Brave New Knits

Brave New Knits

26 Projects and Personalities from the Knitting Blogosphere

eBook - 2010
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Brave New Knits by Julie Turjoman, cofounder of is the first book to celebrate the convergence of traditional hand-knitting and modern technology. The Internet has made it possible for the knitting community to connect through photos, pattern-sharing, and blogs that document the knitting projects and passions of dozens of designers and enthusiasts. With a foreword written by Jessica Marshall Forbes, co-founder of, Brave New Knits includes 26 must-have garment and accessory patterns, all gorgeously photographed by knitting celebrity Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. Contributors range from established designers like Norah Gaughan, Wendy Bernard, Anne Hanson, and knitgrrl Shannon Okey, to rising stars such as Melissa Wehrle, Connie Chang Chinchio, and Hilary Smith Callis. In-depth interviews with the designers reveal their design philosophy and passions. From shapely sweaters and delicate shawls to fingerless gloves and stylish hats, each of the knitted designs features detailed directions and charts to inspire both the beginner and experienced knitter.

Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale


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Jun 07, 2014

Check online for errors in the patterns. I know the tulip peasant blouse and the origami shrug both have major errors. And read the Erratta carefully, seems like they were not listed in order for some reason. A correction to the sleeve was listed before a correction to the neckline. Not sure what went on during editing. I know editors are human and we all get to make mistakes but there is a limit, very frustrating and disappointing. I had planned on making two sweaters out of this book but after the first I am choosing to devote my time to another project.

Aug 23, 2011

Okay, well, I'd consider myself "an idiot, but I can knit" when it comes to knitting...and I was disappointed by this book. Quite a few well-known and deservedly respected young/new designers, whose patterns I've happily knitted from, contributed to this collection, but none of the designs here impress me at all. It's like no one wanted to commit a truly great design to this book. Also, too much text (some of the designer bios are a bit self-indulgent) and not enough knitting. And the aesthetic of the whole book is weird - odd colours, odd yarn choices for some pieces, unappealing overall.

Mar 04, 2011

Another one of those "I'm an idiot, but I can knit books. Recommend only to a beginning knitter, since all the patterns are very easy. No wonder, considering most of the people profiled don't have that much experience.

On top of that, why would you want to read a profile when it's already been laid out on their blogs? Boring.

smiletoday Mar 03, 2011

Fun to read about the designers and how they got started.

Nov 30, 2010

A wide variety of patterns, some of which are graphed. There is a yarn weights chart at the back, if you don't care to use the specified yarn.

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