A little while ago Cooperative Press sent me What Would Madame Defarge Knit (edited by Heather Ordover) to review and I am not being paid to review this book. The print plus PDF version is $26.95 and the PDF version is $16.95. The book is deliberately printed in black and white to focus on the illustrations and not the color. You can see pictures of the patterns on Ravelry here.
The patterns are labeled by three levels of difficulty: liberte (beginner knitter), egalite (intermediate knitter), and fraternite (the expert knitter). There is a great variety of patterns including hats, hoods, scarfs, cowls, socks, shawls, mittens, and sweaters. There are 21 different patterns and even though most of them are for knitting, there are three crochet patterns.
The patterns are separated into several sections: What I Did for Love, Interlude I, Interlude II, Song of the Sea, Interlude III, and Women of Valor. In each section there is a discussion about the inspiration for each pattern, which I found extremely interesting. I like to learn how designers use this information in the process of designing patterns and I feel like I have an insider view to this process.
I think this was a good book to have on your shelf. Out of the 21 patterns, I can see myself knitting 14 of them.
If you like the book and want to enter to win a digital copy, please leave a comment below by July 15 along with your Ravelry name or email address. I will draw a name on July 15, using a random number generator and the winner will get a digital copy of the book. Please check it out and let me know what you think!