Contents

Introduction 8

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

Finishing 34

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

Legwarmers 59

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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