Originally knit as underwear, the sweater is a practical garment with homely beginnings and has evolved as a fashion statement. This book traces the sweater's 300-year history as an aesthetic and craft object, telling the story of its materials and construction, national traditions, fads and fashion, and accessories.
Learn about the panoply of yarns, Nordic patterns, buttons, vintage collars, runway designs, manufacturing and today's explorations of form, structure and material. No matter how far we have come technologically, there is something fundamental in the art of hand craft. This book expertly guides readers full circle through the inception of the hand knit to the advancement of technology and back to knitting with natural fibres.$69.99
Japanese Knitting Stitches presents 150 exquisite knitting and crochet stitches from one of Japan's most prolific and innovative designers. Keiko Okamoto's designs range from classic to ethnic to quirky in colours ranging from earthy to vivid and she is recognized around the world for her colourful and textural stitches
An introduction by veteran Japanese knitting expert Gayle Roehm explains the ins and outs of using the Japanese-style knitting charts and executing the stitches in a way that is simple and easy for all knitters to understand. Full instructions and diagrams for crochet and knitting projects offer a chance to put these stitches to use. These projects include:
- A cardigan with charming crocheted strawberry garland
- A multi-coloured, fringed neck wrap
- A pair of funky, sculptural arm-warmers toasty and multi-textured
- A charming Fair Isle knitted basket bag
- A pair of fluffy, cuffed mittens
- An elegant A-line textured wool sweater suitable for any body type
- A chic Nordic-patterned short coat
This book will be a prized addition to every knitter's library, and a favourite reference for years to come!$29.99
Create your own knitted dolls, full of personality and fun to make. Fiona Goble has designed 25 knitted toys with real appeal.
As well as boy and girl dolls, there are animal dolls, and a whole wardrobe of clothes and accessories. The dolls are all the same size, so outfits can be swapped between the dolls, and you can change hairstyles and colouring as well to create a personalized gift for a child (or an adult!). As well as the dolls and their clothes, there are more than 10 added extras such as pet cats and dogs, a mini teddy bear and beach gear, making more than 35 patterns in total.
Whether you want to knit Ben the Surfer Dude, Vintage Rosie, Marion the Mermaid or Superhero Stan, you will find easy-to-follow patterns and instructions on everything from knitting techniques to creating the all-important finishing touches.$29.99
Finishing School, the most trusted resource on finishing techniques for knitting, is now available in paperback.
Compiling her sage wisdom from more than 25 years of experience, Deborah Newton offers a welcoming and straightforward approach that empowers knitters to create professional-looking garments and accessories.
She patiently takes her student-readers through every essential finishing technique – blocking, seaming, buttonholes and bands, zippers, edgings, pockets and other embellishments – and carefully demystifies it with detailed photography, in-depth examples and helpful sidebars, tips and tutorials. As a bonus, 15 patterns for sweaters, jackets and scarves, many with variations, illustrate the newly learned techniques to further cement essential skills.
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Yoko Hatta is one of several Japanese knitters whose patterns and designs have sparked an explosion of interest in Japanese knitting techniques and aesthetics around the world. Her work in knitwear design spans more than 30 years, and knitters love her modern-yet-timeless, fun-yet-classy styles.
This book presents her 200 favourite Kazekobo stitch patterns – a delightful selection of multipurpose knit-and-purl, lace, cable, Aran and rib & twist stitches in solids and motifs. Sample projects give knitters a chance to practice Hatta's techniques. These include:
- Mini mufflers using knit-and-purl stitches
- A cozy scallop-edged scarf using lace stitches
- A beautifully textured pair of mittens using cable and Aran stitches
- A stylish and sturdy pair of two-tone socks using rib and twist stitches
Experienced knitters will find a wealth of unique patterns just waiting to be brought to life. A guide to the basic symbols shows how to knit the stitches, step-by-step.$27.99
When beginning a project, every knitter confronts the question: “What yarn should I use?” The answer can be complicated. Sometimes the recommended brand is unavailable or too expensive – or you’d rather use extra yarn from your stash. But even similar products might yield different results, altering structure, size and texture.
Now, trusted knitwear designer and teacher Carol Sulcoski provides solutions to this common conundrum, offering a wealth of information. She explains what characteristics to consider when substituting yarn, and gives guidance on calculating the quantity of yarn you'll need and how to evaluate your swatches. Ten projects offer case studies of yarn substitution in action; each finished project shows suitable alternatives and reveals how yarn choice affects every aspect of the item.$29.99
Knit and crochet 100 delightful flowers with fun ideas for embellishing clothing and accessories – step-by-step diagrams and directions show how.
Choose from simple roses, pretty poppies and elaborate layered blooms, arranged in an easy-to-use directory and cross-referenced to a section explaining all the most popular techniques, giving troubleshooting advice and more.
