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Book Review – Diagonal Knitting

This grand book, rich with content and visuals, reviewed in our Winter 2011 issue currently on sale, is one of the most important knitting books of the decade. Here’s the review, excerpted from the same issue:

Diagonal Knitting: A Different Slant (Schoolhouse Press)
by Katharine Cobey

In the old days books were published when someone had something really important to say, something with a purpose that could shake things up. This treasure of a book goes beyond patterns. It is a work of art. It explores diagonal knitting from the core, with beautiful photography and illustrations on every page. With great technique, rich history, and visuals, this book is sure to become an American classic. It is a unique textbook with a purpose, making you wish it was printed in hard cover.

Here are some photos from the book:

Spiral Dress

This is one of my favorite photos, Katharine Cobey modeling her own creation

Also, click here for an in-depth review of the book, along with a bio on Katherine Cobey, by Knitter’s Review.

Please leave a comment here to enter drawing. Comments will close Monday, January 3rd, 8:00 p.m. EST and the winner announced the following morning.

Happy New Year!

Update: The winner is Kathy and her comment follows:

I have been knitting for 50 years and would love a book like this! It is a “WOW”!

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 31, 2010 12:33 PM | 98 Comments

98 Responses to “Book Review – Diagonal Knitting”

  1. I would love, love love this book.
    May your new year be as sweet as fruit, magical as a rainbow and promissing as new growth.

  2. Becca says:

    I love the shawl and the drape of the fabric.

  3. Beautiful! I would have to recruit one of my talented knitting aunts to help me with this. Definitely something to aspire to. I would love to win the book!

  4. katrina says:

    Those are gorgeous photos, the book would be fun just for those, and would likely provide motivation to learn to knit ;)

  5. Sara says:

    These patterns look amazing! What fun it would be to knit up some of these!

  6. Margaret says:

    This looks like a really inspiring book. I love to see people taking a different approach to their knitting.

  7. Tami says:

    happy new year! It looks like a fun book — I love the shawl too! (the link wasn’t cooperating for me…)

  8. Kim says:

    What a neat idea! I would love to learn how to make shaped garments with diagonal knitting. I can really see this being a great way to check fit as you knit.

  9. Debbie says:

    I love to knit and learning new ways is beautiful the book looks so lovely.

  10. xtine says:

    What stunning garments!!

  11. Priscilla says:

    Wow, this book looks amazing! I would love to win this book, and thanks for the chance to do so. =)

    ~*Priscilla Aguilar*~

  12. Cristina Eury says:

    How inspiring! Can’t wait to see this book!

  13. Nancy says:

    They look so cozy – I’d love to have a chance to try one of these patterns.

  14. Dawn says:

    This book looks really interesting. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  15. Dyepotgirl says:

    Oooh! What a cool book!!! I’d certainly like to win it. That shawl is really beautiful.

  16. Angie says:

    I would love this book!

  17. Natalie says:

    Lately I’ve been dreaming of a lovely wool shawl/jacket… and would love to win this beautiful book to help me make it~

  18. anna says:

    Happy New Year!
    White hair, dark grey shawl, black dress, snow…. great photo!!!

  19. Claire d`eau says:

    gorgeous pics, nice work, this book seems amazing, would be nice to have the pleasure to discover it, thanks for beeing so generous,

  20. Sarah Dunham says:

    Cool! That would be a great addition to my knitting book collection!

  21. Ellen M says:

    What an inspiring book! A great way to start the year anew, with some new knitting techniques I haven’t yet tried.
    Thanks so much for having this giveaway.

  22. Hallie says:

    As I am branching outin my knitting, this book would be a much welcomed addition to my pattern bool collections!!

  23. Annie Bowman says:

    Thank you Katherine Cobey for sharing with us your beautiful art! Thank you Living Crafts for all of the inspirational ideas you share!!

  24. Leslie Avila says:

    Oh, I love these designs! Let me win! :)

  25. Judith Anderson says:

    Wow. Great new slant(ugh, pardon the pun) on knitting. Would love to get my hands on this one to start new projects for 2011! Thanks for the offer.

  26. Melanie says:

    Light and joy.

  27. sarah says:

    would love to win this gorgeous book, i will donate it to my daughters Waldorf School if i win!!!!!

  28. NADJA says:

    I love knitting and if would be fun to try diagonal knitting too.

  29. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Looks like I’ll be keeping my resolution to knit more this year ;-)

  30. coleen Smith says:

    How beautiful, the jacket and the shawl would look lovely in some of my handspun!!

  31. Michele Kirk says:

    So beautiful…would love it!!!

  32. Stacy says:

    Looks beautiful!

  33. If I managed to make a beautiful dress, like the one in the photo, I would be dancing and smiling, too!

  34. Rebecca H. says:

    Great review!

  35. Willew says:

    So beautiful. I love them all. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Alyssa Boland says:

    What an interesting looking book! Can’t wait to see it.

  37. Kendra says:

    Beautiful! Love knitting, love the beautiful pieces shown here!

  38. Heather B. says:

    I was just looking at this book in my Living Crafts magazine and wanting it! The pieces look gorgeous.

  39. rachel steinberg says:

    looks amazing – love the movement that is visible in the pieces!

  40. Rhiannon Roundtree says:

    “Amazing” seems to be the word to describe this book and these wonderful pieces! Utterly gorgeous!

  41. Tina Marie says:

    This book looks really amazing. I love learning new techniques.

  42. Stephanie says:

    What an awesome source of inspiration, just like this site! :)

  43. suzana says:

    Dear, I have been following your blog for a while and I admire your creativity and beauty of life.The book would be a great help to me in my creative work

  44. This book looks lovely!
    I have just begun a mitered square blanket with sock yarn remnants and am quite taken with that, but this! yum!

  45. Rei says:

    I’m a beginner knitter, but still would love to try knitting ones from the book.

  46. Kathy says:

    I have been knitting for 50 years and would love a book like this! It is a “WOW”!

  47. Christy says:

    This looks really cool!

  48. debbie ridley says:

    The patterns in this book are gorgeous! If I had known about this 20 years ago – I would have made the white one on the front cover for my wedding dress (yes I made my own wedding dress back then too…)


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