Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Red Collection: Twelve Original Designs for Handknitters [Paperback]

Published 2010

The Red Collection is the first book of patterns from award-winning knitwear designer Mandy Powers. The collection contains six matching hat and mitten patterns, with tips and techniques to make you a better knitter.

Chemo Caps & Wraps [Paperback]

Published 2010

The heartfelt knit designs featured in this collection make thoughtful gifts for friends or relatives whose lives have been affected by cancer. The simple yet stylish caps and wraps are soft and durable enough for everyday wear, and the designs are made using soft worsted- or chunky-weight yarns. The 29 projects include Summer Sorbet Cap & Wrap, Just for Him, Cable Lapghan & Cap, Flower Shawl & Cap, Bitty Baby Wrap & Cap, Infusion Wrap, and Knit-look Poncho & Cap. A portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to Halo’s for Hope, a nonprofit organization benefiting cancer patients.

Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn [Paperback]

Published 2010

Surrender to the allure of knits inspired by the immortals we all love to fear. If you adore Twilight, True Blood, or The Vampire Diaries, this collection of 28 imaginative and beautiful projects is sure to captivate.

• Black capes are so 1897, instead get stylish with the dead sexy Sidhe Shrug.
• Unleash your inner shapeshifter with the Werewolf Hat.
• Keep warm while holding hands with your vampire by wearing these Bellisima Mittens.
• Around humans? Use the Blood Bottle Cozies to disguise your beverage.

Whether you are wandering the Carpathian Mountains or the bayous of Louisiana, these smoldering projects—for knitters of all levels—will keep you well protected, no matter what you attract.

Around the World in Knitted Socks: 26 Inspired Designs [Paperback]

Published 2010

International sock knitting sensation Stephanie van der Linden shares an irresistible collection of 26 original designs inspired by global knitting traditions. In Around the World in Knitted Socks, you’ll travel through world cultures by foot and try your hand at new patterns and techniques.

Using stitch motifs and colors, knitting techniques and construction details, the socks blend regional knitting traditions with Stephanie’s unique design flair. Drawing inspiration from signature local textiles such as Turkish kilim carpets, Japanese sashiko embroidery, Belgian lace, American quilts, and Scottish argyle tartan, each pattern is distinctly tied to both country and culture. You’ll also learn traditional knitting techniques including Estonian and Latvian braids, Norwegian stranded knitting, and Austrian twisted-stitch designs.

Though each pattern in Around the World in Knitted Socks draws on a different global inspiration, the thoughtful construction and attention to detail are signature elements of Stephanie’s work and are showcased in both detailed photography and an illustrated glossary.

KnitWit: 20 Projects for Beginners and Seasoned Knitters [Paperback]

Published 2010

This book is a delight. Katie Boyette's designs are playful, inventive, and a whole lot of fun for both children and adults. The 20 projects are organized from beginning to end with the easiest upfront and moving to those that are more of a challenge in the later pages. Icons are shown that clearly indicate the level of each project. Katie has included a glossary on each project page so there's no annoying back-and-forth looking for abbreviation meanings. KnitWit contains more than 150 full-color photographs, showing along-the-way photos, important steps such as attaching arms and legs, and final photos of the completed piece.

How to Knit [Hardcover] Claire Crompton (Author), Jenny Hill (Author), Louise Butt (Author), Kirstie McLeod (Author)

Published 2010

Learn how to knit the easy way with the "How to Knit" slipcase which includes five must-have books covering techniques, stitches and projects. "Basics" contains everything you need to know to make the featured projects, and for those who are new to knitting, the essential techniques are explained in step-by-step detail. "Stitches" has over 30 stitches to sustain you as your knitting skills develop. Three project books - "Simple Knits", "Textured Knits" and "Embellished Knits" - provide over 25 patterns to encourage you to grab your yarn and needles and get knitting today.

Aran Knitting: New and Expanded Edition [Paperback]

Published 2010

The definitive guide to the ever-popular Irish Aran sweater, Starmore's highly sought after book returns in a revised and expanded version. It encompasses a history of Aran knitting; a complete workshop in technique, pattern, and design; 60 charted patterns include the original edition's 14 designs, plus a new garment. Color photographs depict finished caps, sweaters, and shawls.

