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Review: Needles & Artifice by the Ladies of Mischief

Needles & Artifice,  by the Ladies of Mischief, Cooperative Press, 2012,  a whopping 236pp.

Pick up this book & you’re in for an absolute treat.

It’s not just the 23 patterns that are so appealing — which range from whimsical & quirky to downright gorgeous — but the story, told in chapters between subsets of corresponding patterns, as well.

Miniature sheep!  Airships!  Automatons! What more could a steampunk-loving Adventuress desire?

Well, if you’re asking….

Evocative pics? Check!

Inventive styling? Check!

A variety of garments and accessories? Check!

The book is divided into five chapters:  Mechanical, Boudoir, Airship, Countryside, High Society and Mad Science, with corresponding patterns.

My favorite patterns are a varied as the Ladies themselves.

The Null Hypothesis scarf — doubleknit in fingering weight yarn — is a scientist’s dreamscape and is the first of the Mad Science patterns. (Note the corvid!) The non-repeating design is depicted over 7 easily read charts.

The Trials and Tribulations Chemise & Bloomers set, from the Boudoir chapter, is adorable.  I’m not usually big on knitted shorts, but these look cute and comfy for around the house.  The top I’d wear in public.  Sizing is generous (from a bust of 32 to 54″ for the chemise, and hips on the bloomers from 38 to 54″ (meant to be worn with positive ease)).

I also like the Master and Commander Hat & Cowl set (Airship chaper, of course) — especially the hat!  My mom loves to wear hats, and I think she’d really like this one (proving that Ladies of Mischief come in all ages).

One last fave from me — the Resilience top. It’s a lovely combination of Brioche rib and beading, to fit bust 28 through 48″, worked in gorgeous Cephalopod Nautilace yarn.

Would you like a chance to win your very own PDF copy?  Leave a message on this post with your favorite patterns from the book by midnight PST Nov 5th 2012.  I’ll pick a winner using Random.org.


Note: My review copy was given to me by the author.  All opinions are my own.

14 comments… add one
  • Lynne Phelps October 29, 2012, 9:02 am

    I have been looking at this book on Ravelry and the patterns and photography are fantastic, literally! As in out of this world, lol! Love the photo staging, it looks like the Ladies had a really good time with this one. I would LOVE to win a copy!

  • Debbie H October 29, 2012, 11:17 am

    I love The Null Hypothesis Scarf! So cool!

  • Lilie October 29, 2012, 11:20 am

    My favorite has to be The Null Hypothesis Scarf. 🙂

  • Anne October 29, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Gah! I have to pick ONE? I’ve been stalking this book for like a year ever since the previews came out – this steampunky goodness is totally up my alley! I love theTrials and Tribulations Chemesis, and the Legacy frockcoat, and the Rivet spats, but my absolutely favorite is the Quadrille corset. LOVE this book!!

  • Sheila October 29, 2012, 12:29 pm

    I love the null hypothesis scarf.

  • Donna October 29, 2012, 1:29 pm

    My favorite pattern is The Hush Chemise. Love it!!

  • Bridie October 29, 2012, 1:54 pm

    I’m loving the null hypothesis scarf – awesome idea and great colours

  • Rachelle October 29, 2012, 2:39 pm

    The Cameo Spencer Jacket is one I adore, there are so many in there though that I’d want to knit. I think I need to sew something to go with the steampunk theme

  • Mujercita October 29, 2012, 7:46 pm

    I think my favorite is a tie between the Hush Chemise and the Overbust Corset.

  • Emily October 30, 2012, 6:15 am

    Love the Trials & Tribulations Chemise and Bloomers! I mean, who couldn’t use more bloomers in their life?

  • Kay October 30, 2012, 1:42 pm

    The Null Hypothesis scarf is wonderful, but I am mesmerized by the Eccentricity Stockings and am already pondering color combinations for them.

  • Toby October 30, 2012, 1:45 pm

    It’s hard to choose, but I think the first one I’d knit would be the Revolution Shrug.

  • K. Stephen Nelson October 30, 2012, 4:44 pm

    The “Trials and Tribulations Chemise and Bloomers” set; I’m a sucker for anything in red!
    Obviously not for me personally, but I have lots of female friends who would just love this.

    It might even make my list of projects, right after I make the “Peacock Mitts”, from “California Revival Knits”.

  • PurpleEggplant January 8, 2013, 1:42 pm

    The chemise & bloomers are cute!

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