Why spend hours knitting a boring one-shade sweater? Pile on the color and discover the joys of knitting with multiple hues in unexpected combinations. Choose from over 20 projects, including home décor items, hats, scarves, sweaters, vests and more.
Get ready to dive into a world of color.Inside YarnPlay you'll find:a basic guide to yarn, needles and knitting notionsa guide to ''playing with color'' that shows you how to choose colors by drawing inspiration from everyday items like quilts, photos and magazinesa wide variety of projects, both big and small, from a graphic afghan to armwarmers and washclothsstash-buster projects for using up all those odds and ends of yarna helpful section filled with useful reference information such as a glossary of knitting terms, a knitting abbreviations key, a knitting needle conversion chart and a list of inspirational knitting books, magazines and websites
Can't you feel your knitting needles itching to get started? Pick up this book, then dig through your stash or visit your local yarn store and get started today.
Playing with yarn and color adds a whole new dimension to your handknits. Each of these patterns features multiple colors used in unexpected ways to create beautiful effects. Whether you like monochromatic shades or lots and lots of stripes or two bold tones side by side, you're bound to find pieces you'll love to knit for your home, yourself, or for a special friend, baby or family member. You'll also get a handy guide to yarn, tools and notions as well as tips for playing with color, a glossary of knitting terms, a knitting abbreviations key, a knitting needle conversion chart and a list of inspirational resources.
From inviting afghans and throws to a playful cozy for a French press and a mini sweater for a wine bottle, YarnPlay at Home gives you the perfect knitted accent piece for every room in your home. Dress up your bathroom with a super-soft bathmat or jazz up your dining table by slipping silverware into flirty little napkin skirts.
Inside YarnPlay you'll find:a guide to "living with color" that shows you how to choose colors that complement the pieces you already have and create the right mooda wide variety of projects, both big and small, from kitschy cozies to full-size blankets and throwsstash-busters for using up all those odds and ends of yarnoverflowing reference sections with a basic guide to yarn, needles and knitting notions, a glossary of knitting terms, an abbreviations key, a needle size conversion chart and a list of inspirational home decor magazines and websitesDress up your home! Start knitting today.
In Stitch 'n Bitch, Debbie Stoller-founder of the first Stitch 'n Bitch knitting group in New York City-covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to, the why-to. Writing with wit and attitude (The Knitty-Gritty, Blocking for Blockheads), she explains the different types of needles and yarns (and sheep, too) and all the techniques from basic to fancy, knit to purl to cast-off. She also shares her special brand of corrective surgery for when things go wrong, and offers fun and informative sidebars on such topics as how to find the best yarn for less, how to make a buttonhole, knitting etiquette, and what tools to keep in your knitting bag. At the heart of the book are forty stylish patterns: Alien Scarf, Big Bad Baby Blanky, Mohair Hoodie, Kitty and Devil Hat, Cell Phone Cozy, and Wonder Woman Bikini. And for anyone interested: how to start a Stitch 'n Bitch group.
Learn each stitch with written, charted, and step-by-step photo instructions that clearly explain where the yarn goes each step of the way. In addition, each stitch pattern shows a large finished swatch in actual size.
You'll enjoy the colorful and eye-catching "candy-box" sampler pages that start every section. Crochet Stitch Dictionary offers excellent useful instruction and inspiration for all crocheters.
Be aware that crochet terms in the US are different from those in the UK. This can be confusing as the same terms are used to refer to different stitches under each system. All crochet patterns in this book are written in UK and European terms. US crocheters must take care that they work the correct stitches. One way to tell which system is being used in other patterns is that the American system starts with a single crochet, which the UK system doesn't have; so patterns with 'sc' in them can be identified as American patterns.
Enjoy Yumiko Alexander's showcase of eighteen clean, sophisticated crochet designs. Her garments feature eye-catching construction based on very simple lines that come together in unexpected ways. Stitch patterns have central focus here, as the silhouettes or shapes are kept simple to emphasize the crocheted fabric. Yumiko's pieces are versatile enough that they can be dressed up or down according to your fancy.
