Swatching makes it easy to try out your ideas risk-free and unleash your creativity in new and wonderful ways. A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching by Liz Gipson will help you tap into your inner designer and make you a better, smarter, and more joyful weaver. If you are unsure what yarn to use or how your colors will work, this method will help you gain confidence.
This book outlines the purpose of making a swatch and how to create tiny weavings on a frame loom, specifically a Swatch Maker Loom, which comes in the setts weavers use. The information applies to any frame loom, or you can use the same method to make small weavings on the loom you already use, to test your ideas before you warp up a large project.
Softcover, Spiral-Bound, 49 pages, Yarnworker (2017), 8.5 x 0.2 x 5.5 inches.
Step-by-step instructions on how to set up and weave a swatch on a frame loom
Tips, techniques, and tools that help you get faster results
Complete finishing information
A method for creative decision making
Tips for designing your own projects
Ideas for organizing and using your swatches
A pattern for cute color wheel cupcake pincushions
Print version is 49 pages, full color, 8-½” by 5-½”, spiral bound with step-by-step photographs.
"A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching is bursting with tips, tricks, and shortcuts to help you get the cloth you want every time. If you want to be a better weaver, read this book!” —Jillian Moreno, author of Yarnitecture
“As a beginner weaver who has never swatched, I’m totally convinced! Not only has this book made me eager to play by swatching, it’s taught me so much about weaving in general. An invaluable reference book and source of inspiration!” —Kim Werker, author of Make It Mighty Ugly
Break the rules—knit outside the lines!
AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary takes an unexpected look at stranded colorwork with 200 new motifs. These non-traditional colorwork charts are perfect for the creative knitter looking to break away from the ordinary. Derived from graphic design elements, these fresh motifs include everything from geometric mountains, waves, and spirals to modern bikes, skulls, and sheep.
Dive into stranded colorwork with confidence with a section on reading charts, working floats, and choosing colors. Learn how stranded colorwork can be used in design with five accompanying projects including mitts, cowls, and sweaters. Plus, use your imagination to modify, deconstruct, and combine the unique motifs to create your own designs.
Be inspired to break the rules and use charts in creative ways with AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary.
Hardcover, 164 pages, F+W Media (August 10, 2017), full color, 8.1 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches
Table of Contents
Choosing Yarns & Colors
How to Hold the Yarn
How to Read Charts
Tips for Better Colorwork
Using Stitch Motifs in Projects & Designs
Deep Ocean Mittens
Skull and Bones Pullover
Leaves in Water Cardigan
Swatches by Stitch and Row Counts
NEW! From renowned crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and his brother Jason (the Shibaguyz) comes the ultimate reference manual for the absolute beginner. Filled with step-by-step photography throughout for an easy-to-follow and fully visual experience, this unparalleled guide teaches you how to crochet from the very first stitch—and will keep you crocheting as you gain experience! The Complete Crochet Course explains all the tools, materials, and techniques you need, from choosing a hook and yarn to seaming, working in the round, handling specialty stitches, and adding details. Ten patterns are perfectly designed for novices eager to complete their first projects, while intermediates can enjoy mastering even more advanced skills.
