Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits

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In their bustling New York City yarn shop Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs—a.k.a. the Yarn Girls—have helped thousands of new and lapsed knitters rediscover the pleasures of knitting. Forget frumpy worsted wools and tiny needles; here are the gorgeous, wearable styles you’ve been looking for, with patterns that knit up so fast even inexperienced knitters can start a project on Saturday and wear it to work Monday morning. Made on big needles (sizes 9 to 36) and with a wide range of the chunky, luxurious new yarns ...
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Overview

In their bustling New York City yarn shop Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs—a.k.a. the Yarn Girls—have helped thousands of new and lapsed knitters rediscover the pleasures of knitting. Forget frumpy worsted wools and tiny needles; here are the gorgeous, wearable styles you’ve been looking for, with patterns that knit up so fast even inexperienced knitters can start a project on Saturday and wear it to work Monday morning. Made on big needles (sizes 9 to 36) and with a wide range of the chunky, luxurious new yarns that are now available, they couldn’t be easier to create, or more fun to wear.

The Yarn Girls have selected thirty of their most popular basic-but-beautiful projects in a range of must-have styles, from trendy funnel-necks and classic cardigans to sexy tanks. Each project includes pointers to ensure that the finished project will fit properly and look like a million bucks. There are also patterns for creating accessories such as hats and scarves, as well as something for the guys and cozy throws for the home. Each pattern is designed to reinforce the fundamentals of knitting and help tentative knitters gain confidence. Clearly illustrated sections on techniques, plus a glossary and the Yarn Girls’ helpful tips throughout, practically guarantee a successful outcome the very first time.

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This stylish and straightforward guide to knitting comes just in time for chilly autumn nights. Geared toward novices and "rusty" knitters alike, the book covers the basics (how to cast on, how to purl) before going on to offer klutz-proof sweater patterns as well as simple stand-bys such as hats, scarves and throws. Co-owners of a Manhattan yarn studio, Carles and Jacobs sprinkle the book with encouragement and tales of knitting success. Every few pages, a little bubble cautions the reader on potential pitfalls (think Pop-Up Knitting); "some [advice] may seem obvious," these chipper ladies write, "but in the end, they will save you from knitting a sweater that would fit the Jolly Green Giant or, worse, one with armhole shaping only in the back!" Each pattern is illustrated from different angles in well-styled photographs, and personal anecdotes introduce each pattern, resulting in an instructive book that's also an unusually engaging read. Color photographs and illustrations throughout. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609608807
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/17/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Inveterate knitters since college, Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs left their respective careers in the medical and legal worlds to assume ownership of the Yarn Company, New York City’s landmark knitting store, in 1997. The store has become a destination for celebrities and locals alike, who come for the quickly sold-out classes, unrivaled yarn selection, customized knitting patterns—and friendly conversation. The Yarn Company can be reached on the Web at www.theyarnco.com. Julie and Jordana live in New York City with their husbands. This is their first book.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    Love the patterns

    Love and the patterns in this book. Can't wait to get started so I can make many hand made gifts for the holidays.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2004

    Great Knitting book

    Great book for knitting beginner, this is the only book that i can understand the instructions! Definitely get this one if you want to learn to knit FAST!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    Adequate

    Has some useful instructions and interesting patterns, but I have yet to be inspired enough to make anything from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    Excellent Book!

    I've been knitting for 1 1/2 years and I've made 4 projects from this book. People always compliment me on my projects. I've used this book to teach four friends at work how to knit. The explanations are great, the pictures are beautiful, and the patterns are easy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    One of the Best Knitting Books ever!

    As a beginner, thsi book has proven to be one of the best in explanations of patterns and the simplicity of the instructions. It is very well written and I highly recommend it for anyone that loves to knit!! I sure hope they publish another book. The best part is that the patterns are of items that people would wear or use now a days and they are not 'outdated'... Buy this book - you won't be sorry!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    Great book for starting to knit

    I am a beginning knitter and within 2 weeks, I knitted my very first sweater, and it's wearable! I found this book inspiring and I love the beautiful yarns they use throughout. The one drawback I have found is that the yarns used are all very expensive. Beware, there are no cheap projects in this book. However, the patterns are all easy to understand and look so gorgeous, you can't help but want to make them, no matter the sacrifice... The projects in this book do not require anything more than 1 pair of knitting needles, yarn, ruler, and a tapestry needle. This really is a book of simple knits. Imagine my shock when I saw a knitting pattern at the store for a simple-looking sweater that required all kinds of needles and other accessories I've never even seen before. I think this book will help you get the basics down, and allow you to make some great projects, but in order to further explore knitting, you will have to find another book. But I'm definitely hooked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2002

    Simple and Stylish

    I've been a rabid knitter for several years and I've always been a little disappointed by the amount of frumpy patterns available. This book is completely different. It is filled simple and helpful instructions and trully stylish knits. I've already knit two projects and everyone I know has asked me where I bought them. They look like I bought them at a designer boutique. Even better, none of them are that hard to knit. If you like to knit or want to learn, this book is a must.

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