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Knitting in the Details: Charming Designs to Knit and Embellish

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Learn from best-selling author and knitwear designer Louisa Harding unique and creative ways to bring big appeal to your knitting using only the tiniest of elements. The 24 projects in Knitting in the Details showcase small, quick-to-knit patterns in Louisa's romantic, feminine, and cherished signature style, from a beret with ribbon embroidery or a beaded scarf to a simple knitted vest with eyelets or a tank top with applique hearts.

Each of the four chapters in Knitting in the...

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Knitting in the Details: Charming Designs to Knit and Embellish

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Overview

Learn from best-selling author and knitwear designer Louisa Harding unique and creative ways to bring big appeal to your knitting using only the tiniest of elements. The 24 projects in Knitting in the Details showcase small, quick-to-knit patterns in Louisa's romantic, feminine, and cherished signature style, from a beret with ribbon embroidery or a beaded scarf to a simple knitted vest with eyelets or a tank top with applique hearts.

Each of the four chapters in Knitting in the Details explores a different set of embellishment methods, offering clear technique instruction accompanied by illustrations. Add your own personality by customizing projects and find fresh inspiration to create a unique piece of knitwear with additional design tips and ideas. Filled with inspiring images and photographs from the coast of France, Knitting in the Details evokes fashionable femininity and enchantment and showcases projects transformed by creative and well-placed embellishment.

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Editorial Reviews

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"24 appealing small patterns (which is nice - maybe you'll finish them before the warm weather!)and instructions on how to embellish each piece. Whether you add beads or buttons, create a knitted flower, or add personality with embroidery, there are all sorts of bewitching ideas in this book." - CanadianLiving.com

"A little bit extra often makes something you knit truly an expression of yourself. In her latest book, Lousia Harding talks and teaches about just those little extras...use her advice to create knitwear with timeless romance and femininity." – Knitty.com

"There are 24 projects in all, and every one is a winner!" - Knit 'n Style, June 2011

"I was pleased to see that the designer incorporated beads into some of the projects. I'm always happy to see the cross-over between my most beloved hobby with knitting, sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc. The photos are marvelous." - Sara Hardin, Soft Flex Company

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596682566
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 539,389
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Louisa Harding has been designing knitwear professionally for more than seventeen years. In 2005, she launched a signature line of yarns and design collections in the United States and the United Kingdom, distributed by Knitting Fever. Her designs have appeared in Rowan Knitting Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and Knitting Magazine. She has also worked as an in-house designer for Rowan Yarns and Jaeger Handknits. Harding's previous books include Knitting Little Luxuries and Natural Knits for Babies and Moms.

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Table of Contents


Introduction

Chapter One: Embroidery
Showcases different embroidery stitches including cross stitch, duplicate stitch, lazy daisy, and French knots. Some projects have small amounts of embroidery (using just one of the embroidery techniques) and some combine stitches and feature embroidery worked all over the project.
Projects:
1. Simple moss stitch cloche hat, 2 variations, one plain, one striped, showcasing different lazy daisy patterns in different scales, one tiny, one large.
2. Beret with ribbon embroidery.
3. Textured purse used as a blank canvas to show how to customize with a variety of sampler embroidery stitches, French knots, bullion stitch, etc.
4. Pillow in two sizes showcasing cross stitch.
5. Simple striped cardigan showing how duplicate stitch can be used to add extra color and pattern.
6. Ladies’ very simple sweater with duplicate stitch lettering.

Chapter Two: Beading
Shows how to knit with beads in a variety of patterns, including lace, in patterns from charts, and on stockinette stitch. Adding beads to edgings and picot cast-ons and cast-offs will also be shown.
Projects:
1. Evening purse with beads knitted in, elegant and sophisticated.
2. Simple knitted bolero with beads knitted into the picked up edging.
3. Beret with beads knitted in.
4. Beaded scarf, two variations showing different weight of yarn and size of beads.
5. Fingerless mittens with beading detail.
6. Knitted lace shrug with beads knitted in at edgings and highlighting all over lace pattern.

Chapter Three: Additions
Use a variety of techniques such as fringing, appliqué, pompoms, and adding knitted rosettes, buttons, feathers, sequins, and ribbons to transform the original knitted “blank canvas.”
Projects:
1. Drawstring purse with all over knitted rosettes.
2. Simple knitted vest with eyelets, two variations one plain-subtle colorway , one striped-bright colorway, ribbons threaded through the eyelets.
3. Lace scarf with buttons sewn into the lace pattern. Two variations, one elegant, mother of pearl buttons, one quirky and vintage.
4. Ladies tank top with appliqué hearts.
5. Wrap with fringing detail around the hem.
6. Simple pillow with sequins, mirrors and beads sewn on.

Chapter 4: In the Detail
Uses a variety of the embellishment techniques in one project. Readers will get inspired to start thinking more creatively about embellishment.
Projects:
1. Simple beanie with embroidery, rosettes and buttons, two variations using different yarns and color combinations.
2. Large blanket style shawl with duplicate stitch lettering and appliqué.
3. Scarf with beads, embroidery and beaded fringing.
4. Purse with free style embroidery, beads, feathers and sequins sewn on.
5. Chunky bolero with embroidery, rosettes and appliqué.
6. Simple lace drawstring purse with ribbons, rosettes and buttons.

Glossary
Sources for Yarns
Index

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