“It’s about time that crocheters got the same treatment and support as knitters…Truly, the Mullett-Bowlsbys have meticulously thought through the crocheter’s world.” —Booklist (starred review)
Hardcover, 336 pages, Lark Crafts (March 20, 2018), full color, 8.7 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
Table of Contents
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
BEFORE YOU STITCH — Making Fabric | Tools | Hooks | Yarn | Pickup Up Hook and Yarn | Pattern Reading | Chart Reading | The Swatch
MAKING STITCHES — First Stitches Made | First Stitches of a Row | Foundation Stitches | Variations on Basic Stitches | Shaping | Variations on Increase and Decrease Stitches
BEYOND THE BASICS — Motifs | Cables | Colorwork | Pattern Stitches
FINISHING — Blocking | Special Techniques | Before You Sew | Buttonholes | Zippers
THE PROJECTS — My First Cardi | Colorwork Throw | Rectangle Wrap Vest | Signature Vests | Drape Front Cardigan
RESOURCES — Worksheets | Charts and Guides | Stitch Chart Symbols Master Key | Material Resources
“Shannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby have written, as the title says, the most complete book on crochet I have ever seen. Shannon writes clearly and logically and there is something here for everyone. Beginners who work their way through the book will learn all the hows and whys, while experienced crocheters can learn about a specific topic or research a topic in depth. But they all will become thinking crocheters—people who know how to create the appropriate fabric for the item they're making, people who will know how to modify an existing pattern so that what they make is what they intend to make. There is a wonderful focus on fabrication, which is one of Shannon's strong points--making a beautiful fine fabric with crochet--not something for which crochet is generally known. Finishing, another topic too often omitted from crochet books, is also addressed thoroughly. This book should be on every crocheter’s bookshelf—the way Shannon addresses and Jason illustrates the many variations of loops through loops that is crochet, is food for thought for every crocheter.” —Barbara H. Van Elsen, Master Teacher, CYC Certified Instructor Program
“I count it as a lucky day when I met Shannon in 2010. It was his first trade show and I was the first editor to review his designs. I immediately realized his talent was extraordinary and our first deal was struck. As we continued to work together, I had the pleasure of meeting Jason and learning that his photography and graphic design (and cooking) skills rounded out the Shibaguyz team. They packaged their first full length book with me in 2012. They have continued to build their fiber design empire with more books, magazine features, and online and nation-wide classroom education. I’m thrilled that Shannon has authored The Complete Crochet Course: The Ultimate Crochet Guide. His expertise in design and education makes it the perfect fit.” —Susan White Sullivan, President, SWS Consulting, Inc. and former Editorial Director of Leisure Arts
“Shannon & Jason are a unique combination of talent, enthusiasm, and professionalism. From my experience, they don’t know how to bring anything but their ‘A-Game’ to anything that they do. As educators, they are at the next level. They know how to communicate and to make their students love learning. They are funny, kind, and empower their students to believe that that ‘they can do it’. I can’t wait to buy my signed copy of this book.” —Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, Inc. (home of XRX Books and STITCHES Events)
Discover the blossoming trend of flower looming! It's quick, it's simple, it's fun, and with a bit of crochet you can create a stunning collection of 30 flower motifs. In Crochet Loom Blooms, you'll find everything you need to get you started including:
• Step-by-step guide to using a flower loom, plus detailed illustrations on crochet stitches that bring your flowers to life.
• 30 unique flower motifs in a variety of shapes and styles—from simple and lacy to dense, multi-layers foliage, Crochet Loom Blooms has it all.
• 5 fabulous projects and valuable tips and tricks from best-selling author Haafner Linssen that will have your home bursting with crochet loom blooms in no time!
A garden of delight, you'll find yourself referencing Crochet Loom Blooms time again whether looking for specific instruction or a dose of inspiration.
Softcover, 128 pages, F+W Media (March 13, 2018), full color, 8.7 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
Table of Contents (section headings only)
Welcome to My World
Introducing the Flower Loom
Flower Loom Techniques
Reading the Patterns
Projects (including a potholder, scarf, bag, blanket and throw)
Making Your Own Flower Loom
Great for new and experienced crocheters alike, Crochet Stitch Dictionary offers 200 stitches with detailed written, charted, and photographed instructions. This essential book presents 10 color-coded stitch sections: basic stitches, fans & shells, bobbles & clusters, spike stitches, post stitches, mesh & filet, cable stitches, Tunisian stitches, and more!
Learn each stitch with written, charted, and step-by-step photo instructions that clearly explain where the yarn goes each step of the way. In addition, each stitch pattern shows a large finished swatch in actual size.
You'll enjoy the colorful and eye-catching "candy-box" sampler pages that start every section. Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell offers excellent useful instruction and inspiration for all crocheters.
Softcover, 192 pages, F+W Media (September 30, 2013), full color, 7.50 x 0.60 x 9.60 inches
200 Essential Crochet Stitches
Fans & Shells
Bobbles & Clusters
Mesh & Filet
"Crochet Stitch Dictionary is such an awesome book. It has 200 stitch patterns with step-by-step photo tutorials and charts too! I have owned my copy for quite a long time and I have to say it is one of my go-to stitch pattern books. I've learned so many new stitch patterns that have helped me take my crocheting to the next level. Crochet Stitch Dictionary is a great resource for beginners and experienced crocheters too!" —The Stitchin’ Mommy
There's no place like a Handwoven Home! Hand towels, table runners, placemats, throws—weaving is perfectly suited to creating and customizing just about any textile for your home.
