Sunday, September 28, 2008

Knitter's Bible Knitted Bags by Crompton

Published 2007

*Basic instruction for beginners, with creative variations for knitters ready for the next step

*An eclectic mix of project styles and creative variations

For every knitter who's wanted to create the perfect bag, comes The Knitter's Bible: Knitted Bags, a collection of 25 stylish projects, from the basic beginner's bag and cute pouches, to practical tote bags, roomy back packs, and knit-chick handbags. Expert knitter Claire Crompton provides easy-to-follow instructions, variation ideas, and guidance on using modern yarns for maximum effect. Whether it's trying knitting techniques, such as cables or felting; adding a zipper or straps; or stitching on motifs and embellishments, readers will find everything they need to create the bag of their dreams.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

AlterKnits Felt: Imaginative Projects for Knitting and Felting by Leigh Radford, John Mulligan (Photographer)

Published 2008

There’s something magical about felting knits: You start with a piece of fabric that looks and feels a certain way and, by exposing it to water and agitation, finish with one that looks and feels completely different. This fascinating transformation is what led author Leigh Radford to begin felting years ago, and has kept her intrigued by the process ever since.

Now, in AlterKnits Felt, Radford pushes the boundaries of traditional felting, as she did with traditional knitting in her earlier book, AlterKnits. Through 30 colorful, vibrant projects, she shows readers how to knit and then felt their own handiwork, as well as how to create gorgeous felted objects from recycled knits and unspun fiber. An introductory chapter on felting basics explains everything you need to know to make the fabulous clothes, accessories, and home decor that follow.

The projects range from a quick and easy circle coin purse, to a shibori bag, to a reverse-appliqué rug, each unusual in its own way, distinguished by a special surface texture, an innovative mix of techniques, or a quirky combination of yarns. AlterKnits Felt provides every crafter with the tools to explore—and expand—the art of felting.

Scrumptious Toppers for Tots and Toddlers: 30 Hats and Caps from Debby Ware

Published 2008

Hats, adorable hats. Knitting maven Debby Ware, creator of the famous DebbyWare knit kits, has drawn on her years of experience to put together 30 pint-sized hat and cap patterns filled with bright and unusual color combinations. Three separate sections — Homecomings, Hooplas, and Humdingers — are filled with such delightful designs as the Newborn Beanie, Hobo Hat, Holly Holiday, Peppermint Cap, Feather Fedora, Lemon Drop, Black & Bright Beret, and many more for newborns to children up to 2 years. Not only are these cute and quirky caps fun and easy to knit, they are instant family heirlooms that can be handed down to each new generation.

Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen, Tracy Barr, Shannon Okey

Published 2008

This expanded and refreshed second edition of Knitting For Dummies features approximately 20ew and revised material, including: a new section on knitting on the web (blogs, e-zines, and websites), a new chapter on felting knitted projects (which has become very popular among beginners), new sample/practice projects and patterns, and a new bibliography.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sweater Surgery: How to Make New Things with Old Sweaters by Stefanie Girard

Published 2008

Contemporary crafters are thriving on personalizing, modifying, and altering fashion as not only hobbies but as a lifestyle.

Why repurpose your sweaters? Because you can't buy sweater fabric by the yard. Sweaters get damaged or go out of style but we still love the prints, colors, and textures. You don't have time to knit it from scratch. It's ecologically correct. And most of all--it's fun!

Sweater Surgery shows you how to upcycle all your slightly worn, slightly damaged, or plain old out-of-style sweaters into fabulous new items for your wardrobe and your home. Readers learn how to choose, cut, restitch, felt, and embellish old sweater fabric, transforming it into beautiful handbags, mittens, scarves, hats, hoodies, skirts, jewelry, soft toys, pillows, and more!

Knit One, Embellish Too : Hats, Mittens and Scarves with a Twist by Cosette Cornelius-Bates

Published 2008

Cozy knits with an artful twist.
Customizing your handknits is easier than you think! Knit One, Embellish Too includes easy-to-follow patterns for more than 35 warm and comfy scarves, hats and mittens, and shows you how to make them your own with decorative yarn stitching and other simple embellishments. Whether you're an enthusiastic beginner or a seasoned pro, you'll be surprised at how easy it is to transform your knitted accessories into one-of-a-kind works of art.
Pick up your knitting needles and:

  • Create quick, easy projects from a minimal amount of yarn. Plus, learn how to choose the best yarn for your project, or even recycle old sweaters into unique yarns for knitting.
  • Explore fun ways to personalize your work with artful stitching and the addition of buttons, appliqués and other unique embellishments. If you're looking for a bigger challenge, helpful guides show you how to try your hand at choosing and combining colors and finding the perfect fit.
  • Learn all the basics of knitting and embellishing in a comprehensive techniques section right up front, complete with clear illustrations and instructions.
  • Knit something new and embellish it, too: Open up a world of creative yarns, vibrant colors and inspired embellishments for your knitted accessories.

