Knitting & Crochet
Use them to decorate your clothes and accessories, to give as gifts or to decorate your gift wrap and greetings cards and to collect as a creative display piece.
These entrancing little beasts are thoughtfully displayed in a directory at the front of the book. Choose from winged insects and flying fancies, hanging horrors, cute ladybugs and perfect honeybees, tropical terrors and backyard favourites.
Each critter is cross-referenced to a complete pattern and/or chart at the back of the book, with information on stuffing, finishing and yarn requirements: plus helpful hints on creating iridescence and translucent wings. You'll also find a mixture of fun and fabulous ideas for using the creatures in a range of styles and settings: children's designs, quirky homewares, and elegant fashion accessories
Enter the wonderful land of pompoms, where cute critters and creative adventures await you. All the projects in this unique collection begin with handmade, not pre-purchased, pompoms and every step is beautifully laid out with easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of images. Crafters can then create 25 charming creatures - from a sweet little bluebird to a lop-eared bunny - out of wool yarn, roving and felt. It's fun to do and every project is off-the-charts adorable!
6 adorable animals that are stitched in segments.
Amamani is short for Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals. They are based on the traditional Amish puzzle ball, and, as such, come apart into three segments, or rings, which have to be assembled to form your animal. Gauge isn't important in these projects, however it is important that you work a tightly as you comfortably can. Helpful tips and step-by-step photos are included in this pattern book. Each of the 6 designs are made using Deborah Norville Everyday Worstedweight yarn. Animals included are Dinosaur, Elephant, Giraffe, Turtle and 2 versions of the Lion.
Does your appliqué need a little attitude adjustment? Best-selling design team Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins of Piece O Cake Designs come to your rescue with creative new projects using bold stitching in contrasting colors of perle cotton thread. Mix & match full-size templates for bright, cheerful quilts and home décor. Give tradition a little twist and add a happy, carefree layer of color and texture to your work. Use this quick needleturn technique to add a touch of whimsy to anything you appliqué. Youll love making these chirpy birds, doodly daisies, and sweet tulips with your favorite fresh fabrics.
* Mix & match full-size template designs for bright, cheerful quilts and home décor
* Add a happy, carefree layer of color and texture to your work
* Use this quick needleturn technique to add a touch of whimsy to anything you appliqué
If you like large-scale knits or you appreciate the bigger stitches and open texture you can achieve by knitting with your arms or fingers, then you will find plenty of inspiration in Arm and Finger Knitting. Breaking free from the constraints of normal needle sizes, Laura Strutt demonstrates how to do all the usual stitches and techniques using just your arms and hands, from plain garter stitch to moss stitch, increasing and decreasing,and knitting with two or more strands of yarn at a time. To make the best use of the unique texture and scale of no-needle knitting, she has designed 35 stylish projects for you to make, for the home and to wear. There are stylish arm-knitted scarves and cowls, and a simple stool cover, but also finger-knitted wall art and even jewellery. You can arm-knit a blanket in under an hour, or create a stylish gilet from three rectangles of knitting in toning neutral shades. It's no wonder there is so much interest in arm and finger knitting when you can get spectacular results in such a short time.
Starting with an inspiration photo or painting, choose fabrics to create your own artistic Log Cabin quilts. Learn to navigate visual pathways and composition, applying easy techniques and experimenting with colour. Student work is presented, showing that anyone can create an art quilt. Design and make your masterpiece with freeform Log Cabin blocks using this versatile method.
"The book has easy to follow instructions and is illustrated throughout with fabulous images of work. A simple design idea that works and will transform your quilting. Great designs, great use of colour, fabric and stash." www.yarnsandfabrics.co.uk
Discover the world of giant crochet with 35 fast and fabulous projects.
A keen crocheter, Emma Friedlander-Collins decided to explore the possibilities of using an extra-large hook -starting with one her husband had made for her from the end of a wooden broomstick. She discovered that crocheting with her giant hook, combined with using super-chunky yarns, produced quick results and new textures.
Here she shares 35 stylish patterns with you, all to make using a supersize hook. You can make your own hook for these projects, but you can also buy them, and details of suppliers are provided at the back of the book. Chapter 1, Clothes and Accessories, has a whole host of things you will love to make and wear, including scarves, a hat, jewellery and slippers.
Stay snug in the winter with the 'super snood' sleeveless body warmer, which is ideal for wearing underneath a coat, or wear the chic 1920s-style cloche hat all year round. Plus, add a little crochet to your bicycle - make a matching seat cover and handlebar warmers, and a bike basket decorated with crochet flowers.
