Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Review: Cardigans & Closures by Melissa Leapman




Book Title: Cardigans & Closures
Author: Melissa Leapman
ISBN: 978-1-59217-365-5
Publisher: Annie's
Approximate Retail Price: $14.95 (USD) / $17.95 CA
Category: Crafts/Knitting
Techniques: 7 Closure techniques for hand knit cardigans and jackets
Patterns: 7
Availability: Paperback and Electronic Download

Ever knit or want to knit a cardigan or jacket, but are too intimated to put the finishing touches on it?  Melissa Leapman shows you how in this class-masquerading-as-a-book!  Melissa takes you through the different types of closures for cardis and jackets by presenting you with a pattern, thorough instructions, and color photography - making each pattern a lesson.  Let's take a look at the lessons provided in this resource:

PART ONE: Keep It Simple With Afterthought Closures

Lesson One: Overcast Button Loops
  • Pattern for Melissa's Casual Jacket - sized Woman's S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • A quick knit that uses chunky yarn and (4) 2 inch buttons
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Written Instructions with a Chart included for the textured pattern


Lesson Two: Inserting a Zipper
  • Pattern for Melissa's Tweedy Hoodie - sized Woman's S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • A slip stitch hoodie that uses 3 colors of worsted wt yarn and a 24" zipper
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Written Instructions

PART TWO: Buttonhole Essentials

Lesson One: Eyelet Buttonholes
  • Pattern for Melissa's Le Charme cardigan - sized Woman's S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • A lace cardigan knit in DK wt yarn and uses 9 buttons
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Written Instructions and a Lace Chart included

Lesson Two: Incorporated Simple Three-Row Buttonholes
  • Pattern for Melissa's Rustic Jacket - sized Woman's S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • A stockinette stitch cardigan with garter accent knit in Aran wt and using (7) 25mm buttons
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Written Instructions


PART THREE: Beyond The Basics

Lesson One: Neat One-Hole Horizontal Buttonholes
  • Pattern for Melissa's Rebecca jacket - sized Woman's S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • A textured cardigan with bottom lace detail knit in Aran Wt. yarn and using (4) 7/8" buttons
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Written Instructions

Lesson Two: Double Thick Button Bands
  • Pattern for Melissa's Funky Boyfriend Cardigan - sized Woman's S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • A cabled, v-neck cardigan knit in Aran Wt yarn and using (7) 1" buttons
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Written Instructions and Cable Chart included

Lesson Three: Double-Breasted Closures
  • Pattern for Melissa's Double-Breasted Mosaic Cardi - sized Woman's S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
  • A mosaic cardigan using slipped stitches to create the colorwork knit in Bulky Wt yarn and using 8 buttons
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Written Instructions and Mosaic Chart included
This is a very nice resource for knitters to have in their arsenal.  I find finishing garments to be intimidating, but less so after reading through the patterns.  While the patterns in this book may not be every knitter's cup of tea, they are varied in styles and do provide great how-to(s) for specific closure techniques.  This is a concise book aimed at the knitter who is already tackling sweaters, seaming, and finishing garments, but needs help with closures.  This book is not intended for newbie knitters.  

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Disclosure: Annie's (DRG) provided KnitPurlGurl with a FREE copy of Cardigans & Closures for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding review.  All opinions expressed in the preceding review are of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Annie's or Melissa Leapman.


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