Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vogue Knitting on the Go! Beginner Basics by Trisha Malcolm (Editor)

Published 2003

“With the beginning knitter in mind, this volume devotes almost half of the book to knitting instruction as well as... many easily-accomplished scarves, hats, children’s clothes, and a sampler baby blanket. The reasonable price makes this a good choice for even smaller public libraries.”—Library Journal.

Library Journal

This is the 20th title in the "Vogue Knitting on the Go" series-a topical series of knitwear projects in small hardcover format suitable for carrying in a knitting basket or tote bag. With the beginning knitter in mind, this volume devotes almost half of the book to knitting instruction as well as mini-lessons on topics like felting, dyeing with Kool-Aid, and making pompoms for hats. Projects include many easily accomplished scarves as well as hats, children's clothes, and a sampler baby blanket. A standardized yarn weight system table makes it easier for the reader to substitute yarns for the luxury fibers used in some of the projects. The reasonable price makes this a good choice for even smaller public libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.\

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Knitting 24/7: 30 Projects to Knit, Wear, and Enjoy, on the Go and Around the Clock by Veronik Avery, Thayer Allyson Gowdy (Photographer)

Published 2010

Eco-Friendly Knits: Using Recycled Plastic Bags by Emily Blades

Published 2010

The clutter of plastic bags is revealed as an ample supply of craft materials in this innovative crafting book. Using simple instructions, the guide shows how to create “plarn,” plastic yarn, by cutting strips of plastic from excess bags and then rolling them up to create a ball from which to knit any number of great items. Projects featured in this instructional include a mobile phone cozy, purse, belt, beaded earrings, drink mats, hair bands with bobbles, travel card wallet, heart necklace, disc earrings, brooch, bottle holder, hair clip, and handbag.

Toe-Up Socks for Every Body: Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork from Wendy Knits by Wendy D. Johnson

Published 2010

Acclaimed knitter, author, designer, and teacher Wendy D. Johnson is back with the perfect sequel to her hit book Socks from the Toe Up. In Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, Wendy shows knitters, whether they're knitting their first or hundred-and-first sock, how to use the toe-up technique to get the perfect fit. Not only that, she shows you that even seemingly complicated patterns are still knit just one row at a time. Go ahead! Turn your favorite knee socks into thigh-highs. Knit that special someone classic argyles. Put even the wiggliest of toes in their first pair of lacey anklets. With Wendy's help, there's nothing you can't try from the toes on up.

These 21 patterns cover everything from basics like materials and tools, to delicate lace, intricate cables, and fancy colorwork. Use these techniques and patterns to create beautiful socks for yourself and everybody in your life—friends and family, young and old. With the lovely photographs, helpful illustrations for cast-on, toe, heel, and bind-off options, and all-around expert advice in Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, you'll be a well-heeled and warm-hearted toe-up knitter.

Saturday Style: Casual Knits for Weekend Wear by Doreen L. Marquart

Published 2010

Here's a fun collection of weekend wearables! Featuring easy construction, this assortment includes simple design elements for added style. Whether you want a cool and breezy tee or some warm and cozy pullovers and cardigans, you'll find just the pattern for this Saturday!

* Enjoy patterns with no elaborate finishing, whether knit from the bottom up, the top down, or side to side
* Choose from 16 projects in a variety of yarn styles and gauges
* Get a casual weekend look that's stylish and practical enough for workday wear

Vintage Knits: 30 Knitting Designs from Rowan for Women and Men by Kaffe Fassett, Kim Hargreaves, Sarah Dallas, Brandon Mably, Louisa Harding

Published 2010

Glorifying the recovered pleasures of fine cloth, rich texture, and a relaxed fit, this collection of vintage patterns draws its inspiration from the charm, simplicity, and elegance of mid-20th-century clothing. Rejuvenated by the postwar years, men and women embraced styles that captured feminine appeal and masculine exuberance, with well-tailored designs and graceful finishing touches that are re-created here. The 31 patterns in this volume—from cardigans and jackets to scarves and pullovers—have been inspired by old photographs, archival patterns, and classic Hollywood films and have been adapted for modern figures and contemporary knitters.

Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles by Lucinda Guy

Published 2010

Inspired by folk traditions and the wholesome purity of natural wool yarns, this collection of 20 stunning patterns for both traditional and contemporary women’s garments and accessories is perfect for the modern knitter. The traditions of the quintessential knitting cultures of Iceland, Shetland, Norway, and Sweden are examined, from descriptions of the wools and yarns to the history of the clothing traditionally made from them, including breathtaking photomontages of these classic vintage styles. Exploring a range of techniques and knitwear construction, the projects in this guide feature knitting in the round, steeking, lace, cables, Fair Isle, twined knitting, and embroidery and show how to create pieces such as cardigans, sweaters, blouses, scarves, and hats.

Knits Men Want: The 10 Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man by Bruce Weinstein, Jared Flood (Photographer)

Published 2010

Circular Knitting Redefined: Leave Those Straight Needles Behind by Kara Gott Warner

Published 2010

Appropriate for both novice and seasoned knitters, this knitting resource not only teaches the basics of circular knitting but also introduces exciting new techniques and twists familiar methods. The basics of each method are thoroughly explained with text, illustrations, charts, and photos. Subsequent chapters introduce new bottom-up, top-down, and cuff-to-cuff methods for knitters to experiment with and enjoy.

60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats*20 Scarves*20 Mittens in Cascade 220 by Sixth&Spring Books (Editor)

Published 2010