Ori Ami Knits by Olga Buraya-Kefelian and Vanessa Yap-Edmund
Though it came out earlier this year (copyright is 2010) this book just recently found its way into my hands. I’d seen the photos of the garments on Flickr, but hadn’t had a chance before now to read the text and look at the patterns. I’m really impressed by this book!
The layout is very understated (and sophisticated) and the text is easy to read, printed on a while background. Each piece is sized with at least TEN (and sometimes MORE!) sizes, from a 32-inch bust to a 50-inch bust! The schematics are clear and give LOTS of measurements, so that you’ll easily be able to choose the proper size, and see right away if you need to make any modifications for fit. Ori Ami Knits is self-published, and is really at the high end of what that can mean. It’s a hard-bound book, printed on high-quality glossy (but not too shiny) paper, with full-color photos throughout. The photos show the garments from all angles, and the model (Olga herself!) is not obscuring any parts of the garments, so that you really know how things are going to look and fit. I’m sure that each garment was also knit to fit Olga, and nothing is pinned or taped. What you see is what you will create.
I’m known for knitting from the top down, but I’m not immune to the beauty that seamed garments can possess. Because of my background in science (specifically Crystallography) I especially love pieces that use geometric shapes in interesting ways.
This quotation from the introduction to Ori Ami Knits is a great descriptor of what you’ll find inside its cover:
“Folding. Pleating. Draping. Combining textures. These are the concepts driving this collection.”
Olga Buraya-Kefelian is known for the way that she plays with knit fabric, sometimes layering strips of fabric to create a garment, like this one from Interweave Knits:
Or gracefully folding and draping the front panel of a garment, as in this sweater (also IK):
In Ori Ami Knits, Olga and her co-designers take the concept of knit fabric manipulation to another level. They create cubes, diamonds, and trapezoids, as well as soft clouds, dimensional draping, and gauzy layers.
(For larger images, view the Ori Ami Knits collection on Flickr.)
The book really stands apart from other knitting books in that the garments are designed from an intellectual standpoint, and are pieced together in ingenious ways. Each piece has something interesting about its construction, whether it’s an asymmetrical front panel, drawstrings at the shoulders, or ingenious layering of fabrics. Ori Ami Knits is designed to keep your interest as you knit and at the same time add artistic, well-fitting garments to your wardrobe. Ori Ami Knits has its own website with information about its authors, photos of the knits, and a page where you can place your order. So far, the book isn’t listed on Amazon.com, but you CAN special order it through your local knitting store.