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haiku knitsHaiku Knits by Tanya Alpert. Watson Guptill.
There's something about Asian style that attracts a lot of people who live in the West. The style of Japan is particularly interesting to a lot of people, and when those people are knitters, the fiber arts of Japan are certainly alluring. From Noro to Hobu, there are some really great yarns from Japan; add in the natural, beautiful style of clothing traditionally found in the country and you've got an unbeatable combination.

That's what Tanya Alpert found when she got interested in Japanese design and Japanese yarns, and the results can be seen in her book Haiku Knits.

The designs in the book are mostly relatively easy, with simple stitch patterns and sleek silhouettes. But combined with lovely yarns -- from Japan and elsewhere -- these plain patterns sing and become something you'd really want to knit. Details like a row of buttons to close a slit in a tank top or structure provided by stainless steel yarn make these patterns familiar and yet unlike a lot of the patterns you see out there.


February 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(1) Norma says:

I bought this book and returned it. Having visited Japan, I do appreciate thei couture, and was really looking forward to this book. However, I was sadly disappointed by the designs which I would lllabel odd :-(

February 8, 2010 at 6:40 am
(2) Knitting Out Loud says:

I’m eager to see this book! Japanese yarns are lovely & their designs rock!

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