A Look at No-Sew Knits

In Knitscene Spring 2015 we have a great new department, From the Interweave Bookshelf. We've taken a look at some of our favorite books themed around seamless knitting. A lot of people are intimidated by larger projects because they are overwhelmed by the seaming some patterns require. While I think it is helpful to have basic seaming and grafting knowledge, I understand the appeal of seamless knitting: once you're done knitting, you're actually done! Yes, you still need to block things, but the yarn-y part of the situation is complete.

Kristen TenDyke's No-Sew Knits is a fantastic introduction to seamless knitting. If you've done lots of sew-free knitting on your own, you'll find the patterns here fun and engaging to make. Often people think that seamless garments will lack the texture and intricacy of seamed items, and this book shows that such is not the case. There are beautiful stitch patterns and dynamic textures in this book, capped by a rich color palette that ties everything together. 

Majestic Tie Cardigan

The colors in this book are so cozy and inviting. They are warm and rich and comforting. The yarns used in the projects come from some of the best yarn companies in the US and Canada, including Blue Sky Alpacas, O-Wool, Green Mountain Spinnery, and Peace Fleece, to name a few. Check out the gorgeous Mountain Meadow Wools Sheridan, used in the Forest Cardigan. The color of this yarn is "sorrel", referring, I think, to the brilliant copper-red coat that some horses have. This color is deep and nuanced, and the 100% merino chunky weight is beautifully fun to knit with.

Forest Cardigan, Kristen TenDyke, No-Sew Knits Merci Hoodie, Kristen TenDyke, No-Sew Knits
Forest Cardigan Merci Hoodie

My favorite part of the Merci Hoodie is that it has a seamless side-opening pocket. There is a whole section dedicated to different kinds of seamless pockets, explaining how they work and which projects in the book sport them. I didn't know that there were so many ways to make pockets (my first foray into pockets is currently on my needles), so it's a whole new world for me! 

Soulful Cardigan, Kristen TenDyke, No-Sew Knits
Soulful Shrug

The Soulful Shrug is incredibly fun because it is designed with an interchangeable stitch patterns. All of the projects in this chapter of No-Sew Knits feature stitch patterns that can be swapped with one another. I really love this idea because it allows you to change up and customize your knitting, to make sure that the styles and textures are exactly what you want them to be. Six patterns with stitch patterns in multiples of 6 (plus 2 edge stitches when working flat), makes for a lot of mixing and matching and making a pattern your own! 

This book is chock full of flattering, colorful, texturally beautiful pieces. Check it out, and also be sure to look at the new issue of Knitscene, Spring 2015. We talk about this book as well as two others about seamless knitting. There's so much to learn, and so much to make, get yourself knitting!

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