Yumiko takes her inspiration from the natural world--tide-swept sand, shells, coral, shale rock formations, the colors of sunset. Her nature-inspired palette is brought to life using luscious yarns that are as pleasing to the hand as they are to the eye. These designs will appeal to crocheters seeking for a more upscale look in their garments. Rustic Modern Crochet features designs in subtle earth tones and warm sunset hues that hold a cross-generational appeal.
55 photos help you with every step of the dolls.
A basic knowlegde of crochet terms is required to read the patterns.
The advice you need to begin a new hobby!
Understand knitting basics with this easy-to-follow guide! From casting on and off to performing beginning stitches, this guide helps you discover the joys of knitting and create hand-knit items for family and friends.
Discover how toSelect the right tools and yarnsCombine knit and purl stitchesMake simple projects
In this pattern you will see links to seven instructional videos that will explain each section in detail, and help get you through the tricky parts. All you need is less than 200 yards of worsted-weight yarn and size US 5 circular needle with at least a 24″ cord. (A longer cord is even better.)
This pattern is for a worsted-weight anklet sock. We’re using heavier yarn and bigger needles than most knitted socks, so that you can quickly learn and work through the elements of Magic Loop sock knitting. The techniques you learn here will set you up for working with all kinds of other sock patterns.
* Pattern includes links to video tutorial.
A treasured guide beloved by knitters everywhere, the classic book The Principles of Knitting is finally available again in a fully revised and updated edition. This is the definitive book on knitting techniques, with valuable information for everyone from beginners to experienced knitters. June Hiatt presents not only a thorough, thoughtful approach to the craft, but also a passion for carrying on the art of knitting to future generations. She has repeatedly tested the various techniques and presents them with clear, easy-to-follow instructions—as well as an explanation of what each one can contribute to your knitting. Informed by decades of experience and thousands of hours of practice, this comprehensive resource offers a variety of ways to approach every skill and technique and offers solutions that can help solve the most challenging aspects of any knitting project.
The Principles of Knitting has been totally rewritten—new instructions, new illustrations, and new information. While the basics of knitting have not changed much, June’s understanding of the material has deepened over the last twenty-five years, and she’s eager to share what she has learned with the knitting world. In addition, the book has been reorganized to make it easier to use and has a gorgeous new design.
Reading The Principles of Knitting is like having a knitting mentor by your side who can answer any knitting question you have in an honest, intelligent, informed manner.
Crocheters begin by exploring techniques specific to crocheting with fine yarns: gauge, blocking, and garment construction tips to maximize drape. Then they can choose from 20 projects including stunning crocheted pullovers, cardigans, jackets, capes, shawls, scarves, hats, and more. Many of the projects only require one or two skeins of yarn. The designs are interesting to make, using clever stitch motifs, innovative and traditional shaping methods, and a variety of crochet techniques and embellishment ideas. In addition to a variety of stitch patterns, motifs, and techniques, Crochet So Fine includes tutorials with detailed illustrations and instruction on Tunisian crochet, broomstick crochet, and hairpin lace. The garments include couture details such as colorwork, beading, lace, ruffles, tiers, and more. All stitch motifs include charts, and the specialized techniques include how-to sections.
Each new stitch is explained in easy steps with accompanying photographs and diagrams and is followed up with a project showing you how to utilize your new found skills.
The 20 modern projects range from a super simple cafetiere cosy to a granny square blanket, plus there is a section dedicated to "extreme crochet," using t-shirt yarn to create larger-than-life crocheted creations.
In addition, crochet charts are included for each stitch and pattern with the author explaining, in detail, how to read and follow charts.
The author's chatty, informal style will take you on your journey from newbie to fully-fledged crocheter and before you know it you'll be crocheting and making fantastic homemade presents for friends and family.
Crochet blogger Sarah Shrimpton, who blogs under the name Annaboos House, is a self taught crocheter and former teacher, who started blogging for fun and now has over 7k followers on Instagram.