In Handwoven Home, weaving expert Liz Gipson explains the tools and techniques you'll need to weave personalized home textiles on a rigid-heddle loom—the most popular loom on the market today. From choosing the right yarn for your project to achieving your desired cloth type and drape, this book covers all the basics. And the 20+ projects are perfectly suited to the rigid-heddle loom, each starting with a simple square or rectangle and involving little sewing, shaping or loom waste. You'll even learn how to make multiple towels at the same time, create a sturdy rug of wide fabric, and finish your projects with a polished, professional look. Whether you're making textiles for yourself or as a gift, inside you'll find everything you need to create a woven personal touch for any room.
Softcover, 168 pages, F+W Media (June 2017), full color, 8.10 x 0.50 x 10.70 inches
Table of Contents
PART ONE: WEAVING FOR THE HOME
Yarn for Interiors
Know-How for the Rigid-Heddle Weaver
Following the Patterns
PART TWO: PROJECTS
The Dining Room
The Living Room
PART THREE: BEGINNINGS & ENDINGS
Warp Your Rigid-Heddle Loom
Finish Your Weaving
Hello bug lovers and crochet adventurers!
Grab your research equipment (magnifying glass, flask of tea, crochet hook, scissors and yarn) and follow us into a world full of magic and science, a microcosm of tiny creatures and big dreams! In this book you will find not only a charming selection of crochet patterns to create scrabbling beetles, beautiful bugs and fluttering butterfly crochet amigurumi, but also a wonderful story to read out loud and ponder on: a tale about growing up; accepting change and the power of dreams.
Watch tiny creatures hatching from their eggs, look on as they munch through a green world, and be astonished at their marvelous transformations when they finally slip out of their cocoons. The wings and hats are interchangeable so you can use the patterns in this book to create new outfits for your little insect friends. Give your caterpillar a new set of wings for every day of the week or cover your beetle in the most colourful wing suits. Be inspired by nature to make creatures of your own creation. It's a great little world full of possibilities. We wish you lots of fun on your journey of discovery and learning!
Hardcover, 128 pages, F+W Media (November 3, 2017), full color, 8.4 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
A Story of Tiny Creatures and Big Dreams
Egg for maggot, beetle and snail
Egg for butterfly and moth
Cocoon for butterfly and moth
Golden daydream moth
"Amigurumi designer Tresselt, known as Lalylala to her online fans, explores the insect world with a whimsical story of a curious caterpillar and her garden friends. It starts with a tiny egg, which hatches to become a caterpillar. (Other eggs hatch into snails, maggots, and beetles.) As the caterpillar snacks on a leaf, she meets a menagerie of insects. The story is followed by instructions for each of the creatures, as well as general amigurumi tips and tricks. Many of the pieces and shapes are interchangeable and customizable, and Tresselt provides directions for a variety of common butterfly and moth wing patterns and insect bodies. VERDICT Tresselt's insects can be used as both decorative objects and as educational tools to demonstrate the life cycles of butterflies, moths, flies, and beetles." — Library Journal
Never thought that YOU could knit? Well, with Che Lam's Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares, you will discover all the essential skills that you need, one stitch at a time. Learn a new stitch by knitting a square, following a clear step-by-step tutorial and chart. By the time you've finished the square, you've practiced the new stitch, and you're ready to move on to the next one-quick and easy!
The squares are organized according to skill level, progressing from basic knit and purl stitches to more challenging techniques, such as cable and lace. And at the back of the book you'll find a handful of inspirational projects that show you how to combine your blocks for unique and stylish results.
