A friend gave me Sensual Knits: Luxurious Yarns, Alluring Designs for Christmas last year and while I was quite taken with it at the time, it got put away on the bookshelf in the post-Christmas clean up and I sort of forgot about it.
Fast Forward to earlier this week when I was looking for another book in my collection and I happened upon it again. I poured myself a glass of Iced Tea and spent some time reading through it and there are some REALLY lovely patterns in this book.
The book is divided into 5 Chapters :
Barely there: Camisoles, tanks, a vest and a twin set
Sensual Chic: Modern Sweaters with hip details
Wrapped in Luxury: Cardigans and jackets to keep you warm
Feminine Mystique: Dresses to capture their attention (it may sound like bitter grapes, but unless you have a perfect figure, I suggest passing on these)
Magic is in the Details: Accessories (gloves, a shawl,a wrap, stockings) to complete the look.
I'm impressed with the way the schematics, charts and photos are interspersed with the written pattern material. It's really well organized and (although I've yet to knit one) the patterns seem very easy to follow. There's a wide variety of contributing designers with info. on where to find more designs by them. It's a beautiful book just to look at even if you don't knit a thing.
The sweater that caught my eye is the Samuri Sweater. The suggested yarn is a Silk & Wool blend but I've been dreaming about how I might knit this up in a combination of the Habu Stainless steel silk and Elspbeth Lavold Hempathy with a bright teal cami underneath. What do you think?
Anyway, I'm delighted my friend gave me this book and suspect I shall knit more from it as the years go along. Definitely one to consider adding to your own collection!