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December 08, 2009

Reversible Knitting - the Blog Tour

Today I'm absolutely delighted to bring you another glimpse of Lynne Barr's newest book, Reversible Knitting.

My participation in the blog tour for this incredible book was a given - just check out my review! This book is fantastic, and I wouldn't decline the opportunity to pick the author's brain a little bit, not for anything :). I mean, a person capable of imagining Knitting New Scarves and now Reversible Knitting will unquestionably have something insightful to say.

Before I go any further, please allow me to (1) tell you how you can win your own free copy of the book, and (2) share the entire blog tour schedule with you.

(1) STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books will have a drawing for a copy of the book. Please check here for details.

Plus I have an extra personal copy of Reversible Knitting to give away to one lucky winner!

  • To enter, simply leave a comment on this post!
  • Please use a working e-mail address. If I can't get in touch with you, you can't win!
  • One entry per person.
  • Comments will be closed Friday (December 11th) evening.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail.
  • Maybe you want to tell me how reversible knitting inspires you. Maybe not. It's up to you, and the random-number generator won't discriminate between short comments and long ones :).

Good luck!!

Comments have now been closed. Thank you for participating!

(2) If you follow along with Lynne's visits, you'll keep learning more and more about this fabulous book!

In the extended entry you will find some topics that Lynne and I discussed - specific stitch patterns, their uses, modifications, yarns... Lynne even very generously provided shaping instructions for one of the more ornate stitch patterns from the book, Half Nelson - all for you!

 

When the shaping instructions are applied, look how beautifully the stitch pattern is transformed! It reminds me so much of a delicate necklace.

The instructions for shaping Half Nelson, many stitch patterns from the book (including additional ones not featured in my review), and an interesting discussion about reversible knitting, all after the fold!

1. In what projects would you recommend using the more open stitch patterns, such as Half Nelson, Lacy "S" Rib, and Tilted? Do you think they have enough structure to be used in something like a sweater, or are they better off being used as something decorative, such as the outside of a lined bag?

  

Lynne: I hadn't thought of using these open stitches as the outside of a lined bag, but I think it's a great idea, and the lining would give the bag additional strength.

For a stitch to have a range of usefulness, I think it needs to be shapeable, so I've played with shaping Half Nelson. I knit a sample where I increased one repeat at the beginning and end of row two to create a triangular shape. It was worked with Alchemy's Bamboo, pressed afterward with an iron, and it made a wonderful slinky fabric. A small piece could be used for a necklace, or made larger into a shawl.

Row 1 and BO Row are unchanged from book, and the changes to Row 2 for the increases are in blue. If anyone wishes to only increase at one side, then just work the blue instructions on that side. The sample shown begins with 6 sts, but any multiple of 6 works.

Row 1: *[K1, p1] twice, k1, turn; [p1, k1] twice, p1, turn; [k1, p1] 3 times; repeat from * to end.
Row 2:
AO-h 1 st, CO 5 sts with Knitted Cast-On, [k1, p1] 3 times, *[k1, p1] 3 times, pso5, turn; k1, turn; holding working needle in left hand, AO-h 5 sts to left-hand needle, [k1, p1] 3 times across these sts; repeat from * to end; turn, AO-h 1 st, CO 5 sts with Knitted Cast-On.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until desired size.
BO Row: [K1, p1] 3 times, pso5, *wyif, insert tip of left-hand needle into the back of st on right-hand needle and purl, draw stitch on right-hand needle out an inch (see photo ), k1, pso1, [p1, k1] 2 times, p1, pso5; repeat from * to end.

Tilted can be shaped in a similar way to Half Nelson by adding a complete box to each side. Or for another option, the width of the fabric can also be increased or decreased by changing the number of stitches used for the boxes. I created a lacy cowl by working boxes all in garter in the round and decreasing the box size by one stitch each round.

2. Do you have suggestions for using stitch patterns with "little flappy bits," such as Checks and Flaps or Cut Cables? It seems to me that I should capitalize on their dimensionality, but I'm not sure I know how to do that.

 

Lynne: I usually knit small projects, such as scarves, socks, bags or pillows - things that can handle a lot of texture - so I haven't given much thought about what I would do with these in a garment. Since three-dimensional stitches add bulk, most people may not want to use them in sweaters, but do you think they could be used judiciously on cuffs or collars to give interest to an otherwise simple sweater?

Kathy: I agree. I tried to use Cut Cables in a hat... and it was pretty ridiculous :). In my defense, I couldn't tell exactly how three-dimensional the pattern was until I actually knit it up.