Softcover, 144 pages, St. Martin's Griffin (February 16, 2016), full color, 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
Freelance knitting designer Lam takes a different approach to knitting instruction in her first book. Rather than the traditional method of introducing a skill or technique followed by a project, she uses sampler squares to teach an array of stitch patterns, techniques, and skills. The two-page spread for each square contains a wealth of information, including a photo-based, step-by-step tutorial, a close-up picture of the square, a chart (even for simple patterns such as garter stitch or stockinette), and a written pattern. New stitches or techniques are clearly explained. The consistency is ideal for building beginners' confidence, and Lam expands upon the basics slowly but effectively, taking the intimidation out of skills such as lace and cable knitting, colorwork, and chart reading. Sampler squares are not a new concept—the Knitting Guild Association uses them as the core of their Master Knitter Program, and there are numerous sampler afghan books available—but the use of sampler squares to teach knitting is a novel approach that will appeal to knitters who want to try out techniques without committing to a larger project that may go unused. VERDICT Knitters looking to move on from basic knit and purl will find a wealth of information here—and they'll end up with enough squares for a nice-sized blanket if they work their way through the book. —Library Journal
From expert weaver Anne Dixon, The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory is the ultimate resource for inkle weavers...and this hardcover, spiral-bound edition makes following the included patterns exceptionally easy. No more frustrating flopping pages as you work!
Inkle weaving is a simple technique that offers ample opportunity for experimentation by beginners and experienced weavers. This book provides 400 patterns for loom enthusiasts and is the most comprehensive tool available to weavers.
• An overview of inkle weaving's history and traditions.
• Instructions for loom set-up and simple techniques.
• An astonishing 400 woven patterns--some making their first debut.
• Illustrated samples and charts.
• Drafts provided throughout the entire guide.
An incomparable guide, Anne Dixon offers all of the tips, tricks, and techniques to these traditional and modern patterns and introduces a bounty of new, innovative designs as well. Inkles can be used for a variety of projects ranging from belts and braces to trims and neckpieces. They can be stitched together to make bags, mobile-phone purses, cushion-covers, table-mats, and much more.
Also included is a foreword by Madelyn van der Hoogt, the editor of Handwoven magazine and the author of The Complete Book of Drafting and The Weaver's Companion (Interweave). She opened the Weaver's School in 1984 and teaches weaving workshops throughout the United States and Canada.
Harcover, spiral-bound, 176 pages, F+WMedia (August 21, 2012), full color, 8.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
Table of Contents (section headings only)
About this Book
• Basic Warp Color Patterns
• Warp Manipulation
• Inserted Auxiliary Thread Manipulation
• Weft Manipulation
• Manipulating the Width of the Inkle
Warp Draft Threading Charts
Pattern Charts for Designing
"Handweaver's Pattern Directory offers details on how to thread and weave more than 600 designs on four-shaft looms. Each design is shown as a weaving draft and is accompanied by a color photograph of the weave structure. A new classic tool for the four-shaft weaver. Inkle weaving is a warp-faced weave most commonly seen in woven straps, such as for cameras or guitars. In the follow-up volume, Dixon shows the variety of patterns available on the inkle loom, how to weave them, and possible uses." — Library Journal
NEW! The ultimate knitting reference, from the world’s most recognized knitting magazine, gets a thorough update (February 2018)—including 1,600 color images and brand-new sections with techniques and designs!
First published in 1989, Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book instantly became a beloved resource for knitters. The second edition, released in 2002, further cemented its place as the most trusted knitting resource. The past 15 years have seen many exciting advances in knitting, and this update encompasses them all. It features an expanded library of cast-ons, increases, decreases, and bind-offs; in-depth sections on newly favorite techniques such as brioche, entrelac, double knitting, and mosaic knitting; and design and construction chapters that go beyond just sweaters to encompass dozens of options for hats, mittens, socks, gloves, and more than 25 shawl shapes. Comprehensive chapters cover lace and cabling, and provide even more Information than before on knitters' tools, correcting errors, finishing, embellishing, and garment care to give you a masterly understanding of every stage of knitting.
With updated, revised, and fresh material throughout, 65 additional pages, and more than 1,600 photos and hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations, Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book is surprisingly easy to navigate with thorough indexing and footnote cross-referencing. From beginners needing to learn the very basics to seasoned knitters wanting a refresher on a complex technique, every knitter will cherish this guide for years to come.
