The old adage, don't judge a book by its cover, doesn't apply to "The Shape of Knitting" by Lynne Barr. The shapely line of the 'Tilda Hat' on the cover is only the beginning. There are 24 knit projects that show off her techniques of creating layered, dimensional shapes.
This hardbound book has large clear photographs, in several angles of the projects. You will find patterns for sweaters, cowls, tops, bags, wraps and more. There is an entire section on techniques. They are broken up into four sub categories of 'On and Off'', 'Add and Subtract', 'Three Dimensional Knitting', and 'Continuous Knitting'. Every topic in this section includes step by step photographs that are simple to follow along with the instructions for learning the technique.
There are three patterns for slippers that are sure to be on your to-do list. One is 'Square Arches". It has a square toe and three arch elements for design as well as to keep them on your feet. Then there is 'Open Toe'. This project is worked flat and then by picking up stitches, you create these comfy and cute slippers. 'Twist Slippers" have a ballet style about them. They are all stylish enough to wear anytime your are entertaining in your home. 'Folded Bags' are perfect for when you have a lot to carry. They have great expansion capabilities knit into through folds at the bottom
Think of this book as a technique driven master class in shaping. The projects will make wonderful gifts.