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Hand knits for the home : 20+ designs for stylish interiors
Birkett, Caroline.
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Publication Information:
Loveland, CL : Interweave Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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TT825 .B525 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Beginning knitters and veterans alike will enjoy creating stylish home accents from the series of beautiful, contemporary projects detailed in this book. The art of knitting is introduced in chapters on tools, equipment, types of yarn, and a variety of basic stitches. Each stitch is presented with photographs and step-by-step instructions followed by a project using that stitch. Using a contemporary color palette, the projects call for soft lamb's wool, mohair, cool cotton, or chunky unspun wool to fashion a wonderful range of decorative items including cushions for chairs and beds, throws for sofas and beds, a baby's blanket, and a table runner. For a professional finishing touch, instructions on how to add decorative details such as edgings, fastenings, pom-poms, and cords are also provided.

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Library Journal Review

This volume takes a different tack from other knitting instruction books, which usually start the fledgling knitter off with a scarf or a simple sweater. British knitwear designer Birkett instead teaches a variety of common knitting techniques, including the familiar knit-and-purl patterns, along with less common knitting techniques like ruching and smocked knitting, with each instructional chapter featuring a stylish home decor project. Projects include pillows, throws, bathmats, and table runners. Inexplicably, information on yarns used in the projects is collected at the back of the book instead of being included with each pattern. This project directory section also includes suggestions for alternative yarns if the yarns employed in the book are no longer available. Large public libraries with strong knitting collections will want this one. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.