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Jackets For Work and Play - Best of Knitter's Magazine

by Rick Mondragon & Elaine Rowley
10" x 11" Softcover (102 pages)
2006, XRX Books
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

After more than 20 years of quality publishing and numerous sold-out issues, Knitter's Magazine has compiled the best jacket projects designed by renowned players in the knitting field. The 25 projects cover a wide range of classic styles-from suits to coats to light-weight cover ups-that provide stylish options for both work and play.

Stitches such as the slip stitch, linen stitch, and moss stitch are introduced, as well as more advanced techniques that are thoroughly illustrated with detailed instructions. Creative finishing options are also provided for the motivated knitter seeking to customize and personalize their projects.

Projects in this book include: "Beautiful Basket Stitchery", "Charcoal Strategy", "Stockinette Cables", "Resourceful Navy", "A Well-Bred Plum", "Revisited Chanel", "Workplace Mahogany", "Metro Jacket", "Uptown Toffee", "On the Neutral Track", "Breaktime Beauty", "Brocade in Charcoal", "Mauve Power Suit", "Two-Way Lace", "Half-Linen to Gold", "Deep Purple Days", "Bobbly-Pointed Edges", "Two Blue", "Round Trip", "Moody Blues Duo", "Glamour in Ribbing", "Timeless Burgundy", "Snuggler Sensation", "Multicolor on the Diagonal", "Nine-to-Five", "The Cuddle Coat" and "Felted Knitter's Surprise".

These "suit-able" jackets will move easily from the office to evenings to casual Saturdays. The projects cover a wide range of classic styles -suits, coats and light-weight cover-ups. The stitches create wonderful jacket fabric. These classic jackets can be dressed up or dressed down -- the wearer will look good anywhere.

Other compilation books from Knitter's magazine include Arans & Celtics, Guy Knits, Shawls and Scarves and Socks, Socks, Socks.

Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book - 16 Handknitting Designs in Pure Shetland Wool

by Nancy Denkin
8 1/4" x 11 3/4" Softcover (96 pages)
2001, Unicorn Books & Crafts

This wonderful collection of wool designs is from Jamieson's Spinning, a company started in 1890 on the west side of the Island of Shetland. Beautifully illustrated, with colour photographs showing the designs modeled against the island backdrop, the book also contains fascinating historical information about the islands. The author also includes information about the aquatic life in the area as well as a local recipe for Apple Parsnip Soup!

Patterns in this book include: "Bobble Shirt", "Wrixlan Jacket", "Lhasa Pullover", "Duncan Pullover", "St. Ninnian Pullover", "Sausalito Coat", "Polperro Gansey", "Kilt Turtleneck", "Kestrel Cardigan & Tam", "Pickpocket Tunic", "Sumburgh Hooded Pullover", "Diagonal Kimono", "Fiona Jacket", "Winter Sunset Cardigan", "St. Claire Throw" and "Swing Jacket". Each design includes complete knitting instructions and is shown in a couple of photographs.

The designs in this book use Jamieson's Shetland wools in 2-Ply Spindrift, Heather Aran, Double Knitting, Ultra-Lace and Chunky Marl weights. Camilla Valley Farm stocks and sells this yarn in individual balls/skeins or in yarn kits for the designs listed above.

Other Jamieson pattern books include Fabulous Felted Bags, Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 2, Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 3, Simply Knit, Simply Shetland, Simply Shetland 2, Simply Shetland 3, Simply Shetland 4 and Simply Shetland 5.

Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 2 - 21 Handknitting Designs in Pure Shetland Wool

by David Codling
8 1/4" x 11 3/4" Softcover (112 pages)
2002, Unicorn Books & Crafts
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

This second book of wool designs from Jamieson's, like the first shown above, is filled with beautiful colour photographs showing the designs modeled against the scenic Shetland Islands. The author has also included a special "Letter from Shetland" profiling the wonderful border collie dogs that are so much a part of the Shetland's sheep farming experience as well as a recipe for traditional "Scottish Shortbread with Pecans".

Patterns in this book include: "Sandness Pullover", "Four-Panel Jacket", "River Grass Gansey", "Ruched Jacket", "Lea Tunic & Cropped Top", "Scalloway Pullover", "Willow Tunic", "Hillswick Raglan Coat", "Tam", "Golden Lotus Kimono", "Gilead Pullovers", "Hamefarin Raglan Pullover", "Persian Jacket", "Oslo Pullover", "Basketweave Vest", "Stripes Galore Pullover", "Furrow Pullover", "Brocade Scarf", "Cottage Garden Cardigan" and "Old Shale Sweater Coat". Each design includes complete knitting instructions as well as charts and is modeled in a couple of different photographs.

The designs in this book use Jamieson's Shetland wools in 2-Ply Spindrift, Heather Aran, Double Knitting, Ultra-Lace and Chunky Marl weights. Camilla Valley Farm stocks and sells this yarn in individual balls/skeins or in yarn kits for the designs listed above.

Other Jamieson pattern books include Fabulous Felted Bags, Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book, Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 3, Simply Knit, Simply Shetland, Simply Shetland 2, Simply Shetland 3, Simply Shetland 4 and Simply Shetland 5.

Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 3 - 22 Handknitting Designs in Pure Shetland Wool

by David Codling
8 1/4" x 11 3/4" Softcover (112 pages)
2003, Unicorn Books & Crafts

The third book in the on-going series of books featuring designs using Jamieson's Shetland knitting yarns, this book includes 22 new designs for handknitters.

Each design is photographed in full colour against the gorgeous backdrop of the Shetland Islands and include full knitting instructions including charts where required. The book also includes two special interest articles entitled "Lace Knitting: An Unst Tradition" and "Portraits from the Islesburgh Exhibition".

Detailed information and photographs of all the designs in this book can be found by following the links below or by going to the Summary Page to see them all. In addition, complete kits for the patterns in the book with all the yarn can be purchased by following the links below:

The designs in this book use Jamieson's Shetland wools in 2-Ply Spindrift, Heather Aran, Double Knitting, Ultra-Lace and Chunky Marl weights. Camilla Valley Farm stocks and sells this yarn in individual balls/skeins or in yarn kits for the designs listed above. Click on the links for more information.

Other Jamieson pattern books include Fabulous Felted Bags, Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book, Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 2, Simply Knit, Simply Shetland, Simply Shetland 2, Simply Shetland 3, Simply Shetland 4 and Simply Shetland 5.

Jean Frost Jackets - Fabric, Fit and Finish for Today's Knits

by Jean Frost
9 1/2" x 10" Softcover (118 pages)
2003, XRX Books
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

When a woman's job and image require a jacket or suit, a beautiful knitted jacket is the perfect fit. In this age of separates, the appeal of wearing a hand-knit jacket is clear-individual in color, style, and shape; easy to wear and pack; a memorable mate to a wide range of separates. Whether the inspiration is Armani or Chanel, Jean Frost gives you the confidence that makes knitting a jacket a pleasure. She's a professional: experienced, low-key, efficient.

This book includes a classy collection of sweaters for meetings or the office. While much of the fun of knitting is making colorful, comfortable clothing for relaxation, there are times when a knitter needs to look "presentable." This book is a terrific resource for any knitter who wants to look professional while enjoying the sense of accomplishment and individuality that a handknit garment can bring.

This book provides 21 patterns of office suitable cardigans and Channel style jackets, all of which would look as polished as a blazer or a suit jacket. The looks are sharp but traditional enough not to go out of style quickly. Each pattern runs 4 to 6 pages with several photo angles and detailed instructions. The end of the book features a section on finishing tips which is most appropriate given the tailored tone of most of the sweaters.

The author has combined 14 solid color jackets with 7 multicolor slipstitch patterns. The multi-colors are mostly tweedy looks. Most of the solid color sweaters are knit is stitches other that stockinette - twills, nubby textures, etc. There is only one lace project. One sweater design is rated as easy; two are rated as "easy plus"; fifteen as intermediate; and three as advanced. The yarn weights are on the light side - one in sport weight; nine in DK weight; nine in worsted weight and two in bulky. Four sweaters are knit on on US size 3 needles; four on US size 4; two on US size 5; four on US size 6; six on US size 7; and one on US size 10 so this is definitely not a "bulky knits book".

From taking initial measurements to the final finish, she breaks the process into easy steps: "I like to think of a knitted jacket as several small projects." The 21 patterns in this book cover a wide range of classic styles and yarn choices. The knitting is in the easy/intermediate range. The details that make the look are integrated into the knitting. These jackets are real-life knitting for women with real lives.

The Jean Moss Book of World Knits

by Jean Moss
9 1 / 4" x 11 1 / 4" Hardcover (151 pages)
1997, The Taunton Press
$34.95 Canadian ($28.95 US)

35 Original Projects from Nine Cultures Around the World. The history of textiles is a long and rich one, and this book will let you become a part of it. Jean Moss, an internationally known knitwear designer, has always been influenced by the cloth of Africa, the Americas, and Central Asia, and now she has worked these motifs into her own designs.

Combining texture, colour, and pattern in unusual and distinctive ways, these sweaters reflect both their ancient inspiration and a modern sensibility. The results are fresh and fabulous, with all the richness of these long traditions and all the fun of the latest fashion. These projects have detailed instructions and charts for sweaters, socks, hats, pillows, and throws.

Other books by the author include Couture Knits and The Jean Moss Book of Sculptured Knits.

Jean Moss Sculptured Knits

by Jean Moss
9 1/4" x 12 1/4" Hardcover (162 pages)
1999, XRX Books
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

48 Timely Designs Inspired by the Decorative Arts of the 20th Century

When it's time to put on a favorite sweater or to pick up a relaxing project, many knitters choose a single-coloured, textured knit. And that's what Jean Moss does in this rich and generous collection. From simple combinations of knit and purl to more complex cables and lacy arans, texture forms the areas of interest and carves the flattering lines. With 48 projects for elegant garments and homewares that look great, fit well, and are a pleasure to knit, you can turn to Sculptured Knits again and again. Each time you'll find well-chosen yarns, clear instructions, and beautifully-crafted construction.

Getting there is half the fun, and in Sculptured Knits Jean Moss takes us on a fascinating journey through the decorative arts of the twentieth century, sharing her insights and design interpretations. The decorative arts are "a wonderful source for the knitwear designer: architecture, theater, furniture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, fashion and posters all carry the distinctive signatures of their time and creator." Designs such as the Lautrec Bolero, Garbo Jacket, Woodstock Sweater and Meridian Throw will each take on new meaning as we read Jean's often informative, occasionally quirky, commentary.

The journey starts at the turn of the century with the extravagant opulence of the Belle Epoque. Sinuous arabesques are delicately sculpted to form romantic lacy arans in rich colours. Moving on to the twenties, these curving lines turn sleek and sophisticated with the growth of Art Deco. Here Jean's focus is on the chic and stylish using asymmetry and cool colour.

Our next stop revisits the vibrant offbeat styles of Pop Art in the swinging sixties. The characteristic hard-edged simplicity and economy of design is expressed in zigzags and stripes. Finally, to mark the new millennium, Jean looks with confident eclecticism to sources as diverse as ethnic symbolism and fisher ganseys to create a timeless capsule of contemporary classics.

Sculptured Knits puts at our fingertips a wealth of wearable, elegant designs that are a pleasure to knit. Each section is brimming with knits for women, men, children, and the home - worked in beautiful natural yarns. Most projects are in several sizes and illustrated in two colours.

Other books by the author include Couture Knits and The Jean Moss Book of World Knits.

The Joy of Knitting - Texture, Color, Design and the Global Knitting Circle

by Lisa R. Myers
6" x 8" Hardcover (167 pages)
2001, Running Press Book Publishers

The deep berry colour of a hand-dyed mohair yarn. The intricacy of a cabled sweater. The soft hair on the underbelly of a goat. These and other tactile images evoke ardent feelings among the growing legions of knitters. Finally, there's a book that covers the entire knitting experience, from the yarn in your hands to the women who spin it.

The Joy of Knitting explores the many facets of the knitting process and its global community. There's the delicious challenge of selecting just the right yarn for a new project, taking into account colour, texture and weight. What about the risk of knitting a gift for that new significant other? (Its rumored to be bad luck!) Knitting circles provide fresh inspiration and friendship, not to mention ready assistance when you find yourself lost in a pattern.

Author Lisa Myers delves into the world of knitting, providing a thoughtful, comprehensive picture of this fantastic industry/hobby/livelihood/stress reliever. We've included an original pattern at the end of each chapter for your inspiration. Whether a novice or expert, after reading The Joy of Weaving you will discover anew the varied pleasures of knitting a hat, sweater, afghan or simple scarf and you just may find yourself starting your own knitting circle during your lunch hour.

There are 12 projects in this book (one at the end of each chapter) which include: I-Cord, Mobius Scarf, Totally Texture Pillow, Collaborative Baby Blanket, Bias-Knit Scarf, Intarsia Bag, Watch Cap, Socks, Beret & Mitten Set, Palm Pilot Cover, Multi-Cultural Mittens and a Watch Cap for Preemies.

Destined to become a classic, The Joy of Knitting will assume a special place alongside your treasured patterns and well-worn needles; pull it out whenever you need a fresh dose of inspiration.

The Joy of Knitting Companion - A Knitter's Handbook

by Lisa R. Myers
8" x 9" Softcover (128 pages)
2003, Running Press Book Publishers

Frustrated by a novelty yarn? Wondering why your sizing is slightly off in finished garments? Intimidated by the idea of designing your own sweater?

Help has arrived in the form of the Joy of Knitting Companion. Author Lisa Myers, knitter and yarn shop owner, shares the tips and tricks she's learned while creating hundreds of projects to help the reader become a more confident and accomplished knitter in every area of the craft. In addition, the book contains hands-on projects to help them better understand design, process, and the yarn itself.

Space has been saved for the reader to design patterns and record their thoughts while knitting a garment. She has even included a yarn database inside so they can match up exactly which yarn would be perfect for each of their future projects. The reader will also find needle and knitting gauge rulers on the flaps so they can check crucial information, even if they are away from your tools.

A combination of homespun wisdom and up-to-the-minute innovations, The Joy of Knitting Companion will streamline, and possibly even transform, your knitting. It won't be long before it finds a permanent home in your knitting bag.

Just Kidding

by Mags Kandis
9" x 8 1/2" Softcover (30 pages)
2003, Mission Falls

The premise is a simple one ... Start with a wonderful, basic easy-to-knit pullover... Add the option of a dapper v-neck or a sensational funnel-turtlenecky thing... stripe it rich in a myriad of ways ... offer it up in sizes 4 thru 12!

