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