This commemorative hardcover edition celebrates the centenary of Elizabeth Zimmermann's birth and the 50th anniversary of the founding of her company. Its new features include color photos of the finished patterns, many of them reknit using contemporary yarns, as well as a frontispiece by Andrew Wyeth, a preface by the author's daughter, an introduction by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, instructions for the February Lady Sweater, and other bonus items.
Bring the look of the 1920s to 1950s into your home with 30 fabulous designs from the Coats & Clark archives. Whether you enjoy outfitting your rooms in totally retro style or are just adding a beautiful accent from the past to traditional or modern décor, Vintage Crochet for Your Home is full of ideas. From potholders and dishcloths to rugs and afghans, each design has the charm of the original but with modern twist, as each pattern has been re-created using today’s terms and in yarns and threads you can easily find.
A basics section for those new to crochet or in need of a refresher is included in the book to help ensure success. And stitch diagrams in addition to written instruction allow you to create the projects in the way that works best for you.
With projects for the kitchen, dining and entertaining, bed and bath and, of course, a wonderful collection of throws and afghans, you’ll give your home one-of-a-kind style with Vintage Crochet for Your Home.
With more than 20 fun and beautiful patterns, Socks from the Toe Up has a sock for every foot. Whether you like bold textures or hearts and flowers, delicate lace or Bavarian cables, you (and your feet) will be covered here. Even if you’re casting on your first sock, or have been a top-down sock knitter for ages, you’ll find patterns and projects here that’ll keep your needles humming. Socks from the Toe Up is the hands-down best guide for toe-up socks.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"This is a terrific book," noted Knitter's Magazine, adding that "the directions, photos, and general production are crisp and clean, just like its subject." The patterns are grouped into chapters by design effect. Within each chapter, they proceed logically from simplest to most complex. Each is accompanied by a photo of its component elements, which the author knitted especially for this book. The patterns include assembly diagrams where needed as well as possible variations. Beginners, experts, and everyone in between will find this volume a splendid resource of versatile patterns.
Beaded Bugs features 30 options based on just six basic prototypes, so you can quickly pick up the basics and build on your skills. The projects are graded by difficulty level, so you can start with your very first quick and simple butterfly or move on to more complex bees and beetles. Each project also includes full-color photos, illustrations, and step-by-step pattern instructions. The finished bugs can be turned into beautiful, unique jewelry, or adornments for key rings and cell phones. They make great gifts, too.
The cute critters in Beaded Bugs are based on real species, and the book also includes a few fun facts on each bug to read as you bead. The creatures include:
* A tiny scarab beetle
* A lovely, leggy little ladybug with varied spots
* Beautifully detailed bees with intricately veined wings and striped bodies
* Intricate and colorful butterflies, such as the peacock swallowtail
* 3-D caterpillars and cocoons
What’s the number one mistake that knitters make? They follow a pattern exactly! In this comprehensive guide to sweater construction with an exclusive bonus chapter containing four extra sweater patterns, acclaimed knitting instructor Sally Melville reveals the secrets to creating or modifying a pattern so the finished project looks and fits exactly how you want it to. Pattern drafting has never been easier to understand as Sally breaks down each skill, including how to
• calculate your personal measurements, ease, and stitch patterns
• create a pattern for an existing garment that you love
• shape a variety of necklines, shoulders, sides, sleeves, and hemlines
• combine garment elements for an endless array of design possibilities
• rescue a project when it doesn’t turn out as expected
• finish your projects with a professional look
• knit 12 original projects that showcase the elements covered in the book
With Sally’s knitting expertise at your fingertips, you have all the tools you need to adjust patterns to fit you better than ever and create patterns that finally make your dream designs a reality.
Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use a loom yet. I’ll walk you through every stitch. The yarn really makes the project here, so I recommend a nice quality wool, such as Malabrigo, or a luxury fiber.
