For every lonely single skein there is a perfectly wonderful small pattern. Knitwear designers from across the United States offer their favorite little projects — each one designed to use just one ball of yarn. Hats, scarves, bags, shawls, mittens, pillows, and other one-skein wonders make fun weekend projects, easy to slip in every knitter’s yarn bag and quick to complete. All 101 designs are pictured in a full-color project gallery.
Say goodbye forever to Second Sock Syndrome! Knitting one sock is fun and rewarding, but finishing the second one can be boring. Now an easy-to-learn new technique enables sock stitchers to work on two socks at one time, finishing both parts of the pair on the same day. Step-by-step photographs illustrate how to cast on and knit two socks together on one long circular needle. Best of all, any sock pattern can be adapted to this innovative 2-at-a-time technique, so the fun doesn’t end with the 15 original patterns in this book. Lonely, abandoned single socks are now a thing of the past!
The tangled life of the knitter is the subject of inspired nuttiness in 300 tongue-in-cheek meditations from the Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. At Knit's End captures the wicked — and wickedly funny — musings of someone who doesn't believe it's possible to knit too much and who willingly sacrifices sleep, family, work, and sanity in order to keep doing it. Pearl-McPhee has seen it all, from the deadly “second sock syndrome” to a house so full of yarn that she can't find the washing machine. This hilarious collection will have knitters in stitches!
Discover the perfect beginning and ending for every knitting project! This one-of-a-kind reference presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, lacier, longer-lasting, prettier -- whatever your project needs, you’ll find it here. Detailed instructions for each technique are combined with step-by-step photography so that nothing is left to chance. At-a-glance charts identify the right cast on or bind off for various types of knitting, as well as cast on/bind off pairs that work well together. This indispensable guide will ensure that all of your knitting projects are polished and pleasing, from start to finish!
Discover the pleasures of knitting in the round! Margaret Radcliffe teaches you everything you need to know to master the art of circular knitting, presenting Fair Isle, twined, helix, tubular, double knitting, and other classic techniques in detailed step-by-step photographic sequences. She includes 35 demonstration projects so you can practice each technique on a mini-version of a sock, hat, bag, mitten, sweater, or vest before applying it to a larger project. She also shows you how to convert any straight-needle pattern for use with circular needles. This is a complete course in one book, suitable even for beginners.
Now in paperback! Imagine a softly striped crib blanket knit in the comforting colors of the nursery. Or a sophisticated cashmere wrap featuring rich jewel tones that set off a favorite black dress. Knitting teacher and author Margaret Radcliffe presents a world of color techniques in a single comprehensive reference that you’ll consult every time two or more yarn colors are in play. Stitchers of every ability level will love the color-combining methods and professional secrets revealed in The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques. Multicolor knitting techniques are explained with step-by-step illustrations and photographs accompanied by instructive text. Complete chapters on stripes, stitch effects, succeeding with multicolor yarns, stranded knitting, and intarsia cover the theory and how-to behind each method and offer creative solutions for handling tangled yarn, estimating yarn quantities of each color, holding on to all those ends, and employing stunning finishing techniques. A final chapter describes more unusual techniques, such as helix, shadow, mosaic, and modular knitting.
Knit something big, wash it in hot water, let it dry, and voila! It's so simple, yet the versatility and variety it offers is vast, from shaped felt hats and bags to placemats and napkin rings. Felt It! offers a range of projects, including flower brooches, belts, chokers, and even a Calla Lily Clutch, that are paired with expert advice to help pick the right yarn for the desired effect, prevent overshrinking, find objects around the house to use as molds, and use the right increase stitch to help with shaping.
Learning to knit is fun and easy with Leslie Ann Bestor as your teacher. Her simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you step by step through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern, casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off, and blocking finished projects. You'll also learn techniques for increasing, decreasing, and repairing mistakes. Even if you've never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!
