The Yarn Girls' Guide to Beyond the Basics

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The yarn girls are upping the ante on quick-to-knit, sassy looks in beyond the basics. With the same friendly encouragement and big-sister know-how found in their previous books, The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits and The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Kid Knits, Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs are taking new knitters to the next level of stitch wizardry. But new knitters aren’t the only ones having fun — intermediate and experienced knitters won’t be able to resist the ingenious ...
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Overview

The yarn girls are upping the ante on quick-to-knit, sassy looks in beyond the basics. With the same friendly encouragement and big-sister know-how found in their previous books, The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits and The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Kid Knits, Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs are taking new knitters to the next level of stitch wizardry. But new knitters aren’t the only ones having fun — intermediate and experienced knitters won’t be able to resist the ingenious patterns that deliver nearly instant gratification.

Without abandoning their straightforward instructions and fast-working chunky yarns, the Yarn Girls present thirty-four of their freshest patterns to introduce clever techniques such as cabling, color work, and shaping to turn a simple sweater into a smart number. Try a little intarsia to make a plain sweater a work of color sophistication. Knit up a cabled tank top for stunning warm-weather wear. The projects in this book cover a range of apparel and accessories — hip tees, cozy sweaters, chic hats, delicate scarves, stunning ponchos, and even blankets — enough to take you through all sorts of styles and seasons, with the investment of a little time and a few clever stitches.

The yarn girls return to the scene with an exciting line of thirty-four brand-new stylish patterns that will wow experienced knitters while taking beginners to the next level.

Inside, you’ll find easy-to-understand techniques for:

• knitted cables
• intarsia
• slipped stitches

From the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307586438
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (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. Visit the Yarn Company at theyarnco.com. Julie and Jordana live in New York City. They are the authors of The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits and The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Kid Knits.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
The Yarn Girls' Guide to the Fundamentals and More 10
The Very Basics 12
Beyond Basic Techniques 22
Finishing Techniques 29
Finishing Touches 36
Helpful Hints 41
Knitting Glossary 47
The Yarn Girls' Patterns 48
Crewneck and Funnel-Neck Pullovers 50
Basic Instinct 53
Indulge Yourself 54
Beware the Bunny 56
Cables in Chamonix 58
V-Neck Pullovers 60
Soccer Mom Sweater 63
Even Daniele Did It, Yet Again 66
The Subway Cable 71
Not Your Standard-Issue Sweatshirt, Take Two 75
Cardigans 78
Give It a Whirl 80
Fabulously Funky 82
One Singular Sensation 84
Slip and Slide 88
Tees and Tanks 90
A Table for Two 92
The Mysterious Case of the Missing Tee 95
A Sweater for the Ages 99
Tank You Very Much 102
The Same...but Different 104
Tara's Tank 106
Ponchos 108
Hip and Hooded 110
Anatomy of a Poncho 112
Suzanne the Visionary 114
So Many Ponchos, So Little Time 116
Hats 118
The Gilbert Family Hat 121
Toasty Ears 123
Dude, Where's My Hat? 124
Wedding Hat 127
Scarves 128
Gift of the Movies 131
A Little Bit of Oomph 133
To Knit or Not to Knit 135
The Perfect Scarf 137
Blankets 138
A Scarf Grows in Manhattan 141
Nancy's Color Block Blanket 142
The Freshman 147
A Family Affair 149
Resources 150
Appendix Step-by-Step Instructions for All Projects 151
Index 158
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