Knitted Beaded Jewelry by Ruth Herring

Published 2008

KnockDown Knits: 30 Projects from the Roller Derby Track by Toni Carr

Published 2008

Knit knockout items with sassy, roller derby-inspired patternsWith its cheeky players, fast-paced jams, heart-stopping pileups, and rowdy, raucous atmosphere, roller derby is hot! This book is jam-packed with thirty hip knitting patterns designed by the Naptown Roller Girls of Indianapolis, Indiana, who are aggressive skaters and avid knitters. On skates, they're hell on wheels; in their spare time, they've discovered that knitting is a relaxing, creative outlet. Audacious and unconventional, Knockdown Knits features:

Fun, devil-may-wear patterns for everything from fishnets to an I ? Derby sweater to a hangover kit
Some patterns created out of sore necessity, such as ice pack covers, slings, and armpit cushions for crutches
Step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow, detailed patterns
100 photos and 40 color drawings showing steps and techniques
Photos of each design modeled by members of the Naptown Roller Girls
If you've been looking for something different to sink your needles into, you'll love these edgy designs that reflect the fun, brash roller derby bravado and your free spirit.

Together or Separate: Knitting the New Twinset by Ann McCauley

Published 2008

With this exciting new collection, Ann takes the classic twinset to a new level that includes the traditional shell-and-cardigan combination and so much more! Explore unique pairings such as a turtleneck with vest and headband, skirts and sweaters, a dress with wristlets, or a cabled cardigan and socks; the pieces can be worn alone or together. Find something for every season!

  • Features gorgeous, timeless designs in smooth yarns, solid colors, and rich textures
  • Ideal for intermediate and experienced knitters, with some projects for beginners
  • Includes Ann’s “Alphabet of Musings” for a quick knitting reference and more

Twinkle's Town and Country Knits by Wenlan Chia

Published 2008

Wenlan Chia gave readers a taste of her signature style—transforming bold, chunky yarns into delicate, body-shaping pieces—in Twinkle's Big City Knits and Twinkle's Weekend Knits. Now she returns with Twinkle's Town & Country Knits, featuring sweaters and accessories that channel the sophistication of town and country life.

Twinkle's Town & Country Knits whisks knitters to picturesque locations such as the California coast and the farms of New England—the influences for this set of Chia's signature garments—and offers 30 designs unified by their chic, classic silhouettes. From the Pacifica Cardigan (a sky-blue sweater with feather-edging openwork) to the Santa Lucia Skirt (a long, coral-and-pink skirt with wavy stripes) to the Bookbrowser’s Sweater (a bright-pink, long-sleeved sweater with a bobble front and split fold-over neck), the projects suggest a town and country lifestyle, with a charming, witty touch that one expects from Twinkle collections. The patterns feature the attention to shaping and the innovative approach to large-gauge knitting that Twinkle is famous for, along with easy-to-follow directions.

Whether worn during the weekend in the country or strolling through town, the looks in Twinkle's Town & Country Knits embody sumptuous living.Wenlan Chia's stylish fashion line leaps off the runway and into your hands with these accessible knits that conjure the sophistication of the town and country life. From cardigans that at first seem classic and familiar—but that reveal an unexpected, romantic twist—to scarves with details that delight, these luxurious ensembles will enliven your wardrobe. These knits go effortlessly from city to country and back again.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Grannies (Vogue Knitting on the Go! Series) by Trisha Malcolm

Published 2008

Classic Elite Knits : 100 Gorgeous Designs for Every Occasion from the Studios of Classic Elite Yarns by Classic Elite Yarn Staff

Published 2008

For over 25 years, knitters have relied on premium-quality yarns and patterns from Classic Elite, one of the country's most respected leaders in the knitting industry. Now, Classic Elite Knits gathers a wide variety of their very best designs in one superbly packaged collection. One hundred different, easy-to-follow patterns are included for such essentials as sweaters, hats, and gloves for women, children, and men, as well as accessories such as bags, purses, and scarves. Completely contemporary but crafted to remain stylish for years to come, the patterns are presented in myriad sizes and spotlight the work of such beloved designers as Melissa Leapman, Annie Modesitt, Michele Rose Orne, and Kathy Zimmerman. And the book will appeal to all skill levels: beginners and intermediates will be challenged to expand their repertoires while experts will find plenty of patterns to keep their fingers happy.

