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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer, teacher and author

As part of the UK launch of Nicky’s new book, I’m hon­ored to be tak­ing part in her blog book tour. Wel­come if you are fol­low­ing the tour from Black Cat Orig­i­nals and make sure to stop into Sewing is for Girls tomor­row to hear more news and reviews from some fel­low fiber lovers. Keep read­ing and you will have the chance to win your own copy!
Nicky Epstein is renowned for her ref­er­ence books. Her pre­vi­ous pub­li­ca­tions, Knit­ting Block by Block, Knit­ted Flow­ers, Knit­ted Embell­ish­ments and Knit­ting on the Edge amongst oth­ers, delve into the depths of each sub­ject to pro­vide you with a seem­ingly end­less range of pos­si­bil­i­ties. Knit­ting in cir­cles is no excep­tion.

Dis­cov­er­ing how to knit in the round was a huge rev­e­la­tion to me as I learnt to knit, lit­er­ally 95% of my knit­ting is done on DPN’s or cir­cu­lar nee­dles now. So I was nat­u­rally quite excited by the prospect of a whole book of cir­cles. Although not all of the designs are knit in the round, there’s still some­thing intrigu­ing about a cir­cu­lar piece of knit­ting.The major­ity of the book is indi­vid­ual cir­cle designs, which are bro­ken down into chap­ters, or rounds as they are called. They start with basic shap­ing tech­niques and progress on to more elab­o­rate embell­ish­ments, lace stitches, colour­work and a mis­cel­la­neous, or eclec­tic, sec­tion. Each of the designs has a chart to go with it, which I per­son­ally find a lot eas­ier than writ­ten instruc­tions, so a big plus.

There’s a short sec­tion where Nicky sug­gests ways to design your own gar­ments from this col­lec­tion of cir­cles, mix­ing and match­ing, and con­trol­ling the design with gauge. At the very back there are 15 of Nicky’s own pat­terns that use cir­cles in their con­struc­tion. A lot of them are inge­nious and are really improved by the use of cir­cles. There are a few that look quite involved and i’m not sure I would ever attempt to make, but above all they’re hugely cre­ative; the Eter­nity dress is gor­geous!You will most likely learn some­thing new as you progress through this book. Nicky encour­ages cre­ativ­ity and it will no doubt inspire peo­ple to chal­lenge their own knit­ting and design­ing skills, you’d be unstop­pable with the com­plete collection!

Win your own copy:

To win your very own copy of Knit­ting in Cir­cles leave a com­ment below to tell me when you’ve done each of the fol­low­ing things. Please leave a sep­a­rate com­ment for each so it’s eas­ier to count entries. You must do at least one of the fol­low­ing, the more you do the more chances you have to win!

  1. Tweet about the give­away on Twitter
  2. Click the like but­ton below, to share this post on Facebook
  3. Like Yiskah Knits on Facebook
  4. Fol­low @YiskahKnits on Twitter
  5. Sub­scribe to Yiskah Knits with bloglovin’

Please remem­ber to leave your email address in the com­ments so I can get hold of you if you win. The give­away will stay open until 9pm Sun­day evening and I’ll announce the win­ner early next week. Good luck!

ISBN: 97803075870660
Pub­lisher: Pot­ter Craft
Price: £19.99
Buy your own copy at GMC Dis­tri­b­u­tion

  1. Heather aka niftyknits 4 October 2012, 10:09 am

    I’ve fol­lowed you on twit­ter (I’m @niftyknits )

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  2. Heather aka niftyknits 4 October 2012, 10:10 am

    I’ve tweeted about the give­away

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  3. Heather aka niftyknits 4 October 2012, 10:12 am

    I’ve liked you on face­book

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  4. Heather aka niftyknits 4 October 2012, 10:13 am

    I clicked the like but­ton — didn’t seem to do any­thing on my face­book page tho?

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  5. Aiza 4 October 2012, 10:59 am

    Ive tweeted about it! (@madebyaiza)

  6. Aiza 4 October 2012, 11:09 am

    Fol­lowed you as well! :)

  7. Linda Rumsey 4 October 2012, 3:07 pm

    I have liked you on fb!

  8. Linda Rumsey 4 October 2012, 3:08 pm

    Shared post on fb!

  9. Linda Rumsey 4 October 2012, 3:09 pm

    I now fol­low your blog — really inspiring!

  10. Debbie H 4 October 2012, 8:27 pm

    I like you on Facebook

  11. Debbie H 4 October 2012, 8:27 pm

    I’m fol­low­ing on Twitter

  12. Debbie H 4 October 2012, 8:27 pm

    I tweeted!

  13. Debbie H 4 October 2012, 8:28 pm

    I now fol­low your blog.

  14. Debbie H 4 October 2012, 8:29 pm

    I shared on Facebook!

  15. Caroline Enstock 7 October 2012, 8:28 pm

    I’ve liked you on Facebook!

  16. Caroline Enstock 7 October 2012, 8:28 pm

    I’ve fol­lowed you on Twit­ter @mammapolitico

  17. Caroline Enstock 7 October 2012, 8:29 pm

    I’ve tweeted about the giveaway

  18. Caroline Enstock 7 October 2012, 8:29 pm

    I fol­lowed you in blog lovin!

  19. Caroline Enstock 7 October 2012, 8:30 pm

    I shared on Face­book too x

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