Then .... The fun begins! Top it off with a whimsical cap... Wrap it up with a snugly scarf... Slap on some playful mittens... Grab a bag to gather your tchatchkas ... and ... Voila!

We all know ... Everything is in the accessories!!!

This is the latest pattern book from Mags Kandis at Mission Falls and is focused on children sized 4 to 12. It includes a wonderfully stylish collection of "Gap-like" striped pullovers as well as hats, mitts and other accessories knit with Mission Falls 1824 Wool.

The book is illustrated using colour photographs of each of the designs and the patterns and charts are clear with most including information for producing multiple sizes.

Detailed information and photographs of all the designs in this book can be found by following the links below or go to the Summary Page to see them all. In addition, complete kits with all the yarn and buttons can be purchased.

Other Mission Falls pattern books include: Accent, Closure, Decade, Dreamer 136, Duet, East + West, For Him and Her, Harvest, Homecoming, The Illustrator, In Living Colour, Mission Falls Goes Crochet, Quinte Scrapbook, Recollection, Simple, Smitten, Spirit, Wee Knits, Wee Knits Too and Wee Knits 3.

Kaffe's Classics - 25 Favorite Knitting Patterns for Sweaters

by Kaffe Fassett
8 3/4" x 12 1/4" Softcover (144 pages)
2000, Taunton Press

Kaffe Fasset is one of the most popular and influential figures in knitting today. His designs, masterpieces of rhythm, pattern, and colour, are in great demand and serve as creative inspiration to knitters around the world. This outstanding collection of 25 Patterns for sweaters, jackets, vests and more contains some of the finest jewels of Kaffe’s work — and forms an essential part of any knitter’s library. Those already familiar with Kaffe’s work will need little encouragement to branch out and try some of the more adventurous patterns in the book, and others, perhaps embarking on their first "Kaffe", will find the simpler designs a joy with which to begin. Each pattern is fully graphed, has clear instructions, and most can be made for and worn with equal success by men and women.

Projects include: "Big Diamond jacket", "Red Sails V-neck", "Kilim jacket", "Baclava jacket", "Blue Diamond crewneck", "Windows coat", Whirling Star crewneck", "Ancient jacket", "Tapestry Leaf jacket", "Afghan crewneck", "Tumbling Blocks bedcover", "Brocade crewneck", "Mosaic waistcoat", "Lattice crewneck", "Heraldic Dogs crewneck", "Big Crosses jacket", "Banded Triangle jacket", "Leopard Skin jacket", "Houses slipover", "Zigzag jacket", "Foolish Virgins jacket and crewneck", "Spanish Combs crewneck", "Icon crewneck", "Cones waistcoat" and "Jester crewneck". All include a full colour picture, detailed knitting instructions and a colour chart.

Other books by the author include: Kaffe Fassett's Family Album and Kaffe Knits Again.

Kaffe Knits Again - 24 Original Designs Updated for Today's Knitters

by Kaffe Fassett
9" x 11 1/4" Hardcover (144 pages)
2007, Potter Craft
$42.95 Canadian ($35.95 US)

Legendary designer Kaffe Fassett returns to readers with his first knitting book in a decade!

Known by millions of knitters who cherish his intricate designs, unique color palette, and bold graphic aesthetic, Kaffe Fassett reinvents 24 of his most beloved patterns in this long-awaited book. Gorgeously shot in England's eclectic, historic Charleston House, the country meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group artists and writers like Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia Woolf), Duncan Grant, Dora Carrington, and E. M. Forester.

Worked in rich, subtle palettes and soft new Rowan yarns, Kaffe's updated classics appear perfectly at home among Charleston's huge collection of paintings and lithographs and the soft, warm tones of Bell's studio.

For the legion of Kaffe fans or for any passionate knitters looking to add warmth, color, and variety to their clothes, accessories, and home décor, Kaffe Knits Again is the must-have knitting book of the year to own. From a fresco-palette shawl that pays homage to the lovely colors of Charleston House or a Moody Blues cushion adapted from one of Kaffe's Scottish Tweed sweaters, to a unisex V-neck that mimics the natural hues of a stony beach and a geometric-patterned Gridlock throw inspired by an ancient carpet, all of the 24 projects in Kaffe Knits Again reflect the color-conscious, fearless pattern-work that has elevated Kaffe's knits to the status of art.

While Kaffe's designs are striking, they need not intimidate beginning knitters; Kaffe has included several that use only two colors per row and large-sized needles. Plus, helpful black-and-white line drawings and easy-to-follow directions will guide even novice knitters along Kaffe's knitting dreamscape.

Projects in this book include: "Crisscross" pullover. "Jack's Back" sweater, "Houses Bag", "Houses" vest, "Big Flower Throw", "Crosspatch" vest, "Gridlock Throw", "Stepped Flowers Stole", "Moody Blues Cushion", "Domino Cushion", "Polka Dots" cardigan, "Foolish Virgins Scarf", "Reflections" cardigan vest, "Brocade Throw", "Caterpillar Stripes" pullover, "Tumbling Blocks" vest, "Cheviot Gardens" cardigan, "Mirage" pullover, "Dark Daisy" sweater, "Squiggle Stripe" vest, "Tulips" sweater, "Chinese Lanterns" cardigan, "Puzzle" jacket and "Gridlock Cushion". All include a full colour picture, detailed knitting instructions and a colour chart.

Kaffe Fassett is one of the premiere knitters in the world, renowned for his colorwork, who shares his vision of the craft in his frequent lecture tours, exhibitions, and television appearances. He is the author of 12 books, including Kaffe Fassett's Family Album and Kaffe's Classics, among others. Though a native Californian, Kaffe has lived in London for nearly 40 years. His work reflects his belief that anyone can participate and enjoy the creative process involved in knitting, needlepoint, mosaic-making, and patchwork.

Kids - a Knitter's Dozen

by Rick Mondragon & Elaine Rowley
7 1/2" x 7 1/2" Softcover (80 pages)
2006, XRX Books
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

Patterns from more than two decades of Knitter's Magazine are presented in this collection of irresistible hand knits for boys and girls. The designs represent a selection of the best the magazine has to offer from its back issues, some of which have been largely unavailable since first published.

Ranging in skill from beginner to prize winner, knitters can outfit young ones from head to toe with hats, socks, and everything in between. In addition to photos of finished projects, detailed illustrations guide knitters through each part of the more complicated steps, and the techniques used in the designs are explained in a handy appendix. The outfits are styled to fit and flatter children from ages two through 10, and whether it's dresses, cardigans, or caps, the playful patterns in this showcase will keep the purl rolling.

This is the latest book in the Knitter's Dozen series from Knitter's Magazine. Other books in the series include: Angels - A Knitter's Dozen, Babies & Toddlers - A Knitter's Dozen, Bags - A Knitter's Dozen, Hats - A Knitter's Dozen, Ponchos & Wraps - A Knitter's Dozen and Scarves - A Knitter's Dozen.

Kids' Country Knits - More than 30 Original Patterns for Newborns Through Age 5

by Debbie Bliss
8 1/2" x 11 1/2" Softcover (80 pages)
1993, St Martin's Press

In this all-new and adorable collection, renowned knitwear designer Debbie Bliss presents a colourful array of sweaters, smocks, slippers, hats, booties, and soft toys, all in the spirit of a farmyard jamboree. Complete with full step-by step instructions and charts designed for all skill levels, and a full-colour photograph of each finished project, the patterns feature traditional country favorites including ducklings, lambs, cows, geese, piglets, chicks, and hens, along with American folk-art designs. All of the projects feature the hand-crafted details and practical wear-ability that make Bliss's designs the perennial favorite of kids and knitters alike.

The author's other works include: Baby Knits, The Baby Knits Book, Baby Style, Bright Knits for Kids, Celtic Knits, Classic Knits for Kids, Easy Knits, Essential Knits for Kids, Family Knits, Great Knits for Kids, How to Knit, Kids' Knits for Heads, Hands & Toes, Nautical Knits for Kids, New Baby Knits, Nursery Knits, Quick Baby Knits, Simply Baby, Teddy Bears and Toy Knits.

Kids Kids Kids - 40 Winning Patterns from the Knitter's Magazine Contest

edited by Ann Regis
9 1/2" x 10" Softcover (108 pages)
1999, XRX Books
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

In 1997 Knitter's Magazine sponsored a contest for its readers entitled "Knitting is for Kids Too!". This book includes 40 of the winning designs, from colourful sweaters to fun toys, all for children. As with Socks Socks Socks, another compilation of winning contest entry designs, this is a great way to celebrate the wonderful talent that so many knitters have.

This collection begins with a set of designs for Enfants including: "Lydia's Lace", "With Love", "Sophisticated Baby", "Beribboned Eyelets", "Carolina's Sweater" and "Holly Berry Baby". This is followed by a set of garments for Everyday wear: "Volkswagen Vest", "Let's do the Twist", "Confetti Pullover", "Emily's Sweater", "St. George and the Dragon", "A Twist of Lime", "Purple Turtles", "Red, White and Blue!", "Hiawatha" and "Colourblock Sweater"; a group of designs for Speacial Occasions: "Easter/Party Dress", "Panuelo #2", "Beribboned!", "Vested Bears", "Candy Cane" and "Royal Velvet Cardigan"; a collection of Accessories: "Knit Hat", "Magic Step Hat", "Hansel and Gretal", "Pink People!", "Puppets Galore!", "Bobbled Rainbow Hat" and "A Matched Set"; and a set of Winter/Outdoor clothing: "Ana's Lopi Coat", "Hey Frosty!", "Snowflakes", "Snowflake Pullover", "Snowy Pines" and "Bog Jacket Variation". To complete the collection, there is a collection of Toys like: "Critter Clothes", "Pony", "Bird of Paradise", "Lizard" and "KDC's Mo Bear!".

Each of the designs in this book are coded as "Experienced", "Intermediate", "Advanced Beginner", "Beginner" or "Easy" with most being in the "Intermediate" category. All of the finished garments are shown in colour photographs and detailed instructions for multiple sizes are provided along with charts when required.

Other compilation books from Knitter's magazine include Arans & Celtics - The Best of Knitter's Magazine and Shawls and Scarves: The Best of Knitter's Magazine.

Kids Knit - Six projects for kids by kids

by Betty Lampen
5 1 / 2" x 8 1 / 2" Softcover (40 pages)
1998, Interweave Press, Inc.

This booklet includes the winning entries in Interweave Knits Kids' Creations Knitting Contest - projects designed and knitted for kids by kids. Beginning with clear explanations and illustrations of the fundamentals of knitting, Kids Knit helps kids of all ages succeed with their knitting right from the start. The winning entry for each contest category - toys, clothes for toys, accessories, useful things, not-so-useful things - is shown along with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Here's a great way to introduce your kids to this craft - and a lifetime of knitting enjoyment.

Kids Knits for Heads, Hands & Toes - More than 40 original patterns for 0-7 year olds

by Debbie Bliss
8 1 /2" x 11 1/ 2" Softcover (80 pages)
1996, St. Martin's Griffin

Debbie Bliss, author of the enormously popular Baby Knits, presents more than 40 imaginative designs for hats and caps, scarves and mittens, socks and slippers as well as classic berets, shawls and fun animals with booties. Busy knitters will enjoy these fast, easy projects to make for a new baby or a favorite child. Each pattern knits up quickly, uses hard-wearing, machine-washable yarns, and combines style with practicality. The crown hat is regal and you'll want the Christmas pudding hat and mittens 'til you see the reindeer hat, scarf, mittens and socks ... or the Christmas tree hat - then you'll have to make a decision. "Wee Willie Winkie" comes with a teddy while the Peruvian hat and socks come with brightly knitted Mexican dolls. The book combines 35 pages of full page colour pictures of the finished items along with extensive instructions and patterns.

The author's other works include: Baby Knits, The Baby Knits Book, Baby Style, Bright Knits for Kids, Celtic Knits, Classic Knits for Kids, Easy Knits, Essential Knits for Kids, Family Knits, Great Knits for Kids, How to Knit, Kids Country Knits, Nautical Knits for Kids, New Baby Knits, Nursery Knits, Quick Baby Knits, Simply Baby, Teddy Bears and Toy Knits.

Kids Knitting - Projects for Kids of All Ages

by Melanie Falick
8" x 9" Hardcover (128 pages)
2003, Artisan, Inc.
$16.95 Canadian ($13.95 US)

In fifteen easy projects, from bouncy bean bags to a rolled-edge sweater, author and knitting expert Melanie Falick teaches kids of all ages how to knit. Through step-by-step instructions and candy-colored illustrations, beginners learn the fundamentals: knitting tools, finger-knitting, and basic stitches such as knit, purl, mattress, overcast, embroidery, and stockinette.

Kids Knitting emphasizes fun in every step of the learning process. Sunny paintings by Kristin Nicholas illustrate the individual steps of each technique. Bright boxes of blues, greens, and reds explain everything from button-sewing to tassel-tying. Charming photographs by Chris Hartlove feature finished projects modeled by the creators themselves -- all kids who knit.

Best of all, kids get to keep and use whatever they make: bookmarks, backpacks, bracelets, even their own set of customized knitting needles, topped with acorn caps or polka dot balls.

The author has also written America Knits, Handknit Holidays, Knitting in America and Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas.

The Kim Hargreaves Collection

by Kim Hargreaves
9 1/2" x 12 1/2" Hardcover (144 pages)
1991, Rowan Publishing Ltd.

Kim Hargreaves, one of the knitting world's top new designers, has brought the chic, classical look back to knitwear with her unique combination of high style and distinctive flair. Whether planning a weekend in the country or a night out on the town, there is something to suit every taste and occasion. Kim’s young and stylish patterns vary from comfortable paisley cardigans for afternoon tea, rugged Arans, or smart country casuals for walking the dog or keeping warm on an outdoor trek. For more glamorous pursuits, there are smart tailored waistcoats and sleek sophisticated dresses.

All these exquisite garments are created in a range of subtle jewel colours, using heavy wool yarns or rich, lightweight mixtures of cotton and silks, often adorned with beads, and enhanced with stylish details to the collars, buttons, and cuffs. Kim employs a wide variety of techniques, including Fair Isle, intarsia, and stitch patterns, all of which are clearly explained in the book. More than 80 specially commissioned full-colour photographs illustrate these superb designs against a backdrop of elegant living, and each pattern is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and charts to enable you to create your own designer knitwear, whatever your level of expertise.

Other books by the author include Pipsqueaks, A Season's Tale and A Yorkshire Fable.