Sock Knitting by Laura Chau

Published 2008

Socks are one of the most popular items to knit: they’re small and portable projects, and the yarn usually cost less than $10 per pair—much less of an investment than a sweater, which can run upwards of $100. But for the uninitiated, sock knitting can be intimidating. It’s fairly easy to find patterns, but books containing good instruction in the basic techniques are somewhat lacking. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Sock Knitting explains, step by step, all the essential methods involved, as well as provides a variety of patterns so that readers can put their new skills to use.

Prayer Shawl Companion: 30 Knitted Designs to Embrace, Inspire, and Celebrate Life by Janet Bristow, Victoria Cole-Galo

Published 2008

For many, the ultimate expression of spirituality is charity. And for years, people have been crafting prayer shawls—knitted wraps to comfort those in times of need and to help others celebrate special occasions. Written by the two women at the heart of this groundswell of charity knitting, The Prayer Shawl Companion presents 38 wondrous wraps for all occasions, from baptism to remembrance. The book includes easy, intermediate, and challenging patterns for such inspiring creations as The Calming Shawl, and the Friendship Patchwork Shawl, and many more. Since knitting itself can be a gloriously spiritual activity, Bristow and Cole-Galo also offer advice on creating a peaceful creative environment and include heartwarming stories to and from shawl recipients. Professional knitwear designers like Kaffe Fassett and Nicky Epstein have donated more than 10 patterns.

Bags that Rock : Knitting on the Road by Kelley Deal

Published 2008

Kelley Deal has two lives: as lead guitarist of the band The Breeders, she spends late nights in the recording studio, long hours on the tour bus, and evenings basking in bright stage lights and the roar of the crowd. But she also has a passion for knitting—especially one-of-a-kind bags as unique as her music. Tag along with Kelley as she gives you a privileged backstage pass to her cool rock-n-roll world and her knitted bag obsession.
Knitters of all skill levels will enjoy the invitation, because they’ll get to explore Kelley’s stylish choices of fibers and gear (needles, stitch holders) and get the lowdown on bag-specific features, including frames, straps, and linings. Kelley walks them through all the basics on felting, blocking, joining seams, simple crochet and embroidery embellishments, and 20 fabulous projects, each with its own “remix” variation. They include a retro-chic “Laura Petrie” felted tote bag in a very modern colorblock design; a runway-ready Prada lookalike with a silver and black metallic cord and skeleton key (plus gothic variant with mini handcuffs); and one that even sports drum-head hardware and a bass-guitar string! Since they’re all photographed in the studio, surrounded by instruments and equipment, you’ll feel as if you’re right there, one of the band. Kelley’s personal anecdotes and rock-star stories add to the fun.

Beyond Basic Knitting: Techniques and Projects to Expand Your Skills by Leigh Ann Berry

Published 2008

Icelandic Knitting: Using Rose Patterns by Helene Magnusson

Published 2008

Drawing inspiration from traditional Icelandic rose-pattern designs, this charming and colorful collection includes sweaters, waistcoats, hats, scarves, and gloves for the whole family. With a section on the history of rose patterns, intermediate crafters are also offered a fascinating glimpse into the cultural traditions of Icelanders. Featuring 26 beautiful garments and accessories, crafters will benefit from a special technique section that illustrates the process needed to apply the rose-pattern knits to one-of-a-kind pieces.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Easy Beaded Knits by Jeanette Trotman

Published 2006

Features 25+ easy-to-complete projects for the home and wardrobe

Knitting is recommended by some physicians as a stress-reducing activity for patients with high blood pressure and insomnia

Novice knitters aren't limited by their skills with the fun and stylish projects featured in Easy Beaded Knitting. Starting with knit and purl, and adding beads and sequins, knitters can achieve beautiful embellished designs for sweaters, scarves, throws and bags. This easy-to-follow guide:

* Covers essential skills including holding needles, working basic stitches and shaping thorough illustrations and extensive directions

* Features more than 200 stunning color photos and illustrations of techniques and projects

* Inspires knitters to create new ways to combine colors, patterns and texture in spectacular new wardrobe items or to give as gifts

Beautiful Gifts: Easy Techniques, 18 Unique Designs by Scarlet Taylor, Bill Milne (Photographer)

Published 2007

It's knitting. It's beading. It's two, two, two craft sensations in one great book! It's Knit with Beads: Beautiful Gifts, the second book in the popular Knit with Beads series. The eighteen inspired projects in this new book include great bags, hats, and socks, plus fun gifts like the Cozy Neckwarmer, knitted with plush multicolored slubbed wool and oversized glass seed beads, the Let It Snow Christmas Stocking, featuring a sweet snowman and beaded snowflakes, and the adorable Puppy Love Sweater, a hoodie with sequined edging. Who wouldn't love gifts like these? Knit with Beads: Beautiful Gifts starts readers off with the basics of knitting with beads and offers step-by-steps for such techniques as bead embroidery, beaded fringe, beaded knitting, slip-stitch beading, stranded beading, hook beading, and bead knitting. Simple enough for beginners, pretty enough for advanced knitters, these gifts will have every crafter making a list of lucky friends and family.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vogue Knitting Quick Reference: The Ultimate Portable Knitting Compendium by Vogue Knitting, The Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine

Published 2002
This indispensable encyclopedia answers every question. Easy-to-follow instructions, diagrams, and illustrations fill every page. “The best tips from Vogue’s Ultimate Knitting... in a compact spiral-bound volume.”—Family Circle Homecrafts. “Filled with information. Truly portable.”—Detroit Free Press.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

More Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch

Published 2007
Discover more patterns, more stitches, and more styles-this follow-up to the award-winning bestseller Sensational Knitted Socks presents new possibilities for knitting great socks! Combine the yarn, gauge, stitch pattern, and size of your choice to knit more than 1,000 variations of adult- and kid-sized socks Start with 11 basic designs; then try loads of different looks with an all-new stitch-pattern library Choose your favorite technique-use four or five double-pointed needles or two circular needles

Saturday Sweaters: Easy to Knit, Easy to Wear by Doreen L. Marquart

Published 2005
Make the leap from knitting basic scarves to creating striking sweaters! These trouble-free designs are simple to knit. And with their cozy, built-in comfort, they're the sweaters you'll reach for first, day in and day out.
*Knit up a dozen sweaters that spotlight figure-flattering silhouettes and easy stitches*Choose from a tunic, a cardigan, pullovers, jackets, and more*Get just the right fit with multisized patterns; finished chest measurements range from 33" to 60"

The Knitted Rug: 21 Fantastic Designs by Donna Druchunas

Published 2005
Here's a fresh take on the crafts of rugmaking and knitting-the very first book of its kind. These stylish rug projects are so eye-catching that it's hard to believe that even novices can create them. But they can, thanks to a sumptuously illustrated and thorough section on knitting basics; advice on embellishments, including embroidery; and instruction on finishing touches, from weaving ends to lining. Put this knowledge to work on a multicolored Big Needle Garter Stitch Rug, Knit and Purl Oval Rug, Thunderbird Wall Tapestry, and others. Every rug is photographed in a home setting, and includes patterns and ideas for modifying the design."Offers more than an attractive collection of patterns. [It] includes a history of knitted floor coverings...a tutorial, and a manual on a variety of knitting techniques."--Interweave" excellent introduction ....Even some of the more spectacular rugs...are suitable for beginning knitters. Warmly recommended..."--Library Journal

Best of Interweave Knits: Our Favorite Designs from the First Ten Years by Ann Budd (Editor), Pam Allen (Foreword by)

Published 2007
Celebrating 10 years of innovative and appealing garment designs from Interweave Knits, this must-have pattern collection is comprised of 30 scarves, stoles, cardigans, pullovers, vests, jackets, tops, and totes that have stood the test of time. Representing the creative work of 26 notable designers, it includes gorgeous photography, a dozen favorite "Beyond the Basics" columns that provide in-depth information on essential techniques, and step-by-step instructions through every aspect of knitting and finishing. Even relatively inexperienced knitters will find this archive of classic design to be an indispensable reference tool for years to come.

