Brave New Knits: 26 Projects and Personalities from the Knitting Blogosphere

by Julie Turjoman

Paperback, 2010


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Brave New Knits by Julie Turjoman, cofounder of is the first book to celebrate the convergence of traditional hand-knitting and modern technology. The Internet has made it possible for the knitting community to connect through photos, pattern-sharing, and blogs that document the knitting projects and passions of dozens of designers and enthusiasts. With a Foreword written by Jessica Marshall Forbes, co-founder of, Brave New Knits includes 26 must-have garment and accessory patterns, all gorgeously photographed by knitting celebrity Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. Contributors range from established designers like Norah Gaughan, Wendy Bernard, Anne Hanson, and knitgrrl Shannon Okey, to rising stars such as Melissa Wehrle, Connie Chang Chinchio, and Hilary Smith Callis. In-depth interviews with the designers reveal their design philosophy and passions. From shapely sweaters and delicate shawls to fingerless gloves and stylish hats, each of the knitted designs features detailed directions and charts to inspire both the beginner and experienced knitter.… (more)


Rodale Books (2010), 256 pages

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LibraryThing member 9days
Whether you're a beginning knitter or have been at it for years, Brave New Knits has plenty of projects that are both fun and beautiful.

I think one of the main features of this collection is the number of projects that can be completed by beginners. So many knitting books are filled with advanced
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technical jargon and even more advanced techniques, which puts off new and would-be knitters. Often, projects fit for beginners are boring, unstylish, and generally unappealing (how many hats and scarves can one person make?). This could not be further from the truth here.

While you won't find a bad piece in the bunch, some shine more brightly than others. The Global Cable Coat is one of the most fantastic pieces I've seen in a long time, and is definitely next on my project list. The Milk Maiden top is also stunning, as is the Seaweed Tank, Origami Shrug, Foxgloves, and Krookus. With so many standout pieces, it's pretty challenging to pick favorites.

Whether you're a knitter yourself, wanting to learn the craft, or looking for a special gift for the knitter in your life, you must pick up Brave New Knits.
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LibraryThing member bunniehopp
Brave New Knits: 26 projects and personalities from the knitting blogosphere by Julie Turjoman is the book to read if you need knitting inspiration. Each chapter introduces a knit designer, who is also a knitting blogger, and one design they created. The interviews with the designers let the reader
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feel as if they too were sitting in the room enjoying a conversation about starting a knitting business. It is interesting to set the book aside and go to Julie Turjoman's to see what the artist is doing now and follow that with a look at the designer's blogsite.
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