Lynne: Funny post! You're right about the photo not really conveying the dimension of depth, and I think that's true with other stitches in the book as well. Thayer did a fabulous job photographing them, but it's difficult not to flatten objects when you have to shoot them straight on.

3. When trying out some of the stitch patterns, I found myself wanting to chart them. I felt this would help me to see how the stitches flowed from one row to the next, as well as help me understand how to up- or down-size the pattern. However, with so many intricate maneuvers and working in three dimensions, charting proved impossible! And I assume this is the reason the stitch patterns aren't charted in the book (with the exception of the colorwork patterns, and the clothing patterns). Do you have any recommendations or tips for following the stitch patterns with only line-by-line instructions to guide us?

Lynne: When I started working on the book, I thought I would develop some way of charting the stitches too. Pretty quickly I realized that the charts would require so many new chart symbols plus a new way of reading charts that I thought they would ultimately be more confusing. And, in most cases the line by line directions didn't seem all that complicated. Some can be a bit lengthy, but I hope that once knitters start working a swatch, the pattern becomes understandable in such a way that knitters will be able to continue working without referring to the book. I've heard comments by knitters who found that to be true of some of the very unusual scarves from my scarf book. Though unusual, I think my work is really very simple, and what I had hoped to offer were ideas that knitters can tailor to their own liking.

Kathy: I definitely found this to be true for both the Drifting Pleats and the Linked Rib scarves from Knitting New Scarves. Sure the instructions looked complicated and extensive at first, but the knitting was completely intuitive after a few rows, and I no longer needed to reference the book. I know this will also hold true for the stitch patterns in Reversible Knitting. I think I just have a slight preference for charts. However, as we both found out, three-dimensional knitting is not easy to capture in two-dimensions using pen and paper.

Lynne: Given a choice, I would prefer the visual snapshot of a chart to written text too.

4. I'm absolutely amazed that the One-run socks are knit as one continuous piece of fabric, with only the cast-on and cast-off tails to weave in. What gave you the idea to try something like this, and how long did it take you to actually make it work?

Lynne: Not long. As soon as I knit the top band, connecting the lace front to the rib spine at the back of the leg, the rest just flowed. I had hoped this would be a fun design for knitters to modify - substituting other lace or textured patterns and altering band widths and numbers as desired.

5. Do you have any yarn recommendations for knitting these stitch patterns? I notice that many of the swatches in the book are knit in a wool or wool blend with a lot of body. Is there a good reason for this? Do you think there would be a compelling reason to work any of the stitch patterns in a silk? Cotton?

Lynne: I no longer have the label for the yarn used to knit the stitches, but I think it was a blend of merino, cotton, linen and soy, and the thickness was somewhat irregular. I thought if I could knit a stitch that looked good with a yarn that had some variation to it, the stitch would look fine knit with almost anything.

 

You ask about silk and cotton which are both yarns with a lot of strength, and I think that is an important consideration for some of the open stitch patterns such as Triangles and Tilted. I've knit a pair of socks with some tenuous connections similar to Tilted using Rowan's Felted Tweed that has 25% viscose and they've held up well.

6. In your opinion, what is the most complicated stitch pattern in the book to knit? Which one was the most complicated to create and refine?

Lynne: Pickup Overlay is probably the most complicated for others to knit because they will have to keep turning their work in different directions - not just right to left, but also bottom to top. Even though I've written it as a repeatable pattern, there was a free form feel to it as I created it. It's like painting onto finished knitting with more knitting. I had hoped that as knitters worked a swatch and recognized what I was doing, they might be inclined to create their own designs this way.

Kathy: Pick-up Overlay is definitely one of my favorite stitch patterns because of its freeform nature. But I can see how all the turning can make it one of the more difficult patterns to knit. But I was also thinking that it might be possible to "apply the overlay" in a different color, almost like embroidering the fabric - is it?

Lynne: I've never tried embroidery, but you're right, the concept of overlay knitting is the same. Your idea of working an overlay in a different color is certainly doable and would be fun to play with. I think we'd see little bits of color from the contrasting yarn peek through on the stockinette side so that might be something to consider if the fabric was to be reversible. But maybe knitters aren't concerned with reversibility most of the time.

Flags may have been one of the more difficult stitches to refine, but I think making this judgment now is a lot like having a baby. Long after labor and delivery, we forget the pain. But I do think that this one took some back and forth tweaking to get both sides to look right to me.

Kathy: I'm glad you took the time to work out Flags, because it is easily one of the most beautiful stitch patterns in the entire book!