None! This project is suitable for beginners.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
100 yards of worsted weight yarn
small blue Knifty Knitter loom with knitting tool
cool 1-inch focal button
Through this ebook you will learn:
slip 1 with yarn in front
basic bind off
the neckwarmer pattern.
Also available from Norah Gaughan: Knitting Nature,Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans and Comfort Knitting, and Crochet: Babies and Toddlers.
Conquer classic stranded knitting, “draw” images in yarn using intarsia, and make two projects in one with reversible double knitting. Leapman’s clear instruction proves that knitting with multiple colors may appear more complex, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. She includes the quickest, easiest, and most intuitive methods for each technique, using knowledge honed over years of color knitting workshops with knitters from across the country.
Once you’ve learned the basics, practice your new skills by creating projects for yourself, your friends, and everyone on your gift list. Each chapter includes a handful of sample projects to get you started, a Designer Workshop that teaches you important concepts in every designer’s toolbox, and a pattern treasury of unique patterns to apply to projects of your own creation—more than 50 patterns and 12 projects in all.
Throughout, Leapman’s helpful collection of how-tos, diagrams, tips, and hints (including a refresher course in color theory to help you choose the perfect color combinations) makes Mastering Color Knitting the book you’ll turn to for information and inspiration time and time again.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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.
Both a celebration of knitting and a sourcebook for practical information, this book is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the knitter. Pearl-McPhee examines essential truisms of knitting, side by side with tongue in-cheek warnings, realities, and fantasies about the act of knitting and the people who do it.
In chapters on everything from yarn needles, gauge, and knitting bag essentials to hats, socks, shawls, and sweaters, Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of what it is that makes knitting click, from the inside out. She dares to question longstanding rules and uncover the true essence of what makes a hat a hat, a sock a sock, and so on. Insights into why certain techniques work encourage knitters to take control and knit in the way that works best for them. As she says, " There are no knitting police."
The result is an illuminating, liberating (and hilarious!) look at knitting that will comfort the experienced knitter, surprise the mainstream one, and entice the beginner.
Inside you'll find an overview of stitches, gauges, joins, seams, borders, and buttonholes, as well as detailed descriptions of each technique and photographs that show the finished look. Innovative methods are also explored in The Knitter's Companion Deluxe Edition with DVD, including additional ways to cast on, bind off, and increase stitches. Vicki Square shares an abundance of detail on color knitting techniques, plus favorite embellishments such as tassels, fringe, knitting with beads, and more.
Vicki also shares with you in two extended DVDs every technique featured in the book. Starring in more than five hours of instruction on the DVDs, Vicki shares with you a truly hands-on knitting experience. All the information knitters need is right at their fingertips with The Knitter's Companion Deluxe Edition with DVD--an indispensable addition to any knitter?s bag of tricks.
• Black capes are so 1897, instead get stylish with the dead sexy Sidhe Shrug.
• Unleash your inner shapeshifter with the Werewolf Hat.
• Keep warm while holding hands with your vampire by wearing these Bellisima Mittens.
• Around humans? Use the Blood Bottle Cozies to disguise your beverage.
Whether you are wandering the Carpathian Mountains or the bayous of Louisiana, these smoldering projects—for knitters of all levels—will keep you well protected, no matter what you attract.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
All you need is a hook and yarn to create the most adorable stuffed animals you'll ever meet. Huggable Crochet has patterns for 19 different animals measuring from twelve to eighteen inches (thirty to forty-six centimeters). These cute and full-sized creates range from the everyday to the exotic, from the farm to the jungle—and beyond! Crochet a snuggly squirrel, cow, penguin, dolphin, lion, giraffe, koala and more! Plus, see each pattern done in two different color schemes: realistic and fanciful. With simple stitches and construction techniques shown in the book, you will quickly be on your way to crocheting a cuddly kingdom that animal lovers of all ages will adore.