Knitting for Baby : 30 Heirloom Projects with Complete How-to-Knit Instructions by Melanie Falick, Kristin Nicholas, Kristin Nicholas, Ross Whitaker

Published 2008
Knitting for Baby provides knitters of all levels with everything they need to create handmade expressions of love for those special babies in their lives. Master hand-knitting designer Kristin Nicholas and bestselling author Melanie Falick offer 30 fresh, irresistible designs sized for infants to two-year-olds, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and a comprehensive how-to-knit section for those new to the craft. From booties and blankets to toys and sweaters, the exquisite projects showcase contemporary colors and luscious natural fibers that are as soft as a baby’s skin. Each of the patterns is clearly written and thoroughly tested and is accompanied by beautiful, hand-painted illustrations of the skills required, from casting on the first stitch to colorwork, cables, and finishing details. Engaging color photographs by acclaimed baby photographer Ross Whitaker show the finished garments and accessories being worn and enjoyed by a charming cast of babies being their naturally delightful selves. Originally published in 2002, Knitting for Baby has sold more than 40,000 copies in hardcover. The new paperback reissue of this timeless book is sure to find an even broader audience of knitters, both novice and expert.

Kristin Knits: 25 Inspired Designs for Playing with Color by Kristen Nicholas

Published 2007
Color is the most personal element a knitter brings to her work. Vibrant colors combined in exciting patterns can make a project sing; dull colors or jarring combinations can just as easily break the same project. Yet even experienced knitters often feel uncertain about stepping outside safe but predictable color choices.Noted knitwear designer and color connoisseur Kristin Nicholas encourages readers to conquer their color inhibitions, learn a little basic color theory, and create personally satisfying fiber palettes. Once awakened to the glories of color, knitters begin to see new possibilities in nature, at museums, in full-color books and magazines—everywhere that color makes a powerful statement. Any beautiful display can become the inspiration for an upcoming knitting project!The fresh collection of 25 designs for hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and sweaters that Kristin has created for Kristin Knits showcases her extraordinary feel for color. Her distinctive palette, influenced by Indian and French provincial textiles, is recognizable in fi ve exciting designs for each type of garment. Whether using Kristin's favorite colors or applying exciting personal choices, knitters will be thrilled to create these projects.Kristin's innovative stitch combinations are another hallmark of her fearless ways with knitted color. She adds stripes and checks to rib stitches, bobbles and fringe to edgings, and even embellishes entire projects with a few basic embroidery stitches. Welcome to a Technicolor world of knitting!

Knitting Over The Edge: The Second Essential Collection of Over 350 Decorative Borders by Nicky Epstein

Published 2005
Practically every knitted project needs an edging, and with her hit knitting reference, Knitting on the Edge, Nicky Epstein took the humble traditional rib to new heights. She now proudly presents a companion volume that's equally informative and rich in designs. Knitting Over the Edge takes the craft further, with more than 300 unusual edge combinations and shapings that will add a special, unique touch to any piece. The striking patterns will keep knitters of every level busy experimenting with different types of ties, loops, knots, braids, twists, bobbles and more. The topics explored in depth include cords, appliqués (such as flowers, leaves, hearts, and geometrics), color work, and a host of truly extraordinary corners, angles, bindings, and closures. A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.Knitwear designer Nicky Epstein has gained nationwide recognition for her informative workshops, her distinctive and innovative work, and her whimsical sense of style. She has authored numerous books including Knitting on the Edge, Crochet for Barbie Doll, and Knits for Barbie Doll. Her designs have also been featured in Vogue Knitting magazine, as well as many other publications, as well as on television and in art exhibitions.

Funky Chunky Knitted Accessories: More Than 60 Ways to Make and Customize Hats, Bags, Scarves, Mittens, and Capelets by Jan Eaton

Published 2006
Transform five basic patterns into hip fashion accessories with this mix-and-match approach to knitting! Add beads to a bag, fringe to a scarf, cuffs to mittens-knitters can choose their favorite personal touches.
Discover 60 different ways to customize five basic accessories-hundreds of photos will encourage beginners and inspire seasoned knitters
Create a one-of-a-kind look with trims, buttons, pom-poms, appliqués, ruffles, and much more
Follow step-by-step chapters on edgings and trimmings, fastenings and handles, beading, and other techniques

150 Knitted Trims: Designs for Beautiful Decorative Edgings, from Beaded Braids to Cables, Bobbles and Fringes by Lesley Stanfield