Lynne: I'm glad you like that pattern. At the end of Row 1, the units looked somewhat like separate little pennants on the needle. When I finished Flags, I thought those little units could be maneuvered in another interesting way, but I needed to keep moving on other stitches. Maybe if you knit a swatch, you'll have the same feeling and come up with a different variation.

Thank you Kathy, for taking the time to talk. I've enjoyed it.

Kathy: Thank you, Lynne, for giving me a little more insight into your world of Reversible Knitting!

Posted by Kathy on December 8, 2009 09:56 PM

Comments

Oh wow, this one looks very interesting.

What an interesting interview. Thanks for posting it. It gives good ideas on how to use all of these unique stitch patterns. I love the way the half-nelson looks when shaped...it really does look like an elegant necklace!

Cool stuff! I generally consider all knitting reversible since I think the purl side of everything looks kicky. But it's more fun when it's intentional. :)

By the way, thanks for the tip re: the underarm hole problem. I did like you said with the duplicate stitches and it helped a lot. I duplicate-stitched around the hole and it mostly just closed itself.

This book is so going on my wishlist...I'm always struggling with gift projects trying to find reversible things that are interesting to knit...this would be an awesome start!

The only scarves I've managed to finish are the reversible ones. I also love the upside-down turtleneck sweater you featured in your first review of the book.

I love this book! I've owned it for about a month and have spent many happy hours pouring over its pages, imagining the potential of all of Lynne's wonderful, groundbreaking patterns.

Wow, what great information! I am a newbie and felt like I learned a lot even though much of it is over my head. Really opened my eyes to what I can do with knitting.

i'm all about reversible scarves as gifts. so my brother-in-law won't wear it wrong side out.

This book looks positively inspiring! I loved her scarf book and will definitely have this on my "wish list!"

I look for reversibility in many of my stitch patterns now.
Can't imagine the brain that makes GARMENTS reversible. Incredible!

How cool is this! Those pics on the first post about Reversible Knitting blew me away. I love all the "airy," open stitch patterns! However I think I'm going to need a _lot_ of practice before I can attempt these. :)

Reversible things were always my favorite - bags you can turn inside out, blankets that look cool on both sides, a shirt that you can wear twice and have it look completely different both times. I am working on a reversible shawl from Knitty, and it is really fun, but the stitch patterns you've shown on your blog are really a step above!

KITTY GLOOP. Heh. People are going to think I'm weird.

I'm intrigued, and I do love reversibility! (Also invisibility.) :)

Our little town library has 2 library books & borrowing is really the only thing that fits in our current budget. I'd love to win a book of my own!

Ooooh, I'd love to really dig into this book. Well, once my finals are over. :)

Just what I need to get reinvigorated in my knitting!

It looks like such a great book--fantastic interview.

I would love this book. Great blog post!

Reversible knitting is a cool idea, and that book would definitely help me make those ideas concrete. :-)

Great interview!

Wonderful interview - sounds like a 'must have' book for my library.

I am baffled by the design skill that goes into Reversible knitting. The process of having one's knitting look great on either side sure values the knitter's work and time. This would be a wonderful book to ponder.

I think this book looks really different and interesting. I'd love a copy!

Great interview! Thank you both!

that cover sweater gets me every time I see it
I can't imagine trying to chart those patterns, youd have to make up a new language

Fascinating! I love knitting that makes you think outside the box.

Guuauu thanks, I love this technique.

I think I feel my brain expanding just looking at these little snippets! I can't wait to get my hands on the whole book eventually.

Wow, so cool! I just knitted my first reversible item (a hat for my younger brother, who has refused to wear warm clothing this winter unless knitted by me, apparently!), and I would love to delve into this more. :)

I just got this book from the library, and would so love my own copy. Thanks for reviewing it!

Too cool - still fascinated by the idea of reversible 3-D stitch patterns. Not normally patient enough to enjoy searching for gauge, but swatching to test out these reversible snippets sounds like fun! Could make the perfect afghan with all the squares.

Wow, this interview was so interesting and insightful... Loved it!

Interesting stuff! Thanks for posting it!

So very out of the box and interesting!

I love the idea of a "blog tour".

I've just gotten into reversible cables, and this book looks like it would take all of that and multiply it by 100. Thanks for hosting the tour!

This book looks so cool! I want to try the scarf one too!

Even though I knew that this post was about reversible knitting, it still took awhile to sink in that the paired photos were two sides of the same stitch pattern. Maybe finals week has fried my brain, but I'm also just not used to thinking of knitting as being patterned on both sides. It's very exciting!