Whether you’re working socks from the toe up or from the cuff down, designer Donna Druchunas’s complete, step-by-step instructions make sock knitting easy, enjoyable, and successful. You’ll learn several different approaches for getting started, and you’ll also discover how to shape comfortable toes, create heels that fit, and knit stretchy cuffs that can be counted on to keep your socks up. Druchunas’s useful tips and tricks include working confidently with double-pointed needles, knitting socks on one or two circular needles, and even knitting two socks at the same time. Once you’ve mastered these basic techniques, you can adapt them to create your own custom sock designs.
The key to a polished, perfect project lies in using the right increase or decrease technique to shape your knitting. Increase, Decrease is a comprehensive guide to 99 different methods for increasing and decreasing knitting stitches. Each method is clearly described and includes step-by-step how-to photographs, swatches showing the look of the featured stitch, and a list of best uses. You’ll find the best technique for every situation, whether you want to increase from the center, shape sleeves and necklines, work shaped lace, or decrease for the top of a hat.
Make this holiday one your family will remember forever! With these 19 fun, simple patterns, even first-time knitters can create beautiful knitted Christmas stockings, as well as delightful knit and felt ornaments for the Christmas tree.
Add sparkle to your knitting! Using five easy-to-learn techniques, you can add beads to any knitting pattern, turning simple bags and wearables into stunning special-occasion creations. And it’s all done right on your knitting needles! Judith Durant offers step-by-step instructions for mastering the techniques, as well as sixteen original patterns featuring gorgeous beadwork. The possibilities for beaded knitting are endless!
“An inspiring, in-depth, and accessible guide to knitting with beads. With excellent instructions, Judith not only answers the questions about these tantalizing techniques, she also presents a world of possibilities for knitters of all levels. In this knitter’s opinion, Knit One Bead Too is destined to become a definitive and very welcome addition to the world of knitting.”
--Cheryl Oberle, author of Knitted Jackets, Folk Vests, and Folk Shawls
“Spectacular, highly appealing projects — gloves, pillow, shawl, sweaters, and more — using nearly forgotten bead knitting techniques . . . a fresh twist on the craft, with subtle, understated colors and designs.”
--Diane Fitzgerald, internationally known bead artist and author of several books, including Shaped Beadwork
Knitted felting, a hot trend in today's knitting circles, is a technique that both beginning and experienced knitters are eager to master. The method is simple and magical — knit the project large and loose, wash it in hot water, and see it transformed into a soft, thick, cozy garment or accessory. 25 spectacular projects include mittens, socks, bags, toys, and home accessories.
In the world of knitting, one of the easiest ways to create a masterpiece is to knit a scarf. Now, renowned needlework designer Candi Jensen provides you with 16 foolproof patterns, plus 27 additional yarn variations, that will build a beginner's confidence while teaching experienced knitters exciting new techniques. Whatever your skill level, you'll love Jensen's easy-to-follow, color-coded instructions and straightforward advice.
Now in a paperback edition that tucks easily into your knitting bag, Storey’s best-selling sock-knitting book is better than ever. You’ll find 17 classic, cozy, colorful sock patterns plus helpful new advice on choosing sock yarns--what feels best, what holds its shape, and what really lasts. Wondering how to substitute a different yarn for the one that’s specified in a pattern? Betsy McCarthy has added a new chart that provides alternative yarn weights and the corresponding number of stitches needed for each pattern and size. Feed your sock addiction!
offers an endless array of exciting options for keeping feet comfortable, warm, and beautiful.
“ Knit Socks! shows how to produce a pair of lovely socks — even if it’s your first try at a knitting project.”
