Knitting Off the Axis Pattern Book by Mathew Gnagy

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Projects & Techniques for Sideways Knitting. Gain a New Angle on Knitting!

Knitwear designer Mathew Gnagy presents a fresh collection of fifteen projects for women and men with Knitting Off the Axis. The projects are both classic and stylish, incorporating clever combinations of textured stitches and design details.

Each of the fifteen patterns is designed in a one-of-a-kind way, focusing on knitting sideways or in a nontraditional direction rather than the usual top-down or bottom-up construction. Knitting at different angles gives the projects unique shaping and fashion-forward silhouettes.

The book is broken down into three sections:

  • Truly Sideways
  • Mostly Sideways
  • Every Which Way
  • Plus a glossary of terms with illustrations

 What Others are Saying

If you'd like to take your knitting in a different direction, Knitting Off the Axis is an intriguing and fun book with lots of different options for turning your knitting on its side and beyond. The techniques used to shape these garments take a bit of patience and attention to get right, but the lovely results are well worth the effort of twisting your brain to work in a new and different way.
– Guide to Knitting

It shouldn't surprise you that the designs in this book are unique. The designer is literally looking at the concept of knitting a sweater from a completely new angle. These sweaters are full of creative design elements, but they are beautiful, wearable sweaters, not the kind of wearable art you see on high fashion runways.

The sweaters are striking in their unusual look and shape, modern with clean slim-fitting lines. They are knit mostly from worsted weight yarn, giving an added visual weight and structure. My favorites are the in the last two chapters, where the knitting is in multiple directions, and any of the sweaters with cables. Cables going in multiple directions with the added swoop of an interesting and unique way of increasing and decreasing appeal to my knitter's hands and brain.


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