Materials, tools & techniques 10
Materials 12 Tools 16 Getting started 18
Knit and purl 20 Casting off 22 Patterns and charts 24 Increasing 26 Decreasing 28
Other stitch techniques 30
Colour work 32
Quick 81 easy projects 36
Lacy beaded scarf 66
Chunky ribbed scarf 38
Cosy cashmere hat 52
Bright beaded mittens 40 Beaded pompom scarf 54 Chunky ruffle beanie 70
Shaggy chenille wrap 44 Classic-style gloves 56
Warm winter muff 72
Furry bag 46
Funky fingerless gloves and wrist warmers 74
Silky socks 48
Patchwork bag 62
Pretty floral bag 79
Zigzag poncho 100
Lacy beaded hat 109
Felted bootees 112
Slouching socks 85
Ribbed earflap hat 82
Beaded pompom hat 97
Cute casual bag 102 Floral relief scarf 116
Striped beanie 104 Summer bag and purse 120
Beaded denim bag 106 Dimple stitch shawl 123
Driving gloves 94
Cabled mittens 88
Rainbow scarf 92
Yarns and suppliers 126 Index and credits 128
The craft of knitting is enjoying a well-deserved revival and fashion accessories such as bags, scarves and hats have never been more popular. Whether new to the craft or a more experienced knitter, this book gives you the opportunity to combine creativity and style to make fun, funky, individual accessories.
At the beginning of the book you will find a summary of all the basic skills you will need to start making your own accessories - holding the needles, casting on, knit and purl stitches, and simple shaping techniques. From here, the real fun starts, with 30 easy-to-follow projects. The photographs show what your finished project should look like, while new skills explained within the layout of the projects allow you to learn or brush up on a relevant technique without having to flick back to the beginning of the book.
The 30 projects vary in size and the purpose of this book is to encourage you to use all types of yarn, from basic wools to cashmere blends, and 4-ply to chunky weight. There is something for all levels of skill. For the new knitter, there are projects in chunky yarns that require no shaping and can be finished in a weekend. For the more experienced knitter, there are fully fashioned, lace and intarsia projects to get to grips with. In between, allow yourself to enjoy working with an assortment of colour, texture and embellishment that will help you to produce accessories that are as enjoyable to create as they will be to use.
Some of the projects in this book use luxury yarns such as silk or cashmere - don't be discouraged. You can substitute a less expensive yarn to allow yourself to get a feel for the technique and then use luxury yarns as you become more confident. Whatever you decide to knit first, relax, take your time and indulge in one project at a time.
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