Country Weekend Knits (Country Living Magazine) [Paperback]

Published 2010

Fashions come and go, but there are some things that just never go out of style. Country Weekend Knits features a collection of 25 classic patterns that showcase the rich heritage of traditional British knitwear cosy jumpers, chunky cardigans, patterned sweater-vests and lightweight lacy cover-ups that all have a timeless appeal. Divided into four chapters according to origin Gansey', Fair Isle', Aran' and Shetland Lace' the patterns are derived from all corners of the British Isles and includes multicoloured knitting from Fair Isle, lace knitting from the Shetland Isles, textured fishermen's ganseys from Cornwall and the east coat of England and Scotland, and chunky Arans from the Isle of Aran, off the west coat of Ireland. Many of the patterns are based on original designs dating as far back as the eighteenth century, passed down through generations of knitters and reinterpreted in contemporary colourways. The rich textures of the sumptuous yarns, soft natural colours and intricate patterns of these timeless knits instantly conjure up a host of comforting images of country walks across windswept hills, beside crashing surf and through the crisp fallen leaves of autumn, of glowing cheeks beside roaring open fires, tankards of ale and traditional cream teas Whether you're a country soul through and through or an urbanite at heart, you cannot fail to be seduced by the nostalgic appeal of the traditional patterns collected in Country Weekend Knits.

Country Socks: 25 Classic Patterns [Paperback]

Published 2010

Virtually any stitch pattern can be adapted to socks, and the ones featured in Country Socks hail from all over the UK. Patterns include multicoloured designs from Fair Isle, intricate lace knitting and openwork from the Shetlands, textured ganseys from Cornwall, the east coast of England and the Western Isles of Scotland, and chunky cable and Aran patterns from the Isle of Aran. Many of the patterns, including Sanquar and Eriskay, are based on original designs dating as far back as the eighteenth century, passed down through generations of knitters. Traditional patterns have been reinterpreted by a number of leading designer-knitters, including Sasha Kagan, Jamie and Jessie Seaton, Rita Taylor, Sue Turton and Margaret MacInnes. Most of the socks are knitted on 4 double-pointed needles or circular needles from the top down; others are knitted from the toe up; while an intarsia design is knitted on 2 needles, with a seam up the back. The rich textures of the sumptuous yarns and soft natural colourways take their cue from the coastline and countryside rolling hills, woodland paths, autumn leaves, stone walls, heather, fallen logs, fishing boats, sand dunes, driftwood and beach pebbles. With both long and short styles in wool and cotton, there are sock patterns for every occasion to wear with sturdy walking boots, classic tweeds, light summer dresses and cosy pyjamas.

Scarves and Shawls for Yarn Lovers: Knitting with Simple Patterns and Amazing Yarns [Paperback]

Published 2010

The knitting trend is being fueled by wonderful new yarns like ribbon, frizzy, eyelash, and metallic. This books presents easy knit patterns that make the most of these irresistible novelty and decorative yarns. Knitters will learn the secrets of combining colors and textures while creating stunning accessories in no time. Each project has variations showing how different yarns will totally change the look. The easy knit stitches and techniques are taught step by step with photographs. Throughout, a yarn expert shares her tips to make knitting more enjoyable and successful. It is for both beginning knitters, who usually start with scarves and will love this way to take their craft to the next level, and experienced knitters, who are all yarn addicts!

Modern Top-Down Knitting: Sweaters, Dresses, Skirts & Accessories Inspired by the Techniques of Barbara G. Walker [Hardcover]

Published 2010

For decades, knitters have been constructing garments using the wonderfully efficient top-down technique made famous by Barbara G. Walker in her renowned tome Knitting from the Top. But never have the results looked as glamorous and city-chic as they do in Modern Top-Down Knitting. In this sophisticated wom­enswear collection, designer Kristina McGowan presents streamlined, feminine dresses, tunics, and skirts; elegant cardigans and pullovers; and stylish go-to accessories such as hats and mitts. Also included are step-by-step photo tutorials that make top-down techniques easy to understand and sizing and style adjustments a cinch to achieve. Detailed instructions are also included for finishing garments with couture-quality trims and linings, so they look just as elegant on the inside as they do on the outside.

