24-Hour Knitting Projectsby Rita Weiss
Even if you have only one hour a day to devote to knitting, you can make any one of these chic patterns in less than a month! Twenty-four quick and easy projects for knitters at all skill levels include shawls, hats, sweaters, afghans, and other items. The simple instructions will appeal to beginners, and advanced knitters will appreciate the chance to whip up a variety of keepsakes and gift items.
Full-color photographs of the finished products illustrate the complete, easy-to-follow instructions, and a helpful "Refresher Course" covers everything from casting on to weaving in ends. Stylish and practical projects include Snazzy Scarves, Boudoir Afghan, Yummy Throw, Pocket Shawl, Snappy Scrappy Purse, plus an exciting variety of sporty caps and cozy tops.
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24-Hour Knitting Projects
By Rita Weiss
Dover Publications, Inc.Copyright © 2004 The Creative Partners, LLC
All rights reserved.
What are you planning for the next 24 hours?
Actually, 24 hours don't have to come all at once. They can be eight days of three hours, three eight-hour days, or 24 days of only one hour.
What are you going to do with that time? You could clean your closets, or visit your in-laws. Maybe you'd prefer taking a bus load of kids on a school field trip, or having some root canal work done?
If none of these possibilities appeals to you, why not try knitting?
Can't remember how to knit? Confused as to what those abbreviations and symbols mean? Spend a little time with our "Refresher Course" starting on page 119. Then join me on a walk through the pages of this book and select a sweater, a purse, an afghan, a scarf, or any of the other wonderful designs. Here are a wide variety of patterns that you can create in 24 hours or less to give as gifts or for your own enjoyment. Settle down with a cup of tea, a pair of knitting needles, some wonderful yarn, and let the rhythm of the stitches smooth away all your cares. Now isn't that a whole lot better than root canal?
Each pattern lists the amount of time it took my friends to finish a particular project. So if you have only an hour to complete your work, try making a "Snazzy Scarf" on page 40. If you have more time and want something a little more exciting, try the "Lion's Mane Evening Top" on page 16. That will almost fill up those 24 hours with purr-feet creativity.
Just remember that knitting shouldn't be a chore. If it takes longer than the suggested time to finish your project, that's all right too. There's no special award for the knitter who finishes first. So whether you finish in the allotted time or twice that time, the final result will be the same: a knitted project that you can display proudly.
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Meet the Author
The author of more than 50 needle arts books, Rita Weiss has taught and lectured in the United States and Europe. The founder and head of Dover's needlework division, she is also Executive Vice President of the American School of Needlework, Chairman of the Craft Yarn Council of America's Crochet Marketing Committee, and former President of the International Quilting Association.
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I bought this book for a friend when I was just browsing through the bargain books. She loves crocheting and knitting, but complains that she starts projects and never finishes them. She will begin on a weekend when she has spare time on her hands, but when the work week begins again she forgets about or does not have time to get back to the project. SHe loved this book. The illistrations were great and she said it is very nice to see what the finished product will look like. She noted the instructions were straight forward and easy to follow. Her first attempt at one of the projects was a total success and actuially took less time than the book said. She is now on her fourth project from the book. I definately recommend this book to those who love to knit, but do not have tons of time to spend on the projects!