Ten projects (bags, baby's cardy, scarf).$39.99
This is Interweave's biggest pattern collection ever!
Page after page of knitting patterns are at your fingertips with 100 Knits, giving you a nearly endless supply of projects. In this ultimate knitting pattern collection you'll discover an expansive collection of Interweave's most coveted knitted sweater patterns together for the first time. From shawls, scarves and cowls, to socks and hats, you'll be covered head to toe in our trendiest accessory patterns.$76.99
The book is excellent value, containing 100 projects covering a wide variety of crafts from papercraft, sewing, knitting, crochet, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewellery making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint.
All projects (such as a knitted star, a pompom Santa Claus, a polymer clay bear, a felt winter owl, a crocheted Christmas tree heart and a Christmas Tree papercut) are simple enough for experienced beginners (and will also appeal to seasoned crafters. The tools and materials are inexpensive and widely available and these charming Christmas items make fabulous gifts for family and friends.
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This book represents amazing value, comprising 100 projects compiled from best-selling knitting authors. It covers a wide variety of themes from Christmas knits, baby bootees, phone covers, mug hugs, headbands and scarves, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The techniques used in this book are simple enough for experienced beginners to master, and easy for more seasoned knitters. Special stitches used are explained in detail, and yarns are described in generic terms, so that readers can use what is available to them, wherever they live. The projects are satisfying to make and can be made as gifts for special occasions and celebrations to family and friends.
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With seven techniques and 101 patterns, this how-to book provides detailed, clear instructions for knitting and crocheting colourful and artful socks.
These projects cover a wide range of skill sets, from the beginner to the advanced knitter. You’ll learn, among other things, how to create sock heels in three different styles, knit with circular needles, knit from the toe up and create felted textiles using your washing machine. A how-to primer on sock making is included for beginners, and size tables help you create socks that fit perfectly for all ages.
Various sock styles include cable, stripe and rainbow patterns, socks with fringe, pompons and other embellishments, sport socks, slippers, socks with a “lodge” look and even a dolphin motif.$42.99
For both experienced and beginner knitters, this is an inspirational collection of favourite motifs found in the traditional knitting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
Each motif, including stars, hearts, flowers, leaping reindeer and dancers, as well as delightful geometric patterns and more, is shown as a hand-knitted swatch, illustrated with clear, life-sized photographs and accompanied by easy-to-read colour charts, and a reverse colourway suggestion.
With clear details on reading colour charts, and a full review of techniques for two-colour knitting, this book also gives advice on incorporating the Scandinavian motifs into a variety of different projects, allowing you to create unique designs. Also includes guidance on choosing yarns, use of colour and finishing techniques to help you hone your knitting skills and create stylish projects.$39.99
Easy Knitted Tea Cosies contains 20 desirable, colourful and easy-to-knit tea cosies. There is a wide range of designs, from funky fruit and friendly owls to contemporary stripes, along with Autumn, Christmas and Valentine's Day designs.
These cute and quirky tea cosies are quick to make and great for brightening up your home or giving as gifts.
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No-one can resist knitting a pretty pair of baby bootees for a new baby – so here are 20 of them, all unique but all equally irresistible, in a range of colours and styles.
Each pair of bootees requires relatively small quantities of yarn and can be knitted quickly and easily using the clear, step-by-step instructions provided. Each project is accompanied by lists of the materials and equipment required and a stunning full-colour photograph.
Suitable for babies from newborn to 6 months.$13.99
Nothing is more adorable than a tiny pair of mittens for a new baby and now you can knit your own for family and friends with these irresistible designs. Inside are 20 patterns in a range of colours and styles for boys and girls, from traditional stripes and cables to whimsical rabbits, frogs and ladybirds.
Each design can be knitted in three different sizes suitable for 0–3, 3–6 and 6–12 month-old babies, with the option of including thumbs in the largest size. The patterns use small amounts of either baby- or fingering-weight yarn, and knit up quickly and easily using the clear, step-by-step instructions and full-colour charts provided. Each project comes with a list of the yarns and needles required and a stunning, full-colour photograph of the finished mittens, providing everything you need to create these gorgeous handmade gifts for babies.
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Susie Johns shows you how to knit beanies using simple patterns that are also fun, fresh and inspiring to appeal to a wide range of knitters. From traditional to contemporary, fun and funky and knitted in bright, vibrant yarns to muted pastels, there is something for everyone.
Susie has designed patterns suitable for men, women, children and babies; for a relaxed look, go for the oversized Slouch Beanie, a little girl would love the cute Charm Beanie, choose the soft, cream Baby Beanie for a new arrival and the Beastie Beanie for a fun-loving lad! Knitted beanies also make fantastic gifts for special friends and relatives.