Published 2007
150 Knitted Trims offers a beautiful and diverse collection of contemporary and classic trims. Each trim is displayed in a swatch with complete row-by-row instructions, plus information on the dimensions of the finished trim and the amount of yarn required per length. Select from colorful zigzags and chevrons; twisted cords and bobble fringes; woven ribbon-effect braids; textured leaves, flowers, fruit and more. And there are ideas galore for using the trims on items such as baby blankets, bags, and throws, plus inspirational suggestions for color and embellishments.Suitable for both beginners and avid enthusiasts, 150 Knitted Trims is organized in two main sections for ease of use: first, a directory of the trims shown actual size (so they can be “tested” on your designs). And second, easy-to-follow complete pattern instructions for each trim. Each design is graded according to skill level. An additional section includes a refresher course of stitches and techniques used for guaranteed success. A companion book to 150 Crochet Trims, and another book that all knitters and crocheters will want to add to their library!

Bags: A Knitter's Dozen (The Best of Knitter's Series) by by Elaine Rowley (Editor), Alexis Yiorgos Xenakis (Photographer), Mike Winkleman (Photograph

Published 2004
The best ideas for making handbags and tote bags from Knitter's Magazine are included in this project book for knitters of all skills. Whether classic or innovative, these 13 small projects provide an opportunity to experiment with luxury yarns and to explore exotic stitches. Detailed, fully illustrated instructions highlight the more complicated techniques. Ideas for creative finishing options are provided to customize and personalize the projects.
Library Journal
Knitted and felted accessories are "in" right now, and consequently there have been numerous knitting project books for bags, purses, backpacks, and pocketbooks. This one is definitely the cream of the crop-with patterns for 21 bags featuring a variety of techniques, including felting, patchwork knitting, beaded fringe, mosaic knitting, mitered knitting, and needle felting. Projects range from easy to intermediate in skill level and feature the artful photography and clear layout that subscribers to Knitter's magazine expect. Highly recommended for knitting collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch

Published 2005
This is the only book on sock knitting you'll ever need! Choose virtually any yarn, gauge, stitch pattern, and size you like-with nearly 1,000 variations, the possibilities for knitting fashionable to funky socks will last a lifetime.
*Create one-of-a-kind socks starting with 10 basic designs plus loads of stitch patterns*Use 2, 4, or 5 needles; patterns let you choose your favorite method*Customize fit and fashion for women, men, and children-step-by-step instructions make it easy

Skein for Skein: 16 Knitted Projects by Cheryl Potter

Published 2008
Join four well-known knitwear designers as they guide you through successfully substituting same-weight yarns using examples from a range of yarn producers. Learn why "skein for skein," yarn is not always the same.
Learn the ins and outs of yarn substitution and discover how style, texture, and fiber content affect results
Explore fingering, double-knitting, worsted-weight, and bulky-weight yarns.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Knitting New Scarves : 27 Distinctly Modern Designs by Lynne Barr, Tyllie Barbosa (Photographer), Tyllie Barbosa (Photographer), Kelly McKaig

Published 2007
Scarves are often the first garments beginning knitters try. Then, when they feel ready for a greater creative thrill, they move on to other types of garments. In Knitting New Scarves, Lynne Barr beckons all levels of knitters back to their humble beginnings and then wows them with 27 spectacularly modern designs, each created using an innovative new technique or a unique take on a traditional one. This novel approach, which dares knitters to rethink what is possible by simply manipulating knits and purls, leads to a collection of flattering, functional, and fun-to-make accessories. Imagine a scarf that looks like a strand of black pearls or unfolds like an accordion, one that playfully draws inspiration from the famed Chanel jacket or a twisting futuristic high-rise. Every scarf is shown in its finished form in beautiful still-lifes by photographer Tyllie Barbosa, and, when unusual techniques are called for, up-close step-by-step photos are provided as well. This means every scarf in this masterful collection is both captivating and accessible for all levels of knitters.

Knit Aid: A Learn It, Fix It, Finish It Guide for Knitters on the Go by Vickie Howell

Published 2008
Vickie Howell, the DIY channel’s popular queen of knitting, knows that all knitters—even the most experienced—sometimes need help. What kind of yarn is best for a specific project? How do you pick up dropped stitches without ripping a project apart? How do you knit and purl Continental-style? With her unmistakable charm, Vickie delivers practical answers to every knitter’s questions, offering tips on choosing a project, selecting needles and yarn, finding the speediest knitting method, and even handy new ways of carrying your knitting and the best times to work on it. With its convenient size, lie-flat spiral binding and easy-to-follow diagrams and illustrations, this is an item that should be in every knitting bag.

