6.29.2011

Book Review & Giveaway: Seamless Knits

Recently, I received a review copy of Seamless (or nearly seamless) Knits by Andra Knight Bowman.


I have to say, I love the idea of this book. I don't know about you, but I pretty much hate seaming anything. The book title says it all, the patterns require little to no seaming. That is a dream come true for me.

The book contains 19 patterns, and are separated by construction type: bottom up, top down, and side-to-side.

Most of the patterns are bottom up (there are 10 total in this section). There were lots of cute patterns in this section. The Deb Vest is a garter stitch vest that seems super easy. The Dixie Sweater has an awesome collar that I haven't really seen in a lot of sweater patterns, and the April Cardi is a simple loose cardigan that I could actually see myself knitting and wearing.

In the top down section there are four patterns. The one I liked was the Sandi sweater (seen in the cover photo above). I could totally see my knitting BFF, Jenni, whipping up that one up in a weekend.

Finally, in the "Somwhat Side-to-Side" section, there were five patterns. My favorite one there was the Patti cardigan. It's knit in different directions, and would be a good addition to any knitter's wardrobe.

So, if you hate to seam/finish and want to try some new sweater patterns, I think this would be a good book for you. The patterns are sized up to a 2XL, giving lots more people the chance to make and wear the sweaters!

Since I am not much of a sweater knitter, I will be giving away my review copy. Just leave a comment and you will be entered into a random drawing for the book! (please include your Ravelry name, or link to your blog so I know where to contact you should you win). I will be drawing the winner on Friday, 7/1! Good luck!

Note: I received this book as a review copy from Martingale & Company. For more information, please see my disclosure policy here.

54 comments:

  1. I hate seaming too, so I would love this book. Thanks for the review.

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  2. I don't hate seaming, but would rather not have to seam if it can be avoided.

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  3. How can I possibly resist? I hate seaming sweaters! And it looks like a wonderful book!

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  4. I have been dreaming of trying to knit a sweater-i did once-in the 70's!!

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  5. Um, hello? Usually a lurker, but I love this book and do not own! Please include me.

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  6. I like the idea of when it's done it's done and I don't have to seam. This sounds like a great book.

    rav: aewsimmons

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  7. Great idea for a book! I'm also very curious about how the author applies the no-seam approach to the top-up, top-down, and sideways methods.

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  8. This sounds like a book I would love to have!


    Zowmom on Ravelry

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  9. I'm working on a sweater now and I keep thinking that I still need to sew it all together even after the knitting is done.

    This book would be a great addition to my library. Great review, too!

    sokker (ravelry)

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  10. I wish everything could be a seamless knit!

    (ahappyaccident on Rav)

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  11. Sign me up please. I try and save a day and just finish and seam sweaters and have it all done at once:)
    Ravelry: knitsensei

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  12. Sewing pieces and parts together has to be my least favorite part of knitting (other than casting on 356 stitches to start a shawl!). I'd love the opportunity to learn how to avoid that.
    Thanks! Lindaran (on Ravelry)

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  13. I'm with you on seaming. Yuck! Would love to see the methods for seamless sweaters. Hope I win! Ravelry amchart

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  14. What a great giveaway. I am a big sweater knitter. I also have at least one or two on the needles. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    Rav- appleblossomsf

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  15. I prefer seamless too. Sounds like a good book.

    knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

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  16. Great review and a book I could really get some use from! I'd love to have some new patterns for seamless items, plus the sideways patterns are something I've not tried yet.

    I'm snipchick on Rav :)

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  17. I would love to have this book!

    greyowl (ravelry id)

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  18. That book looks like fun -- I'm no fan of seaming either!

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  19. I would love to win this book. I hate seaming up things. I usually get my sister to crochet them up for me.

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  20. I've crocheted for over 30 years, and I hate seaming and do whatever I can to avoid it. Since I took up knitting a few years ago, I've never seamed yet. Please help me keep my record intact!

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  21. Rose (Sisterrobinson)4:15:00 PM

    No seaming = wonderful. Please include me in the draw.

    Sisterrobinson on Ravelry.