I saw this book in the bookstore and was very intrigued by the different stitch patterns. I also liked the socks pictured above.

Original and interesting!

Great interview!

Huh, I'm just now realizing that there are all kinds of possibilities for reversibility that had never occurred to me. Interesting! I had only really considered the principle with regard to scarves, where I absolutely loathe having a right and a wrong side. I mean, who wears a scarf that neatly?!!

Thanks for the interesting post and the giveaway!

Always amazes me how people can be so clever to come up with such designs. I'm so much a follower - I can make by following instructions no problem. Ask me to be creative, nah. Its inspiring to see such clever knits.

Intriguing stuff. I'd really like to try some of this stuff out.

What an amazingly inspiring book. I'd love to watch this magic growing from my needles

I'm always frustrated with designs that aren't reversible! Right side/Wrong side! I even try to make hats that you can wear inside out! This sounds like it's right up my alley, and I'll have to check it out!

How brilliant not to have to worry about the 'wrong' side anymore! This sounds fantastic - thanks for the great review and interview.

That books looks great! I've got her Knitting New Scarves book (on your recommendation I think) and it's amazing! I'd love to have this one too.

This book is incredible - I had already borrowed it from my local library but couldn't extend the time since other people were already placing reserves on it. Absolutely love the cover sweater!

I would love a copy of this book!

I wouldn't mind that book for Christmas!

Thanks for hosting this giveaway and for letting us take part of your interview with Lynne. :)

Really cool interview!
I hope I get the book.

This looks really neat, and the interview was quite interesting.

Thanks for another great review post! I first found your blog when KP came out with their Options, and I wanted to learn about them. Your comments struck me as particularly thoughtful and interesting and relevant. Since then, I've bought more than one book thanks to your fabulous in depth reviews and your contagious enthusiasm. No wonder now that I only read about 3 knitting blogs, your still in the mix. Thanks, Kathy!
(oh, did I need to mention reversible knitting? I do want to learn how to do reversible cables. It seems silly to do a scarf any other way, no?)

Thanks for the interesting post. I find the construction fascinating.

Can't resist! Please pop my name in the draw.

I really want this book. I think the techniques are absolutely fascinating.

I love the idea of this book. One of the reasons I don't knit many scarves is that I don't like the fact that most aren't reversible. Hopefully this book will inspire me to try more versatile patterns!

I am fascinated by these stitches and hope to try a few out. Half nelson would look marvelous as a shawl.

What a fascinating book. I'm brimming with ideas that I want to try out. I especially love scarves that can be reversed...

I love reversible patterns.
Thanks a lot for the interesting interview!

The book seems absolutely fantastic! Think I "need" this one!

Oh, how cool! I agree with Ingrid above, I love the idea of reversible stitch patterns especially for things like scarves.

How I LOVE the idea of two-for-one knitting!!!

Looks like a really interesting book.

Thank you so much for you informative posts and for the opportunity to win this book. My knitting budget is a tad tight this year, but I would love to play with this book!

As always, an interesting post.

whoa! time to try reversible knitting! what a cool book (and I love the blog tour idea)......

So many wonderful new ideas for reversible knitting - and I only recently found out, that you can actually knit lots of different pattern that look good on both sides. It's amazing.
I bet my late grandmother who was a great knitter never knew that. I wish she was still here, so she could try it out ;o)
Please pick me, random number-selector

I have to admit that I don't really know what "reversible knitting" is, so it would be great to win this book and find out!

Hi - I live in a small town with no LYS. Would love to see this book and delve into a new facet of knitting!

I am absolutely fascinated by these stitches and swatches, especially the socks. I would love to try those!

Those swatches are so cool - I would be so proud of myself when I did them! Keeping my fingers crossed!!

Those one-run socks are amazing!

I'm in a knitting slump. This book looks like the perfect cure.

Sounds like a great book. I can't wait to see it. Thanks for asking the "how to use this stitch" questions. Great information.

Wow! The stitch patterns alone would make this book a valuable addition to any knitter's library!

This books looks very inspiring. It makes we want to start swatching!

I'm very excited about this book - thanks for showing it off!

These stitches are blowing my mind!

love the concept of reversible cables. thanks for posting this.

absolutely inspiring. it makes us look at knitting in a whole different light!

This is going on my Christmas list.

Thanks for the book offer, and the wonderful blog

Love the blog! The book looks fabulous. I would love to try some of those patterns!

What a fantastic interview! Going out today, will pick up the scarf book!

Reversible knitting; this is SOOOOO cool!!!!

I have been wanting to get this book for so long, but now I want it even more!

I enjoyed your review/blog.

I have only ever attempted one "reversible" project - the palindrone scarf - it was a lot of fun to do.

It would be interesting to learn more.

I've had my eye on this one since I first read about it here on this blog! What a beautiful book, and one that I would love for my collection.

Thank you for keeping us up on this "book tour"! It looks wonderful and I can't wait to learn more about it.

Thanks for the great interview! Very interesting read.

This book looks like it is right up my alley. If I don't win I may just have to go out and buy a copy of my own.

Looks challenging but how beautiful!

Fabulous looking book, I've yet to actually hold a copy for real, but from what I've seen the patterns are both unique and completely wearable. The Half-nelson reminds me of making fabric yo-yos out of scraps.

This book looks awesome!!

The more I read about this book the more I want a copy of it.

I would love a copy of the book- I am always interested in the technical side of knitting, so this seems up my alley...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the insight!

I love to use reversible patterns on scarves (so whichever side ends up looks great) and sweater collars. I am always cold around the neck, but don't always want to wear a shawl / scarf / cowl over a handknit sweater. So I love sweaters with large collars that I can secure up around my neck. However, I don't always want the collar secured, and so I need them to look good up and down.

I made a large reversible afghan for my son when he went away to college, piecing together 35 squares in three colors. I used 18 different stitch patterns--cables and lots of knit/purl combos-- culled from various sources. It was a really fun project and I love the result. This would have been a great resource!

Kathy,

I'm so impressed by what you do on your blog and in your free time. You are a great inspiration to me and as I see other blogs go by the wayside, I just want to say I appreciate you and your blog and creativity!

Thank you!

Wow! These stitches are definitely something to aspire to. Especially loved the openwork stitches. I'm already trying to work out just how I can use them

Looks like a great book!

Great interview, I just heard about this book and now am even more anxious to get my hands on a copy. Excellent questions.

What a neat book! I'm very intrigued by the stitches with flappy bits... I think they'd be great in a baby blanket, give the baby something to hang on to (and chew on, who am I kidding?).

This book is on my Christmas wish list! Glad you're giving us a peek!

Wow, I would love to win this book!

What fun!

I love this book, especially the cover sweater. I'd love to win it!

It all looks amazing. Thanks for the post.

Those stitches look absolutely fascinating. I'm still struggling with some colourwork techniques, so I've become very fond of texture. These look like they'd be really fun to try.

Sounds like quite a fascinating book - I'd love to win a copy!

This book is already on my wish list, but now it's moved to the top! I'd love to try some of those openwork patterns!

I love Lynne's designs! I bought Knitting New Scarves not long after I started knitting and have used it has a constant source of challenge and inspiration. I can't wait to check out the new book. I have already drooled over it in the bookstores several times!

I have to say I wasn't too interested until two things happened - you started sharing some of the content and your thoughts about it, and I actually leafed through the book. Now I want it!

Very interesting and inspiring.I had not considered this book until I read the interview even though I had her scarf book checked out from the library long past its due date! Now I really want to read and study it. Thanks for such a good post.

I would very much love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for your consideration

Thanks for the contest! I have really enjoyed seeing snippets of the book. A fun one for scarves and wraps!

this is very cool looking! Amazing ideas for taking it to the next level.

I have wanted this book since it first came out. Thank you for your consideration.

Love your blog. I am excited to try some of those patterns!

I'm excited about this book! It is def going on my wishlist (if i don't win a copy). =o) I have made a pretty firm decision about "no sweaters" in my knitting repertoir but I may have to knit a couple of these. They are so much fun! I like all the different stitches, too.

I would like a copy. Pleeeze..

Very interesting. Pick me!

i've been lusting after this book for a while...pick me, mr. generator!

I love this book and the whole idea of reversible fabric. What a treat it would be to win!

I am an absolute knitting book junkie and I have to have this book for my library. I hope I get lotsa Barnes & Nobles gift cards for Christmas this year!

I'd love to win this book!

Thanks for the interview! I am in awe of this book. Truly amazing.

This looks like such an exciting book! Thanks so much for letting us know about it.

Wow! I don't usually buy a lot of books but i'll be keeping an eye out and budgeting for this one. The stitches look so interesting and innovative!

Awesome book and contest. I'd love a shot to win.
I love learning new techniques and I like the whole Idea of reversible knitting.

Thanks for a sweet contest!

Am looking forward to reading the interview. At work, so can't do it now!

