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Knitting for Dummies (2002)
Knitting is a relatively simple process requiring a minimal set of tools –
two needles and a ball of yarn. Its basic structure of interlocking loops
couldn't be less complicated. Yet the possibilities for design and pattern
innovation seem endless. Now is a great time to learn to knit. Never
before have you had so many lovely and imaginative yarns from which to
choose and so many stylish and sophisticated patterns to work with.
Scarf Style: Innovative to Traditional, 31 Inspirational Styles to Knit and Crochet (2004)
This collection of 31 elegant and ingenious scarf designs tap the
expertise of more than 25 knitwear designers who offer new ways to think
about this most basic of garments. Designs by Kathryn Alexander, Debbie
Bliss, Nancy Bush, Lily Chin, Nicky Epstein, Sasha Kagan, Sally Melville,
and Kristin Nicholas are included, representing a varied exploration of
techniques that provide innovative ways to think about knitting and
crochet. Sections on knitting and crochet basics, making a scarf without a
pattern, and a designer's notebook with templates for basic scarves and
suggestions for design variations are provided.
Knitting & Crocheting for Dummies (2005) with
Karen Manthey and
This book has great projects for people who have no idea how to knit or
crochet. With easy to read instructions, anyone can pick up knitting and
crocheting, and make some fun projects, even as a beginner.
Wrap Style: Innovative to Traditional, 24 Inspirational Shawls, Ponchos, and Capelets to
Knit and Crochet (2005) with
This contemporary collection of wraps showcases the work of 18 knitwear
designers that include Lily Chin, Nicky Epstein, and Jo Sharp. The designs
for these ponchos, capes, stoles, and capelets vary from simple to
challenging and explore shape and silhouette possibilities in a host of
techniques, including stitch patterns, color work, lace, beads, crochet,
and felt. A glossary is provided, containing all the information necessary
for even a novice knitter to successfully create one-of-a-kind fashions.
The book also includes an in-depth section on designing and embellishing,
making it a companion for future creativity. All knitters and crocheters,
from the most demanding to those just embarking upon larger projects, will
be inspired by these stylish designs that stretch the definition of a
- Ann Budd
Lace Style: Traditional to Innovative, 21 Inspired Designs to Knit (2007 release) with
From runways to department stores, lace is everywhere and
knitters are picking up their needles to chase the trend. Lace Style
takes a fresh approach to this classic theme by combining solid techniques
with 20+ contemporary projects.
the success of Scarf Style and Wrap Style—with more than
100,000 copies sold— we’ve selected a stunning collection of quick knits
that take a modern twist on a traditional pattern. Accomplished designers
including Vëronik Avery, Norah Gaughan, Annie Modesitt, Shirley Paden and
Michele Rose Orne will inspire with patterns ranging from scarves, shawls,
hats, sweaters, dresses, and more.
Revel in ways to use lace as allover
patterns, trims and edgings, and inserts. Innovative designs include a
lace pattern typically used for baby wear boldly translated into a
striking woman’s scalloped jacket, a delicate lace edging used to accent a
featherlight lingerie dress, a chic skirt made lacy with intentionally
dropped stitches, a wide-brim garden hat with a decidedly vintage feel, a
sophisticated bracelet knitted from fine silver wire, and much more.
Each pattern has detailed step-by-step
instructions and lavish lifestyle photographs with plenty of detail shots
to keep readers inspired. A special design chapter demystifies the
elements of knitted lace, and details several ways to achieve lacy
effects. It also provides key pointers on how to incorporate lace motifs
into other patterns and tips to ensure success.
Whether you’re an experienced knitter
looking for inspiration or a beginner trying lace knitting for the first
time, Lace Style has everything you need to knit lace with
Knitting in America (1996) by
Chris Hartlove and Melanie Falick
This book carries on the tradition of Ann L. Macdonald's No Idle Hands:
The Social History of American Knitting (1988) in a somewhat more personal
vein. Falick, herself a knitter, spent one-and-a-half years exploring
studios, galleries, yarn shops, farms, festivals, and museums. In the
process, she got to know a virtual "underground movement" of knitters for
whom the craft is closer to a way of life than a simple pastime, including
such luminaries as Deborah Newton, Meg Swansen, Nancy Bush, Norah Gaughan,
Pam Allen, and Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. Each was asked to create an
original project for this book. Falick's interviews with these knitters
are marvelous, the more than 30 projects interesting and challenging. The
only caveat is the number of well-known knitters Falick had to leave out.
Highly recommended for all collections.
Crochet Your Way (2000) by Gloria
Tracy and Susan Levin
There are an estimated 30 million crocheters in the U.S. alone, from
novices to artists. Crochet Your Way has something for everyone. A
comprehensive guide, it starts with the basics through a quick review of
20 different pattern stitches. Each stitch includes clear technique tips
with accompanying illustrations. When the 20 squares are completed, they
can be joined together to create an original afghan. By emphasizing the
concepts behind the craft as well as the practical aspects, Crochet Your
Way also helps the enthusiast learn to crochet any pattern available. For
those who already know how to crochet, the book will give them the tools
they need to move to the next skill level. Included are more than 35
creative projects, including hats, sweaters, and home accessories, all
illustrated with 275 photos and step-by-step drawings.
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