Like a good friend, A Knitter’s Home Companion will inspire readers to laugh, cry, remember, be thoughtful, cook, and, of course, pick up their needles—sometimes to soothe, sometimes to celebrate, and sometimes to just pass the time. Divided into four chapters—Motherhood, Home, Community, and Legacy—stories range from “But She Doesn’t Have Any Underpants,” about the challenges of knitting for family to “Home Ec Workshop and the Mystery of the Indian Slipper,” about finding community at a local yarn shop. Projects range from mittens and socks to a baby blanket and afghan.
With just two weeks to go before baby Edward's due date, yarn enthusiast Kerry Lord picked up a crochet hook for the first time and a new obsession began. Over the next 12 months the collection of crochet animals expanded week on week until Edward's Menagerie was complete with 40 unique patterns.
These cute animals with larger-than-life personalities are made using simple crochet techniques and the step-by-step instructions enable a complete beginner to get hooking straight away. Each animal also has a universal pattern where you can change your hook and yarn to create four different sizes, making 160 different possibilities.
Be warned that these unlikely characters made using a supersoft yarn in a sumptuous natural colour palette will become your new best friends as you hook your way through the whole menagerie!
Knitting Brioche is the first and only knitting book devoted exclusively to brioche stitch, a knitting technique that creates a double-sided fabric. This complete guide will take you from your first brioche stitches to your first (or hundredth) project, and even to designing with brioche stitch, if you desire. Whether you're new to brioche knitting or experienced at "brioching," author Nancy Marchant provides the information and inspiration you need.
Inside Knitting Brioche, you'll find: Detailed instructions and step-by-step photos that will guide you through all of the techniques you'll need for brioche knitting. A stitch dictionary including 60 beautiful stitch patterns with many multicolor options. 25 patterns for garments and accessories, all made with brioche stitches, some combined with other design elements including cables, lace, intarsia and more! Grab your needles and yarn and take a bite out of brioche knitting.
Practical, timeless, and easy to make, crocheted blankets can turn any house in to a home. Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Blankets shares 18 projects for crochet afghans, blankets, and throws you'll love to make and use.
The clever and classic designs featured in this collection explore a variety of techniques and crochet stitches, including lovely lacework, textured cables, creative colorwork, and stash-busting granny squares. The projects are worked in several different ways: from the center out, in rows, and in crochet motifs that are joined. A helpful tutorial on crochet symbols and a mini-library of crochet edgings you can use to further customize your afghans round out this wonderful resource.
Cozy up to Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Blankets!
Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting is the only knitter's handbook to teach the full array of advanced knitting techniques and skills, such as double-knitting, knitting lace, complicated color work, beading, and more. Writing with the clarity that makes her such an effective teacher, and the attitude that got her dubbed "knitting superstar" (San Francisco Chronicle), Stoller explains how to "knit by the numbers;" get creative with stripes; embellish with crochet, beading, and I-cords; how to make cable patterns; and how to use color forms. There's also a whole section on DIY—which gives a tutorial on creating your own knitting patterns.
And then the brilliant icing on the cake—41 cool, funky, and fabulous patterns from Debbie and the Stitch 'n Bitch community: a fluttery Rococco Shawl, Cap Sleeve Lattice Sweater, Jackie-O sequined cardigan, Empire Strikes Back dress, the adorable Button It children's sweater with changeable animal patches. Plus sexy stockings, stylish handbags, blankets, scarves, and more, all photographed in full-color.
Crochet pattern to create the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.
Who has not read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? Alice falls through a rabbit hole and finds herself in an enchanted fantasy world. In this world she meets peculiar creatures. Alice finds the Cheshire Cat in a tree. It constantly grins and can disappear and reappear whenever it likes. Sometimes it disappears and leaves its grin behind.
Size: The Cheshire Cat is 6.5 inches tall (16.5 cm). This excludes the ears.
For materials you can use:3.00 mm hook ply yarn (white, light pink, purple and yellow) Black embroidery flossPolyester fiberfillTapestry needle10" (25 cm) Pipe cleaner or iron wire
Crochet skill level: Intermediate (requires knowledge of basic crochet terms). The pattern is in English (using US crochet terms). The steps which might be more difficult are described in detail with 25 photos to guide you with every step.
