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)
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
Riley Shoulder Warmer
In this Wee Weaver Loom Set, you’ll receive four (4) lightweight and portable birch looms which measure approximately 4" x 4 1/2" with a work area of 3 3/4" x 3 1/2". Included in the set are one each of 4 setts/gauges, including 4 ends per inch (4.0 epi), 8.0 epi, 10.0 epi and 12.0 epi. Each wee loom is made of 1/8" birch wood sourced and handmade in Houston, Texas.
The set comes with color photo instructions, a wood tapestry needle, small metal tapestry needle, wee weaving comb, wee pick up stick and a reusable cotton carrying bag.
Including instructions for making a “wee coaster” with and without fringe, the Wee Weaver is a great way to learn the basics of weaving in less than two hours and for using up yarn stash on a variety of wee projects.
Warp requires 4 yards of any weight or thickness (as long as it fits in the grooves) yarn or string. This amount takes into consideration wrapping the warp entirely around the front and back around every slot.
Weft requires about 10 yards of worsted weight yarn. Weft requirements will change with different weights or types of yarn.
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
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