Meanwhile, chapter 2, Homeware, offers ideas that are great for your own home or to give as gifts. Learn how to create cushions, rugs and throws, as well as a basket and bath mat set, and a handy house bowl. There's even a beautiful Christmas wreath for the yuletide season. With so much inspiration, plus a comprehensive techniques section and helpful hints and tips, you'll soon be hooked on making these gorgeous designs.
Learn to crochet using your unwanted garments, bed sheets or leftover fabric stash; transforming them into 25 stylish home decorations and accessories.
This wonderful craft is quick, easy, eco-friendly and free. All you need is a big crochet hook to work up fast and simple stitches with those leftover bits and pieces. Create colourful, one-of-a-kind wearables like bright bags or original home decorations like striped floor rugs, unique baskets, cushions and rugs. These crafty creations are both durable and practical.
Explore the world of chunky knits with these fabulous, contemporary designs from knitting expert Melanie Porter.
Melanie Porter has long used giant needles for her knitting creations, and here she shares 35 stylish designs with you. There are lots of projects to knit using needles from sizes 10mm to 25mm, as well as some that use extra large needles (35mm), and the great thing about using big needles is that you can work up items quickly to great effect.
Divided into three chapters - Chunky Textures, Summer Knits and Mega Knits - and using a variety of beautiful chunky yarns, there's a whole host of inspiration here for any knitter. Hats, scarves and other winter items are all featured in different stitches and yarns, but there are lightweight knits too, including a tunic dress, shrug cardigan and cowl. Go from small-scale ideas - a necklace, headband, coin purse and bangles - to supersize projects, such as the oversized shawl, throw, body warmer and pouffe. There's a comprehensive techniques section, too, which covers the basics for beginners and acts as a reference guide for experienced knitters.
Design your own dolls with this amazing book of mix-and-match crochet patterns.
Building up from the basic body, add hairstyles, hats, outfits and accessories to capture your family, friends and favourite people in crochet form. The flippable pages make it easy to follow the patterns in any combination. You could make a countless number of different dolls, or you could make one doll with an extraordinary wardrobe.
The book has two flip sections:
•First choose who you want to make with the top ‘head’ flip – you could make your mum, grandad, sister, best friend, favourite actor or pop star – or even yourself!
•Next choose what they are going to be with the bottom ‘outfit’ flip – with costumes for an astronaut and a princess, a ballerina and a footballer, a mermaid and a pirate, a surgeon, a punk and more.
With step-by-step instructions for all the basic crochet techniques that are needed, this is perfect for beginners. In addition to the flip pattern pages, there are 12 pages of colour photography showing how easy it is to combine the different flip costumes with the additional hats, clothing and hairstyles to make impressive modifications such as a wizard or a bride and groom. With tips on choosing the right skin tones, styling hair and adding facial features, the only limit is your imagination!
Design your own crazy critters with this amazing book of mix-and-match crochet patterns. Choose the body parts that take your fancy from our extensive selection and use your favourite colours. Add stripes, spots or scales, and then turn to the sew-on extras section to select hair, eyes, horns, wings or tails. The flippable pages make it easy for you to follow the patterns in any combination. With 30 heads, one basic body, and 30 different pairs of arms and legs, projects are crocheted in one go from the top down. With step-by-step instructions for all the basic crochet techniques that are needed, this is perfect for beginners. In addition to the flip pattern pages, there
are 30 pages of colour photography showing a selection of finished creatures to inspire you.
An adorable collection of over 40 cute and snuggly crochet animals to stitch - ideal as gifts for babies and children or just to make for fun! The patterns are arranged by skill level - beginner, intermediate and advanced. The advanced patterns are easy to master after stitching just one beginner and one intermediate. Fall in love and crochet this diverse range of cuddly creatures including: Seamus the Alpaca, Clarence the Bat, Bridget the Elephant, Rufus the Lion, Claudia the Saddleback Pig and many more - one you've made one you'll want to stitch the whole menagerie.
Be prepared for 49 fine-feathered friends to fly off your hook and put their feet up on your coffee table. Kerry Lord's Edward's Menagerie was a runaway success and now she's back with Birds.
You'll be happy as a lark when you crochet your way through this colourful collection of birds, including a bashful Flamingo, romance-writing Owl and a politically correct Pheasant. Read all about these kooky characters, their adorations and aversions, daydreams and delusions, then crochet them for friends and family.
Each bird can be crocheted in four different sizes making over 160 different pattern possibilities - so pick your first projects and get started! The patterns use basic stitches, are grouped by difficulty and include step-by-step technical guides for beginners, so there's no excuse to chicken out!