This book looks so exciting- I would love to win it!

I'll throw my hat in. I dig reversible knitting.

The One Row Handspun Scarf is a reversible EASY pattern for beginners! Would love to win this book! Thanks for your beautiful knitting.

Great interview! Reading this has made me even more intrigued to try some of the patterns in the book.

Wow, that is amazing. I've never even considered reversible knitting but definitely want the book now.

O yes, please, very inspiring. I would love to win this book and explore new techniques and ideas. Thanks for the opportunity!

Please enter me in your contest. I am always looking for new inspiration!

Holy cow, she really takes reversible knitting to the next level. Good read!

What a great book. I love reversible cables and patterns. It just makes sense. These, however, are extraordinary. Thanks for a great post.

I've looked through the book a bit, and it's amazing...both stitch patterns and garment patterns!

Wow! Love the look of this book. It's inspired me to check out reversible knitting.....as soon as I've actually completed some other WIP's ofcourse.

It's snowing! I feel blessed to have a warm home, plenty of yarn and the time to knit a bit today. Would love a copy of this book!

I'd love to win a copy of this book! I would knit a nice shawl with the modified Half Nelson pattern.

Sounds fabulous....

Fascinating....thanks for the interview & your earlier book review Kathy.

I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks!

I love to make scarves, but have always wanted to do them to be reversible, as the pattern sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. A reversible reference book is a great idea!!

Wow. I'm a relatively new knitter. This book looks inspiring!

It is absolutely AWESOME that these garments can be worn more than one way! Ingenious!!

I would love this!

I am knitting my first reversible cable scarf now and would love to learn more from this book!

Fun! Seems like a lovely book!

I haven't done any reversible knitting, but I would be interested to try!

What cool ideas. I love those socks! Looking forward to seeing the book.

I can't wait to see this book. My LYS hasn't received it yet!

The images I've seen from this book look so interesting! I can't wait to see more!

I was intrigued by this book after your review, but after this entry I am even more covetous!!!

I think the shaped half nelson would make an interesting edge treatment to a skirt or dress. Lovely!

I try to pick stitches for scarves that are reversible most of the time, which results in a lot of garter stitch, knit tubes and ribbing. It would be nice to try one of these different techniques or stitches.

I love to look at the "wrong" sides of things, and reversible knitting just takes that habit and makes it glorious!

I love your book reviews, they are always so thorough and interesting, it's no wonder an author would want to make a tour stop on your blog! Those socks are amazing.

Love the look of this book. Literally love the look of it. I think the most inspiring thing about the reversible stitch patterns is the play of texture.

more awesome stuff! yay!

What a great book.

This looks like so much fun!

Interesting. I love the triangular look of the one swatch. It would really make a lovely shawl.

I love the cut cables--and you know, it's my birthday and I do so love books. ;-)

Interesting! It's nice to see someone trying to come up with some really new ideas in knitting.

Interesting post. Great book.

I'd love a copy of this book b/c I've always wanted to make an afghan that wouldn't have a "good" side and a "bad" side!

Holy crap. I cannot believe the innovation here! Wicked stuff, should be on everyones christmas list!

Thanks for interviewing her. I find this book both fascinating and terrifying--and it has been a while since I felt truly daunted by a stitch pattern! Great stuff!

Looks like a very interesting book. I will have to see if I can find it myself, as there is no chance I will win this copy. (I would say I never win anything, but I did get my name picked earlier this year and got some yummy alpaca yarn and coffee. Mmmmm.)

Wow, this is so beautiful and "well-engineered" comes to mind. The more I knit, the more I see the math and engineering in it.

I've been looking at this book for awhile. I find it fascinating.

I think I learn more from your posts than any book, but this one could be an exception!

Love your blog, it's a regular stop on my browse. This book sounds very cool, love the idea of turning things inside out and upside down.

I love the idea of reversible knitting, and have been interested in some time in reversible stitches for scarves. I had to get Knitting New Scarves after your review of it, and I might have to get this too. So much innovation! I'd love to win a copy.

Looks very interesting! I like the ideas presented.

This looks like a very inspiring book.

Gah! 185 comments already. I have a snowballs chance in...well, you know...but may as well give it a shot. Love the book. Good luck to everyone!

I rarely knit anything more than once, because I love knitting new patterns and stitch patterns so much. I'll put this book on my library wish list immediately.

Reversible knitting, what a great idea! I've only done it once with a very easy scarf pattern. These look very challenging.

This book has some wonderful ideas...very innovative!

