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January 3, 2015


150 Blocks for Sweaters, Scarves, Bags,
Toys, Afghans and More

This book is very well written and the cover is quite sturdy so that opening and closing a lot doesn't tear down the binding so easily.  It also will remain open easier.  The coloring in the book and cover is appealing to the eye.  The author wrote in a manner that is easy to understand.  Beginners can see the patterns and illustrations easily. You can create your own blocks or follow the author's examples.
 As far as the patterns, I didn't find too many I actually cared for.  It's a matter of taste.  If you don't care to knit blocks for afghans, there are patterns for bags, scarves and more.

I was given a complimentary copy of KNITTING BLOCK BY BLOCK from the author, Nicky Epstein and Blogging for Books for my view of the book.  

I would give this book 3.5 STARS.


(from Amazon)
Create gorgeous sweaters, bags, afghans, and toys just by knitting the simplest of shapes—a square!

No one forgets the sweet victory of completing their first knitted block, but most of us quickly move on to more complex constructions, only making swatches for gauge. In this comprehensive volume, celebrated designer and innovator Nicky Epstein reimagines the humble block with 150 new patterns and masterfully demonstrates how to mix, match, and easily combine them into stunning one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.

Inside you will find:
  • 150 original block patterns, from simple textures to embossed pictorials, intricate lace to cables, colorwork, double knit, and more, all with Nicky’s signature wit, verve, and style.
  • More than ten exclusive project designs that will make you say “I can’t believe that is made out of blocks!”
  • Detailed guidance for creating exciting pieces out of block knitting, without using increases or decreases.
  • Exclusive cut-and-paste project design pages. Simply cut out the printed blocks and arrange them to help create your own masterpieces.

Blocks are quick to knit, portable pieces perfect for group and charity projects, and now not limited to just afghans! Knitting Block by Block gives you the tools to unlock a world of creative possibilities and confidently build your own design “blockbusters,” one block at a time. 

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586520
  • From Booklist

    In previous tutorials, the popular designer Epstein has covered edgings, flowers, and felting, among many other topics. Here she discusses a very practical skill and provides some fine patterns for a very simple shape—squares. Knitters most often use squares, or blocks, as Epstein calls them, for gauge swatches. But, actually, they are the most versatile of constructions and can be used for sweaters, toys, and, of course, afghans. Although she begins by showing simple squares done in seed and garter stitches, Epstein quickly moves on to embossed, cabled, colored, and appliqu├ęd squares, all of which will get knitters’ hands twitchy. Then come instructions, in words and charts, for the patterns, some involved, like an afghan, and others, like a hat and scarf, fairly quick to make. A bag looks particularly enticing. Back matter includes information about edgings, a detailed glossary, and a list of charities on which to bestow finished projects. More than 180 color illustrations add to the pleasure of this appealing book. --Ilene Cooper


    "We bet you've never seen blocks quite like these. Use the 150 patterns to fashion your own custom projects, or follow designer Nicky Epstein's simple steps to create intricate, sophisticated accessories." --Good Housekeeping

Nicky Epstein is one of today's most prolific and versatile knitwear designers, authors and teachers. She has gained worldwide recognition for her artistic, distinctive and innovative work, whimsical sense of style and informative workshops. Her designs continue to be featured in many knitting magazines and publications, on television, and in museums.


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