Taking a range of five easy-to-make knitting patterns as a starting point, we show you how to turn a simple accessory into something wonderfully individual. By crafting edgings and trimmings, fastenings, handles and a wide range of embellishments and combining them with chunky knitting, you can create items that are truly unique.
Begin by checking out the Basic Techniques section on pages 8 to 24. Here you'll find all the information you need to take up the craft of knitting and become proficient with yarn and needles. Each technique is presented in an easy-to-understand sequence of instructions illustrated with close-up photographs that will help you every step of the way.
Once you've become familiar with basic knitting skills, try out some of the basic patterns on pages 25 to 27. Whether you want to make a scarf, hat, bag, pair of mittens or a capelet, you'll find these basic accessories are easy to knit. If you can handle casting on, working knit stitches and casting off, you're ready to make your first scarf. As your skills and confidence improve with practice, try the basic hat and bag, then go on to make the mittens and capelet.
Delving into the next three chapters you can begin to express yourself and have some real fun! Drawing on a wealth of decorative ideas and suggestions, there are over 60 inspiring accessories based on the five basic patterns. To make it easy to find your way around the book, the designs are divided into three sections. Edgings and
Trimmings, pages 28 to 51, concentrates on different types of edgings and trimmings including fringes, pompoms, hem variations, appliqué and tassels. Fastenings and Handles, pages 52 to 75, shows you how to make and attach different styles of handles and fastenings including bag handles, ties, braids, tabs with buckles, zippers and ribbon bows. Beading and Embellishment, pages 76 to 99, goes wild with buttons, beads, bells and charms. Here you'll discover how to add glitz with beads, stitch embellishments onto your knitting, and make your own knitted buttons.
The final chapter, Customizing Knitting on pages XX) to 115 contains inspiring suggestions and helpful hints for doing something a little bit different with your knitting. This chapter shows you how to improvise your own variations of basic patterns, work with different stitch patterns and incorporate novelty yarns. It also covers getting to grips with easy washing-machine felting, working embroidery on knitting and knitting with recycled fabrics.
At the back of the book, starting on page 116, you'll find an illustrated Gallery, which contains a photograph of every accessory and variation in the book. The designs are arranged by item so that all the same accessories are shown together. Browse through the pictures and enjoy working out what to make for your next knitting project.
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