— The Needlecraft Shelf, Library Bookwatch
Record the beauty, emotions, and experiences of everyday life -- not in your journal but with your knitting needles! Author Lea Redmond offers 32 enchanting projects that will inspire you to create beautiful finished pieces full of personal meaning and memories. Stock up on shades of blue, gray, and white and knit one strip of a scarf every day for a year, using the colors of the sky on that day. When you’re done, you’ll have a unique memento of your year better than anything you can keep in a scrapbook. Or when you’re traveling, knit postcard-size swatches at each place you visit, using the colors you see around you. When the trip is over, piece the swatches together into a throw that will remind you of your journey every time you use it. Or knit a height-chart scarf for a beloved baby, starting with her length at birth and adding inches each year until you have the perfect gift for her 18th birthday. These are knitting projects like no other, resulting in one-of-a-kind heirlooms that tell a story only you can tell. Redmond provides instructions for all the stitches and techniques you need, as well as required patterns.
Now you can knit SOCKS on the straight needles you love! Alice Curtis developed the technique, and in Knit Your Socks on Straight, she explains exactly how to do it. She also includes 20 original patterns featuring a variety of yarns, motifs from cables to argyle, and instructions for a wide range of sizes. You’ll love the beautiful, cozy socks you’ll make, and you’ll love making them without double-pointed needles!
Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Use steeking to make a tube into a cardigan. The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of more than 1000 experiences and adventures that knitters won’t want to miss. You’ll find unusual yarns to work with, classic techniques to master, time-honored patterns to try, innovative designers to know about, museums around the world to see, books to read, festivals and retreats to visit, and much more. Check off each item as you complete it, and move on to the next -- you’ll find more than enough knitting adventures to fill a lifetime!
Margaret Radcliffe's classic Q&A guide is better than ever! This thoroughly revised and updated new edition gives expert answers to scores of new questions that knitters have asked since the first edition was published. You'll find more than a dozen new cast ons and bind offs; new techniques for beading and knitting backwards; tips for making smooth stripes when knitting in the round and for measuring gauge on tricky fabrics, such as ribbing and lace; fresh information on interpreting patterns and adjusting patterns to fit; and much more!
Knit your own fabric rugs! All you need are a cutting wheel and mat, a pair of size 10 knitting needles, fabric, and Karen Tiede’s innovative technique for creating stunning designs quickly and easily. Tiede gives you directions for making 28 different rugs, with designs that use age-old motifs, including stripes and spirals; traditional quilt patterns, such as tessellations and log cabin designs; and freeform inventions. She shows how to create a wide range of color modulations, as well as different shapes, from rectangles to circles. The results are beautiful, one-of-a-kind floor coverings and wall hangings that are perfect for your space and taste.
Soft, shapely knitting meets pretty, crocheted edgings and flowers in a collection of designs guaranteed to convert the knitting-only crowd to the pleasures of crochet. A little crochet can add a lot of fun to knitted sweaters, scarves, hats, placemats — the possibilities are endless. Simple crocheting instructions get every knitter quickly up to speed with projects that will inspire them into the world of crocheted embellishments and trims.
Both a celebration of knitting and a sourcebook for practical information, this book is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the knitter. In chapters on everything from yarn needles, gauge, and knitting bag essentials to hats, socks, shawls and sweaters, Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of what it is that makes knitting click, from the inside out. She dares to question long-standing rules and uncover the true essence of what makes a hat a hat, a sock a sock, and so on. Insights into why certain techniques work encourage knitters to take control and knit in the way that works best for them. As she says "there are no knitting police." The result is an illuminating, liberating (and hilarious!) look at knitting that will comfort the experienced knitter, surprise the mainstream one, and entice the beginner.
This is the definitive reference for any knitter seeking better results, whether the challenge is reading a pattern chart, substituting yarn, modifying a pattern, fixing a mistake, shaping a collar, or adjusting an armhole. Expert Margaret Radcliffe, author of The Knitting Answer Book and Circular Knitting Workshop, demystifies and thoroughly explains the "why" behind every knitting technique, from modifying necklines to fixing dropped stitches and creating sleek edges and seams. In this fascinating and comprehensive guide, she covers everything from how to identify a well-written pattern to evaluating schematics, revising a pattern so it fits perfectly, and making adjustments throughout a project. Whatever your skill level, with this book you'll become a better, happier, more confident knitter!
