This inspired collection of patterns for mother and baby includes designs with a simple flare and an elegant, modern feel for use with organically grown, undyed yarns. The projects are designed for beginning to average knitters so that essential baby accessories such as booties, mittens, hats, and simple knitted toys are quickly completed and instantly cherished. A cot blanket is an example of a group project designed to be made in one evening, and slightly more ambitious designs include an adorable dress, a chunky jacket, or a kimono sweater for a baby and wonderful, cozy items for mothers such as an unusual "bump" sweater for pregnant women, nursing sweaters that are convenient and stylish, and herb-scented pillows that delight the eye and soothe the spirit.
By her own admission, Teva Durham used to be a knit snob. No longer. Now, the influential needlecraft guru has become a two-timer, bringing the same ingenuity, innovative eye, and solid fashion sense that shes always exhibited in her knitting design to the world of crochet.
In "Loop-d-Loop Crochet," Durham presents more than 25 designs that are as up-to-the-minute, style-wise, as they are thoroughly steeped in crochet stitchwork tradition. Each of the projects, which range from purses, skirts, shawls, and sweaters for the whole family to a hammock and a pair of brocade boots, epitomizes Durhams signature design sensibility, which she describes as a tension of oppositesrough-hewn yet delicate, stark yet feminine, organic yet structured. Decked out in evocative color photographs (by Adrian Buckmaster), a diverse cast of models show off the finished garments.
Beginner and advanced crocheters will find Durhams novel approach refreshing and inspiring. And for newcomers just making the switch from knitting, "Loop-d-Loop Crochet" provides the perfect introduction to what Durham terms the flip side of needlecrafts heritage. Crochet is a freeing experience, Durham saysa sentiment with which her many fans are certain to agree.
Indulge yourself in hand-painted and lace yarns. Many shawl projects take only one skein
What is actually more popular than knitting socks? Knitting shawls 13 out of 35 of Ravelry's most popular patterns of all time are small shawls or wraps. And who better to curate a collection of these trendy-yet-classic designs than the editor of Knitscene, Lisa Shroyer?
Free Spirit Shawls features 20 shawl projects that are presented along 4 themes: Color (simple colorwork), Lace (the infinite pretty possibilities achieved by simple yarnovers), Simplicity (variegated yarns and simple stitches used to create simple yet striking designs), and Texture (cables and knit-purl combinations). Technique features focus on special areas of expertise such as Shetland construction and the anatomy of semicircular shawls.
With her intimate knowledge of what knitters are hungry to make and wear, Lisa has curated a contemporary collection that will reach far beyond simple trends and will continue to inspire for years to come.
This volume uses knitting as a metaphor to discuss the unity of all life and the spirituality involved in all endeavours carried out with mindfulness.
Along with being pleasurable and satisfying, knitting can sometimes be frustrating: the turtleneck that looked so fabulous on the model is too bulky for your body, or the cardigan you spent countless hours on just doesn't fit right. Herein lies the beauty of Custom Knits, which teaches knitters how to use improvisational techniques to achieve spectacular results--and to unleash their inner designers.Wendy Bernard, creator of the popular blog Knit and Tonic, provides 25 original designs for sweaters of nearly every type, plus variations, most knitted in one piece starting at the top, a method that allows you to try on as you go, alter as desired, and essentially design on the fly. "Make It Your Own" prompts in each pattern suggest easy alterations to suit your style and body type. And an in-depth reference section teaches how to alter key sweater elements, for example, change a crewneck to a V-neck, add sleeves to a vest, and much more. For the truly adventurous, the book concludes with guidelines for knitting sweaters with no pattern at all. Bernard's friendly writing style and photographer Kimball Hall's lively images create an inviting book of beautiful designs and key techniques that a knitter can use to customize nearly every garment she knits from now on.
This book teaches you the basics of knitting through a series of short, focused lessons. By mastering one skill at a time, you build your repertoire and confidence and work your way up to more challenging projects. Practice the various tips and techniques on a variety of easy-to-make scarves, hats, sweaters, accessories, baby booties, blankets and other items - all made with readily-available yarns - that are as much fun to knit as they are to wear.
With a growing reputation for gorgeous patterns, the owner of Dolce Handknits presents 16 of her top-selling designs. Stylish and contemporary, these patterns range from weekend casual to office chic. Find something luscious for every season and skill level, including tanks, pullovers, and cardigans Enjoy a skillful combination of fashion and wearability; you'll reach for these garments again and again Experience the joys of knitting--the patterns feature soothing, meditative repetition with just enough challenge to keep things interesting
Knitting is no longer just a grandmother's pastime This extraordinary guide for the newer or younger knitter introduces classic and contemporary patterns that can be completed in a reasonable time, with clear, precise instructions. The creative, hip, and diverse designs include a boyfriend's sweater, chunky scarf, halter top, color block tote bag, cute mittens, mismatched striped socks, and much more. Each project is rounded out with a mini-lesson that covers such practical skills as fringing and striping, circular knitting, working with double pointed needles, and creating decorative edges and decreases. This collection is the beginner's single source for getting started and having fun with chic designs that will never go out of style.
A detailed guide to knitting specially designed for male knitters and women looking for the latest patterns for men features twenty-five hip and stylish projects for men, ranging from the Beer Cozy to the Banker's Vest, along with easy-to-knit accessories, project difficulty ratings, easy-to-follow designs and instructions, a stitch index, and expert tips and advice. Original.
Knitting is the miracle of creating new dimensions from a strand of yarn. Let it bring that miraculous transformation to your spiritual life too.
"This book is about seeing and listening. It's about becoming aware that through knitting you can hear and give attention to what's in your heart and soul--that knitting can be a place of rest and thought and a place for the Divine. It's about connection--to yourself, to the world, to others and to the Holy."
--from the Preface
What can you learn about yourself through your knitting? What deeper symbolism lies behind the loops and patterns that you create? How can this simple activity help you make your way down a spiritual path? Delve into these questions and more in this imaginative book that will become your spiritual friend, your teacher and your sanctuary. Follow the knitting journeys of the authors and other knitters to discover how they have used their knitting to explore and strengthen their spiritual selves, and how you can do the same. In this joyful and engaging look at a time-honored craft you are invited to:
- Find time and space that was previously hidden in plain sight
- Try creative, thought-provoking original knitting patterns
- Recognize and deepen spiritual connections through knitting
- Meet other knitters on the journey to spiritual and self- discovery
- Explore new ways to expand and savor your knitting community
- Recognize your own power to pass along the knitting wisdom