Knit.101 - The Indispensable Self-Help Guide to Knitting and Crochet

by the knit.1 editors
7" x 9 1/2" Softcover (160 pages)
2007, Sixth&Spring Books
$22.95 Canadian ($18.95 US)

Geared to 18-35 year old knitters and crocheters, this fun knitting guide from Vogue Knitting's knit.1 magazine editors has a sassy tone and witty writing and is like no other guide on the market. Even those who have never touched needles and yarn will easily follow the detailed directions, which explain everything from winding up the skein of wool and making a slipknot to casting on, purling, and binding off. The book covers the basics of reading charts and schematics, doing simple stitches, getting the right yarn tension, understanding gauge, sizing to fit and fixing the inevitable mistakes. All the fundamentals are covered in clear language and in a logical progression.

Two-thirds of the book covers knitting, one-third is crochet. There are patterns here for bags, iPod holders, legwarmers and string bikinis. The reader will also find unique features on recycling yarn, lotions to soothe cracked and dry hands, knitting happenings and cyber-groups to join, and even songs to keep you in "stitches" as you work.

This book offers beginner-friendly knitting and crochet instructions with a creative twist. Targeting the new face of knitting - the hip, energized young knitters who are embracing yarn and needles with a passion. If offers basic how-tos with an perspective that mirrors the lifestyle, interests and attitudes of this era.

Knit a Dozen Dishcloths - Designs for Cotton Yarn

by Sandy Scoville
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (17 pages)
1997, American School of Needlework, Inc.

Looking for a fun-to-knit project that doesn't require a huge commitment of time and money? You'll want to try knitting a dishcloth!

Our collection of twelve designs includes a colourful array of patterns and interesting shapes - there are square, a circle, a fisherman sweater and even a house. Not only do these dishcloths make quick work of kitchen cleanups, they are also wonderful conversation pieces!

Each dishcloth is knitted with worsted weight cotton yarn and the collection includes patterns with names like: "Bright Argyle", "Clever Checks", "Diagonal Medley", "Dishy Delft", "Rippling Waves", "Floral Trellis", "Little House", "Pinwheel Passion", "Spring Garden", "Sweater Vest", "Swirls" and "Turquoise Gems". Each pattern includes detailed instructions as well as both a colour and black & white picture of the finished design. Handy information concerning gauge, cotton yarn, working from charts as well as tables showing metric conversion, knitting needle sizing and abbreviations and symbols complete the work.

Knit and Crochet with Beads

by Lily M. Chin
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (150 pages)
2004, Interweave Press
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

Let Lily Chin take your handknitting and crochet to a whole new level!

Lily's fashion-savvy designs have won her international acclaim and brought much-deserved attention to the innovative creations of "hip, young, urban knitters" like herself. Drawing on her extremely popular bead knitting workshops, Lily presents separate chapters on stitch techniques for knitting and crochet including prestrung and hoisted-atop stitches, single- and double-crochet, and half-double crochet. The book includes a total of 16 techniques for knitting and crocheting with beads along with 13 knitting and 10 crochet projects as well as methods for mixing techniques.

Each technique is then demonstrated with an exciting range of Lily's own masterful designs that feature a sparkling array of beads strategically nestled among the stitches. Beaded projects are accompanied by easy, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and include a cardigan sweater, lace and cabled tunic sweaters, a short-sleeve pullover and vest, and dazzling jewelry. Also shown are ways to mix techniques and add beaded accents to pockets, collars, scarves, socks, vests, and even pillows along with a special section devoted to designing your own creations. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels will find inspiring projects and a feast of possibilities for one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.

Step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations accompany this dynamic showcase of projects which include the "Vargas Girl Pullover", "Shimmy Camisole", "Plum Lines Vest", "Homage to Haring Jacket", "Patagonian Night Sky Scarf", "Ode to Neruda Socks", "Harry Winston Has Nothing on Me Necklace", "Trompe L'Oeil Cables", "Afro-centric Vest with Wooden Beads", "Floral Beaded Pockets", "Ethereal Lace Tunic", "Bogus Bohus Cardigan", "Mosaic Madness Bag", "Raj Pillow", "Cabled Tunic", "Grace Kelly Collar", "Amulet Bag", "PDA Cover/Purse", "Suspended in Space Stole", "I'm Biased Headband and Wristlets", "Floral Beaded Pockets", "Burnished Metal Lariat/Belt" and "Crocheted Choker and "Necklace".

Discover the new texture and color of bead embellishment and jump-start your fiber and your imagination!

The author has also written Power Cables and The Urban Knitter.

Knit Christmas Stockings! - 19 Patterns for Stockings & Ornaments

by Gwen Steege
7 1/2" x 11" Hardcover (135 pages)
2003, Storey Publishing
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

Make this Christmas one your family will remember for years to come by knitting new Christmas stockings for the entire clan! Nineteen fun, simple-to-follow patterns make it easy for even first-time knitters to create beautiful stockings - not to mention delightful knit and felt ornaments for the tree.

With patterns to suit every member of the family (even the dog and the cat), these Christmas stockings will look festive and fantastic hanging from your mantelpiece

The stocking patterns in this book include: "Winter Wonderland", "Rustic Lodge", "Christmas Sampler", "Furry Felts", "Pampered Pets", "Mix-and-Match Socks", "Jester's Bells", "Star Brocade", "Snazzy Argyles", "Gifted Stocking", "Victorian Flowers", Mini-Socks", "A Heart, a Star, a Tree", "Mini Felted Mitts and Socks" and "Ski Sweater Ornaments"

Each pattern includes full colour photographs of the finished designs as well as complete instructions with colour charts. Basic knitting instructions and tips along with diagrams are also provided. This book is written in the same style as the two book set that includes Knit Mittens! and Knit Hats! and includes patterns from such designers like Northampton Woods, Fiber Trends, Cabin Fever, Stony Hill Fiberarts, Nancy Lindberg, Woodsmoke Woolworks and Sakonnet Purls/Design by Louise.

Knit Dishcloth Sampler - Twelve Nifty Pattern Stitches

by Sandy Scoville
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (17 pages)
2000, American School of Needlework, Inc.

Half the fun of knitting is trying something new! This collection of a dozen dishcloths, each showcasing a different interesting stitch pattern, allows you to try your hand at patterns that may look challenging, but are easier than you may think.

Using just a little worsted weight cotton yarn (rather than enough yarn for a whole sweater), you can experiment with cables and twisted stitches in a small, but useful piece. Best of all, you'll have a collection of dishcloths that make wonderful hostess gifts or make washing your own dishes less of a chore.

Detailed instructions are provided for all twelve single-coloured patterns along with both black & white and colour photographs of each. The patterns have names like: "Diamonds", "Honeycomb", "Entwined Cables", "Chains", "Wavy Ribs", "Crisscross", "Weavings", "Cables", "Stripes", "Columns", "Basketweave" and "Soft Texture". In addition, the author provides information about gauge as well as a table of Abbreviations and Symbols, a Metric Conversion chart and a Knitting Needle Conversion chart.

Knit Edgings & Trims - 150 Stitches (Harmony Guides)

edited by Kate Haxell
8 3/4" x 8 3/4" Softcover (143 pages)
2009, Interweave Press
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

One of the greatest challenges you can face is finding the perfect edging or finishing for a project. With Knit Edgings and Trims, you have an abundance of edgings to choose from, including some never-before-seen edgings new to the updated Harmony Guides.

This collection of 150 knit edgings and trims offers both the novice and master knitter a delicious selection of stitches to intrigue and inspire. As with all the Harmony Guides, this book is stitch-driven and concentrates on offering a diverse selection of patterns, chosen by knitters for knitters.

The reader will find patterns for ribs, lace, appliques, braids, inserts, borders, fringes, ruffles, cords and more, all just waiting to be tried out. The reader can search for something specific or dip in to look for ideas and there's bound to be a pattern that catches the eye and makes fingers itch to knit.

Whether you're looking for a highly textured lace edge or to revamp a basic sweater silhouette with a unique edging, Knit Edgings and Trims is the perfect portable one-stop source for stitch inspiration.

Knit Fix - Problem Solving for Knitters

by Lisa Kartus
7 3/4" x 9 1/2" Spiralbound Hardcover (112 pages)
2006, Interweave Press
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

Run out of yarn before you finished knitting that fabulous sweater? Buttonholes won't hold your fancy buttons? Can't tell your knit stitch from your purl stitch? Don't just fix it, Knit Fix it!

Knit Fix puts together all the guidance novice knitters need to become independent and all the advice experienced knitters need to take their projects to the next level. Written in a conversational, approachable style, Knit Fix is the essential repair manual for knitters. It's all here-from the basics of what a stitch looks like to techniques for solving the toughest knitting problems.

Author Lisa Kartus cheerfully teaches you to see and mend the errors of your knitting ways, with advice on what to do in case of a brain freeze, how to rescue a sweater gone horribly wrong, and when it's okay to let mistakes stand.

Knit Fix will teach you to assess your knitting philosophy, size buttonholes correctly, cast on and bind off, decipher charts, choose fibers and calculate yardage, tackle holes, join yarns, work with multicolor knitting, alter a finished piece, and customize a pattern to suit you perfectly. Personal stories about the author's own knitting challenges - like deforesting a sweater in a complicated pattern and what she did with the sweater that fit like a gorilla suit - will keep you laughing about your troubles.

You'll perfect your knitting techniques, learn from your mistakes, and finesse your style. No matter what your knitting dilemma, Knit Fix will make fixing all your problems a snap!

Knit Great Basics

by Vicki Square
9" x 12" Softcover (162 pages)
2001, Brown Sheep Company
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

Any style, any size, any gauge! Vicki Square's Knit Great Basics presents basic styles with contemporary fit. This wonderful collection includes designs for: Vests/Waistcoats, Pullovers/Cardigans, Tunics, Jackets, Coats and Accessories.

The reader can customize their choices with a variety of design options in eight different sizes, from child small to adult extra large. Each chapter in the book presents a garment style with design options and a defined schematic for all the yarn weights from fingering to bulky. Vicki's unique presentation of line schematics working in concert with text instructions gives quick access to a wealth of information. Each size and style has a schematic page of its own with measurement and gauge information. The finished designs are shown in a group of colour pictures at the start of each chapter and a guide to techniques at the end of the book is illustrated using colour photographs.

The authors other books include Folk Bags, Folk Hats and The Knitter's Companion.

Knit Green - 20 Projects & Ideas for Sustainability

by Joanne Seiff
8" x 9" Softcover (170 pages)
2009, Wiley Publishing Inc.
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

Wouldn't it be great if your favorite hobby also supported environmental sustainability? Now it can!

Knit Green is filled with tons of ideas on everything you need to be a more environmentally conscious knitter. You'll get a full exploration of green avenues and product options, including organically farmed fibers, non-animal yarns, alternative or recycled fibers and yarns, fair work and fair trade companies and programs, buying local, sustainable farming, and energy in yarn production.

In addition to all this, the book includes 20 fashion-forward projects show you how to biodiversify your knitting style to create one-of-a-kind pieces. These include: "Hemp Placemats", "Zafu: A Churro Cushion", "Basketweave Hat", "Basic Bermuda Bag", "Pin Check Bermuda Bag", "Zigzag Butterfly Table Runner", "Vegan Security Blanket", "Math Mobile", "Knick Knack Paddy Whack Dog Toys", "Tank Empire", "Sari Sack", "Scrubba Scrubba", "Pixie Mitts", "Spire Smock", "Knitted Curtain", "Waves and Stars: Knitted Napkins", "Gastor Gaiter", "Soft Basket", "Cozy Zip-up Cardigan" and "Ploughed Acre Knee Socks".

Knit Green shows you how to help preserve our planet by supporting environmental sustainability—one stitch at a time.

The Knit Hat Book - 25 Hats from Basic Shapes

by Nicky Epstein
8" x 8" Softcover (90 pages)
1997, The Taunton Press, Inc.

Creating a knit hat is a great way to experiment with new techniques while using up leftover yarn. Starting with basic shapes, author Nicky Epstein gives complete instructions for 25 marvelous hats for every occasion and teaches you the skills you need to design your own.

In this book you will find patterns for: Berets, Caps, Brimmed Hats and Pillboxes. You will also learn techniques for embellishing your hat from making vines and leaves to pom-poms, bobbles, and cables. Whether for yourself or as a gift, a knit hat is the ideal project to help you escape from today’s busy world.

The author's other books include: Cover Up, Fabulous Felted Bags, Knits for Barbie Doll, Knitted Flowers, Knitting Beyond the Edge, Knitting for your Home, Knitting Never Felt Better, Knitting on the Edge, Knitting on Top of the World, Knitting Over the Edge, Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments and Winter White Knits

Knit Hats! - 15 Cool Patterns to Keep You Warm

by Gwen Steege
7 1/4" x 9 1/4" Hardcover (96 pages)
2002, Storey Books

Knitting has never been so easy, or so much fun! Quick-reference instructional charts in this book are great for beginners as well as experienced knitters. The imaginative, colourful patterns inside it's covers include styles for everyone, from caps to berets to felted hats, as well as fun finishes and flourishes, such as pompoms, I-cords and tassels.

The patterns in this book include: "Carot Top", "Watch Cap", "Three-in-One", "Slip-a-Color", "Color Me Bright", "Three-Gauge Beret", "Pillbox Flowers", "Bunnies and Carrots", "Morning Glories", "Handpaint Hat", "Double-Knit Headband", "Needle-Felted Hat", "Felted Sherpa Hat", "Adult's Felt Hat" and "Child's Felt Hat".

Each pattern includes full colour photographs of the finished designs as well as complete instructions with colour charts. Basic knitting instructions and tips along with diagrams are also provided. This book is part of a two book set that also includes Knit Mittens! and includes patterns from such designers like Northampton Woods, Fiber Trends, Cabin Fever, Yankee Knitter Designs, Nancy Lindberg, Woodsmoke Woolworks and Stoney Hill Fiberarts. Because the rich palette flows through each book, knitters can mix and match hats and mittens to create unique sets. With all of the readily accessible, beautiful new yarns on the market, knitting great hats, caps, and mittens can become addictive!

The author has also written Knit Christmas Stockings!.

Knit It Your Way - Change the Yarn to Suit Your Style

by Cynthia Yanok Wise
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (126 pages)
2000, Martingale Press
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

Show off your individual style with these distinctive sweaters and accessories that you can personalize to fit your taste, climate and budget! The 18 gorgeous patterns presented in Knit It Your Way offer innovative, easy ways to substitute your favorite yarns in the same pattern to achieve strikingly different results.

Once you learn these simple techniques for substituting your choice of yarns, you'll see how easy it is to add maximum flexibility to your knitting. For example, you can create a warm-as-toast wool vest for winter and a cool cotton vest for summer - and use the same vest pattern to knit both! Learn how to make your own yarn and design choices with 18 luxurious knitwear designs, such as an Inca Jewel pullover, cozy cable-knit cardigan and breezy short-sleeved pullover, plus beautiful scarves, socks and purses. The book includes classic knitting patterns, from cable and Cat's Eye's shapes to elaborate intertwining and eyelet designs. The author also provides ample advice on choosing the right yarns.

Whether you're looking to meet your personal warmth factor, your favorite fiber factor, or even your budget factor, you'll find ideas galore for creating unique, fashionable sweaters and accessories that showcase your individual style.

Projects in this book include: "Bermuda Triangle", "Cable Twist Pullover", "Cat's Eyes Cardigan", "Riviera Jacket", "Karisma Vest", "Lace and Cable Socks", "Twin Leaf Lace Scarf and Fir Cone Lace Scarf", "Inca Jewel", "Baby Cable Socks", "Intertwining Cables", "Desperado", "Hourglass Stitch Jacket", "Hourglass Stitch Cardigan", "Andean Artistry", "Shimmer Scarf", "Linen Stitch Vest", "Zippered Jacket" and "Petal Purse". All are wonderfully modeled by the author in beautiful colour photographs and include full knitting and construction details, recommended knitting skill level and finished dimensiobk409ans. From cool to cozy, casual to dressy, you'll love these surefire techniques for showcasing your style!

Knit Kimono - 18 Designs with Simple Shapes

by Vicki Square
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (128 pages)
2007, Interweave Press
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

If you can knit a rectangle, you can knit a kimono!

The kimono is recognized worldwide as an icon of Japanese culture that has endured for centuries. The classic boxy shape remains popular, due in large part, to its flattering fit and drape on every body type.

This book provides 18 original designs, each reflecting a style or feature of traditional kimono. The styles and shapes run the gamut from short to long, rectangle sleeves to shaped, casual to dressy, straight or overlapping front opening, with sleeves or without.

Although the projects may look difficult, they're based on simple rectangles that require very little shaping on the knitter's part. Kimono are ideal first-garment projects for knitters wanting to venture beyond scarves; experienced knitters will appreciate the flattering drape and the author's careful attention to detail in constructions, stitch patterns, edgings and closures.

Knit Mittens! - 15 Cool Patterns to Keep you Warm

by Robin Hansen
7 1/4" x 9 1/4" Hardcover (128 pages)
2002, Storey Books
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

Knitting is . . . cool again. Hipsters in their 20s and 30s have taken up their needles in search of relaxation and simple pleasures. They call it the new yoga.
- The Los Angeles Times

Knitting is in. Julia Roberts knits, high schoolers are knitting in the cafeteria, urbanites are knitting on the subway, college students are knitting in the dorms, and bookstores are sponsoring knitting groups. Colorful new yarns, the availability of simple patterns, gift giving, stress relief, a return to simpler hobbies - all are reasons for picking up knitting needles and getting started on a great project.

Though knitting is growing in popularity, knitters still want projects that are fast and easy, but ultimately useful and attractive. Mittens are just right for this purpose! The book begins with an easy-to-understand, illustrated overview of the basic techniques followed by 15 fun project patterns (with instructions for a range of sizes) bound between sturdy, mitten shaped covers.

The 15 patterns in this book include: "Warm Hands, Warm Heart", "Stop-and-Go Mittens", "Polar Bear Mitts", "Lillemor's Mittens", "Chicky Feet Mittens", "Fleur-de-Lis Mittens", "Kid's Fulled Mittens", "Skier's Finger Mitts", "Chipman's Block", "Peek-a-Boo Mittens", "Covered with Colors", "Nepalese Mittens", "Labrador Diamonds", "Fisherman's Rib", "Wristers" and "North Star Mittens".

Each pattern includes: a close-to-life-size color photo of the completed mitten or hat; a brief introduction to the pattern; materials and equipment lists; gauge information; a color chart; special tips and hints; and a detailed drawing of any unusual techniques involved.

This book is part of a two book set that also includes Knit Hats!. Because the rich palette flows through each book, knitters can mix and match hats and mittens to create unique sets. With all of the readily accessible, beautiful new yarns on the market, knitting great hats, caps, and mittens can become addictive!

Other books by this author include Favorite Mittens: Best Traditional Mitten Patterns from Fox Geese & Fences and Flying Geese and Partridge, Lost and Found Mittens and Sunny's Mittens - Learn to Knit Lovikka Mittens.

Knit One Below

by Elise Duvekot
9 1/2" x 10" Softcover (148 pages)
2008, XRX Books
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

One Stitch - Many Fabrics! The bright idea behind Knit One Below is to build an entire collection around one simple stitch that creates many intriguing effects.

Shown in knitting instructions as "k1b" (knit 1 below), the technique involves knitting into the stitch one row below the stitch on the needle with either a knit or a purl stitch. When worked in alternate rows of two colors or two yarns, columns of color appear on one side of the fabric and a mysterious integrated mix on the other. The result is an easy-to-knit fabric with wonderful drape and flexibility that looks equally good on both sides.

The color effects possible are also impressive: by alternating two or more colors, weights, or fibers, flattering vertical columns appear on one side of the fabric and a mottled pattern shows on the other. Making the most of this double-sided characteristic, the projects include afghans, scarves, bags, jackets with turned-back lapels, and hats with turned-up brims, all constructed from simple shapes and requiring minimal finishing.

The designs in this book include: "Pinstripes" vest, "Light to Dark Vest", "Reversible Vest", "Laid-Back Lapels", "Curves and Columns", "Fibonacci Cardi-Vest", "Parisienne" chanel jacket, "Yin Yang" zippered cardigan, "East Meets West" jacket, "On the Easy Side" pullover, "Thick and Thin" sweater, "Borderline" pullover, "Non-Repeating Sweater", "The Block Sweater", "Another Facet" pullover, "Belle Flare Duo", "Wrapskirt", "T-V Top", "Offset Tabard", "Chevron Camisole", "Beaded Necklace", "Gossamer Square" shawl, "Checkmark Scarf", "Bo Jangles Shawl", "Mitered Squares Pillow", "Blocks of Color Blanket", "Check it Out Baby" child's cardigan/bonnet/booties, "Railroad Tracks" kid's sweater, "Bottoms Up!" felted bag and hat, "A Family Affair" adult scarf/mitts/hat, "Seeing Doubles" fingerless gloves and hat, "About Face" scarf and hat, "Tattersall Scarf", "Inside-Outside Scarf", "Toppers & Wristers" wristwarmers and boot toppers and "Pinwheel Socks".

Although many are easy enough for new knitters, some projects go beyond the basic stitch, adding cables, felting for bags, working color in intarsia fashion, and swirling the columns into socks and hats. In addition to her clean, European sense of design, Elise brings solid knitting skills to finding just the right way to seam a shoulder or add a closure. These innovative details hold the interest even of experienced knitters.

Knit One, Felt Too: 25 Felted Knitting Patterns for You & Your Home

by Kathleen Taylor
9" x 8 3/4" Softcover (176 pages)
2003, Storey Books
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

With this wonderful new knitting technique, you can create beautiful accessories. The process couldn't be simpler: wool yarn, simple stitches, and large needles guarantee quick success for knitters of all levels. Then throw the knitting piece in the washer and watch the magic begin. The results are spectacular-thick furry, irresistable felt!

Knit One, Felt Too provides 25 stylish patterns from a chic evening bag with glitz to adorable Fuzzy Toddler slippers, a warm classic cloche to novelty yarn pillows. The instructions are presented in quick-reference chart format, adding to the simplicity.

The list of projects in this book include "An Evening Bag with Glitz", "Lunch Bag Carryall", "Soft-and-Thick Shoulder Bag", "Scallops and Beads", "Secret Treasures", "A Classic Cloche", "Stripes and Curlicues", "Peruvian-Style Hat", "Fluffy Earmuff Covers", "Slipstitch Headband", "Double-Cuff Mittens", "Touch-of-Fur Scarf", "Bunny Hoppers", "Fuzzy Toddler Slippers", "Checkerboard Slippers", "Striped Slipper Socks", "Slide-on Slippers", "Striped Teddy Bear", "Pillow Gridlock", "Novelty Yarn Pillows", "Wine Sack", "Draft Blocker", "Tea Cozy", "Tropical Stripes Oven Set" and "Furry Top Christmas Stocking".

If you're looking for a fresh, fun twist on basic knitting, Knit One Felt Too is sure to please you.

Knit One, Stripe Too - Making the Most of Self-Striping Yarns

by Candace Eisner Strick
8 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (96 pages)
2007, Martingale & Company
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Looking for a magic yarn? Try self-striping yarn - and watch the fibers perform knitting miracles!

This incredible variety of projects is specially designed for striped yarns. See amazing colors and patterns show up naturally as you knit. The book is packed with 27 projects for self-striping yarns, most easy enough for novice knitters. The reader can choose from sweaters, skirts, socks, mitts, slippers, scarves, hats, bags, and more.

The complete list of projects include: "Mitered Baby Blanket", "Smocked Jumper", "Bye Baby Bunting", "Dancing Socks", "Beaded Striped Mitts", "Striped and Felted Adult Slippers", "Shetland Scarf", "Short Row 'Round the Hat", "Basket Weave Pullover", "Paint Box Stripes", "Murano Hoodie Cardigan", "Blue Tofu", "Checkered Stripes", "Texture Striping Skirt", "Suede Skirt", "Softly Striping Ruana", "Sunshine Shawl", "Stripes of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" stole, "Circle Stripes Stole/Scarf", "Fish Scales Shawl", "Striped Shell", "Tropical Stripes" and "Tutti-Frutti Summer Top".

The book includes a variety of projects at different skill levels so inexperienced knitters can start with horizontally and vertically knit designs, then move on to diagonal, mitered, modular, and circular techniques. Other books by the author include Sweaters from New England Sheep Farms.

Knit Plus-Size Sweater Wardrobe - in Sizes 14 to 4X

by Kathleen Power Johnson
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (52 pages)
2001, American School of Needlework

This collection of knit sweaters was specifically designed with real women, sized 14 to 4X, in mind. The author has done extensive research in sizing knit garments to fit actual women and in understanding the types of styles they want to wear. Kathleen Power Johnson has a knack for including interesting details and classic shaping techniques that contribute to the wearer's sense of fashion and confidence.

The reader can choose from ten very wearable styles that include "Lacy Cable Pullover", "Double Moss Stitch Polo", "Flouncy Wave Tunic", "Fair Isle Turtleneck", "Boxy Basketweave Vest", "Spiral Rib V-Neck", "Eiffel Tower Top", "Plush Chenille Jacket" and a "Classic Twin Set". Full instructions for each pattern in 4 different sizes are included along with a colour photograph of each finished design.

Knit So Fine - Designs with Skinny Yarn

by Lisa R. Myers, Laura Grutzeck and Carol Sulcoski
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (143 pages)
2008, Interweave Press
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Put down those chunky yarns and fat needles and discover the creative possibilities of thin yarns. Think thin yarns are slow and boring to knit with? Think again! This information-packed book features more than twenty stylish and contemporary projects knit with lightweight yarns. Thin is in!

Lightweight yarns have a bad reputation: slow to knit with, unfashionable, limited to socks and lace, and fussy to deal with. Give those skinny yarns another look! Projects knit with thin yarns can range from quick, easy, and daring to bold, elaborate, refined, and sophisticated. Perfect for all skill levels, the projects in Knit So Fine show that garments knitted with thin yarns fit more precisely, are more flattering to the figure, feel better against the skin, are great for layering, and offer more versatility for fashion elements like ruching, ruffles, gauzy layers, and drape.

Projects in this book include: "Ruffle Scarf", "Drapey Silk Top", "Cowlneck Pullover", "Cabled Vest", "Kimono Top", "Ribby Vest", "Anemone Beret", "Eyelet Halter", "Mohair T-Neck", "Dolman Top", "Skater Sweater", "Lace-Trimmed Raglan", "Wrap Dress", "Bamboo Skirt", "Asymetric Cardigan", "Bohus-Inspired Pullover", "Traveling Stitch Legwarmers", "Lattice Lace Pullover", "Zip-Front Hoodie", "Lace Stole" and "Fingerless Elbow Gloves".

Knit So Fine educates knitters about fine yarns: what they are, the many advantages of knitting with fine yarns, plus tips and techniques to make the knitting process more enjoyable. Knitters will also find stylish and contemporary patterns, including a drapy silk top, a supple zippered cable hoodie, a bamboo skirt with stunning drape, a bohus-inspired pullover, a wrap dress, a ruffled scarf, and much more! Discover the versatility of knitting with fine yarns, from quick knits and small projects to long-term projects that are worth the wait, with Knit So Fine.

Knit the Christmas Story

by Jan Messent
8 1/4" x 8 1/4" Hardcover (64 pages)
1998, Search Press
$11.95 Canadian ($9.95 US)

This nativity scene contains Joseph and Mary, the babe in the manger, the three wise kings, shepherds and animals. The difference is that they are all knitted figures designed to be made as a family project. Knitting skills vary from very little to quite a bit, but there are even things non-knitting children can do, such as helping make up the manger. Full directions and diagrams are provided and all the figures are illustrated in full colour.

The author's other books include: Have You Any Wool?, Knitted Gardens and Knitted Historical Figures.

Knit to be Square! - Domino Designs to Knit and Felt

by Vivian Hoxbro
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (143 pages)
2008, Interweave Press
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Join the domino craze with Knit to Be Square! Vivian Hoxbro shows you how to combine modular squares into blocks of varying sizes that become the base for a variety of eye-catching two- and three-dimensional projects. Combine these geometric patterns with felting and you get gorgeous results!

Knit to Be Square includes: Easy-to-Knit patterns for hats, bags, scarves, pillows, slippers, capelets, afghans, and more, Quick-to-knit patterns made of small squares that take relatively few stitches to finish, a collection of Ideal patterns for using up your stash plus Easy washing machine felting tips for wool. In addition the author has included an impressively sized afghan which shows the reader how mitered squares can be used to get a patchwork effect similar to traditional quilts.

Projects in this book include: "Candy Stole", "Pyramid Pillow", "Two-Block Hat", "Heart Purse", "Backpack", "Slippers", "Three-Block Cap", "Dotted Tea Cozy", "Cape with Fringe", "Four-Block Cap", "Afghan", "Bucket Bag", "Rosebud Duffel", "Pillow with Tabs", "Abstract Stole" and "Bobble Scarf".

But be prepared - this is an addictive form of knitting! One square leads to another, which leads to another, which leads to another...

Other books by the author include: Domino Knitting and Shadow Knitting.

Knit-a-saurus - Cute & Cuddly Monsters

by Donald Arthars
7 1/4" x 10 1/4" Softcover (44 pages)
1994, Sally Milner Publishing Pty, Ltd.

Sixty-five million years ago they roamed the earth. Now they're back - as you have never seen them before. Yes - dinosaurs are here, but this time they're big, soft and cuddly and knit in wild colours. Knit your own Tyrannosaurus Rex, or Triceratops, or Pterodactyl. There is even a dinosaur egg to knit, complete with a dinosaur hatchling. You can knit them in the bright wacky colours shown in the book, or in more lifelike tones. Whatever your choice, these cute monsters will be favorites with young and old.

Colour photographs of each of the six dinosaur designs in the book are included along with a full set of instructions for each including pictures showing sewing instructions.

Knitovation - Creative Knitwear Made From 3 Simple Shapes

by Barry Klein & Fayla Reiss
9" x 10 1/4" Hardcover (144 pages)
2005, Sixth & Spring Books
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Beginning knitters: graduation day has come!

We've all made countless scarves-in fact, it's likely you chose one as your first knitting project. But once you've mastered the knit and purl stitch and you're looking for something more, what are your options?

Too many books just repeat the same group of basics, while others set the goal too high for anyone who's not a whiz with the needles. Innovative Knitovation solves the problem, showing just how easy it can be to create something sensational while gaining proficiency at the same time.

In Knitovation, Barry Klein and Fayla Reiss demonstrate how easy it is to knit something sensational out of three simple shapes: a square, a rectangle and a triangle. From a classy shawl and matching skirt, to a colorful pillow, the projects in Knitovation demonstrate how simple stitch techniques and innovative yarn can yield endless possibilities.

These are high-end, sophisticated fashions, with slightly more advanced skills. At the start of each design, drawings show every piece that goes into the final product; then, there are unique techniques for putting them together for a finished item that fits beautifully and looks great.

The 29 designs in this book include: "Annie O", "Basketweave Blues", "Cubist", "Blue Lagoon", "Tootsie", "Madonna", "Lola", "Carla", "Carmen", "Madame Butterfly", "Cruise Control", "Origami", "Gelato", "Jackie Oooh", "Diva", "Shanghai", "St. Moritz", "Stella", "Bon-Bon", "Lauren", "Lollipop", "Luminary", "Dusty", "Trillow", "Goldie", "Dakota", "Olivia", "Purcy"and "Wrapped Up".

Whether you are a beginning knitter or more experienced, you will be sure to find inspiration in the book's range of classic and contemporary styles. Each design is accompanied by full color photography and clear, concise instructions. Chapter sections also are devoted to the basics of knitting and caring for your garments.

Whatever your skill level, Knitovation's sophisticated collection of fashion garments and home accessories will give you new, gorgeous knitting projects for every occasion and season.

Other books by Barry Klein include: The Knitter's Template - Easy Steps to Great Fitting Garments and Knitting with Novelty Yarns.

Knits for Barbie Doll - 75 Fabulous Fashions for Knitting

by Nicky Epstein
9" x 10 1/4" Hardcover (144 pages)
2002, SOHO Publishing Company

Acclaimed knitwear designer Nicky Epstein creates 75 one-of-a-kind hand-knit garments in this unique volume of knits for Barbie doll and her companions. From sophisticated, classic fashions to casual weekend looks, there's something to suit every style and occasion.

The book includes designs for wedding gowns and bridesmaids ensembles, glamorous evening attire, claasic cardigans and pullovers, ponchos, shawls, bags and other accessories, as well as sporty styles for skiing, tennis, swimming and more.

Each exquisitely worked outfit is accompanied by easy, clear instructions, and is suitable for knitters of every experience level. Everything you need to create a dream wardrobe for America's favorite fashion doll. Knitters and collectors alike will cherish this special collection of Barbie fashions.

The author's other books include: Cover Up, Fabulous Felted Bags, The Knit Hat Book, Knitted Flowers, Knitting Beyond the Edge, Knitting For Your Home, Knitting Never Felt Better, Knitting on the Edge, Knitting on Top of the World, Knitting Over the Edge, Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments and Winter White Knits

Knits for Children and Their Teddies

by Fiona McTague
8 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (96 pages)
2003, Martingale & Company
$34.95 Canadian ($28.95 US)

Little ones will love wearing outfits that match what their teddy bear wears! If knitters know a child with a favorite teddy-bear friend, they'll be inspired to create something special for them both.

This book includes fifteen projects fit babies and children up to age three. The adorable designs include a pullover, jacket, hat and scarf set, and duffle coat. As well as keeping the child warm, the book's instructions allow the reader to adapt coordinating teddy-bear wearables to a range of bear sizes.

The author of this book has also written Country Knits with Debbie Bliss.

Knits from a Painter's Palette - Modular Masterpieces in Handpainted Yarn

by Maie Landra
8 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (96 pages)
2006, Sixth&Spring Books
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

For more than a decade, Koigu Wool Designs has supplied top-quality handpainted merino yarn and exquisite knitting designs to consumers across North America. Its unique, rich palette, as glorious as a painter's has ignited a passion for color and quality in the knitting world. How is it that such vibrant energy emanates from a quiet, secluded Canadian farm?

The creative spirit often flourishes in peaceful surroundings, and that is exactly what happened to Maie and Taiu Landra - two exceptional women who have fashioned a whole life from their musings, experiments and discoveries with color and design. This mother-daughter team has won a loyal and passionate following in the worlds of knitting and fashion, both for the old-world craftmanship of their yarn and the colorful brilliance of their knit creations.

The patterns in Knits from a Painter's Palette open the door to the endless world of possibilities that exist with beautifully handpainted Koigu yarn. Patterns include Maie Landra's original 1998 Koigu "Oriental Jacket", the colorful "Carousel Tunic", and the legendary "Charlotte's Web Shawl" with its simple yet gorgeous lace pattern and interchanging colorways. Other designs in this book include: "Daydreams Stroller Blanket and Pillow", "Groovy Dress and Shawl", "Jazz Cardigan", "Knit Yarn-Over Scarf", "Spirit Skirt and Sweater", "Basic Squares Scarf", "Toreador Jacket", "Midnight Rapture Skirt, Top and Wrap", "Patchwork Pants and Vest", "Keepsake Shawl", "Floppy Jacket", "Magique Cloak", "Robe-Diamond Dress", "Butterfly Poncho", "Joker Tunic", "Mosaic Jacket", "Carousel Sweater", "Play Blocks Vest", "Jigsaw Vest" and "Log Cabin Vest".

This book is a glorious burst of colour and a must for every Koigu fan. Detailed instructions, beautiful full-color photography, and helpful tips from the author accompany each design. This is the book knitters everywhere have been waiting for!

Knits from the North Sea - Lace in the Shetland Tradition

by Carol Rasmussen Noble
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (80 pages)
2009, Martingale and Company
$34.95 Canadian ($28.95 US)

The wait is finally over for new lace designs from popular author Carol Rasmussen Noble!Now she's joined by renowned Shetland Island lace expert Margaret Leask Peterson, and together they make lace knitting pure joy. This collection is worked exclusively in lace-weight and fine yarns in a palette that includes gorgeous jewel tones as well as neutrals.

Knitters will find a variety of projects, including shawls, stoles, scarves, and triangles. Designs in this book include: "Mountain Stream Scarf", "Peaches and Cream Scarf", "Cockleshell Scarf", "Dawn Mist Scarf", "Starry Night Scarf", "Ruffles Scarf", "Spiderweb Scarf", "Lilacs in Bloom Triangle", "Shawl Collar Triangle", "Spring Breeze Head Scarf", "High County Wrap", "Alice Maud Stole", "Alpine Meadow Stole", "Margaret's Cape", "Rosebuds Baby Blanket or Shawl" and "Mardi Gras Shawl".

Along with the patterns for 16 projects, the authors share a wealth of lace-making knowledge and techniques gained over decades of plying their needles. This book is a must have for lace knitters!

Knit-Weave Technique

by Linda McGurn
Video (52 minutes)
1995 Victorian Video Productions
$29.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

This fascinating technique combines knitting and weaving. Using the process, you can knit colourful garments without lots of bobbins or floats across the back of the work. You do this by dropping stitches and then needleweaving on the "ladder" created by the dropped stitches. In this technique, the pieces are knitted as rectangles and then cut and sewn together. You'll learn the basic knit-weave process as you practice on a small swatch. You will also learn how to plan and design a garment using this process, which is a little different than just knitting because dropped stitches add width to the knitted piece! Then it's on to garment construction and finishing tips.

As the only prerequisite, basic Knitting skills are required and you should know how to cast-on, bind-off, knit stockinette stitch and pick up stitches along a knitted edge. For materials, you will need a skein of yarn and a pair of size 8 knitting needles to make a practice swatch as well as access to a sewing machine.

Knitted and Felted Toys - 26 Easy-to-Knit Patterns for Adorable Toys

by Zoe Halstead
8 1/4" x 11" Softcover (128 pages)
2007, Krause Publications
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

This beautiful collection of 26 delightful toys includes everything from cute and cuddly animals such as a penguin or a lion to well loved characters, such as a pirate, a mermaid and a princess.

With easy-to-follow patterns that use both knitting and felted knitting, there is something for every skill level. The collection of patterns in this book include: "Mice Twice", "Shape String", "Ziggy Zebra", "Cool Cat", "Stig Steg", "Stripes the Tiger", "Maisie Moo", "Poppy Pig", "Chilly Billy", "Leo Lion", "Dylan Donkey", "Teddy", "Ballerina", "Baby", "Mermaid", "Mommy Bunny", "Magic Unicorn", "Upside Down Dolly", "Funky Monkey", "Fluffy Puppy", "Ellie Flowers", "Builder Ben", "Fairy", "Princess", "Pirate" and "Cowboy".

This book also includes information on yarns and equipment, as well as basic techniques.

Knitted Babes - Five Dolls & their Wardrobes to Knit & Stitch

by Claire Garland
8" x 10" Softcover (128 pages)
2005, Interweave Press
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

You won't be able to resist these charming handknitted babes--Dot Pebbles, Bunny Bright, Flo Tilly, DD Diva, and Rudy Ranch. Each babe has her own fabulous wardrobe of handknit and handsewn trendy clothes like hats, blouses, boots, purses, skirts, hoodies, tutus, slippers, and sweaters. The wardrobes are organized to reflect indivudual personalities, from sun-sand-and-surf Dot Pebbles to Western-rodeo-rider Rudy Ranch, but you can mix and match them to create new personalities.

In this truly simple and easy-to-use pattern book, all you need to know is how to knit and purl. The practical knitting and sewing know-how section illustrates the simple stitches needed to whip these dolls up. Supplies are minimal, too: Yarn and thread, knitting and sewing needles, and fabric scraps are all you'll need to create dozens of funky and fashionable accessories. Included are sewing templates to photocopy and use, along with advice on washing and caring for these fun-to-make-and-play-with dolls.

Knitted Bears & Dolls - For Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Knitters

by Betty Lampen
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (17 pages)
1997, Betty Lampen
$9.95 Canadian ($7.95 US)

The author has combined 5 Teddy Bear designs with 6 Doll patterns to produce a wonderful guide to help you populate your child's (or your own) world with these magical creations. The 11 Patterns include names like: "Ernest Bear", "Snowy the Polar Bear Cub", "Andy the Panda", "Razzle", "Tolly and Molly", "Minnie", "Cuddles - in sleeping suit", "Bonzo the Clown", "Bilbo the Gnome", "My First Bear" and "My First Doll". Full instructions for each are included along with general instructions and details on any specific stitches needed for some designs. All are shown in full colour photographs as well as in black and white.

The author's other works include: Best Dressed Teddy Bears, Miniature Pullovers, Miniature Sweaters, Family Knits, More Miniature Sweaters, Sweaters for Teddy Bears and Teddy Bear Knits.

The Knitted Farmyard

by Hannelore Wernhard
8 1/4" x 8 1/4" Hardcover (33 pages)
2007, Search Press
$12.95 Canadian ($10.95 US)

Knit yourself a farm and then popultae it with farmers, horses, dogs, barns, sheep, hens, cows pigs and plants!

The classic knitting book by Hannelore Weinhard and illustrated (and edited) by Jan Messent, is back in a hardcover version. This book is for the experienced knitter who enjoys a challenge filled with fun.

The knitted farmyard is created out of a mixture of knitting and crochet, although all the main pieces are knitted. The base is the size of a small rug, and would be ideal for a child's room, especially with the family figures and farm-animals which live on it in their buildings.

Although it is quite a large task to make everything on the farm, the quantities of materials needed are quite small. Odd pieces of knitting yarns, rug-canvas and embroidery threads, padding and pipe-cleaners are the main components. The animals in the overall scene are as follows: 2 cows; 2 ponies; 1 mule; 1 donkey; 3 pigs; several chickens and ducks; a dog; 3 sheep. The people in the scene are as follows: The farmer and his wife; mother, father, a boy and a girl. The buildings shown are as follows: 1 church; 1 shed; 1 barn; 2 houses.

Knitted Flowers

by Nicky Epstein
8 3/4" x 8 3/4" Hardcover (134 pages)
2006, Sixth&Spring Books
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Nicky Epstein is a "rock star" of knitting who has earned nationwide recognition for her innovative and distinctive work. Her books Knitting on the Edge and Knitting Over the Edge are both bestsellers, and her many collections of Barbie Doll knitwear have proven enormously popular.

Knitted flowers have long been used to adorn garments, either as accents or as the focus of a knitted piece. In this book you will find a flower for every mood from romantic roses, to cheerful sunflowers and petite flower buds. Interspersed with the flowers are instructions for garments and home accessories that benefit from a floral touch. Each flower is accompanied by gorgeous photographs, clear instructions and a list of materials. Adorn your flowers with feathers or beads, or simply let them bask in their own simple grace.

In this book, Nicky knits up a garden of colorful and whimsical flowers to adorn clothes, shoes, pillows, bags-almost anything at all. These pretty blossoms range from ruffled roses to lazy daisies, from single blooms to complete bouquets, from layered petal varieties to scalloped and corkscrew styles. Some are made of soft, sensuous felt; others showcase sparkling, eye-catching gold lame. With Epstein's detailed instructions and the breathtaking images, knitters will find completing these projects a pleasure.

The author's other books include: Cover Up, Fabulous Felted Bags, The Knit Hat Book, Knits for Barbie Doll, Knitting Beyond the Edge, Knitting for your Home, Knitting Never Felt Better, Knitting on the Edge, Knitting on Top of the World, Knitting Over the Edge, Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments and Winter White Knits

Knitted Gardens - Imaginative Designs, Practical and Decorative, all with a Garden Flavor

by Jan Messent
8 1/2" x 11 1/2" Softcover (128 pages)
2007, Search Press
$31.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

Now Back in Print !

This is no ordinary knitting book. Its very theme, Knitted Gardens, opens up endless creative possibilities and will appeal to those who wish to explore and experiment. Jan Messent, famous for her imaginative designs, produces hundreds of projects that are both functional and decorative such as bedspreads, wall hangings and pillows, to mention just a few. There are also full instructions for delightful three-dimensional gardens: a Victorian kitchen garden; a friary garden and a row of cottage gardens, complete with wildlife, flowers, shrubs and trees.

In the first chapter "Helpful Hints", the author provides the reader with some insights into the materials and techniques they will need to consider in knitting the projects described in the book. Subjects like: variations in yarn size, colour and knitting direction, working with a group of knitters and sewing up the knitted components are covered before moving on to the projects themselves in a chapter called "Planning your Garden". In this section projects such as a "Formal Garden Knee Rug", "Garden Cushion", "Garden Bedspread", "House Pillow" (called "Dove Cottage"),"Seed Package", "Walled Garden", "Crocus Field", "Cottage Row and Gardens" and "Friary Garden, Past and Present" are described with beautiful colour illustrations of the completed project and close-ups of details along with extensive construction/knitting instructions.

The next chapter, "Building up your Garden" provides detailed instructions on building the 3-dimensional objects in the projects such as the Greenhouse and Cold Frame in the "Friary Gardens" as well as fences, fountains, plant pots and many other detailed designs. In "Planting your Garden", tree, hedge, bush and shrub construction is covered along with some very interesting vegetable and flower designs. The second last chapter "Populating your Garden" provides instructions on how to knit the people, children, animals and birds that will find refuge in your construction. A final chapter called "Knitting Know-how" provides a guide to the stitches required through the book and provides a table of abbreviations.

Through the book the author suggests how all or components of the projects can be turned into gifts, displays and other useful objects. This book will fascinate knitters and non-knitters alike and even the most experienced knitters will find themselves studying the patterns and pictures to find out "how she did that"!

The author's other books include: Have You Any Wool?, Knit the Christmas Story and Knitted Historical Figures.

Knitted Gifts - Irresistible Projects to Make & Give

by Ann Budd
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (144 pages)
2009, Interweave Press
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

Knitted Gifts offers more than 30 projects for every gift-giving occasion. Designs include garments and accessories for the entire family as well as gifts for four-legged friends and the home.

Knitted Gifts unusual and inspired projects range from beautiful hats, bags, scarves, socks, mittens, and gloves to unique gifts such as a felted oven mitt, napkin rings, baby blocks, a hobby hourse, a catnip mouse, a car-seat-friendly baby bunting, floral ballet shoes, and much, much more. From classic to contemporary projects that are innovative in style, these projects are designed by a variety of top knitwear designers, including Nancy Bush, Mags Kandis, Pam Allen, Veronik Avery, Chrissy Gardiner, Marta McCall, Kathy Merrick, Kristin Nicholas, Ann Budd, and more.

Knitted Gifts focuses on smaller projects that can be created in a relatively short period of time - perfect for those last-minute gifts. But, there are also a few heirloom-quality masterpieces for those knitters that want to give something extra special to loved ones. Projects range from easy-to-knit to more involved - an ideal book for all levels.

The list of projects in this book includes: "Herringbone Scarf", "Folded Tweed Bag", "Hourglass Rib Socks", "Fair Isle Pillow", "Curry & Spice Hat and Scarf", "Quick Coasters", "Hobby Horse", "Learn-to Dishrag", "Transitions Hat & Scarf", "Felted Oven Mitts", "Wool Lint Juggling Balls", "Gentleman's Scarf", "Fresco Leg Warmers", "Texter Gloves", "Candle Cozy", "Motor Baby Bunting", "Knitter's Duo", "Neck Warmer Hat", "Coffee Clutch", "Felted Catnip Mouse", "Evening Lace", "Bobble Bookmarks", "Winter Sky Hat & Mittens", "Sugar & Spice Blanket", "Ulla's Scarf", "Shaadi Mitts", "Ruffled Bottle Sleeve", "His & Her Socks", "Ballet Flats", "Animal Crackers", "Fuzzy Slipper Socks", "Alphabet Blocks", "Headband", "Fair Isle Napkin Rings", "Felted Mohair Scarves", "Felted Hot Pads" and "Cable & Twist Pillow".

The author has also written Bag Style, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements, Knitting Green, Simple Style and Wrap Style: Innovative to Traditional.

Knitted Heirloom Lace II (Revised)

compiled by Gloria Penning
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (32 pages)
Hermann Printing Co.

This lace pattern book, a follow up to the author's Art of Lace Knitting, features twenty beautiful knitted lace patterns; many of them very old, out-of-print works. They have been reproduced in this book with some of the instructions edited for clarity. We owe a real debt of gratitude to the skills and artistry of the lace knitters before us who created these works of art.

The patterns in this book include: "Fern", "Pond Lily", "Laurel", "Star of the Sea", "Eight Point Pinwheel", "Peacock", "Butterfly", "Starlight", "Star Rays", "Waves and Shells", "Dahlia", "Valerie", "Poinsetta", "Star", "Gloriosa", "Whirlwind", "Linda", "Pinwheel and Diamonds", "Fantasia" and "Snowflake". Each pattern is shown in a black and white photograph accompanied by a full set of instructions. Although this is not a lace knitting instruction book, the author does provide information on materials, tools and finishing.

The author's other lace pattern books include: Danish Lace Treasures, Knitted Heirloom Lace III, Knitted Lace in Miniature, Old World Treasures and Patterns for the Art of Lace Knitting.

Knitted Heirloom Lace III

compiled by Gloria Penning
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (32 pages)
Hermann Printing Co.

The author has put together another set of lace centrepieces from the patterns she has collected over the years. These rescued and revamped creations of the past are brought back to life with instructions proofed by the author. This is the follow-up to her book Knitted Heirloom Lace II and includes full instructions for 21 designs.

The patterns in this book include: "Vicki", "Starflower", "Julia", "Sarah", "Leslie", "Jennifer", "Lessie", "Debbie", "Cindy", "Reannon", "Geralyn", "Linney", "Christy", "Elizabeth", "Kari", "Star on Star", "Sunbeam", "Sunflower", "Theresa", "Katie" and "Joann". Each pattern is shown in a black and white photograph accompanied by a full set of instructions. Like the previous book, a section at the beginning provides information on materials, tools and finishing.

The author's other lace pattern books include: Danish Lace Treasures, Knitted Heirloom Lace II, Knitted Lace in Miniature, Old World Treasures and Patterns for the Art of Lace Knitting.

Knitted Historical Figures

by Jan Messent
8 1/2" x 11 1/2" Softcover (143 pages)
1992, Search Press

From the ancient world to the nineteenth century, discover a pageant of knitted historical characters in this unique and beautifully illustrated book. Full of historical facts and knitting know-how, it contains over fifty full-colour photographs, drawings, knitting patterns and details of yarns and stitches. Learn how to knit King Henry VIII, Madame de Pompadour or a Victorian gentleman in a top hat, all authentically clad in the clothes of the period. There are instructions for making a basic body, embroidering features on a face and for knitting clothing, accessories, jewellery, even underclothes!

As well as the characters described above, the author has included instructions to allow the reader to knit an Egyptian man and lady, a Rabbi from Old Testament times, a High Priest, an Italian Renaissance lady and man, Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mr and Mrs Pilgrim, Colonial American Lady, Baby Mary Freake, a Young American Girl from 1750, a French Gentleman from 1760, a Victorian lady, a lady in a 19th century swimming costume, aboy in sailor suit and a Gibson Girl (or golfing lady). A final chapter called "Knitting Know-how" provides a guide to the stitches required through the book.

At the beginning of each chapter, the author explains the historical context of the design and each is shown in colour photographs. Extra photographs of detils and diagrams are provided to help the knitter understand the clear instructions. This fascinating book provides knitters with the chance to travel back through time to knit a part of history!

The author's other books include: Have You Any Wool?, Knit the Christmas Story and Knitted Gardens.

Knitted Jackets - 20 Designs from Classic to Contemporary

by Cheryl Oberle
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (144 pages)
2008, Interweave Press
$27.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

Show off your personal style with Knitted Jackets, a folk-inspired collection of fun-to-knit wearable knitted jackets from knitwear designer Cheryl Oberle. These appealing patterns make folk traditions modern and range from extremely simple to moderately involved, are "knitter friendly," and are especially flattering to every figure.

Knitted Jackets is a collection of twenty-plus handknitted, modern jacket designs inspired by textiles and cultures from around the globe. It includes a variety of techniques and clearly written instructions, giving the reader an opportunity to showcase and expand your knitting skills.

Projects include easy step-by-step instructions and color technique illustrations. The designs in this book include: "Box Top", "Tyrolean Jacket", "Three Sisters", "Seedling", "Rachel's Jacket", "Cusco", "The Wrapper", "Northwest Celtic", "Dakota on the Side", "Baltic Bodice", "Wabi Sabi", "Bergen", "Bloomsbury Jacket", "Puzzle Me This", "Edwardian Day Coat", "Edo", "Little Edo", "Ivory Leaves", "Scholar's Jacket" and "Inish".

Each section of Knitted Jackets focuses on a particular knitting technique, and each garment is accompanied by a beautiful photo and the history or folk lore that illuminates the culture of origin. Countries represented include Austria, Germany, England, Canada, United States, China, Japan, Peru, Spain, Norway, and Ireland with several variations. Techniques include lacemaking, cabling, color work, and more. Knitted Jackets takes you on a world tour to find inspiration for incredibly beautiful creations that can be worn every day.

The author has also written Folk Shawls and Folk Vests.

Knitted Lace

by Marie Niedner & Gussi von Reden
edited by Jules & Kaethe Kliot
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (73 pages)
1993, Lacis Publications
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

The patterns in this book are representative of one of the richest periods of lace knitting. Originally published in 1921, by the popular German Fashion Newspaper, Beyer Handarbeits-Bucher (Beyer Handwork Books), the projects include garments, bags, purses, lampshades, gloves, stockings, centrepieces, doilies and edgings as well as a variety of innovative stitches. The patterns are described graphically and represent the first use of the perfected graphic technique begun with Christine Durchow in the early 1900's.

While a majority of this book is in German, the authors have translated into English the instructions for the 23 different stitches used in the book. As well as English list of the symbols used in the patterns and an English translation of the German terms used throughout is provided. The authors have included many black and white photographs of the finished patterns along with stitch details and charts to provide the lacer with a multitude of patterns and ideas for future projects!

Knitted Lace in Miniature (Revised)

compiled by Gloria Penning
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (24 pages)
2007, Heirloom Lace

Don't let miniature scare you off because you can use any size yarn and any size needles and make your work as large/small as you like.

The author calls this her Suncatcher book, or the 34 rounds (1 square) could be used as saucer doilies. Complete directions are given along with abbreviations, general instructions and materials. Rows end with the number of stitches in a pattern unit or the number of stitches in an entire pattern unit for our convenience. All are worked on double pointed needles.

The author's other lace pattern books include: Danish Lace Treasures, Knitted Heirloom Lace II, Knitted Heirloom Lace III, Old World Treasures and Patterns for the Art of Lace Knitting.

Knitted Lace of Estonia - Techniques, Patterns and Traditions

by Nancy Bush
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (160 pages)
2008, Interweave Press
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Deepen your knowledge of lace knitting in Estonia with Nancy Bush's newest book, Knitted Lace of Estonia. In this book, the reader will learn about traditional lace-knitting techniques, such as: Traditional twig, peacock, and lily of the valley patterns and their variations. The book covers different ways to make the distinctive nupp, or subdued bobble. Modern adaptations of the classic ways of constructing shawls and scarves and adding lace edges are provided.

Knitted Lace of Estonia includes dozens of Estonian, heirloom-quality lace patterns: scarves and shawls in square, rectangular, and triangular shapes; some with added edgings, some without. Plus, the book covers instructions for interchanging patterns and designing an Estonian-style shawl, stole or scarf from beginning to end. And, tips and techniques used in Estonia are included and augmented with expert advice from popular author Nancy Bush.

Other books by this author include: Folk Knitting in Estonia, Folk Solks - The History and Techniques of Handknitted Footwear and Knitting on the Road - Sock Patterns for the Traveling Knitter.

The Knitted Lace Patterns of Christine Duchrow - Volume I

edited by Jules & Kaethe Kliot
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (128 pages)
1993, Lacis
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

This book is a real treasure for those of us who missed out on earlier lace knitting patterns and no longer have grandmothers to show us. A rich collection of knitted lace projects, reproduced from a collection of individually released pattern sets dating from the early 1900's by the German designer Christine Duchrow. These designs are presented as a source of inspiration as well as a challenge to the lace knitter. The patterns are all in German, but the editors have added an list of symbols used in the charts and a limited translation of German terms that will help in knitting these. Patterns in the book include gloves, doilies, tablecloths, pillows, purses, a blouse, handkerchiefs, and more. Black and white illustrations of the finished designs as well as charts for each are included. The first book in a three volume set.

The Knitted Lace Patterns of Christine Duchrow - Volume II

edited by Jules & Kaethe Kliot
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (96 pages)
1994, Lacis
$22.95 Canadian ($18.95 US)

This is the second in a three volume series of reprints of knitted lace patterns by the turn of the century German lace designer Christine Duchrow. The designs are for a wide variety of projects, from intricate tablecloths to heavier hats, mufflers and lace mitts, many of them historical in nature at this point. The patterns are charted and shown as they were originally printed in magazines and papers. The text is in German, but a legend for the graphs and a dictionary of German terms is included in the brief introduction. The historical value of these reprints is unmistakable.