The Knitting Answer Book : Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face: Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask by Margaret Radcliffe

Published 2005
Every avid knitter has faced this dilemma: deep into a project at midnight, just trying to finish one more row, and, then . . . oh no, a dropped stitch three rows back! Help! If only there was a 24-hour hotline to answer every question a knitter might encounter. Well, now there is, with The Knitting Answer Book . The expert authors, Margaret Radcliffe and Edie Eckman, leave no question unanswered, no quandry unaddressed. Each book contains detailed, illustrated answers to literally hundreds of questions, from the common to the more unusual:• Are certain needles better for certain yarns?• What if I dropped a stitch several rows back?
• Why do my edges tend to curl up?
• Can you use a different weight yarn than the pattern calls for?
• What can I do to keep my yarns from tangling up?
• Oops, I see my ribbing is way too tight.
Now what?
Covering the whole range of situations a beginner is likely to face, along with the problems that may arise for those working more advanced patterns, this Answer Book will help knitters and crocheters of all levels. Each book is packaged in a small, take-along trim size, in a friendly-to-use Q&A format, and belongs in the bag of every knitter. Available 24/7, The Knitting Answer Book is always open, ready for yarn lovers to browse and consult to their heart’s content.

The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges by Ann Budd

Published 2002
Offering charts and plans for making infant- through adult-sized projects, this unique book provides knitters with a complete resource of more than 350 patterns for caps, tams, scarves, vests, sweaters, mittens, gloves, and socks that are written for multiple gauges to accommodate all weights of yarn from bulky to fingering. Also included are the basics of pattern design and alteration to allow for the addition of different types of texture and color patterns or the modification of existing patterns to accommodate more gauges. Patterns are also accompanied by an assortment of ideas for edgings and finishes, further expanding design options.

Inspired to Knit: Creating Exquisite Handknits by Michele Rose Orne

Published 2008
Four mini workshops with 24 patterns and spectacular photography in this compilation help knitters think creatively, find inspiration in their surroundings, and shape those elements into garment design. Stunning patterns are arranged by season, reflecting the colors and beauty of nature that inspire feminine designs. From an amber-beaded cardigan that captures the feeling of hay fields drying in the sun to a long, belted coat with a spray of coral roses inspired by flowers in local markets to an intarsia jacket that evokes memories of a fall hike in a forest, each pattern is rich with color, detailing, and romantic knitting style. The design workshops throughout this guidebook challenge knitters to find inspiration in their surroundings, build color palettes, swatch creatively through knitting and sketching, and finesse their style and fit.

The Vogue Knitting Ultimate Sock Book by Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine

Published 2007
The editors at Vogue® Knitting, the most trusted name in the craft, have done it again, creating the most comprehensive guide available to sock knitters! No other book has both information for designing your own socks and such fabulous, never-before-published designer patterns. It includes background on the social and historical development of sock knitting (complete with historical photos), techniques (top-down, bottom-up, many different heel and toe styles), stitch patterns, and socks from a wide variety of ethnic traditions. Since sock knitting requires only the most basic skills, like casting on, knitting in the round, decreasing, working short rows, picking up stitches, binding off and seamless joining, it’s a great place for beginners to start.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Knit to Be Square : Domino Designs to Knit and Felt by Vivian Hoxbro

Published 2008
Featuring small projects that are perfect for the beginning knitter, this book covers how to make modular squares that can be connected to create a variety of eye-catching designs. Including wearable designs and accessories—from capelets, hats, and scarves to bags, pillows, and quilts—these projects involve relatively few stitches, can be completed in a short amount of time, and are perfect for using up small amounts of leftover yarn. The modular domino squares can be combined in an infinite number of ways to create a wide variety of patterns, and mitered squares can be connected to achieve a patchwork effect similar to traditional quilts. Most of the projects are made with wool yarn knitted at a slightly looser gauge than recommended by the manufacturer so that the finished piece can be felted in the washing machine, creating unique and contemporary looks.