I've never heard of reversible knitting so I can't weigh in on that. But I'm always on the lookout for new techniques and new inspiration. Please throw my name in the cyber-hat!

This book is definitly going on my wish list

Swatching out of this book could keep a knitter occupied for a long, long time.

How friggin cool is this book! I love it. Thanks for posting this!

Thanks for this post--so interesting! I love the idea of reversible knitting and I would love to be able to look through this book more.

Hola,
I have never knit something reversible, and for the same reason i would like to learn, this book seems amazing and a good start.
Gracias,
Paola

The book sounds like it will be a classic!

This looks like a cool book.

I'd love to win it!Thanks for the q and a session.

Must have this book! :)

This would make a great Christmas present for my daughter.

OH, how I would love this book! Please pick me!! I love how interesting the "wrong" side looks in these reversible patterns. I love to make projects that have TWO "pretty sides".

Great interview! Great examples shown too. Thanks for writing it Lynne.

I would love to win this book and expand my knitting repertoire!

Reversible knitting sounds like a really cool idea. I am curious to try it out.

first time I tried was at the sock summit--one of the best "conferences" I've ever attended.
Karen

This is so amazing! It brings a "crochet-ish" vibe to knitting! I love it.

This book looks wonderful. I've seen snippets here and there and am intrigued. Is your contest limited to U.S. residents? If so, I'm hooped, as I live north of the 49th parallel. Thanks for the opportunity to win "Reversible Knitting".

I love her scarf book, somehow i missed this one, thanks for the heads up.

Thank you for this interview. I think it's interesting how each of us define "reversible" differently. What is visually ugly to one person may be a really cool feature to another. I love how some of these patterns really don't even look like knitting. The socks are unreal!

This book seems to be so full of unusual stitch patterns and garments - very interesting! Thank you for the great interview with the author, too.
As for reversibility, well, it was one of my main preoccupations when I went to choose a pattern to knit a scarf for my mom last year. As I couldn't find anything that was close to what I was looking for, I finally decided to come up with my own stitch pattern - so the very first thing I've "designed" was reversible!

everything she does inspiresme!

This looks like an interesting book - I'm curious how knitting can be made and shaped t olook so much like crochet

No right or wrong sides... verrrrry interesting.

Cool book! I knit a reversible cable scarf / hat combo and am intrigued there are so many ways to do reversible.

I loved the whale sweater from the previous post also! :)

Looks like an inspiring book! Thank you for sharing your interview.

El libro es fantástico, me encantaría poder conseguir uno. Me sentiría muy afortunada. Gracias por tu generosidad

Been hearing alot of buzz about this exciting book and would love a copy to get in on it! Thanks for your generous offer to give a copy away!
Lynn

Hi! I just read an article in Interweave Knits about reversible cables. I finally understand them well enough to be interested in this book! I have mostly avoided scarves until now because half of them aren't reversible. Thanks for the great interview. :-)

Thanks for posting this - looks like a great book!

i am so intrigued by these projects....can't wait to get a bigger look inside the book and get started!

All those years of unreversible knitting! What was I thinking.

I got chance to see some of the swatches (and Melanie Falick) in person recently and was inspired all over again, the first time was when I first got the book. If I win I'll be sending it to my sister, also a knitter.

Cool stitches! I'd love a copy of the book.

I like the socks--they look like gladiator sandals!

I was intrigued by this book from your first post and after the interview I'm even more intrigued. Thank you for posting your interview!

That looks like such a cool book..

I might have to buy this book, if I'm not lucky enough to win it.

I LOVE reversible knitting! I am knitting the Palindrome scarf right now but the patterns in the book look like they re-define the term "reversible."

I bought a copy to give as a gift, but would love one of my own!

It's really cool to hear the authors thoughts/explanations of the stitches in her book. Ever since you did the review of it, it's been on my "Must Have" list. I'm excited about the prospect of reversible stitch patterns for things like scarves where both sides are readily visible.

yes--I'd shamelessly like the book (and thanks for your blog).

when i was growing up, my mom loved to buy me reversible sweaters. she'd explain to me that they were two-for-the-price-and-space of one, which was the highest praise in her book (and increasingly in mine). i somehow never saw them in stores here in the US, but the idea of knitting my own 2fer totally gives me a kick! i can't wait to call and tell mom!

This book is on my wish list!
Reversible knitting is new to me and I love it. I'm so happy there are brains out there figuring this stuff out for me to knit up! Lovely book.

Yea! A book!

awesome.

Knitting challenges, YAY!

This was a great interview. I've had this book on my wish list partly for the interesting stitches, but more for a couple of must-have sweaters!