The Knitted Lace Patterns of Christine Duchrow - Volume III

edited by Jules & Kaethe Kliot
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (144 pages)

This volume completes this series of challenging lace knitting patterns. As with the others, this volume is in German. As the editors say in the introduction, they have saved the best for last; mostly round or oval doilies and table clothes of exceptional interest to the studios. Included in this is a collection of wool lace shawls and a cape in a shaded feather lace pattern with a collar and tasseled cords. There is still plenty of adventure left for daring lace knitters! All illustrations are in black and white.

The Knitted Rug - 21 Fantastic Designs

by Donna Druchunas
8 1/2" x 10" Softcover (128 pages)
2005, Lark Books
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

Create stylish and practical rugs using simple knitting techniques.

Knitted rugs are easy to make and will add a colorful, homey touch to any decorating scheme. In these inspiring pages, you'll find nearly two dozen projects that you'll enjoy making and feel proud to display in any room.

The Knitted Rug includes information for knitters of all levels. If you're curious or looking for inspiration, the first section covers the history of hand-knit rugs from museum collections, vintage knitting books, and contemorary fiber artists.

If you're a new knitter or you're ready to learn new skills, the second section includes basic knitting lessons plus instructions for special rugmaking techniques, how to make embellishments and accessories, and how to finish rugs so they look wonderful and last a lifetime.

If you're ready to jump in and start knitting a rug, the final section includes patterns for a collection of rugs with step-by-step instructions. The author has also included design tips in each project to help get your creative juices flowing.

Projects in this book include: "Quick-Knit Garter Stitch Trio", "Simple Shaker Pinwheel", "Log Cabin Quilted Rug", "Handspun Spiral", "Mitered Square Patchwork", "Knit-and-Purl Hearth Rug", "Country Kitchen Moss Stitch", "Coiled Cord Oval" (Lopi), "Hemp Door Mat", "Knit-and-Sew Washboard Runner", "Berber Rya", "Toe-Cozy Bath Mat", "Waterfall Fringe", "Crayon-Colors Block Sampler", "Fair Isle In-the-Round", "Thunderbird Intarsia Tapestry", "Mediterranean Mosaic", "Pastel Felt Rug" (Lopi), "Rope Cable Frame", "Felted Basketweave Design" and "Elegant Celtic Cables".

Knitted Shawls, Stoles & Scarves

by Nancie M. Wiseman
8 1/4" x 11" Softcover ( 95 pages)
2001, Martingale & Company

For many knitters, learning complicated knitting techniques can be overwhelming - so overwhelming that some may put down their needles for good. But the glorious accessories in Knitted Shawls, Stoles and Scarves rely on simple, easy-to-learn shaping methods that produce elegant - and foolproof - results.

The yarns chosen for these projects range from trendy, richly textured yarns to the most easy-to-find styles. You'll fall in love with these designs - and with every beautiful accessory you make, you'll learn a new technique or stitch pattern that you can use in future projects.

The author starts with the basics with a section on "Technology and Terminology" that how to read charts and explains the basic stitches including: Cable and Provisional Cast Ons, I Cord, Slip Stitches, Increases and Decreases as well as how to make fringes and tassels. Then she gets down to business with instructions for 20 glamorous wraps, such as: "Sideways Shawl", "Diagonal Scarf", "Chenille Diagonal Lace Scarf", "Textured Squares Scarf", "Textured Squares Mohair Scarf", "Slip Stitch Stole", "Slip Stitch Sampler Scarf", "Cabled Stole", "Cabled Scarf", "Charming Mohair Short Rows Stole", "Gossamer Short Rows Stole", "Lace Scarf", "Wigwam Shawl", "Shoulder Warmer Shawl", "Lavender Linen Lace Shawl", "Garter Stitch Squares Scarf", "Interlocking Diamonds Scarf", "Entralac Stole", "Smoke Intarsia Scarf" and "Autumn Leaves Shawl". The instructions for each pattern are broken down into "Materials", "Directions" and "Finishing". Each design includes colour charts and a photograph of the completed garment being modeled along with a close-up photo showing details.

This book will enable the reader to learn several new knitting concepts as they knit - they can start with simpler projects, and then move on to more advanced projects to perfect their skills. Whether you're a novice knitter or someone who has made knitting a lifelong passion, you'll delight in this beautiful book that will expand your knitting skills and enhance your design savvy.

Other books by this author include: Classic Knitted Vests, Knitted Sweaters for Every Season, The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, Knitting with Wire, Lace from the Attic and the videos: Learn to Knit - Basic Knitting and Sweater Finishing, Basic Sock Video, Continental Knitting, Hand Knitted Lace and Three Techniques for More Colourful Knitting.

Knitted Sweater Style - Inspirations in Color

by Jo Sharp
9 1/4" x 11 1/4" Hardcover (124 pages)
1997, The Taunton Press, Inc.
$34.95 Canadian ($28.95 US)

Welcome to a new world of knitwear! Open this book, and you will be tempted by vibrant colours, gorgeous patterns, and wonderful style. Jo Sharp brings you 42 original sweater designs that have all the brilliance and warmth of her native Australia. This fully illustrated book of patterns is appropriate for all skill levels. If you enjoy knitting, you will find sweaters here to suit you, whether you are making them for yourself, a lucky friend, or a child.

Born and raised amid the vibrant landscape of Australia, Jo Sharp has an intuitive eye for colour. Her 42 sweater designs collected here introduce her design skills to the knitting world. She takes her inspiration from her surroundings as well as from the rich ethnic influences in her life, giving the collection a marvelous variety of patterns from which to choose. Now you can make your own Cactus Flower sweater, a Kazak cardigan, or one of the most gorgeous argyles you have ever seen, all using colour in memorable ways.

With lush photographs and charts to show you exactly what you are going to create, and how, this book leads you through these patterns, showing you the style, colour harmony, and design sense for which Jo Sharp is known. The sweaters for women, men, and children are rated for a variety of skill levels, so you will be able to find the perfect sweater to knit, whether you are looking for a classic style or something more ornate.

The author's other books include: Knitting Bazaar, Knitting Emporium, Learn to Knit - Basic Knitting and Sweater Finishing and Rudgyard Story.

Knitted Sweaters for Every Season - 14 Techniques, 16 Sweaters and More!

by Nancie M. Wiseman
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (127 pages)
2002, Martingale & Company

The seasons influence the way we feel - and these designs capture the spirit of each time of year. Create projects for this season or knit for the seasons ahead. choose light and breezy patterns for spring and summer days or cozy projects for chilly fall and winter nights. Now there's a reason to pick up your needles year-round! This book combines twenty projects that include beautiful pullovers, cardigans, vests and coats with distinctive collars and cuffs.

In this book, the reader will learn four exciting techniques - slipped and mosaic stitches, interlocking squares and diamonds, diagonal knitting and short rows. Starting with a simple purse to try a technique on a small scale the author then moves on to help the reader master it in a sweater design. The reader will find sweaters to suit every season with this collection of striking, original designs. Now it's always sweater season with this collection of beautiful designs!

Designs in this book include: "Summer Slip-Stitch Tote Bag", "String of Pearls Slip-Stitch Pullover", "Slip-Stitch Rainbow Cardigan", "Cotton Slip-Stitch Pullover", "Jewel-Toned Mosaic-Stitch Pullover", "Pinwheel Purse", "Multiple Size-Squares Vest", "Shades of Spring Diamonds Vest", "Thoughts of Spring Diamonds Jacket", "Pinwheel Vest", "Diagonal-Knit Vest", "Hemmed Coat with Diagonal Collar and Cuffs", "Diagonal-Knit Vest", "Diagonal-Knit Coat with Diagonal Collar and Cuffs", "Diagonal-Knit Pullover", "Tuck and Roll Short-Rows Purse", "Garter-Stitch Short-Rows Pullover", "Swim with the Fish Short-Rows Vest", "Short-Rows Border Cardigan with Black-and-White Tucks" and "Short-Rows Color-Work Cardigan".

In addition to the patterns which include full colour pictures, detailed instructions and helpful diagrams, the author has included a chapter on "Techniques" providing instruction in such areas as: casting on, joining seams, binding off, I-cord, Knitting in ends and crocheted edges. The reader can indulge their passion for knitting year-round with this treasure chest of stylish, seasonal sweaters!

Other books by this author include: Classic Knitted Vests, Knitted Shawls, Stoles & Scarves, The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, Knitting with Wire, Lace from the Attic and the videos: Learn to Knit - Basic Knitting and Sweater Finishing, Basic Sock Video, Continental Knitting, Hand Knitted Lace and Three Techniques for More Colourful Knitting.

Knitted Tams

by Mary Rowe
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (104 pages)
2000, Interweave Press, Inc.

Looking for a knitting project that is easy to carry around, rewarding to make and as plain or as creatively complex as you'd like? Try a Tam! Vibrant, colourful and cozy, tams are fun to knot and a delight to wear. Their circular shape can be embellished with patterning as simple or intricate as you please.

In Knitted Tams, Mary Rowe presents the basic tam, then launches into a kaleidoscopic journey through some of her own designs before teaching you to create your own unique patterns. You can make tams at many gauges, with various yarns, and for all sizes of people. The possibilities for exploring colour use in tams are infinite.

The author starts this book by explaining her fascination for tams and provides a short history of this garment. After describing material and techniques, she provides instructions for the basic 10 inch tam and then explains how to add colour patterns and how to change the finished size. A section on "Wheel Patterns" explains how to design shape patterns and 5 examples, complete with pattern graphs, for a series of patterns are included: Heptagon, Star, Scallops, Floral or Petal Shapes and Leaf or Bud Shapes. In a section called "Color", the author gives advice on how to mix colours to the best effect, outlining her favorite combinations and discussing the use of colour in Fair Isle knitting. A section called "Variations" explains how to add swirls and zigzags to the design as well as variations in the method of decreases and the construction of "wall tams".

The author completes the study with a "tam worksheet", a collection of stitch guides for 29 different borders and 10 wheel patterns as well as a source list, bibliography and index. The book is illustrated with both colour and black & white photographs as well as technique and stitch guide drawings.

Knitted Throws and More for the Simply Beautiful Home

by Linden Phelps and Beryl Hiatt
9" x 10" Softcover (96 pages)
2002, Martingale & Company
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

Add touches of warmth and beauty everywhere in your home with gorgeous, easy-to-knit projects from the design team of Linden Phelps and Beryl Hiatt, best known for their top-selling books and world-renowned knitting shop, Tricoter.

Richly illustrated with on-location photographs taken throughout the author's hometown of Seattle, this collection of elegant designs also includes 12 delicious recipes, one to accompany each project theme and setting. Get ready for a visual and culinary treat!

With this book, the reader will be able to knit up a dozen luxurious throws and pillows, each paired with a companion recipe. Designs include a sumptuous baby blanket, a jewel-toned winter rug and a stylish yet durable throw for the college dorm. In addition to the designs, the reader will learn valuable shortcuts for knitting with ease, plus tips for substituting your favorite yarns. Also, hints on how to personalize projects with trims, tassels and other unique touches.

Projects in this book (with their corresponding recipes) include: "Sleek Sophistication" throw (Roasted Asparagus with Orzo), "Soft Impressions" throw (Peach and Nectarine Cobbler), "Naturally Neutral" throw (Salmon in Parchment with Wasabi Cream), "The Men's Club" throw (Country-Style Pork Chops with Lemon and Olive Oil), "Afternoon Delight" throw (Tuna and Arugula Baguettes), "Sail Away" throw (Penne with Prosciutto and Arugula), "The Magic Carpet" rug (The Ultimate Chicken Soup), "Pillow Talk" cushions (Amazing Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies), "Fringed Fantasy" throw (Wild Greens with Roasted Asparagus, New Potatoes and Chicken), "Stadium Blanket" (Gourmet Popcorn), "Colorful Kids" throw (Shortbread Hearts) and "Velvet Touch" baby blanket (Gelatin Fruit Hearts).

Fill your home with beauty, texture and the ultimate in style with these "simply beautiful" designs.

Other books by the authors include: Simply Beautiful Sweaters and Simply Beautiful Sweaters for Men.

Knitter’s Almanac - Projects for Each Month of the Year

by Elizabeth Zimmermann
5 1/2" x 8" Softcover (150 pages)
1981, Dover Publications, Inc.
$10.95 Canadian ($8.95 US)

Elizabeth Zimmermann once wrote, "So please bear with me, and put up with my opinionated, nay, sometimes cantankerous attitude. I feel strongly about knitting." Perhaps her passionate opinions, as well as her love of wool craft and her delightful style, hark back to her English upbringing or long residence in the Wisconsin woods; in any case, this "Busy Knitter," as she calls herself, is one of the most charming and informative, as well as "un"ventive (her word) knitter-authors anywhere. This book gives full scope to her tireless imagination through a year's worth of projects, fitted to the seasons, moods and needs of knitters who would like to design their own work. If you can read while you knit (as she can) it will entertain and enlighten as well.

The year begins with an Aran sweater and proceeds to February baby things, a March Shetland, April blanket, May mittens, and so on through the months, completing the zodiac with November moccasin socks and a December last-minute wishbone sweater. Projects are completed in the midst of canoe trips, fishing expeditions, travel and snowstorms. The author continuously comments on the project, its history, other ancient and modern customs and personal beliefs.

Mrs. Zimmermann works step-by-step with the reader, suggesting alternative methods and ideas as she goes. Her patterns are "classic," historically suited to wool, thus remaining indefinitely fashionable as well as tasteful and attractive. The knitter may easily adapt the designs at will, creating new, individual projects. Mrs. Zimmermann's hints (such as how to measure gauge while working on a pattern, and tips for baby's items) help ease the way, and will instruct even the most experienced knitter. This corrected edition of the Knitter's Almanac will provide at the very least a year's worth of knitting pleasure to intermediate and advanced workers, and may even help stimulate a knitting passion. Illustrated with black & white photographs and diagrams.

Other books by Elizabeth Zimmermann include: Knitting Around, Knitting Without Tears, Knitting Workshop, the Knitting Workshop Video and The Opinionated Knitter. The author also collaborated with her daughter Meg Swansen on the videos: Knitting Around and Knitting Glossary.

The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques

by Nancie M. Wiseman
6 3/4" x 9 1/2" Spiralbound Softcover (144 pages)
2002, Martingale & Company
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Knitted one too many sweaters that scream "homemade"?

Help is here! Finishing Techniques are the key to turning out professional-looking projects. This comprehensive reference gives you the know-how you need to get gorgeous, polished results every time.