Essential Knits for Kids : 20 Fresh, New Looks for Children Two to Five by Debbie Bliss

Published 2008
For the first time, this popular designer unveils fashions just for toddlers and preschoolers. Featuring children involved in activities from nursery school and birthday parties to dance lessons and sports, the book presents 20 charming modern projects organized into three collections. The first features designs that keep kids comfy while they are hanging out at home, including a double-sided throw for cuddling in front of the TV and a knitted rag doll for both playtime and bedtime. Because every child loves a party, the second collection is devoted to dressy designs for girls such as a cashmere shrug that can be worn over a party dress and a cute beaded bag just right for carrying party essentials. For boys there is a pattern for a good-looking polo shirt with buttons and a collar—and it can be paired with a stretchy striped tie that can be slipped over the head. The final collection focuses on items for the outdoors, including a boy's parka, a girl's coat with scarf, and a fabric-lined bag with its own striped pencil case. Practicality prevails in all the projects; they are knitted in beautiful, classic yarns that are soft and gentle against a young child's skin but are also sturdy and easy to wash and dry.

Custom Knits : Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques by Wendy Bernard, Kimball Hall (Photographer)

Published 2008
Along with being pleasurable and satisfying, knitting can sometimes be frustrating: the turtleneck that looked so fabulous on the model is too bulky for your body, or the cardigan you spent countless hours on just doesn’t fit right. Herein lies the beauty of Custom Knits, which teaches knitters how to use improvisational techniques to achieve spectacular results—and to unleash their inner designers.
Wendy Bernard, creator of the popular blog Knit and Tonic, provides 25 original designs for sweaters of nearly every type, plus variations, most knitted in one piece starting at the top, a method that allows you to try on as you go, alter as desired, and essentially design on the fly. “Make It Your Own” prompts in each pattern suggest easy alterations to suit your style and body type. And an in-depth reference section teaches how to alter key sweater elements, for example, change a crewneck to a V-neck, add sleeves to a vest, and much more. For the truly adventurous, the book concludes with guidelines for knitting sweaters with no pattern at all.

Bernard’s friendly writing style and photographer Kimball Hall’s lively images create an inviting book of beautiful designs and key techniques that a knitter can use to customize nearly every garment she knits from now on.

Tag, You're Knit! : Colorful Knits for Kids by Mary Bonnette, JoLynne Murchland

Published 2008
What do you get when you combine a rainbow of cheerful yarns with playful-yet-practical knitting designs for kids? This cool collection of imaginative patterns for hip boys and girls! They come from the owners of The Sassy Skein, a company specializing in knitwear for the younger set. From scarves and socks to bags, belts, and more, there’s something to please every child—and bright colors and fun embellishments such as loops, ruffles, pompoms, and tassels make the needlework extra-enjoyable. Try the zesty orange and lime-green Leader of the Pack Backpack; warm felted Sleepover Slippers; and a Listen Up! MP3 case, featuring a beaded strap for girls and a rugged belt clip for boys. The whimsical layout and photography truly capture the projects’ charm.

Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters by Lise-Lotte T. Lystrup

Published 2008
Twenty-one patterns presenting authentic period designs for women from the 1930s to the 1950s, cleverly updated for the modern knitter.

Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques by Sharon Brant

Published 2008
This is the one-stop resource for both beginning and accomplished stitchers alike! It’s a definitive reference for all aspects of knitting, from the first stitch you cast on to the care and maintenance of your projects. Newcomers can learn every aspect of the art, including how to knit with color, make professional finishings, and adapt patterns. Experts will love its simple format, glossary and index, and find it handy for looking up old tricks and learning some valuable new ones, too. And, with more than 400 illustrations and diagrams to follow, readers will never drop a stitch. Knitters who find themselves in knots will find help in a troubleshooting section, and the more ambitious will find irresistible challenges in a chapter devoted to making their own designs.

Chic Knits Stylish Designs from Knitport by Phuong My Ly

Treat yourself to the finer knits in life! As the owner of the ultra-stylish Knitport yarn shop in Southern California, Phuong My Ly has delighted customers with her unique brand of sophisticated knits for years. Now her style-smart designs are at your fingertips.
Create 16 projects that follow the knitting philosophy at Knitport—simple, wearable, and chic
Choose from sumptuous sweaters, a ruffled shrug, a lacy wrap, a baby cape and booties, plus My Phuong’s wildly popular felted bags
Indulge in extraordinary fibers such as silk, hemp, mohair, and cashmere

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