I'm a fan of Nicky Epstein and own several of her knitting books, and knitted up many of the patterns.
Saying that, I couldn't get my head around these patterns as far as wearability and longevity of style. I tried to be open minded but found all but the pattern on the front cover, quite unattractive and gaudy.
Considering the time, effort and cost of hand knit garments I'd want something with better bones than these patterns.
Great pictures and, of course, great design in the sense of it being complicated and innovative. Wearable? not so much!!
Epstein's goal was to create striking and unusual designs using simple stitches and techniques. This was an ambitious project, as evidenced by the comments below. Although some may consider this pattern series outré or unattractive, I found that there was much to love, especially on second or third glance. The patterns are graded by skill level and time investment. N.B. The extra-willowy blonde model used in the book is approximately ten feet tall, which makes some of the photos deceptive in terms of what the clothes would look like on a real person. They would probably be less successful in that context, as many fashionable garments are.
I have a few of Nicky Epstein's books, but this one is a definite miss for me. Many of the sweaters are downright hideous. I can't imagine them being flattering to anyone. A unique design is not necessarily a good design, this book is the proof of that.
I usually like Nicky Epstein's work, and own many of her books. But, um... these are some of the ugliest sweaters I have ever seen.
Each to their own, I suppose. But really? A bulky-weight wool dress, which I actually sort of liked from the photo of the front, until I flipped the page and saw that it was backless. In what climate would a person be able to wear such an item? Truly.
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