The Knitted Rug
by Donna Druchunas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Knitted Rug / 1-57990-747-4
"The Knitted Rug" is a beautiful and carefully written resource, with lavish color photographs for each rug project and with lots of variety in shape, style, design, colors, and area of coverage. The instructions are easily adaptable and nearly every rug project can be made larger or smaller as the floor space demands. Truly, if you are a knitting enthusiast and you'd like a comprehensive guide to branch into knitted rugs, this is the definitive resource you must have at hand.
Note, however, that if you are a beginner to knitting, you will likely need another resource than just this one. The introduction of the book includes the common 'Knitting 101' starting guide, but the guide is rather sparse and leaves a lot to be desired. For example, the Coiled Cord Oval on page 82 was the rug that caught my eye and sealed my decision to buy the book. I'm not handy with needles, myself, but I used a knitting knobby spool in my youth and found it easy and relaxing, so the rug seemed perfect for me - a beautiful rug made out of a long length of i-cord. The instructions mention, off-handedly, the existence of knitting knobby spools, but include no instructions or pictures, which was disappointing. Little gaps like this occur in the book, but are understandable inasmuch as this book is not, strictly speaking, marketed directly to beginners. However, I thought it bore repeating on-line, as the customer can't always flip through the book to verify how detailed this resource is for them.
Bottom line, if you are interested in knitted rugs, buy this book, but if you are a beginner to knitting, consider also investing in a solid "How To" resource to serve as a companion to this.
~ Ana Mardoll
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