- 20 fantastic designs and 20 colourful alternatives
- Easy-to-follow knitting patterns
Knit 20 little bears, each 20cm (8") high, and all dressed in a wonderful range of knitted outfits that will delight adults and children alike.
Easy-to-follow directions, colour photos ad close-ups for the basic bear and clothes patterns, then meet the bears: Baby, Peter Pumpkin, Fred Football, Toby Toddler, Billy Bridegroom, Grace Bride, Pippy Dolly, Holly Christmas, Abi Ballet, Barney College, Sweet Bumble Bee...
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Susie Johns has created twenty beautiful flowers that knitters and flower lovers will love to create. Simple, easy-to-follow instructions are provided for each flower, and Susie's inspired choice of wools and novelty yarns make these wonderful projects for anyone interested in contemporary knitting design.
- 20 great designs
- Ideal for decorating bags, clothes, shoes and more
- Clear step-by-step knitting instructions
- Easy and fun to make
Knitted hats are never out of fashion, and in this collection of 20 hats to knit, Monica Russel brings you traditional, and modern, designs that you will want to wear all year round!
From the beanie to the beret, each design can be knitted as shown in the book, using the easy-to-follow instructions, or adapted in a colour scheme that best suits the wearer. Choose from bobble hats or Nordic ski hats complete with ear-flaps and tassels, plain weaves or Fair Isle knits: the 20 designs can be adapted into a multitude of colour and pattern combinations – there's a knitted hat to be made for every discerning head!
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For knitters of all abilities, Sachiyo Ishii offers 20 lovely projects including a baby penguin, a koala bear, a guinea pig and a squirrel. All the projects are accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow patterns and photography. There is a useful page of basic techniques at the start of the book, including making up, stuffing and simple, decorative surface stitching.
These lovely mini knits are all bursting with character and feel extra soft and snuggly. All the projects are exquisitely designed and very easy to make. They make perfect gifts and will delight young and old alike.
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This gorgeous little book by the ever-popular Sachiyo Ishii contains irresistibly cute knitted Christmas toys for knitters of all abilities. All the projects are accompanied by a clear, easy-to-follow pattern and fun photography. There is a useful page of basic techniques at the start of the book, including making up, stuffing and simple, decorative surface stitching.
These lovely mini knits range from a polar bear, angel, penguin and robin to a Christmas pudding, bauble, snowman and Santa with his sack and many more cute and quirky Christmas ideas, all bursting with character. All the projects are beautifully made and exquisitely designed, and very easy to make. They make perfect gifts and will delight young and old alike.
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Stylish and practical scarves are at your fingertips with this book, which contains knitting patterns for 20 beautiful scarves in a variety of styles.
There is a scarf for every season, as this book includes patterns for delicate simple lace drapes, comforting cable-knitted scarves and rugged, chunky wraps for serious warmth.
Ribbons, bobbles and tassels decorate the scarves, and they range from practical classics to those with exciting modern twists.$13.99
Monica Russel uses her fantastic design skills to create a wide range of gorgeous headbands.
The huge variety in this book means that there is something that will appeal to everyone: some headbands are in a single colour, others in a multitude of colours, some are narrow while others are wide; some have bow embellishments, while other have buttons or flowers – and some use just one stitch, while others use a range of stitches to create beautiful designs. There are chunky designs to keep you warm in winter, and lighter headbands ideal for wearing in spring.
These are quick and easy projects for all knitting abilities, which do not use huge amounts of yarn, and will make gifts for family and friends that are both practical and attractive.
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Wrist warmers are an easy and fashionable project for knitters of all abilities, and in this book Monica Russel presents a wide range from which to choose, as well as all the information on materials and terminology you need.
- A diverse and colourful range of 20 easy-to-knit pairs of fashionable wrist warmers
- Suitable for knitters of all abilities
- Ideal as a gift, or treat yourself!
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Highlighting the small charms of the holidays, the 20 step-by-step Christmas projects collected here will add to the warmth of the season.
With each project requiring just small scraps of yarn, knitters will enjoy applying their skills to such novelty projects as miniature Christmas stockings, holly leaves, small reindeer, a snowman, an egg cosy, knitted gingerbread cookies, an angel and more.
Each finished project is accompanied by a single detailed photograph, allowing for an easy visual reference.$13.99
Charms and dangles are popular fashion accessories, used to decorate purses, bags, mobile phones, and so on. In this book, Sachiyo provides patterns for 20 different designs all in her distinctive, cute and fun style.
All the projects are really quick and easy to make each one can be made in just 15 minutes! They are therefore great for passing the time on a journey or when you have a few minutes to spare, and are small enough to carry around in your handbag. They are great for using up scraps of yarn too, and they make ideal little gifts.
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