What a great interview! I really like that you spoke about the creative process behind developing the reversible stitch patterns. Just a detail as simple as thinking of turning a swatch-in-progress to a new angle, instead of working back-and-forth, is genius.

Great interview, great book.

I now want to make scarves with every single stitch pattern in the book!

I really like the idea of a half-nelson necklace. Maybe in a Habu paper or steel combo?

Great review and can't wait to see the book in person!

This book looks so inspiring, opening up the possibilities of knitting into so much more. Thanks for the giveaway!

Wow, this book is amazing. I would love to get a copy and learn more about some of these techniques! I am impressed how far outside the box Lynne is thinking here!

I absolutely LOVE anything that can multitask!! As a mom of 4 with the youngest just turning 5, something to break the daily grind and challenge me is an awesome idea!

Love your blog!!

OOh, this one looks very interesting!

I've loved this book since you first reviewed it. I've done some playing with reversable stitches, but nothing as cool as these.

I am super excited about this book and the new directions and challenges it will provide. Thanks for giving it so much blog-time!

Ever since I learned double knitting, I've been fascinated with reversibility!

Wow, knitting is so high-tech. I have always wondered what it would be like to wear something and not have to worry about the wrong side.

Thanks for the contest!

I am so glad reversible knitting is being discussed. I feel like I have so much to learn, and this book looks like an amazing resource! Thanks for blogging about it!

I really would like this book too (on my wishlist...). I am often inspired by techniques, and I think these look like a lot of fun.

I would love to own this book. It seems like a great idea-book.

If I jump at anything that Grumperina mentions, does that make me a lemming? My first such robotic purchase was Victorian Lace Today, and I haven't looked back.

Any knitting done by Debbie New is fascinating.

I am facinated by the book, and wait to see the new techniques and patterns it presents. Definitely a fresh perspective.

So many new possibilities with these amazing reversible stitches! Thanks for hosting this fascinating interview.

Thanks for the interesting interview. The book sounds amazing & I will love to have a copy.

Very interesting book, not to mention that I love stitch patterns. Kathy, thanks for holding the contest.

Thanks for the review. I'll definitely be looking for this one under the tree!

After reading the reviews, I can't wait to see the book 'in person'. It looks inspiring!

This is SO amazing! I can't wait to try it. This was the first book I put on my wish list for this holiday season.

Thanks for your review and this interview.

very interesting!

ohh, I would love to own this book. It is such a cool book. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Reversible knitting would be such a useful technique. I'd love to have the book!

This book looks great! I can't wait to get a look at it whether I win or not.

Great review! I really love reading your blog too!

Oh, I would love to have a copy of this amazing book! Thanks for offering it to some lucky someone!

I have this book on my amazon.ca wish list!! I want to make the sweater on the cover of the book!!

I LOVE reversible cables.

This book just blows my mind! Great interview and thanks for your review as well.


Great interview. I think the half nelson would make good edging on a baby blanket or sweater- they love to play with those kind of things.

Thank you for inspirative interview, review and presentation of whole new world of knitting. It's great to open new worlds from time to time ;-) Best wishes!

Reversible? That is for big girl knitting. Like with two colors! I would love the challenge!

This knitting concept is intriguing for sure.

What an interesting book!

This book is on my Amazon wish list ... I have my fingers crossed!

I've been casting around your site again for your new and old projects, since I'm making baby presents and I want them to look as cool as yours do. Then I saw this book blurb, back again. It intrigues the non-stodgy sweater hound in me. Here goes nothing!

Me again, this time about Lynne's patterns. I could really see using the transparent (lace-like) patterns being used in a sweater's yoke, or sleeves, as a contrast to opaque body areas.

The "strap socks" inspires me to think they could be done in a way that riffs on the most expensive new leather booties out there: straps, lacing, whatever.

Good for the creative juices.

The patterns in this book are so inspiring! I look forward to tackling some of the more challenging ones in the new year.

I'm not one for leaving comments on blogs. I mostly like to read them, but this book is intruiging me. I've been reading the blogs in the blog tour and Lynne Barr's whole concept of reversible knitting has totally changed my mind about what reversible knitting is. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book to examine it for myself from cover to cover. Thanks for a wonderful interview. The questions and answers were so informative.

Thanks for the review of this book. I love to give away reversible gifts - scarves, hats, cowls. Last year it seemed I knit a ton of brioche, this year, it's mistake rib.

I always love learning about new things you can do with a simple knit and purl. This book looks very inspiring. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

oh yes please!

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