works! How does he do that? Fassett encourages us to experiment, acceding that nature is a great artist and marvelous teacher, yet he says nothing about shades and tones and hues and such. This style does not appeal to everyone, (nor does everyone desire a Picasso over the fireplace), yet everyone interested in creation, history, and theory of art benefits from studying a master. Glorious Knitting has earned its place on any serious knitters’ shelf (right next to Itten’s The Art of Color.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    notgettingenough

    As you will see from the fact that I carry around Deb Menz while being slightly nervous about actually opening her up, I'm scared of colour. I'd done little colour knitting and what I have done has been a labour of insecurity. People like Menz start talking about hue and saturation and primary and - well, isn't there an easier way of finding out if you can knit purple and yellow together? Kaffe Fassett said the only thing I've ever taken to happily about colour...if you knit two or three or four c As you will see from the fact that I carry around Deb Menz while being slightly nervous about actually opening her up, I'm scared of colour. I'd done little colour knitting and what I have done has been a labour of insecurity. People like Menz start talking about hue and saturation and primary and - well, isn't there an easier way of finding out if you can knit purple and yellow together? Kaffe Fassett said the only thing I've ever taken to happily about colour...if you knit two or three or four colours together, they have to match. A mistake is a disaster. Knit twenty-five or thirty colours together and nothing can go wrong. Brilliant! And intuitively easy to understand.

  5. 4 out of 5

    InfoGoddess

    Kaffe Fassett always uses glorious colors, and his Crosspatch "Sleeveless Pullover" (aka vest, for Americans) is a classic. I LOVE it and wish I were a better knitter so I could adapt for women. Apparently this design also appeared in Rowan Magazine 18 as a waistcoat (buttoned vest), but I've never seen that early magazine. I would probably have given this a higher rating were it current, but it's 30 years old and the patterns quite dated, hence the 3 starts. I actually don't care for any of the Kaffe Fassett always uses glorious colors, and his Crosspatch "Sleeveless Pullover" (aka vest, for Americans) is a classic. I LOVE it and wish I were a better knitter so I could adapt for women. Apparently this design also appeared in Rowan Magazine 18 as a waistcoat (buttoned vest), but I've never seen that early magazine. I would probably have given this a higher rating were it current, but it's 30 years old and the patterns quite dated, hence the 3 starts. I actually don't care for any of the other designs--only the Crosspatch vest.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cal

    I was vaguely aware of Fassett's playful use of colour before seeing a skirt made from this book and fiercely wanting to make such a garment. I was overjoyed when I actually found this volume, and feel that it must be treated as a great treasure. For one dip inside shows that's what it is. Gather all your odd balls and scraps of yarn, and knit the rainbow- in a way that's amazingly colourful yet endlessly elegant I was vaguely aware of Fassett's playful use of colour before seeing a skirt made from this book and fiercely wanting to make such a garment. I was overjoyed when I actually found this volume, and feel that it must be treated as a great treasure. For one dip inside shows that's what it is. Gather all your odd balls and scraps of yarn, and knit the rainbow- in a way that's amazingly colourful yet endlessly elegant

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    I never really stopped knitting in my life but this was the book that really opened knitting up for me. His use of color and techniques were so new and interesting. His designs were so different. The book is old now but I think the designs stand the test of time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    I am working on a sweater from this amazing book, finally feeling I have the necessary skills. Kaffe is the master of color and design. As he says "when in doubt, add more color". And he autographed my copy following a lecture held in an auditorium at BU. I am working on a sweater from this amazing book, finally feeling I have the necessary skills. Kaffe is the master of color and design. As he says "when in doubt, add more color". And he autographed my copy following a lecture held in an auditorium at BU.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I have only made one sweater from this book, years ago. But it is still an inspiration.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elizabetta

    Love Fassett's use of color and texture. Definitely projects for the advanced knitter. Love Fassett's use of color and texture. Definitely projects for the advanced knitter.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is my all time favorite "knitter's porn"! The colours, the designs - all scrummy! The model's 80's hair & makeup are obviously dated but - oh my! The colours! This is my all time favorite "knitter's porn"! The colours, the designs - all scrummy! The model's 80's hair & makeup are obviously dated but - oh my! The colours!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Stagner

    Super Complicated, but beautiful Knits

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anita

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kira

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ann Morris

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Wood

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lucy jennings

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paula Doty

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim Appleton

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Under Dutch Skies

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Eva Asker

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nelleke

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Fredricks

  29. 5 out of 5

    Roberta Blinder

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

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