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30 Knitted Headbands and Ear Warmers

30 Knitted Headbands and Ear Warmers

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There are so many reasons that headbands, ear warmers, and other types of head wraps are ever-popular! They can be used to keep your hair back, block the wind from your ears during outdoor activities, and add a little warmth without resorting to a hat, all while making a chic fashion statement. This book includes 30 headbands in a variety of styles, from traditional skinny bands to lacy mesh beach bands to colorful wide bands great for outdoor exercise. And the details make each one special. You will have fun knitting eye-catching colorwork, twisty cables, and open lace patterns. Best of all, these are all quick knits. You'll have a collection of stunning hair accessories in a flash!
35 Knitted Baby Blankets

35 Knitted Baby Blankets

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News of a new arrival brings about a flurry of activity. In reality there is very little a newborn needs other than warmth and love and what better way to show that you care than to hand-knit a beautiful baby blanket.

News of a new arrival brings about a flurry of activity. In reality there is very little a newborn needs other than warmth and love and what better way to show that you care than to hand-knit a beautiful baby blanket.

From the first car journey to an outing in a stroller, a knitted blanket will accompany baby wherever they go. Laura Strutt has designed a teddy bear travel blanket that cleverly folds away into a pillow and a hooded wrap for keeping cozy in a sling. For the nursery there is a soft crib cover and a dungaree-style sleeping sack in breathable merino yarn--perfect for a peaceful night's rest. For playtime, there's a cotton-backed blanket that can double up as a rug to take out and about and a tiny comforter blanket guaranteed�to become baby's closest companion. �

With stunning yarns, simple techniques, and gorgeous designs there's sure to be a blanket here that will be treasured for years to come. �

350+ Crochet Tips Techniques and Trade Secrets

350+ Crochet Tips Techniques and Trade Secrets

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Give a professional finish to your crochet garments and accessories with this indispensable compendium of technical know-how and troubleshooting tips. Techniques are organized in the order that you'd need them as you work through a project, from choosing the right yarn to looking after your finished garment. Step-by-step photographs, diagrams, and clear instructions guide you through each stage of your work, or you can dip in for help with a particular problem.

Discover how to substitute yarns and accurately estimate the amount required, adapt patterns to create tailor-made garments, and lengthen an existing piece with trims and edgings. From basic chain stitches to filet crochet, there's advice for all kinds of stitches, mixing and matching, and dealing with gauge variations. You'll also find plenty of inspiration for adding an extra-special touch to your work using beaded embellishments and surface crochet!

350+ Knitting Tips Techniques and Trade Secrets

350+ Knitting Tips Techniques and Trade Secrets

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Betty Barnden's updated edition of 350+ Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets is a perfect gift for creative crafters.

Give a stylish finish to your knitted garments and accessories with this essential compendium of knitting know-how. Over 350 tips, techniques, and secrets are explained and illustrated with clear step-by-step photographs and diagrams. Discover how to read patterns and charts, choose color and yarns, mix and match stitch patterns, and adapt designs for the perfect fit.

All kinds of stitches abound, from stockinette stitch and ribbing, to lace, Fair Isle, cables, and intarsia work. This book explains all the techniques you'll need in the order you'll need them, from casting on and joining in yarns, to shaping, and adding buttonholes, pockets, and embellishments. Plus, "Try It" and "Fix It" panels suggest ways of practicing and developing new skills and avoiding or correcting common knitting errors.

3D Paper Craft Robots

3D Paper Craft Robots

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A revitalization of the paper craft has been rediscovered because of designers and artistically- and creatively-interested web users posting tutorials and then finished products on the internet and blogs. This instructive title is easy to understand and offers a wide range of robot designs that can be folded and assembled. The retro-inspired design of the book will fascinate children and adults, which makes it an ideal book for entertaining the whole family.
40 Colorful Afghans to Crochet

40 Colorful Afghans to Crochet

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Bestselling author Leonie Morgan is back with another wonderful crochet book, showcasing her vibrant color and stitch variations. Featuring both block and stitch patterns, there is plenty here to please both granny-square lovers and row-by-row enthusiasts!