- The finished dolls are not suitable for children 3 years and younger because of loose parts.
In Things I Learned From Knitting (Whether I Wanted To or Not), Pearl Mc-Phee examines age-old aphorisms in light of knitting. From "Hope Springs Eternal" to "A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed" and "Birds Of A Feather Flock Together," Pearl-McPhee casts a fresh, off-beat light on these sayings. Presented in quick, punchy takes, each entry in this book calls out to be read aloud and shared with anyone who enjoys playing with yarn and needles.
Pearl-McPhee's observations are hilarious; the situations she describes strike a familiar, "not you, too?" feeling in the heart of anyone who knits. Interspersed throughout the book are her notes on the things that "Knitting is still trying to teach me. . ." That no matter how well you knit, looking at your work too closely isn't helpful. It's like kissing with your eyes open. Nobody looks good that close up.
ch = chain;
sc = single crochet;
st = stitch;
sl st = slip stitch.
For materials you can use:
DK, Light Worsted: Robin DK (fiesta pink = 45 g, cream = 70 g, spearmint = 35 g and yellow (sunflower) = 45 g);5.00 mm hook (US: H/8, UK: 6);Red Embroidery Thread or red DK yarn for embroider mouth;Tapestry needle;Pins;1 pair of 12mm safety eyes;Polyester fibrefill = 170 g.
Knit up your favorite furry or feathered critter, or make the whole barnyard! The colorful characters in this book—including a clever pig, a gentle donkey, and a family of chickens—would love to be your friends. Children and grown-ups alike will fall for the fifteen bighearted, oversize farm animals designed in Sarah Keen’s signature style.
All of these roly-poly toys, made with child-friendly yarn and durable finishing techniques, are quick to knit and can withstand years of affection. Whether you’re a beginner or you simply need a refresher, a comprehensive reference of knitting basics and toy-making techniques will help get your needles clicking—or clucking—right away.
Also available as an ebook
Marcy Smith, editor of Interweave Crochet magazine, has compiled the most popular pieces and expert advice from the magazine's first six years into one highly sought-after collection.
From Kathy Merrick's color-rich Babette's Blanket to Kristin Omdahl's shapely Infinity Shawl to Lily Chin's flattering Lace Dress, these designer projects are both original and stylish. Each pattern includes detailed instructions accompanied by helpful charts, detailed photography, yarn recommendations, and more. You'll also find the in-depth crochet instructions, tips, and techniques that go beyond the basics to include variations on the basic stitches, garment shaping, Tunisian crochet, lacework, colorwork, and more.
The Best of Interweave Crochet offers all the tips and techniques that Interweave Crochet readers know and love. Whether you're picking up a hook for the first time or you're a long-time crocheter, you'll love the twenty unique and popular projects and expert guidance all in one accessible volume.
"Very super stitches...nothing more to say!" Stevie Wonder said it all for us. Although we do have a
few more words we’d like to get in here. Don’t be superstitious, because you can believe in Super
Stitches Knitting, the complete pocket guide to knitting stitches and a great how-to-knit guide.
Author Karen Hemingway presents full how-tos for all the essentials of knitting, including choosing
needles and yarn, casting on, binding off, increasing and decreasing, creating texture, working with
multiple colors, fixing mistakes, and finishing. Then Super Stitches Knitting turns to the stitch patterns—more than 300 of them, all fully explained in how-tos and full-color photos. Instructions and diagrams for each stitch, including knit and purl, vertical motifs, ribbing, borders, dimensional elements, cables, eyelet, lace, color knitting, and more, are shown on lefthand pages, and a photograph of the knitted result is on the right-hand page. This essential book, packed with super stitches, makes knocking on wood, throwing salt, and avoiding black cats completely unnecessary for knitters at every level from beginning to advanced.
* Pattern includes links to video tutorial.