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  22. I'm with Kate B - I don't hate seaming, but seamless is nice. I'd love a copy of the book!

    MrsCollinHobbs on Ravelry

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  23. Love knitting, hate seaming! Currently have a completed shirt that's been waiting months to be put together. I think seamless knits are the way to go!

    saraq24 on ravelry

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  24. I hate seaming, too and this would be the perfect book for me. patsycoats@bellsouth.net

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  25. This book sound just what I need for knittingsweaters....
    I'm "oneyarn" on Ravelry.

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  26. Margaret5:29:00 PM

    I've done some seamless knitting and love it. The book sounds great.

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  27. I also hate seqaming so the book would be perfect for me. Raverly skaro964

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  28. Maureen7:20:00 PM

    I hate seaming too!

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  29. seaming!?!?!?! yuck! n e e d t h i s b o o k!!
    fun!

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  30. Awesome. I was just complaining about seaming on my blog (it's bad when you consider ripping out half a sweater just to make is seamless). Would love to get this book!

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  31. Seaming? What is this "seaming" of which you speak? ;)

    quinn on rav

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  32. I've seen this book at my lys and am in love with it because I truly HATE to put things together. Every sweater I have ever made was knit in the round with raglan sleeves! It's a great book and winning it would be great. It would also be something I could remove from my KnitPicks wishlist! I'm also going to try my hand at your Handspun Shawlette. I guess having 4 or 5 WIPs is just my lot in life!

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  33. I'm not much of a sweater knitter either, but I'm trying to at least attempt more of them. Seaming is definitely keeping me away from many sweater patterns though (you would think coming from a seamstress this wouldn't be a problem but such is the way of the world!) and this book sounds like a big help. I haven't seen it at any of the shops around here though.

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  34. I've never heard of this book before, but I'm not a big fan of seaming either, so it looks great!

    HermioneWeasley on rav

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  35. Oh I would love this book. My seaming is HORRIBLE. lol.

    Rav: GeneralBunny

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  36. Thanks for the chance on this book! One reason my sweaters take forever to finish is the seaming, and I'd love to try some without that process.

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  37. Seaming is just cruel. No matter how perfectly you measure and construct the pieces, something always ends up a bit wonky and that frustrates the stew out of me! I've even gone so far as to work sweater fronts and backs in the round at the same time, just to avoid seaming! I think this book is exactly what I need... thanks!

    You can reach me through my email associated here or through my Ravelry ID (PprmntMochaMama) if I am lucky enough to win.

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  38. jane B. Kenney11:13:00 AM

    I will only knit patterns that are seamless. Thank you so much for the wonderful book review.

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  39. opps, messed up and forgot to leave my ravelry name

    kenneyjane on Ravelry.

    Seamless is the way to knit

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  40. I hate seaming too and since I pretty much knit only sweaters, this book will be very helpful to me.

    affiknity on Ravelry

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  41. Anonymous12:57:00 PM

    I am "Anti-SEAM-atic" LOL

    This book is perfect.

    Indulgence on Ravelry

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  42. I really would love yhis book, hate seeming more than anything else...

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  43. Seaming is one of the reasons I stick to making socks.

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  44. I would love to have this book too! Enter me in the drawing.

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  45. very cool book ..i love seamless! raineoc@yahoo.com

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  46. Looks like a great book. I'll toss in my ticket for it as well.

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  47. I am terrible at things that require seaming, and that's a part of what keeps me from managing to knit sweaters. I would love a chance at the book. My ravelry name is tryslora!

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  48. Seaming is the pits. I avoid seeming patterns... so having a collection of nearly seemless patterns... oh the delight!

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  49. InJuneau6:39:00 PM

    Looks like a great book. I so far have avoided things that need seaming, as I'm pretty sure I won't like it much!

    (InJuneau on Rav)

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  50. Looks like a great book!

    RavID Super-Nova

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  51. Seamless is a good thing.

    monkalicious on Rav

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  52. floflette10:26:00 AM

    I hate seaming too, the book looks nice.
    Thanks
    Florence

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  53. Excellent book and giveaway! Thank you!

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  54. I'd love this! I'm ispeaknerd on Ravelry.

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