Kristin Nicholas applies her magical way with color to stunning new designs that bring knitting alive. Concentrating on 27 patterns — five each for hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and sweaters — Nicholas uses her distinctive palette to create knitted art. But she doesn’t stop there. Believing that everyone can have fun with color, Nicholas encourages knitters to develop personally inspiring fiber palettes for every project!
Judith Durant has done it again! This all-new collection of 101 original lace knitting projects, each using just a single skein of yarn, will thrill knitters of all levels. From clothes and accessories to pillows, curtains, and tablecloths, these beautiful projects were contributed by designers and knitters around the world. Try your hand at an heirloom-quality lace shawl, a lacy pair of gloves, or a dainty child’s dress with a perfect lace insert – the possibilities are endless!
A little luxury goes a long way! Discover the treasures you can knit from single skeins of the expensive yarns you dream about, including creamy cashmere, lustrous alpaca, seductive silk, exotic soy, and organic linen. More than 100 patterns include elegant wraps and scarves, cuddly baby blankets and sweaters, evening bags, and dozens of other projects destined to become cherished heirlooms.
There are lonely, single skeins of yarn in every knitter's closet — casualties of projects discarded in mid-row, single balls of luscious alpaca or cashmere that was too expensive to buy more than one, the leftovers from long-completed projects. Wherever they came from, those single skeins are a minor source of guilt for knitters everywhere. They really should be used, but for what? Here are 101 original and charming solutions to the perpetual one-skein problem. Contributed by yarn shops across the country, there are hats, mittens, scarves, bags, socks, ponchos, baby sweaters, belts, headbands, a cell phone carrier, and even a tea cozy and a set of coasters for the home. A scrapbook of tastes and styles that celebrates the ingenuity of knitters nationwide, this is a collection with appeal for every type of stitcher.
This irresistible collection offers 101 original knitting projects for babies and toddlers -- each using just a single skein of yarn! From mittens and hats to tees, sweaters, hoodies, pants, dresses, socks, and bootees, you’ll find the perfect wearable for every child and every occasion. You’ll also discover beautiful bibs, blankets, and sleep sacks, plus adorable stuffed toys, blanket buddies, and more. These beautiful projects were contributed by designers and crafters around the world, and each comes with complete step-by-step instructions and a photograph of the finished piece.
Let knitting carry you away! Cast off with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on the ultimate journey through the knitter’s world. Map out a course to the nearest yarn shop, get first-rate advice on how much yarn to pack, and locate your traveling companions by looking for the telltale needle holes in the purse. With her wry humor and unapologetic, obsessive love for everything about this remarkable place, Pearl-McPhee takes you on a hilarious tour of the land, its people, customs, and culture. This riotous anthropology is the essential “Insiders’ Guide” to the Land of Knitting.
Beginning is easy, continuing is hard takes on special meaning for a knitter faced with five projects already on needles, yet struck by the irresistible urge to start something brand new. Share Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s amazement at the resounding, and even astonishing, truths found in everyday clichés and adages. Babies grow is a hard-learned lesson if you’ve stayed up nights making a tiny sweater for a special newborn, only to discover that a baby’s ability to grow far exceeds your ability to knit. You gotta roll with the punches can push an airborne knitter to the extreme of casting on with a couple of coffee stir sticks. After all, as every knitter knows for sure, idle hands are the devil’s workshop.
“Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has become the knitting world’s Erma Bombeck.”
— Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Knitwear designer Melissa Morgan-Oakes revolutionized the world of sock making with 2-at-a-Time Socks, showing delighted knitters how to simultaneously create two socks on a single circular needle. Now, Morgan-Oakes demonstrates how to knit two socks at a time while working from the toe up – allowing you to try on the socks as you work, avoid running out of yarn before the feet are complete, and avoid using the dreaded kitchener stitch to finish off the toes. The technique can be applied to absolutely any sock pattern, but Morgan-Oakes also provides 15 original sock designs for men, women, children, and babies; each pattern includes row-by-row instructions, charts for large and small feet, and four-color photographs of the finished product.