Each of the 40 afghan designs comes with a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, a skill-level indicator, and a full-color photograph. Instructions and yardage are given, too, for making afghans in three sizes: baby blankets, lap throws, and bedspreads.

Packed with advice on picking color combinations and a selection of edgings to finish your project, 40 Colorful Afghans to Crochet is all you need to create your own unique and colorful afghan.

49 Sensational Skirts

49 Sensational Skirts

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Alison Willoughby, an innovative textile designer who made her mark in the fashion world as "skirtgirl" for her work on hand-constructed intricate skirts, gives a complete sewing rundown in this fabulous guidebook. Throughout its accessible chapters, this resource shows how to give a new lease on life to a favorite old skirt, transform thrift store finds into runway-worthy fashions with clever customizations, and how to make and decorate a skirt from scratch using the handy bound-in pattern template. With 49 fabulous skirt designs plus one sassy miniskirt, core techniques are illustrated with step-by-step photographs--from sewing fabric into seams, pleating, and ruching to screen printing and adding embellishments.

Sewers of all levels--no previous knowledge necessary--learn how to manipulate fabric to create amazing effects such as ruffles, loops, and layers; produce unusual decorations using beads, buttons, badges, ribbons, and myriad found objects; and to create unique prints and patterns with pens, paints, and foil. Step-by-step instructions for making a wide range of skirts are included, plus instructions for numerous stitch techniques, construction and deconstruction, decorative stitches, and descriptions of various fabrics, fastenings, and finishings. Rounded off with a special section on inspiration exercises to get creativity flowing, this crafter's companion has all of the information a sewer needs to begin creating custom fashions.

50 Fabulous Knit Aran Stitches

50 Fabulous Knit Aran Stitches

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An ardent collector of knit patterns, Rita Weiss was always fascinated with the beautiful Aran sweaters that supposedly came from the Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland. She loved the stories that accompanied them and the idea that each stitch had a special meaning. Even though historians now are saying the stories were all a myth used as a marketing tool, Rita never stopped loving the patterns.

She shares 50 favorites here. Each can be worked in any yarn you choose, either in "multiples" (the number of stitches needed to complete one unit of the pattern) or in "panels" with a specific stitch count. Patterns include Cathedral Cables, Rapunzel's Cable, Tied Ropes, Desert Sand, Blarney Kiss, Quilted Cables, Diamond Windows, and more.

50 Knitted Wraps & Shawls

50 Knitted Wraps & Shawls

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Which one will you knit first? With 50 patterns for knitted shawls and wraps to choose from, in so many styles, textures, and yarns, choosing your first project will be a welcome challenge. From simple knit-purl designs for beginners to slip-stitch color work designs, doubleknit, brioche, lace, and cables--there are designs to interest every level of knitter. There are so many fabulous designs, this will become your go-to shawl knitting book.
50 Sunflowers to Knit Crochet & Felt

50 Sunflowers to Knit Crochet & Felt

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Sunflowers are bold and bright flowers that have inspired painters and designers for years. Master knitter and designer Kristin Nicholas grows her own field of colorful sunflowers and now brings the iconic sunflower to fiber life using knitting, crochet, felting, and embroidery. Included are designs for over thirty different sunflower blooms and buds in a variety of sizes, plus eight different leaf and vine designs, and a host of critters who live in a sunflower field from birds and honeybees, to butterflies and caterpillars a total of fifty items.

Laid out like the previous books in the series, the book includes all the useful information you need for making the flowers which needles, crochet hooks, embroidery needles, and types of yarns to use, plus a special explanation of how to choose yarn that felts well. In the "How to Work with Color" section, photographs of actual sunflowers are translated into stitched samples that give the reader visual cues on how to combine colors in their crafting. Organized into knitted and crocheted items, with additional instructions incorporated for felting, the "How-To" section includes full step-by-step pattern instructions and charts where appropriate. The last part of the book features over fifteen projects for using the sunflowers in many and varied ways, from embellishing mittens, to decorating a grapevine wreath to a felted potholder, to making a child's toy, and more!"

