Inspiration comes from all over the place, but for designer Melissa Wehrle, ideas for knitting projects come from her home: New York City. Her book, Metropolitan Knits: Chic Designs for Urban Style provides patterns that would be at home in the big city or in smaller towns.
About the Book
- Pages: 160
- Format: paperback
- Number of patterns: 20
- Skill level: none given, but most are suitable for intermediate knitters
- Sizing: garments are all for women and offer between 5 and 7 sizes
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: 7 pages of techniques at the back of the book cover special cast ons, bind offs, increases, decreases and other skills
- Publication date: May 2013
- Publisher: Interweave Press
The book is divided up into three categories: Heart of the City, Urban Bohemia and City Gardens. The idea is that the patterns reflect midtown, downtown and the little secret corners of the city that are so attractive to urban dwellers.
There are hats, scarves, sweaters and tops, shawls and mitts in this collection, though the emphasis is on sweaters. There's a city style to these projects but they wouldn't be out of place in more rustic surroundings, and there are a few I'd certainly like to knit.
Some of my favorites include the Meier Cardigan pictured on the cover, with eyelets on the sides and arms of an otherwise plain cardigan; the Skyline Tunic, another simple, sleek design with eyelet diamonds along one side of the front; the Washington Square Cardigan, a bulky knit with more eyelets (I'm sensing a theme here) and bright red buttons (it has a matching hat that's pretty cute, too); the simple striped Cobblestone Hoodie; the lacy and feminine Sunday Henley; and the lovely Secret Garden Tank, which is mostly simplicity in linen with a little lacy section worked in wool in the back.
In addition to all those eyelets there are also cables, lacy projects and simple, sleek styles using basic and textured stitch patterns. No matter where you live there's probably a project here you'd like to knit and wear for a night on the town or an afternoon in the park.
These pretty patterns are a great way for the intermediate knitter to explore different styles and construction methods, and you're sure to love the end results.