The book includes more than 50 expert techniques covering cast ons, increases, decreases, selvages, bind offs, seams, picking up stitches, borders, bandsm buttonholes, blocking, decorative finishes and more. The reader can master each method with step-by-step illustrations, easy-to-read text and dozens of colour photographs.

This handy guide is the perfect size to fit into your knitting bag, so it's easy to take along wherever you go!

Other books by this author include: Classic Knitted Vests, Knitted Shawls, Stoles & Scarves, Knitted Sweaters for Every Season, Knitting with Wire, Lace from the Attic and the videos: Learn to Knit - Basic Knitting and Sweater Finishing, Basic Sock Video, Continental Knitting, Hand Knitted Lace and Three Techniques for More Colourful Knitting.

The Knitter's Book of Yarn - The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using and Enjoying Yarn

by Clara Parkes
7 3/4" x 9 1/4" Hardcover (255 pages)
2007, Potter Craft
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

Not all yarns are alike. Some make our hearts and hands sing, some get the job done without much fanfare, and some cause nothing but frustration and disappointment. The gorgeous pair of socks that emerged from their first bath twice as long as when they went in. The delicate baby sweater that started pilling before it even came off the needles. The stunning colorwork scarf that you can't wear because the yarn feels like sandpaper against your neck. If only there were a way to read a skein and know how it would behave and what it wanted to become before you invested your time, energy, and money in it. Now there is! With The Knitter's Book of Yarn, you'll learn how to unleash your inner yarn whisperer.

In these pages, Clara Parkes provides in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, preparations, spins, and ply combinations used by large-scale manufacturers and importers, medium-sized companies, boutique dye shops, community spinneries, and old-fashioned sheep farms. And, because we learn best by doing, Parkes went to some of the most creative and inquisitive design minds of the knitting world to provide a wide assortment of patterns created to highlight the qualities (and minimize the drawbacks) of specific types of yarns.

The collection of 40 patterns in this book includes: "Maine Morning Knits", "Cabled Tea Cozy", "Honeycomb Hat", "Seascape Bolero", "Step Ribbed Stole", "Baby Soft Cardigan", "Optic Waves Shawl", "Raspberry Rhapsody Scarf", "Vines Cardigan", "Guernsey Socks", "Little Shells Socks", "Endpapers Shawl", "Double-Thick Mittens", "Rhinebeck Hat and Mitts", "Cabled Swing Cardi", "Swirly O Socks", "Foolproof Baby Hat", "Norwegian Snail Mittens", "Patchwork Carriage Blanket", "Girly Tee", "Ollie the Octopus and Scarlett the Goldfish Catnip Toys", "Iris Side-to-Side Sleeveless Top", "Ripple and Lace Leaf Linen Basket Liners", "Princess Mitts", "Wavy Socks", "XOX Vest", "Cabled Headband", "Butterfly Moebius", "Chunky Winter Set", "Architect's Hat", "Diamonds and Pearls Shawl", "Honeycomb Bag", "Scaruffle", "Classic Washcloth", "Calla Lily Bag" and "Retro Cloche".

The Knitter's Book of Yarn will teach you everything you need to know about yarn: How it's made, who makes it, how it gets to you, and what it longs to become. The next time you pick up a skein, you won't have to wonder what to do with it. You'll just know-the way any yarn whisperer would.

The Knitter's Companion

by Vicki Square
7" x 5 1/2" Spiral Bound Softcover (112 pages)
1996, Interweave Press, Inc.

This Australian import has the author's inventions, tips from friends, and ideas from Elizabeth Zimmerman and others for achieving a professional look. Fourteen sections contain unusual information, such as carrying colours through on the front bands and pocket bands that disappear in the overall pattern of an intarsia sweater. Instructions for casting on, "locking in"; stitches when adding new balls or colours, shoulder shaping, and advice on fixing mistakes are a small part of this book. Includes many colour photos highlighting the techniques.

The author has also written Folk Bags, Folk Hats and Knit Great Basics. Other books in this series include The Crocheter's Companion, The Dyer's Companion, The Spinners Companion and The Weaver's Companion.

The Knitter's Handbook - A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Techniques of Handknitting

by Montse Stanley
7 1/2" x 10 1/2" Softcover (318 pages)
1993, Reader's Digest
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

Originally published in the UK in 1986 as The Handknitter's Handbook, this comprehensive guide provides all the information you need to knit beautiful items - whether you're a novice or an advanced knitter. With clear instructions and detailed illustrations, this complete reference work is a must-have. For beginners, there is a special guide and lots of encouragement to practice and expand skills; the very experienced will be surprised at how much they can increase their knowledge of techniques!

The book includes clear, step-by-step instructions, including choosing the right supplies, matching a technique to its purpose and avoiding common pitfalls. The reader will also find every technique knitters need to know, from casting on (there are 40 different methods!) to finishing: from basic stitches to intricate designs and patterns. Over 650 colour-detailed illustrations and 32 pages of colour photographs show you exactly what you need to know. Captions help clarify the instructions; colour symbols indicate the difficulty level of each technique.

This book is completely cross-referenced and indexed and includes a special "help" section for the inevitable mishaps and explanations are given on how to correct errors. This is a wonderful book for beginners and expert knitters alike!

Knitter's Handbook - Essential Skills and Helpful Tips from Knitter's Magazine

by Knitter's Magazine
6 1/2" x 8" Spiralbound Hardcover (106 pages)
2005, XRX Books
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

The best articles in Knitter's Magazine's technique section "Knitting School" are included in this collection of step-by-step instructions on the essential skills of knitting. From casting on the first stitch to fancy stitch maneuvers, a range of key expertise is discussed with pointers that will help knitters prevent problems, fix mistakes, and create flawless projects.

Updated information on industry standards in yarn weights, fit and sizing, and skill levels are provided. To give easy access to the essential skills, a detailed table of contents with a Quick Access listing; sections arranged alphabetically; a ticker tape highlighting the section title on each page; and a complete index make finding the correct information a snap!

Grab your knitting and see how easy it is -- to cast on in pattern (page 38), to shape shoulders with refined short rows (page 96), to do it all -- with the confidence and support you need.

The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns - Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges

by Ann Budd
7" x 9 1/2" Spiral Bound Hardcover (112 pages)
2002, Interweave Press, Inc.
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

More than 350 patterns for hats, tams, socks, scarves, vests, sweaters, mittens and gloves will satisfy your need for basic patterns in multiple sizes and multiple gauges. This unique book offers charts that contain "grand plans" for projects sized for infants or toddlers through large adults, written for multiple gauges to accomodate all weights of yarn, from bulky to fingering. Also included is the basics of pattern design and alteration so that you can add your own texture and colour or modify existing patterns to accommodate more gauges. The Knitter's Handy Book provides the charts needed for making the most popular garments, no matter what yarn, gauge or size. This book includes many colour photographs, illustrations and charts.

The author has also written Bag StyleKnitted Gifts, , The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements, Knitting Green, Simple Style and Wrap Style.

The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns - Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges

by Ann Budd
8" x 9 1/2" Spiral Bound Hardcover (218 pages)
2004, Interweave Press, Inc.
$33.95 Canadian ($27.95 US)

Both a pattern book and a reference book, The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns has been created for knitters who want standard sweater patterns in a variety of sizes and gauges, as well as those who want a template from which to develop their own design ideas.

This sequel to the phenomenal bestseller The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, presents easy-to-follow charted instructions for eighteen sweaters, three in each of the six most popular sweater constructions: drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, saddle shoulder, raglan, and seamless yoke. Each style is provided in fifteen sizes (in two-inch graduations) from a 26-inch chest circumference for a two-year-old child to a 54-inch chest circumference for a large adult. Each size is further divided into six possible gauges: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 stitches per inch. If you're counting, that's 75 options for each of the six styles, or 450 patterns in all (all with yarn yardage estimates). Add the cardigan and neckline variations, and you've got more than 1,000 patterns! Even more variations are possible by adding different neck finishes, edgings, waist shapings, and color or stitch patterns.

Detailed diagrams for finished dimensions are included, along with a glossary of techniques and a chapter on design considerations. If knitting sweaters is your passion, look no further-this book is your definitive resource.

The author has also written Bag Style, Knitted Gifts, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements, Knitting Green, Simple Style and Wrap Style: Innovative to Traditional.

The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements

by Ann Budd
4" x 9 1/2" Laminated Pamphlet (8 pages)
2004, Interweave Press, Inc.
$7.95 Canadian ($6.95 US)

This leaflet contains yarn yardage requirements for eight of the most popular knitted items: sweaters, vests, mittens, gloves, socks, scarves, tams, and hats. Based on the projects in The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, the yardages are for sizes ranging from baby or toddler to large adult, and for multiple gauges appropriate for fine to bulky yarns. Keep this guide handy for those times when you just might buy yarn-always!

The author has also written Bag Style, Knitted Gifts, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, Knitting Green, Simple Style and Wrap Style: Innovative to Traditional.

Knitter's Magazine

9" x 11" Magazine
XRX Books
Various Prices

Since 1984, Knitter's Magazine has been providing knitters worldwide with a wonderful mix of inspiring and educational articles from the top designers in the knitting world. This coupled with the bounty of new knitting projects packed into every issue makes this one of the premier knitting magazines available. Published four times a year, Knitter's is a magazine that will inspire and fuel your knitting habit!

We have a selection of New Copies of the magazine covering the last few years.

Knitter's Magazine Index

by Nancy J. Thomas
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (48 pages)
2001, XRX Books

16 Years + 61 issues of Knitter's Magazine = 1 Index...

The long-awaited Knitter's index is now a reality! Now you can put your hands on long-favorite sweaters, articles, techniques, and features. We're sure you'll find more uses for the Knitter's Magazine Index than we ever imagined possible. You'll wonder how you could have lived without it for so long!

There's so much invaluable information, from A to Z (Barbara Abbey to Elizabeth Zimmermann), the index is a virtual "Who's Who" of knitting. How can you best use the Index? We've broken it down into three workable sections: by Subject, by Author, and by Issue. For example, if you are looking for a Fair Isle cardigan you have options. You can use the Subject Index and refer to Colorwork, Fair Isle. You can also go to Sweaters, Cardigans, and Jackets. Or if you know that the Fair Isle cardigan was designed by Lori Ihnen, go to the Author Index and look under Ihnen. You'll find Lori's cardigan, 'Suitable Fair Isle' in Knitter's 44 on pages 80-82.

The Issue index is equally helpful. Suppose you know you saw a sweater in the Summer 1992 issue, but you can't remember the designer's name. You can also use this index section to remind yourself of features in issues you already own.

The Knitter's Stash: Favorite Patterns From America's Yarn Shops

edited by Barbara Albright
10 1/2" x 10 1/4" Softcover (174 pages)
2004, Interweave
$27.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

From the Pacific Northwest to southern Florida, from New England to L.A., yarn stores provide oases of knitting creativity and fellowship. Each one is different. It may be a cozy nook on Main Street, a rambling farm complete with sheep, a stylish urban boutique, a bright suburban mall store or a tourist destination. Each is a reflection of its ownership and of its customers and each contributes its own brand of style and ingenuity to the world of knitting.

In Knitters' Stash, you'll meet the women and men who are the heart and soul of America's yarn shops. You'll hear their stories, applaud their dedication, and best of all, revel in their talent for design. Thirty-three patterns (plus a few extras) will make your knitting fingers itch, and inspire you to use up - or add to - your indispensable stash of yarn.

You'll find artful and challenging sweaters, easy weekend accessories, mindless knitting that soothes the soul, playful toys to give or keep. From sweaters to socks to toys, from simple to complex, this collection has something for every knitter. You'll enjoy the challenge of taking these patterns and making them your own with personal colour choices and judicious yarn substitutions.

The designs in this book include: "Outer Banks Throw", "Graduated Ribbed Top", "Age of Aquarius Trio", "Bette's Poncho", "Meadow Flowers Shawl", Marie Louise's Lace Sweater, "Weekend Tank Top", "River Run Pullover", "Farmhouse and Quick Knit Rugs", "Ladders of Elegance", "Sonoma Spring Cantata", "Heavenly Camisole & Scarf", "Penelope's Pillows", "Angora Furred Teddy Hood", "Toddler Jacket", "Eight Linen Washcloths", "Fog Chaser Jacket", "Magic Friends", "Celtic Cardigan", "Felted Fish", "Cardigan with Garter-Stitch Trim", "Cable-Wise Cashmere", "Cottage Felted Tea Cosy", "Baby's First Luxuries", "Point Five Raglan Jacket", "Isabel's Sweater", "Chenille Jacket", "Lace Ribs Pullover", "My Constant Companion", "Sophisticated Baby Jumper", "Tweedy Cashmere Pullover", "Bomber Cap and Mittens" and "Opulent Evening Shawl". Each pattern includes knitting tips and techniques from the shop's owner, so it's like having a personal knitting teacher with each project.

The author has also written The Natural Knitter - How to Choose, Use, and Knit Natural Fibers from Alpaca to Yak.

A Knitter's Template - Easy Steps to Great-Fitting Garments

by Laura Militzer Bryant and Barry Klein
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (144 pages)
2003, Martingale & Company

Why follow a pattern to the letter? Transform it into a true original by taking part in the design process! Create a garment in the size, style, and gauge you want with one of a collection of classic silhouettes. These templates will help you showcase your fashion flair.

This book teaches how to customize six basic designs - a sleeveless shell, short- or long-sleeve pullover, cardigan, jacket, or coat by allowing the reader to choose their own styling details, such as body length, amount of taper, neckline shaping, and armhole type. The basic templates are provided, information on customizing them is explained and then full patterns for a number of design variations are given.

The book includes a collection of 20 patterns grouped in 5 sections. In "Shells and Tanks" the reader will find "Slip-Sliding Away", "Banana Cabana" and "Fan Dance". In "Pull One Over" the collection of pullovers include "Oceans and Aquas", "Top this One", "Adobe Dreams", "Pin Box Passion", "Arroyo Avenue" and "Jungle Jumper". In "Comfortable Cardigans" there is "Tumbling Tapestry", "Classical Gas", "Wild Thing" and "Diamonds are Forever". In "Tailer Made" the designs are "Bright Lights, Big City", "Baroque Ballad", "Lashing Out" and "Zippered Zebra". To complete the collection,"The Final Coat" has "Wild Waves", "Razzle Dazzle", "Swing on a Star".

Discover more freedom in your knitting with these versatile patterns or follow the clear step-by-step instructions to knit up each style as shown.

Other books by Barry Klein include: Knitovation - Creative Knitwear Made From 3 Simple Shapes and Knitting with Novelty Yarns.


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