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Starting your knitting in the center doesn't seem like a revolutionary idea for a circular shawl or blanket, but how about for a sweater or a teddy bear? Yuhas explores these and a variety of other projects in this collection of knitting patterns designed to start somewhere in the middle. He identifies five basic shapes, each with its own "magic number" of increases per round, then presents patterns featuring each of the shapes. Some of the designs are modern, and some are surprisingly traditional, including a baby hat inspired by an 18th-century bonnet. -VERDICT Like the designs of other knitters who present innovative, out-of-the-box ideas, some of Yuhas's designs are hits and some are misses. His passion for the topic is apparent, and adventurous knitters will appreciate the opportunity to learn something new here. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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*Starred Review* Odd. Even geeky. Yet there's no question that Portland-based revolutionary knitter Yuhas is on to something. His premise is simple: start knitting at the middle/center of the item, which he categorizes into five shapes: tubes, cones, circles, domes, and ruffles. His tricks also seem uncomplicated, which means mastering the ins (and outs) of knitting in the round and casting on in the middle. In real-life needlework, however, it takes a bit of time to figure out the how-to's; at the end, Yuhas does give us excellent step-by-step photographic tutorials. His nearly 30 designs are a combination of wild and winsome, matter-of-fact and magnificent, like his foxglove boa and half-moon mittens, or the sorting hat (yes, Harry Potter) and geometric shrug. Toys, accessories, sweaters, shawls, blankets, and I-cord items each include color photographs, well written-out directions (no charts for Daniel), notes about possible variations, and sketches of specific techniques or ideas. What's so odd? His mathematical sidebars (on Fibonacci, for instance) and a few titles in his recommended reading: Michael S. Schneider's A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe (1994), for one.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist