For the Absolute Beginner Knitter
Aimed at those with no previous experience, this guide teaches the basics of knitting with fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions and twelve projects written in plain English. The finished items range from a simple chunky scarf to a baby cardigan and lacy shawl, with ‘Knitter’s Notes’ and ‘Handy Hints’ giving further advice.
Wild and Wooly Animals
The 12 woodland animal patterns in this kit include a hedgehog, an owl and a bird with a nest, chick and eggs. Comprehensive instructions and numerous illustrations explain the stitches as well as the construction methods, and all the materials needed to make a fox and a fawn are included. American terminology.
9 Months to Crochet
Count Down to the Big Day with Crochet! 25 Projects to Make While You Wait
Suitable for beginners and experienced crocheters, these 25 illustrated projects, devised to be completed during the three trimesters of pregnancy, include baby clothes, nursery furnishings, and accessories for mums-to-be. A step-by-step illustrated guide explains the stitches and techniques required to make the items, including a new-born cardigan, infant sleeping bag and colourful bunting, and an appendix lists the natural yarns used.
Renowned knitwear and crochet designer Erika Knight presents 50 timeless patterns for womenswear and home décor. The ‘classic’ designs are practical, everyday basics made using simple stitches and natural fibres, such as an Aran v-neck sweater and a chunky cable throw. The ‘glamour’ collection focuses on more luxurious items including a lacy shrug and a mohair cushion embellished with pearl buttons and sequins.
Hook, Stitch and Give
30 Creative Crochet Presents
Kat Goldin presents crochet patterns for every occasion, from birthdays, housewarmings and baby showers to Mother's Day and festive celebrations. Suitable for a range of abilities, the projects, including hats, cardigans, scarves, throws, cushion covers and bunting, are supplemented with advice on techniques and stitches, finishing and aftercare.
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings
With projects suitable for knitters of all abilities, this illustrated collection of 22 Scandinavian-inspired Christmas stocking designs incorporates motifs such as hearts, reindeer, spruce trees and folk dancers. Also included are patterns for festive mittens, leg warmers, and an elf hat, plus the complete alphabet in three different fonts for easy personalization.
Merry Christmas Sweaters to Knit
Sue Stratford presents six simple festive jumper projects in four child and four adult sizes. Easy-to-use charts printed on removable fold-out sheets are supplied for the motifs – Snowman, Winter Trees, Nordic Fair Isle, Christmas Pudding, Reindeer and Santa Claus – and also included is a guide to suggested materials and basic techniques, including surface embroidery.
10 Lessons and Projects Using Ombré, Stranded Colourwork, Slip Stitch and Textures
Tanis Gray presents ten progressively more challenging knitting tutorials, beginning with basic stitches and advancing through cabling, lace and alternating stripes to more complex colour-work. Each lesson features an illustrated step-by-step introduction to the technique, followed by a practice project created especially for gradient yarns – from a knit and purl bobble hat to a wrap-and-turn short row pair of socks.
A Beginner's Guide to Intarsia Knitting
11 Simple Inspiring Projects with Easy to Follow Steps
This illustrated introduction to intarsia knitting explains basic skills such as working from charts and joining in new colours, starting with inlaying a single motif and moving on to more complex multi-coloured patterning. It presents a varied collection of projects to complete, written in full-hand, including a fox-themed cushion, chevron scarf, and star blanket.
Blooming Crochet Hats
10 Crochet Designs with 10 Mix-and-Match Accents
After a series of illustrations showing how to create various stitches, this book presents instructions for making ten hats and headbands, each one sized from newborn to adult. Every design can be customized by adding one of the ten interchangeable motifs, including flowers, a heart and a butterfly, which simply button into place.
Knitting with Beads
This modern guide to a traditional craft explains how to make a completely beaded fabric, how to create beaded lace, and the different methods for adding embellishments during knitting. A comprehensive techniques section is followed by a gallery of stitch patterns, featuring lacework, cables and colourwork. Patterns are included for projects such as an evening bag, jewellery, mittens and an elegant lightweight shawl.
100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet
Having adorned sofas, armchairs, and bedspreads for generations, the humble Granny square is undergoing something of a renaissance among modern crafters. This collection of projects, including heirloom afghans, cushion covers and baby blankets, is accompanied by advice on mixing and matching colours, and instructions for various embellishments such as tapestry and surface crochet, cross-stitch and appliqué.
The Creative Knitter's Handbook
Guiding the confident knitter through the process of designing and creating a unique piece of Aran knitwear, Rita Taylor explores the history of the style and presents a library of stitches. She offers a range of pattern ideas (including a cushion cover, ladies jumper and child's cardigan) which can be followed or used as a starting point for a bespoke design, and provides advice on materials, adaptations and finishing.
Make Personal Gifts and Accents with Creative Typography-Based Projects
These nine alphabet charts allow knitters to add names and slogans to their own projects or to one of the 24 patterns in the book, including a monogrammed sweater, personalized hats and bags, and homeware. The fonts range from simple block letters to more elaborate cursive and Wild West styles. Basic knitting skills, and the Fair Isle and intarsia techniques that are used for the lettering, are explained fully and illustrated with diagrams.
Baby Booties and Slippers
30 Designs to Stitch, Knit and Crochet
The perfect gift for babies and toddlers, these 30 imaginative designs range from lacy summer sandals to woolly winter boots and are created through knitting, crochet or stitching. With clear illustrations and instructions, and a section that explains the techniques that are used in more detail, many of these projects are suitable for beginners. The book also includes pattern sheets and a template for making soles.
A Journey from Sheep to Skin to Stitch
Sharing many similarities with the 'slow food' and 'slow living' movements, this thoughtful exploration encourages knitters to step back, pare down, and celebrate the craftsmanship of their work. Covering themes such as sourcing yarn, working environmentally, and experimenting with new techniques, the book offers patterns for a knitted wardrobe including a cowl, wrap cardigan, cabled pullover, and hat and glove set.
Granny Squares and Shapes
20 Crochet Projects for You and Your Home
With basic instructions for beginners and new ideas for seasoned crochet enthusiasts, Susan Pinner presents her second book of projects based on ‘granny squares and shapes’ – small designs that form the building blocks for making clothes, accessories, blankets, rugs and cushions.
Animal Hats to Knit
20 Wild Projects for You to Create
This illustrated collection contains a whole menagerie of animal hats to choose from, and each project is clearly laid out with an easy-to-follow pattern and concise instructions. The designs supplied can be easily adapted to create a unique hat for children or adults with the help of the techniques section at the back of the book.
The British knitwear designer Sasha Kagan is known for her use of rich colour and texture, and this collection of her creations provides detailed instructions, with schematics and pattern charts, for making 22 contemporary garments, including sweaters, tops, jackets, wraps and scarves. Accompanying descriptions of the basic knitting and crochet stitches, there is guidance on how to accomplish finishing touches such as bands, tassels and pompoms.
15 Knitted Projects to Keep You Warm and Toasty
Vanessa Mooncie’s designs for an entire menagerie of hats provide easy-to-follow instructions intended for knitters of all abilities. These fun hats in adult and children’s sizes range from a smart-suited penguin to a floppy-eared bunny, and the appendix explains how to line your hat and includes a guide to basic techniques, a glossary of abbreviations, conversion charts and a list of suppliers.
Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit
Feather Soft and Incredibly Light, 15 Great Patterns and Full Instructions
Including an introduction to the history and ethos of Shetland lace, 15 patterns and clear instructions using both metric and imperial measurements, this well-illustrated guide to knitting traditional shawls is intended for experienced knitters who wish to advance their skills. The book concludes with advice on tools and equipment, core techniques and how to wear, wash, repair and store the finished items.
Knitted Toy Tales
Irresistible Characters for All Ages
Including bunnies, bears and robots, each toy in this manual has a name and comes with its own introductory story and rhyme. The patterns use a minimal number of parts to avoid having to sew together too many components afterwards, and there is a clearly illustrated section on techniques, with templates, lists of suppliers and yarns used, and advice on which projects best suit a beginner.
10 Lessons and Projects for Knitting Stripes, Chevrons, Triangles, Polka Dots and More
This manual demonstrates how to create striking designs based on geometric shapes. It introduces basic techniques and includes projects ranging from a simple garter stitch striped scarf to dotted mittens made using stranded colourwork.
Crocheting Soft Toys
Frustrated by mass-produced soft toys made with cheap labour and materials, the author set out to produce a collection of unique toys for children, friends and family that could be crocheted and given as presents. Basic crochet stitches are clearly described and illustrated, while detailed and straightforward patterns cover a range of animals, from larger elephants and a jagged-toothed crocodile to smaller curly-tailed chameleons and fluffy-eared owls.
From Around the World
Beginning with an introduction to the history of socks and knitting, this book presents a collection of patterns inspired by places from Iceland to the Andes and illustrates the many creative possibilities that knitting socks has to offer. Altogether, there are 25 patterns by designers from the socks’ country of origin, and a great variety of techniques, textures and decoration. American sizes.
The Knitted Alphabet
How to Knit Letters From A to Z
With 26 designs – from Celtic to 1970s Retro – for the letters of the alphabet, numbers and emoticons, this book suggests some unusual ways to customize your knitting. The letters are charted on graph paper, and photographs show the effects of using different colours and textures of yarn. All stitches are clearly explained, and ten simple projects, including socks, cuffs and a shoulder bag, provide practical ideas for using the designs.
Get Started Knitting
Learn Something New
Aimed at the complete novice, this book begins with an overview of the materials and tools that knitters use regularly. Photographs and step-by-step instructions explain the basic techniques needed to make simple projects such as a striped scarf. More advanced skills including shaping, cables, lace and colourwork are introduced, and can be practised in the patterns for a cushion cover and raglan sweater. A stitch gallery shows the different textures that can be achieved.
Classic and Modern Designs in the Scandinavian Tradition
This practical guide to knitting draws on traditional Swedish techniques to help the reader develop and practise key skills, from casting on and off, and adding holes and pockets, to repairing mistakes and decorating with beads, sequins and embroidery. Patterns are provided for the garments featured in the book, including sweaters, a bedspread and a gold evening bag, and there is also advice on how to create a pattern of your own.
More Than 100 Beautiful Projects
Catering for every level of skill, this collection comprises more than 100 knitting projects, including patterns for cardigans, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves and socks for children and adults, and blankets, pillows, bags and toys for the home. A substantial section on basic equipment and techniques includes step-by-step illustrated instructions for everything from casting on to seams and blocking, plus a useful photo gallery of stitch patterns.