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
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
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
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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