"Kristina McGowan presents a charming collection of original designs in knitwear, to inspire knitters of all levels of skill. Her work incorporates the two essential qualities of good knitting direction: (1) her ideas are fresh, fashionable, and interesting; and (2) her instructions are clear and easily followed. Hers is an excellent book."
Barbara G. Walker

Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves [Hardcover]

Published 2010

From the most trusted name in knitting comes another sure-fire success! Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves will have knitters' fingers warm, cozy, and super-busy with more than 40 of the best designs from the popular magazine. With everything from colorful mittens and funky fingerless mitts to gloves with elegant style-and matching accessories, too-crafters of all levels will find the perfect fit!

Projects include:
Mittens with Matching Juliet Cap o Picot Edge Gauntlets o Convertible Mittens o Felted Mittens with Pompom Trim (+ hat and scarf) o Lace Panel Gloves o Snowball Mittens o And many more!

Vintage Fashion: Knitwear: Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics [Hardcover]

Published 2010

This stunning coffee-table book celebrates 100 years of couture knitwear, and the iconic designs that defined each decade.
Sumptuous and fascinating, Vintage Knitwear encompasses everything from the introduction of fashion hand-knitting at the start of the 20th century to the most up-to-date technical innovations. For each era, there's an overview of the most noteworthy designers, and coverage of important themes such as knit structure, fiber, silhouette, garment construction, pattern, and color. Gorgeous photographs showcase rare pieces from museums and private collectors. And lovers of all things vintage will even find a shopping guide!

Luxe Knits: The Accessories: Couture Adornments to Knit & Crochet [Hardcover]

Published 2010

More luxury for the knitter! Laura Zukaite's fantastic follow-up to Luxe Knits presents an array of accessories, all created in the most sumptuous yarns on the market. These stunning scarves, hats, gloves, bags, and more are what Zukaite calls “memorable little statement pieces to decorate our lives,” and they're a pleasure to knit.
High-fashion photography, the author's own sketches, and styling suggestions round out this beautiful package.

Knitting at Home: 60 Classics from Ella Rae Designs [Hardcover]

Published 2010

There is something special about handcrafting things for your home, and turning the space into a comfort zone filled with pieces that are “made with love.” Leanne Prouse, creator of the Ella Rae brand of yarn, brings her original designs for timeless classics to knitters of all skill levels. Knitting at Home features 20 of her most popular patterns, along with 15 brand-new projects for every corner of the house. Projects include cushions, bags, slippers, blankets, children's clothes, tote bags and more!

Cowl Girls: The Neck's Big Thing to Knit [Paperback]

Published 2010

Forget tired scarves and bulky turtlenecks-funky, chunky, hip and happening cowls are where it's at! Following up her hit book Hattitude, author and designer Cathy Carron weaves a fashion statement that puts in-the-know women head and shoulders above the rest. Among the more than 35 patterns provided here are a cozy neck wrap featuring a built-in iPod holder, a lacy drawstring hood, and a woven necklace sparkling with Swarovski crystals.

The Intentional Spinner w/DVD: A Holistic Approach to Making Yarn (Book & DVD) [Hardcover]

Published 2010
If you are interested in exploring the infinite possibilities of making your own yarns, veteran spinner and teacher Judith MacKenzie McCuin offers insight, understanding, and invaluable information about your craft in The Intentional Spinner with DVD.

The Intentional Spinner with DVD is a compendium of spinning wisdom, with a fun blend of technical knowledge, history, tips, and gently opinionated narrative. Yarn making is approached in three fundamental areas:

Understanding Fibers: Compare the rich historic traditions of plant and animal fibers with the fascinating scientific advances in synthesizing fibers.
Managing Yarn Structure: Step-by-step instructions and photographs demonstrate the range of possibilities in yarn, from sturdy plied yarns to playful novelty yarns.
Practical Uses: Learn how to make yarns that precisely match your needs with decision making and planning to create the exact project you want from the beginning.

The Intentional Spinner with DVD includes four projects that demonstrate how handspun can be used in weaving and knitting. The projects explain how to choose material, techniques, and finish the processes. The enclosed DVD features detailed information on yarn diameter, plying, novelty yarn structures, and finishing. Blending technical expertise and fascinating lore, The Intentional Spinner with DVD is a must-have reference for every spinner.