|This model is wearing the Nevelson Lace Pullover. It's so pretty. It's so pretty. It's so pretty.|
I was not disappointed.
I've flipped through this multiple times, sighing "They're so prettyyyyyy" each time. There are twenty patterns for sweaters, vests, hats, lighter shirts, a cowl, and even a pair of fingerless mitts. They're written for different weights of yarn, and with varying degrees of difficulty. There's a little bit of every kind of project for every level of knitter.
|The Jasper Pullover is perfect for those nautical look-loving knitters and worked flat, if you can believe it.|
My favorite part is that each pattern is named after an American artist. It doesn't take much for me. Like how the Georgia sweater named for Georgia O'Keefe has a big ol' pink flower on the front of it. I love it.
The Rockwell hat looks like something I could actually pull off, and I think I'm going to try to do so before Christmas. It's all one color, and uses worsted weight yarn. The patterning has an intricate-looking makeup without being fussy that I really like.
|The Wyeth shrug is almost rugged, but not quite. It's glorious.|
I want to make these patterns and give the finished objects as gifts, but only to people in my immediate family because mostly I want to hoard the projects for myself. I want to wear some of these sweaters while sitting on a porch and drinking and coffee and enjoying an autumnal morning. God help me, I want to wear some of these hats on a road trip through mountains. Can I make this Alvarez Hat in time for fall and make all of my Fair Isle dreams come true? I don't know, but I'm certainly going to try.
There are some patterns in here that are way beyond my skill set, but they're certainly inspirational.
|Like the Sargent Pullover. Boy howdy.|
Other patterns, though, look like they might be attainable.
|And I am NOT just saying that because I now have an all-consuming need to make the Benton Cardigan in something neutral for myself.|
The charts for all of them are clear, although I wish they were a little larger. But that's why Jesus gave us copy machines with the option to enlarge and print off pages to mark up and annotate to our hearts' content. Because I certainly don't want to make many notes in this book because it's just so pretty. I know I've said it a lot, but this is a pretty book.
|And the Tanner Cowl is unofficially reversible.|
The photography is all sun-dappled and vibrant. The layout is clear, and the different pieces of information--yarn types and yardages, measurements, needles, etc.--are all set out in their own little categories. Smallish charts aside (and I have to say that no chart will ever be big enough for me), this is one of the best layouts I've seen for a pattern book in a while.
It's fine if you want to roll your eyes at that part, too. But it's true!
There is a lot to love about New American Knits. I didn't say much about the camisole or vest-like patterns because I wasn't crazy about them, but there were so many other patterns to pore over in rapt, lovestruck idiocy because they were so great. The book is retailing for less than $20, which I would consider a fantastic bargain in light of what individual patterns can cost. I'm interested in at least half a dozen of the patterns in this book, and seriously planning to make 2 or 3 more of them.
I think I'm actually going to try to get a start on the Parrish Mitts this weekend.