“An essential addition to the knitter's bookshelf.” —Library Journal (starred review)
Hardcover, 352 pages, Sixth&Spring (February 2018), full color, 10.40 x 1.30 x 11.10 inches
• More than 70 additional pages of techniques, tips, and design fundamentals.
• 1,600+ photos and illustrations.
• Over 80 insightful sidebars.
• Dozens of cast-ons, increases, decreases, and bind-offs, each with illustrated step-by-step instructions.
• Secrets for correcting errors across various techniques.
• Professional blocking, assembling, and finishing techniques.
• Every aspect of designing pullovers and cardigans, from proper fit and shaping to choosing design elements.
• Hat, glove, mitten, and sock design and construction.
• Shawl shapes, design, and construction.
• Brand new sections on cables, lace, brioche, entrelac, and more.
“The new edition of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book is just that—ultimate help for both beginners and experienced knitters! All the technical basics are here in the clear and concise manner of previous editions, with new material on designing, how to understand sweater shapes, and helpful sections to clarify the details of your favorite knitting projects, including shawls and all kinds of accessories.” —Kaffe Fassett
“This book does for knitters what a book on delicious ingredients does for aspiring cooks. As I perused the pages, my mind danced with inspiration for future garments.” —Nicky Epstein
“Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book not only lives up to its title, but surpasses it by far with an incredible, extensive amount of knitting information. Bravo to the Vogue Knitting editors!“ —Nancy Marchant
“Loaded with clear ‘how-to’ illustrations and explanatory photos, this book is packed with information on any knitting question you might have. I was fortunate enough to have been part of the original 1989 edition and have worn out my copy, so I can’t wait to get this revised and updated version.” —Norah Gaughan
“Jam-packed with information for today’s curious knitter—so much useful knowledge is concentrated in these pages! A must-have no matter where you are in your knitting journey.” —Meg Swansen
“If you were looking for just one reference book, I would highly recommend this as an ultimate guide that would go with you from Basics all the way through Masters Level 3.” —Christina Hanger, TKGA's Master Hand Knitting Committee
Create beautiful cloth with just a simple loom.
Liz Gipson’s Weaving Made Easy has been revised & updated. This easy and accessible guide to weaving uses the simple rigid-heddle loom to create fabrics that are a perfect blend of fun and functionality. The rigid-heddle loom is small, portable, and affordable, making it the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to learn how to weave. 17 quick and easy weaving projects show how to make fabrics that are soft and drapey, sturdy and practical, or just plain fun and funky.
Projects include woven scarves and belts, pillows, napkins, and hand-woven rugs. Complete, updated instructions for warping a loom, clear step-by-step photos and abundant tips, tricks, and techniques for color, design, and embellishment are included. Weaving Made Easy is the ultimate idea book for the beginning weaver.
Softcover, 128 pages, Interweave (February 10, 2015), full color, 8.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
17 Projects Using a Rigid Heddle Loom
Fully Loaded Scarf
Dealer’s Choice Placemats or Towels
Piping Hot Pillows
Tweed So Fine
Grab It and Go Bag
Pleasing Proportions Bag
No Two Alike Napkins
Simply Striped Rug
“I've read many weaving books over the years. This is one I believe belongs on your shelf whether you've been weaving for less than 10 minutes or more than 10 years and every bit in-between. There are valuable tips throughout the volume.” —Little Acorn Creations
“The book is filled with step by step photographs and easy to understand written instructions. By the time you are ready to start a project, she will have walked you through how-to fix 'emergencies' you may encounter...Liz knows weaving and it is as though she is with you at your loom, answering your questions before you ask. Take a workshop with her without leaving your 'studio'. She shows you how to enjoy the process.” —Hartford Knitting Examiner’s “In Stitches” column
Enjoy a collection of modern, unexpected, and exciting knits by rockstar status designer, Norah Gaughan in Wool Studio Vol. IV print edition, brought to you by the editors of knit.wear.
In Wool Studio Vol. IV, Norah has unvented cables, and played with construction and geometry to create designs that are self-expressive, artistic, and everyday wearable. The luxurious yarns selected for each project showcases and enhances the qualities of both the fibers and the designs. This print edition gives you all the knitting patterns and even more beautiful photography of each project.
Softcover, 96 pages, F+WMedia (August 2018), full color, 8.0 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
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