Defarge Does Shakespeare

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About the Book

Friends, Romans, yarn lovers: lend us your ears. For this third installment in the much-loved What Would Madame Defarge Knit? series, Heather Ordover again brings you an eclectic and beautiful collection of knitting and crochet designs inspired by great literature.

This time, the focus is all on the Bard. Whether it’s a necklace fit for Cleopatra, a bed jacket to soothe Lady Macbeth’s tormented soul, or yellow-gartered stockings worthy of Malvolio, these designs cleverly tap into Shakespeare’s writings. As in the other books in this series, each contributor has written an illuminating essay that talks about how the Bard inspired their design. These are such knits as dreams are made on.

Contributing designers are Kate Atherley, Alexandra Aulisi, Mari Chiba, Rosemary Cox, Cassandra Deavers, Chrissy Gardiner, Elizabeth Green Musselman. Becky Greene, Erica Hernandez, Sarah Jordan, Wendy McDonnell, Heather Ordover, Laura Ricketts, Kathleen Rogers, Natalie Servant, Julia Temisevä, Diane Trap, Amy Tyszkiewicz, Meg Warren, Beverly Army Williams. With beautiful photography by Caro Sheridan, illustrations by Shannon Sneedse, and foreword by Ehren Ziegler.

Just the Facts

29 patterns
286 pages
ISBN (print): 978-1-937513-70-2
This book is available in both print and digital formats.

Meet the Editor

Heather Ordover began her professional life in Hollywood as a production assistant, became an award-winning high school teacher in NYC, then stayed home (often but not always) with her children to write curriculum. Now, oddly enough, she podcasts about knitting and literature on CraftLit and Just the Books where she shares “audiobooks with benefits.”

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Advance praise for Defarge Does Shakespeare:
There is a lot to like about Defarge Does Shakespeare, and you can spend a great deal of time digging through this book…. It has a really distinctive feel that is different to many other knitting books I have seen, and it is unashamedly nerdy about William Shakespeare. If you know a literature student who loves knitting small projects, DDS would make a very thoughtful gift. —Karie Westermann

When a collection comes together perfectly, it shows. This book is an example of that type of collaboration. There is a diversity of patterns, yarn, and techniques to make sure that your knitting brain is engaged, and enough intelligent whimsy to keep the playful part of your brain amused as well. Dive into this book—you will learn, you will laugh, and you will knit. What more could we ask? —Amy Detjen