No-Sew Knitting by Christine Boggis

No-Sew Knitting
by Christine Boggis


"I want everyone to be able to feel the relaxing benefits of knitting, and for me one of the best ways to make knitting more relaxing is to make it seam-free." -Christine Boggis

Knitting garments in one piece, whether that be from the top down, the bottom up, the centre out or side to side, is a great way of making knitting a more enjoyable experience (and banishing the stress and fear of ruining a project!). This is author Christine Boggis' philosophy behind her new book. She began her knitting journey because she wanted to make things she couldn't find in the shops, but now it is something she does to relax. In times of stress, anxiety, depression or social unease, the soothing movements of yarn and needles can calm her; the sense of purpose knitting gives her relieves feelings of being out of place, and it's simply a lovely thing to do.

No-Sew Knitting contains 21 projects for clothing, accessories and homeware for both adults and children, which do not require any sewing up. Each project is difficulty rated, making it easy to select based on time and/or ability, and explained with easy-to-follow instructions. Alongside the patterns there are useful measurement, diagrams and tips to help the reader. It is also packed with beautiful, and helpful photographs.

This is a book for those who love the soothing benefits of knitting but get in a tangle when it comes to sewing up. These patterns will be a welcome respite from the hassle of joining seams and laborious stitching up.

About the author:

Christine Boggis is the editor of Knitting magazine and author of JOMO Knits and Knitted Shawls. She worked as a journalist in Sussex, Vienna and London before joining Knitting, where she writes about knitting all day long then rushes home to spend the evening actually doing it. Having struggled with anxiety and depression for much of her adult life, Christine is keen to spread the word about how much knitting can help all those of us feeling stressed, worried, and overwhelmed. As well as knitting, designing and writing about wool, Chritine contributes the mindfulness magazines Breathe and Teen Breathe. She is based in Brighton, East Sussex.

In my opinion:

This is another extraordinary knitting book that I was excited to dive into. I've knitted one sweater in my life and believe me it was difficult but I completed it. This book includes 21 stylish designs for seam-free knits and is divided into three main sections including stylish accessories to get around, sweaters and accessories for getting relaxed, and complex designs to get involved. I loved reading about why Christine started knitting. Everyone has a story and I always love reading the introduction. It is very inspiring. Knitting has helped Christine to relax especially during times of stress, anxiety, and depression. Knitting is such a relaxing activity and scientific research has proven that fact. The illustrations and photos were brilliant. And, I especially loved the outline of the techniques section. The photos were beautiful and the steps were well-written. I highly recommend reading No-Sew Knitting. I'm sure you will be inspired as I was. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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