Let Arne & Carlos guide you on a journey into the colourful and imaginative bird kingdom! Inspired by nature both at home and abroad, from their garden in Tonsåsen comes the characteristic bullfinch, chickadee and wagtail, to name a few but the fun doesn't stop there. Knit cold weather birds with Norwegian traditional patterns, and keep them warm with bird-sized wool caps and scarves make brilliant birds-of-paradise decorated with embroidery, sequins, and feathers or spread your wings a little further with birds featuring vintage Mexican embroidery motifs. These delightful birds can be used as decorations year-round, but they may tend to migrate towards the Christmas tree when the time approaches. With clear instructions, helpful diagrams and full-colour photographs, its time for every knitters imagination to take flight
Intrigued by the stunning gradient yarns out there but unsure of what to knit with them? Perhaps you struggle with colour? Dive right in and knit with these eye-catching yarns with 10 unique lessons teaching skills such as cabling, lace, alternating stripes, thrums, stranded colourwork, mosaic, intarsia, short rows and simple knit and purl combinations all using gradient yarns. Build up your skills with patterns for garments and accessories from designers around the world.
Gradients are a perfect way to add a unique dimension to your work. Go from light to dark, mix things up, work with multiple colourways or knit your way through the rainbow! With countless options available, the possibilities are as endless as what your imagination can create!
This book offers a blend of beginner through to advanced projects, allowing the knitter to build their skills with each project.
These 6 beautiful afghans will inspire you to pick up your hook and start crocheting right away! They will fill your home with splashes of color and make great gifts for baby, friends and family. They are made using light- and worsted-weight yarn. Designs include Sand & Sea, Jewel Tones, Heirloom, Peacock, Daisy and Ebb & Flow. Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate.
How to Crochet
If you’ve been thinking about taking up crochet but didn’t know where to start, this guide for the absolute beginner is for you. This simple-to-follow project-based book takes you through the basic techniques of this fun and creative craft. You’ll learn everything you need to get started, including how to do the basic stitches, read charts and patterns, and finish off your work. A troubleshooting section will guide you out of any difficulties too. A range of techniques – including double crochet, working in the round and making granny squares - is accompanied by a stylish project to make, including a tea cosy, a tablet cover and mittens. Each technique is explained with the help of clear illustrations that will guide you every step of the way. The straightforward explanations combined with desirable projects means that no matter how little crocheting experience you have to start with, you’ll soon be impressing friends and family with your new-found creative skills.
How to Knit
This is the ultimate guide for the absolute beginner. For those with little or no knitting experience, this simple-to-learn, project-based book will start with the basics and take you through the initial stages of this fun and creative craft. Each technique is clearly explained and accompanied by a stylish project to make, so that you can put your newly acquired knowledge into practice. Demonstrate your new skills to friends and family with designs that include a hobo bag, beanie hat or clutch bag. Beginners will learn all the essentials, from how to hold needles, cast on and off, make a tension swatch and form the basic knit and purl stitches, to how to knit stripes, cable, rib and lace, plus shape their knitting and add buttonholes. Clear step-by-step illustrations and beautifully shot photographs of the finished projects are included throughout, making it both practical and inspirational – the ideal book for want-to-be knitters!
This book focuses on teaching knitters all three methods of knitting socks, using step-by-step photos and a series of helpful hints and tips. The basic designs are given in three sizes for children, women and men and are made with a popular self-striping yarn. Includes seven different sock designs.
A collection of twenty-four eye-catching and practical club covers to knit.
The patterns in this book are suitable for beginners, and include a mix of fun and stylish club cover designs and also a pouch for spare balls.
The designs include stripes and traditional patterns like Fair Isle and tartan plaid, as well as quirky and fun character club covers including tigers, bears, birdies and eagles.
These golfing must-haves make ideal gifts for golfers, and are fast and easy to knit.
For those who have struggled in the past to knit with needles, loom knitting is an easy craft to master which children and adults alike can learn in a few hours.
Loom knitting is a revolutionary way of knitting that uses a circular or rectangular loom, or knitting board, consisting of a frame with pegs. Looms are easy and fun to use, even without conventional knitting experience. An individual can create almost anything, from knitted tubes for hats or socks to flat panels for scarves, shawls and sweaters.
This new and updated book is designed as an essential reference and a hands-on project resource for the loom knitter. The first part of the book provides loom-knitting techniques for both round and rectangular looms, and knitting boards. An inspiring design section presents more than 35 patterns to get the new loom-knitter started. Also included are a handy stitch pattern section and a glossary of techniques.