Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Projects for Creative Knitters

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Millions of thoroughly modern knitters, including a growing number under the age of thirty-five, will applaud the fresh interpretations featured in Simple Knits with a Twist, Erika Knight's latest collection of creative designs. By matching classic stitches with other craft techniques and incorporating innovative materials like fine wire, beads, and recycled plastic with conventional yarns, Knight takes knitting beyond its traditional boundaries into new, inspired realms. Easy yet inventive, her projects bring a hip, artsy edge to items once deemed homespun. The twenty projects-which include wire napkin rings, an Aran armchair cover, a patchwork throw, and a beaded silk scarf-teach knitters how to add such creative skills as felting, patchwork, and beading to their repertoires. Each project is featured in a full-page color photo and in close-up how-to shots. For beginners with contemporary tastes and accomplished knitters interested in expanding their range, Simple Knits with a Twist presents a world of possibilities.

Author Bio: ERIKA KNIGHT is the author of Simple Crochet, Simple Knits for Little Cherubs, Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, and Comforts of Home. In addition to writing books, she works as a fashion and design consultant. She lives in Brighton, England.

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Ideal for those taking up knitting who have no desire to knit anything conventional, this book by Knight (Simple Crochet) covers basics quickly, with clear photos of knit and purl stitches, casting on, and increasing. Then come ideas for inventive knitting, e.g., creating random-effect yarns by combining strands of different yarns, mixing knitting with woven fabric, and seeking out alternative sources for yarn like unraveling thrift-store knitwear. The mix of patterns is pretty strange on the whole: a handsome, patchwork throw combining knitted and woven fabric and a challenging molded bowl knitted with 24-gauge wire. The most ambitious project an Aran armchair cover with patterns reminiscent of a traditional fisherman's sweater will cost almost $300 in bulky Rowan yarn, probably out of reach for starving artists. Not an essential purchase, but consider for large public libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781584793618
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Techniques and textures 6
Modern brights 30
Rose chintz cushion
Retro poodle bottle cover
Recycled plastic carryall
Woven woolen rug
Patchwork throw
Black and whites 52
Wall hangings
Barcode dog coat
Patched throw
Laddered sweater
Customized cushions
Urban neutrals 74
Beaded napkin rings
Satin boudoir slippers
Painted felt cushion
Molded wire bowls
Flower-trimmed evening bag
Organic naturals 96
Aran armchair cover
Beaded and sequined muffler
Denim beanbag
Hanging basket liner
Gardener's kneeler
Pattern charts 120
Substituting yarns. Yarn suppliers 125
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