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easy knits

EASY KNITS
Learn to knit the Easy Way

by ZOE MELLOR

This book was a godsend to Derby Knit Club in our first few weeks, as it covers everything you need to know when first starting to knit, and was referred to time and time again. The spiral binding makes it very practical AND it can stand independently, making it easy to follow while you knit! From back to front, there are 10 great beginners' projects, including tassel hat (produced several times by one of our Knit Club members!), Bunny Rabbit (my favourite!) and more! The patterns are suitable even for a beginner to follow, but the designs are interesting to suit all tastes, no matter how experienced a knitter you are!

2002 | Spiral bound 64pp | Hamlyn UK

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the knitting stitch bible

THE KNITTING STITCH BIBLE
by MARIA PARRY-JONES

So what do you do once you've learned how to knit and purl?

You use knit and purl to create lots of different stitches and effects that you thought only your Grandma knew how to do! This spiral bound book shows how to make new patterns from old stitches, with clear charts to follow, and a colour photo showing how each pattern should look - it's like a dictionary, but for knitting stitches. This book won't be for you if you're looking for projects to knit, but it's a great reference resource to have to hand, and could help you when following a complicated pattern.

2002 | Spiral bound 255pp |Batsford UK

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weekend knitting

WEEKEND KNITTING
50 Unique Projects and Ideas

by MELANIE FALICK

This book is as much an inspirational/aspirational lifestyle book as much as a knitting book! Alongside some fantastic projects such as knitted sweater egg cosies, felted bags, and finger puppets, you will find cookie recipes, literature and films which feature knitters/knitting, decorating with yarn, and more! Unlike most craft books, you can actually sit and read this one, as well as look at the pictures! The styles are completely contemporary. The title may be slightly deceptive, as if you are newcomer to knitting, you won't be able to complete most of these projects in a weekend, and the patterns can be a bit complicated to follow (despite the notes accompanying each project). But for a more experienced knitter, there are some really stylish projects to get your teeth into. I love this book!

2003 | Hardcover 176pp | Stewart, Tabori & Chang USA

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weekend knitting

SIMPLE KNITS FOR SOPHISTICATED LIVING
Quick-Knit Projects from Beautiful, Chunky Yarns

by BARBARA ALBRIGHT

When I first began knitting, I soon discovered that working with chunky wools on thick needles is far more satisfying as your work grows quickly, and you see results much faster! I also developed a love of overdyed wools, as the variegated colours held my interest more than plain shades. This book, then, was clearly developed exactly with people like me in mind, as it uses nothing smaller than a 5mm needle, and is a great introduction to some beautiful hand-dyed/textured yarns. The book begins with a basic introduction to knitting, including casting on and off, knitting and purling (all with photos/diagrams), and abbreviations (as found in most patterns), which makes it suitable for someone who has not been knitting for very long. The projects are stunning, each by a different designer so you get a great range of styles, from funky wine bottle covers to traditional table runners to flower power purses to felted mice (!). There's something for everyone in this book, and it's so colourful I just keep turning back to it for inspiration!

2003 | Softcover 144pp | Rockport USA

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