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Distinctively modern, perfectly feminine knitting designs. Knitters will delight in patterns that effortlessly combine a thoroughly modern sophistication with a certain delicate femininity. Author Lene Holme Samsøe explores striking shapes, refined details, and lovely textures in a collection that includes knitted sweaters, cardigans, a poncho, scarves, stockings, mittens, and possibly the prettiest hat one's ever seen. A number of knit patterns have optional variations that transform the garments in subtle ways. From relaxed weekend attire to an office-ready garment or a lightweight sweater that can double up as a piece in one's winter wardrobe, Lene has knitters covered for all occasions. With patterns both easy and more complex, there's something for every level of knitter. Look for knitting designs made up in an elegantly restrained palette using yarns that range from sheer to heavier-weight and see examples of how different some knit patterns can look depending on the shade of yarn used.
Elegance at the tip of your needles!Cables and lace are special enough by themselves, but there is something graceful, even magical, about combining the two. Refined Knits concentrates on these two techniques, along with incredibly unique Aran Lace which combines the two, and the results are sure to impress.Enduring Cables: discover cable-work with interesting structure in its detailsGraceful Lace: explore the delicate sophistication of open-workElegant Aran Lace: combine lace and cables in unexpected and stunning waysKnitwear designer Jennifer guides you through knitting these timeless, classic techniques, resulting in finished garments and accessories with a decidedly modern feel you'll treasure for years to come.
All you need to know about spinning wool--from sheep to knits!Spinners have been creating beautiful yarns from wool for thousands of years, but we still have unanswered questions. How do you choose a fleece? Should you process your fleece by hand or send it to a mill? What kind of prepared fibers are available, and what should you do with them? Fiber artist and shepherdess Kate Larson answers these and many other questions in The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool. Topics include:An overview of sheep breeds and the characteristics of their fleeceWashing, carding, combing, and blending fibersPurchasing and working with prepared fibersTechniques for spinning and plying wool to achieve the right yarn for your projectsAdvice on caring for fibers to protect them from unwanted pests and other problemsWhether you're working with fleeces sheared from your own flock or spinning indie dyed fibers, you'll find a wealth of useful, valuable, and practical information in The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool.
Wire jewelry has never been more popular--but you've never seen projects like this before! In Fine Art Wire Weaving, award-winning author Sarah Thompson shares her secrets to creating wire jewelry that's nothing short of spectacular.Using super-fine wires to create 20 delicate, sophisticated pieces, you'll achieve that "wow" factor, all under the guidance of an expert jewelry teacher. You'll learn how to work with these fine wires successfully, as well as what to do when one of your projects goes awry.Using techniques in layering, symmetry, and dimensional shaping, you'll come away with a strong foundation in wire working so you can create your own one-of-a-kind pieces. Paired with beautiful, 4-color photographs, Thompson gives you step-by-step instructions to creating jewelry to pretty to keep for yourselfùbut that you won't want to give away!
A beautiful and detailed introduction to tatting! With the growing interest in lace, New Tatting is a fantastic book for getting started in the craft. Tatting is a means of creating lace by looping threads together using tiny shuttles and your fingers (with occasional help from a crochet hook). It creates dainty chains and edgings as well as single motifs and is used to edge and decorate textiles and clothing, as jewelry, or as large-scale lace projects in itself. Tatting is getting new respect in the crafting world as people discover its traditional beauty while giving it a more modern inflection. In New Tatting, you will explore modern color and a fresh approach to tatting with incredible step by-step photos and beautiful projects. This book appeals to people who have never tatted before as well as tatters looking for something new and inspirational. Anyone interested in making lace will find that New Tatting offers everything needed to get started.
Crocheted shawls inspired by classic poetry!Just as poetry laces together the simplest of words into dramatic lyrical pieces, Poetic Crochet uses basic stitches to create a romantic, breathtaking collection of shawls and wraps.When creating this classic, wearable collection of shawls, wraps, and stoles, you'll explore a variety of shawl shapes, construction techniques, borders, and edgings. Author Sara Kay Hartman shares her tips for selecting the fibers that work best in shawl making, how to achieve a beautiful drape, how to play with gauge when crocheting shawls, and more.The patterns in Poetic Crochet won't require any special technique knowledge, but rather they have been designed to highlight the simple sophistication achievable with the most basic of stitches. Crocheters with any experience level, beginner to advanced, will find something rewarding--and poetic--in this inspired collection of 20 projects.
Love, Knit, Wear!Create garments and accessories your entire family will love with Family-Friendly Knits. Designer and mom Courtney Spainhower offers up a collection of designs you'll love to knit and everyone will want to wear, including:A selection of comfy yet stylish pullovers and cardigans for every seasonHats and cowls with interchangeable choose-your-own-adventure colorwork patternsA fabulously furry raglan sweater for your wild childA trio of fingerless mitts suitable for mama, papa, and babySocks for grown-ups and kids that are knit as one piece from cuff to cuff (to avoid "second sock" syndrome) Modern silhouettes and clever construction techniques make every project enticing to knit and functional for daily life. Whether you're stocking the family mitten basket, knitting yourself a Fair Isle cardigan you'll want to hand down to future generations, or whipping up gifts for loved ones near and far, Family-Friendly Knits has you covered.
Add Vibrant Color to Your Jewelry!Enameling is the one of the best ways to add color to your jewelry--and anyone can do it! In Jeweler's Enameling Workshop, master jeweler Pauline Warg shares her easy-to-follow approach to enameling. You'll first learn the basics of kiln firing and torch firing, including equipment, tools, safety, and how to troubleshoot problems. Then, twenty projects for beautiful necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets, and rings walk you through various dry and wet enameling techniques. You'll learn to:Stencil simple designs using multiple colors of enamelIncorporate foil and glass beads and threads into your designsLayer enamel on stamped metal for added dimensionUse metal screen as a canvas on which to create an enameled patternCreate intricate designs with the classic techniques of cloisonne and champleveClear photographs and detailed step-by-step instructions will have you creating stunning designs using exciting techniques in no time.
Knit your wildest dreams using windswept color and texture!In Free Spirit Knits author Anne Podlesak shares a gorgeous collection of 20 knitted garments and accessories that combine the richly-colored beauty of the high desert with a sense of play and adventure.The pieces, for both men and women, have beautiful silhouettes and rich color palettes. From a gorgeous knitted cardigan-style coat (Grand Canyon Coat) to monochromatic knitted socks (Petroglyph Socks) to the lace knitting techniques showcased in the Aspens sweater, you'll love creating each stunning project. Wild-at-heart knitters of every skill level will find something to make and love.Whether your nearest canyon is made of rock or skyscrapers, treat yourself to the collection that will see you knitting off into the sunset.
Knit your own couture wardrobe!As a knitter, you know the appeal of creating a piece that can go from home to office, from weekday to weekend--and, most importantly, that looks flattering on your figure. But that can be easier said than done! Until now.Knitwear designer Alex Capshaw-Taylor has created a collection of 19 knitted garments and accessories featuring timeless, high-fashion designs that are refreshingly easy to wear.In Dressed in Knits, you'll experiment with a variety of techniques including multidirectional knitting, colorwork (intarsia and stranded), cabling, and more. Unique to this guide is helpful information devoted to educating knitters on couture details that produce designer quality finished pieces. Alex will demonstrate proper seeming, picking up stitches, applying beads, turning a hem, creating pockets, steeking, adding zippers to knitwear, and more. Helpful tips on styling finished garments will also be sprinkled throughout the book, like how adding a belt to a piece can change the silhouette giving it a totally different look.Dressed in Knits isn't just another knitting book. It's your fashion-forward guide to a whole new wardrobe.
Take a step in a new direction!Go beyond top-down or toe-up construction in New Directions in Sock Knitting. In the eighteen designs curated by knitting super star Ann Budd, you'll be treated to projects that range from traditional sock patterns to more challenging and innovative sock constructions. The socks in this collection use a variety of knitting techniques including double knitting, intarsia in the round, short-row shaping, mirrored color and texture patterns, and multi-directional knitting in both traditional and innovative ways. These techniques will have you casting on and knitting your socks from unexpected places--starting at the heel or sole or even from side to side! The instructions are all written in step-by-step detail that will ensure success, no matter which design you choose to knit.Original, innovative, and unique, it's New Directions in Sock Knitting!
Sew stylish, flattering garments with Burda patterns! BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable, high-style, "in" sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality sewing patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Full-Figure Fashion includes 25+ of the best plus-size projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine. All of the must-have basics of a woman's wardrobe are covered in this collection--jackets, pants, blouses, skirts, and dresses. The designs include versatile separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for the modern woman's wardrobe. In addition to the 25+ Burda patterns, there are several variations. The projects are easy to intermediate and sizes range from 14 to 24. Although this book is not meant to be a primer on sewing, it includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything the reader needs to know to follow the sewing patterns, including frequently used techniques, and a pattern insert with full-size pattern pieces.
A colorful go-to reference for all knitters featuring 250 essential knit stitches. Get ready to spice up your knitting! Every knitter needs a good stitch dictionary, and this volume is perfect for new and experienced knitters alike. Knit Stitch Dictionary offers 250 knit stitches, from simple knit-purl combos to fancy textured, color, and lace stitch patterns. Knowing that not every knitter works in the same way, this indispensible guide has both written and charted instructions that clearly explain how to knit each stitch. Knit Stitch Dictionary is divided into sections including: basic knit and purl stitches; eyelets and lace; cables; traveling and twisted stitches; bobbles, puffs and clusters; slip stitches; chevrons, ripples and waves; tucks and ruffles; and colorwork patterns. A photo glossary at the back of the book offers a candy box view of all the stitch patterns, allowing you to instantly choose the ones that strike your fancy. Knit Stitch Dictionary will be a go-to reference that you'll reach for again and again!
Enjoy the simple gift of quilting!Creating a quilt is always a gift--in finding the time to enjoy your hobby, and in giving away your finished piece. In the pages of Quilt Giving, you'll find nineteen quilts that make perfect presents for yourself or someone else.The quilt patterns in this book embrace beautiful color and sewing simplicity. You can take your time to enjoy the process and still have a quilt ready for your next baby shower or winter weekend curled up on the sofa! You'll also expand your sewing skills as you experiment with the big block conventions found in Twinkle, Map and Bloom; use easy corner triangles for simple detail in Gem, Summer and Sprinkle; or cast tradition aside and use a vertical or horizontal grid in Path, Garden and City.Treat yourself to the gift of Quilt Giving!
What would Jane Austen knit? Enter the world of Jane Austen through timeless knitting patterns inspired by the places and characters in her beloved novels. Designers including Susanna IC, Vicki Square, Annie Modesitt, Heather Zoppetti, Karen Joan Raz, and Kathleen Dames have translated their love for Jane Austen's novels into a stunning tribute to the beloved author. The gorgeously evocative pieces include cardigans, knitted shawls, bags and other accessories, and knitted projects for men and children. While the knitting projects are inspired by the fashions of the regency era, they are every bit as relevant today. Knitters obsessed with Jane Austen as well as stitchers just looking for wonderfully appealing projects will fall in love with the beautiful knitting designs. Essays on fascinating aspects of Austen's life and the regency era round out this inspiring collection. Topics include the places where Austen lived, knitting in Regency England, the yarns available to Austen and her contemporaries, and dressmaking during the time period.
Wear any season in style with knitwear inspired by southern climates. Knitting is not just for cold and snowy climates! For anyone who has ever stopped to wonder what knitters in the South are wearing--and knitting--for the changing seasons, Florida designer Corrina Ferguson has set out to show us in Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season. In this gorgeous collection of knitted garments and accessories, up-and-coming designer Corrina has designed knitwear pieces appropriate for each southern season. Cardigans and hoodies stand in for winter coats, knitted tees and short-sleeve cardigans are perfect for spring, tanks and cropped cardis are comfortable on warm summer nights, and pullovers and shawls are just right in fall. Through her choice of lightweight yarns and bold colors, Corrina has set these pieces apart from the crowd of everyday knitted garments and shown them off as a versatile knitted southern wardrobe.
Take knitted cables from heirloom to vavoom!In Unexpected Cables author Heather Zoppetti has crafted a fresh, modern, flattering collection of 18 knitted garments. She perfectly captures the essence of the iconic knitted cable and makes cabled designs decidedly fashion-forward!The book features 3 chapters: Refined, Lace, and Abstract.Refined cables explore classic Aran cables using lightweight yarns, twisted stitches, and feminine shapes.In the Lace section, Heather challenges knitters to marry together these two popular knitting techniques with spectacular results.The Abstract section focuses on unusual construction, direction, and texture in cabled projects that have edgy, urban feel. Sleek garment shapes, an interesting mix of cables and lace, and unusual construction converge to bring the generations-old tradition of cable knitting squarely into the here and now. Knitters will delight in making these intriguing, accessible creations!
A collection of 27 magical projects. From the editors of the popular magazine Jane Austen Knits comes an enchanting collection that will take readers deep into the realm of wizards, witches, and magical creatures. Enter a world filled with beguiling but classic garments in this collection of 27 knitting patterns. Revel in a broad variety of magical subject matter while employing a wide variety of knitting techniques: cables for projects fit for giants and sorcerers; lace for glamorous shawls and gauntlets perfect to wear at the ball; cozy colorwork socks, caps, and mitts to keep warm while tending the herbal garden or wandering in the wild woods. Readers will explore their hidden dark side with projects that are slightly more sinister (though beautiful), such as shadowy cloaks and glistening shrugs. And they'll flaunt their own knitting magic in a variety of stunning cardigans, vests, and sweaters for men and women. Whether knitters are interested in magical inspiration or just great patterns, this book has it covered.
Explore 46 new knitting patterns that celebrate bohemian style! Let Wanderlust take you on a journey through 46 delightful knitting patterns! Discover a wide range of knitting projects, including knit cowls, scarves, shawls, hats, mittens, and sweaters. Ideal for knitted gifts, the projects range from easy garter stitch and stockinette to pretty lace patterns, chunky cables, simple colorwork, and more. All of the knitting designs in Wanderlust are made with 100% superwash extrafine merino wool--perfect for active modern lifestyles. With quick accessories and garments for both men and women, including seven glorious sweaters, you will find something for everyone on your knitting list, and more importantly, for yourself!
A handpicked selection of 25 favorite patterns from Interweave. The first in a new series, Interweave Favorites: 25 Knitted Accessories to Wear and Share is a collection of cozy patterns carefully curated from our roster of incredible authors and designers and brought together in a single book. Knitters of all levels will find plenty of standout projects to make and love, from warm socks to delicate shawls; from colorful mitts to scarf and hat sets. Most projects can be knitted speedily enough to become timely gifts, while a few--such as an Estonian lace shawl--require more time (but are worth it). Featuring classic styles with some modern twists, Interweave Favorites: 25 Knitted Accessories to Wear and Share truly offers something for everyone.
Crochet accessories are as easy as 1, 2, or 3 skeins of yarn! In Quick Crocheted Accessories, author Sharon Zientara has curated a collection of crocheted projects that make use of one, two, or three skeins of yarn, allowing for both color play and larger projects. Crocheters will enjoy quick crochet projects including scarves and shawls, hats, fingerless mitts and mittens, and slippers and socks! They'll discover single-skein projects that are simple and quick to crochet, budget-friendly, or offer a beautiful way to use a special skein of luxury yarn as well as crochet projects that take two or three skeins offering larger or more complex stitch patterns and colorwork. Featured designers include Kathy Merrick, Brenda K. B. Anderson, Beth Nielsen, Cristina Mershon, Terri Keller, Jessica Bolof, and Linda Skuja. Their designs include stitch patterns and motifs that are textural, reversible, and fresh.
Slightly obsessed with sock knitting? Get Sockupied! Sockupied is a groundbreaking eMag that began in 2010. Now available for the first time in book form, Sockupied brings knitters a collection of 20 sock patterns specially chosen from its first 10 issues. Simple patterns appeal to beginners, while stunning colorwork and unusual construction will tempt seasoned sock knitters. The book features 6 toe-up patterns as well as those with standard top-down construction, and projects include basic socks for beginners as well as cables, lace, colorwork, and textured patterns. An all-star roster of sock designers contribute patterns: Cookie A, Star Athena, Ann Budd, Cat Bordhi, Deborah Newton, and many more. In addition, a variety of technical articles will round out the book: info on various cast-ons and bind-offs, darning, and converting patterns form top-down to toe-up and vice versa. Knitters who are slightly obsessed with knitting socks will want to get their hands on Sockupied!
Whether you knit them toe-up or top-down, getting just the right fit on hand knit socks can be a major challenge! In Custom Socks, Kate Atherley sets out to teach knitters of all levels the skills and tools they need to understand sock fit, and to knit a pair of socks that fit properly. She calls on her years of experience as Knitty's Managing Technical Editor, where she has edited hundreds of sock patterns, to share this information in a way that is easy to understand with patterns that inspire.So go ahead and treat yourself to these 15 original sock patterns that are easily customizable and work with any needle configuration. Your feet will thank you!
It's time to look beyond wool, with The Practical Spinner's Guide: Rare Luxury Fibers!The go-to expert for fiber artists, Judith MacKenzie shares insights into working with uncommon (but readily available) luxury downs in this comprehensive, yet practical, guide for today's spinners. With her natural voice for story telling that is both engaging and informative, she discusses the history of each of these downs, how they are used today, characteristics unique to each, and where to find them. She also dives deep into the specific spinning techniques for each fiber, knitting and weaving rare fibers, and dying them once spun.From angora to bison, camel to cashmere, there's a whole world of rare luxury fibers just waiting to be spun!
A Fresh Look at a Classic TechniqueSlip stitch is one of the simplest and most versatile knitting techniques, but it's often overlooked. The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting is a modern and thorough take on this technique that delivers beautiful colorwork and gorgeous textures--with minimal effort.A complete overview covers all the basics of slip-stitch knitting, including stitch formation, reading charts, customizing stitch patterns, choosing yarns, designing with slip-stitch patterns, and more. Forty stitch patterns, many of which are reversible, stretch the boundaries of slip stitch, creating colorwork that is just as graphic as Fair Isle, but much simpler; woven-looking fabrics; and fabulous textures that are sometimes combined with lace and cables. Sixteen original projects for cardigans, pullovers, hats, bags, scarves, and more showcase the versatility of slip stitch by using it as an allover pattern or accent.Whether you're new to this exciting stitch or looking to go beyond the basics, The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting is your essential guide.