Let’s get this out of the way – I’m SO impressed with this book! The schematics, the directions, the callouts.
And, of course, Norah Gaughan.
Designs by Norah Gaughan
Published by Quince & Co.
Currently $15.78 on Amazon (affiliate link)
Each pattern has a complete schematic. This is extra important with these designs because they’re not standard shapes.
Look at this? It helps you understand what shape you’re knitting and it helps you know how it will fit (and it you want to make it bigger or smaller it gives you what you need to you don’t have to reverse engineer the pattern to figure it out).
And this full shot shows you how it looks when worn.
Between the Construction Notes and the actual instructions, it gives you everything you need to be successful with these knits.
For example, with the above design, it tells you that the cast-on starts at the cuff and it’s knit side-to-side.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the callouts. They clear up all the unusual bits, like this one:
The illustration has the marker, the provisional CO, the BO and the right and wrong sides. If you weren’t sure what to do based on the instructions, this should help clarify it.
The Other Stuff
The rest of the information is really useful too. It tells you things like the size shown, the size of the model (as in “shown in size 47″ with 13″ of positive ease” and regular things like the yarn, needles and notions.
It gives you everything you need to make it a successful knit.
It’s showing a yarn – in this case, linen – in a fun, new way. We see it used with cables and dropped stitches. And it tells you how to do yarnovers depending if it’s next to knits or purls.
Even if you never make a garment out of this book, you can still get a lot out of it. The callouts, the schematics and even the intro text can teach you a lot. Don’t miss any of it.
It truly can help you craft smarter.