These 20 patterns, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, take knitters on a world tour of coats, jackets, and wraps. Inspired by open-front garments and textiles from around the globe--including Austria, England, Japan, Peru, and Norway--these figure-flattering designs bring a contemporary edge to a variety of knitting traditions. Step-by-step instructions and copious photographs illustrate how to use standard stockinette, garter, and cable stitches. More advanced techniques for fanciful lace and colorwork and the history behind beach pattern is also included.
Cheryl Oberle has been teaching nationally and designing knitwear for several years. She has written for Interweave Knits and Knitters magazines, and is the author of Folk Vests and Folk Shawls (Interweave). When she isn't writing or creating new designs, you can find her in her studio-Cheryl Oberle Designs, in Denver, Colorado-dyeing yarns for her popular line of vests and shawls. She has held annual knitting retreats for many years in Taos, New Mexico, and other Rocky Mountain locations.