50 Ways to Wear a Scarf

50 Ways to Wear a Scarf

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From the Audrey to the Paris, the Top Down, or the Easy Breezy, there are 50 scarf styles in this book for any occasion or mood. Jaunty illustrations break down each step so stylistas can wrap, loop, and get out the door looking perfectly polished. Teens, young professionals, and moms alike will love playing around with the looks, including unexpected belts, sarongs, and topknots. Vibrantly illustrated and packaged as a compact hardcover, 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf begs to be gifted with a scarf and displayed on a dresser, plus it's small enough to take scarf shopping. Très chic!
500 Crochet Stitches

500 Crochet Stitches

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500 Crochet Stitches is both a stitch guide and a how-to-crochet primer, all in one volume. You get all the information needed to get started, including how to choose yarn and needles, read patterns, work basic stitches, how to check gauge, increase and decrease, join pieces and finish projects and care for your crochet items.

The comprehensive pattern library includes 500 crochet stitches, including basic stitches using single and double crochet, trebles, and some new techniques to get the fabric you want for that special sweater or hat. Lace and openwork stitches are a starting point for exploring the airy shawls, and afghans crochet is famous for. Use one of the many motifs to create an heirloom blanket, or mix and match motifs to create a truly unique piece. There are also edgings and trims you can use on your crochet and other projects, including sewn items and knitted ones.

Each is fully explained with instructions and accompanied by a full-color photo of a sample crocheted swatch. All swatches are worked in updated yarns, beautifully photographed and accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions.

Based on The Harmony Guides, which have been a longstanding and valued reference for handcrafters for more than thirty years, with over half a million worldwide sales, this edition is updated with eye-catching photography and innovative new stitches, but also never forgetting the heritage of the guides.

52 Boxes in 52 Weeks: Improve Your Design Skills One Box at a Time

52 Boxes in 52 Weeks: Improve Your Design Skills One Box at a Time

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What do you get when an accomplished woodworker and senior editor of Fine Woodworking magazine sets himself the challenge of designing and building one box a week for a solid year? You get 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks, a book dedicated to making relatively simple--yet gracefully elegant--boxes that woodworkers of all skill levels will be eager to build.

Readers will begin by learning the fundamental box-making techniques that are applicable to almost every box in the book:

  • how to match grain at corners
  • how to cut miters
  • how to make tops and bottoms
  • how to finish a box with shellac, sometimes highlighted with milk paint ( a major trend in finishing right now).
  • Following that, Kenney reveals some universal design principles that can be used as guidance as readers develop their own design aesthetic. And then, of course, the book transitions to the 52 boxes themselves.

    52 Weeks of Socks

    52 Weeks of Socks

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    52 Weeks of Socks is a modern collection of sock patterns from Nordic knitting experts Laine. What is more special than a pair of hand-knitted socks? Perfect for curling up at home on cozy winter evenings and crisp autumn mornings, or for hiking adventures over spring afternoons and summer nights, knitted socks are the ultimate small luxury. Whether they're a treat for yourself or a heartfelt gift, there's love in every stitch. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling. This whimsical book contains a beautiful pair of socks for every week of the year. That's 52 sock patterns contributed by 46 leading knitwear designers from across the world, suitable for knitters of all abilities. Each uses different yarns and techniques, including projects with stunning stitch definition and classic slippers for beginners. From sole to toe, these easy-to-follow patterns will sweep you up with stunning photography and styling that evokes the inspiring Nordic landscape and slow living. 52 Weeks of Socks is a book to treasure and return to again and again, not just for weeks but for years to come.
    60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash and 128 Superwash from Cascade Yarns

    60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash and 128 Superwash from Cascade Yarns

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    Wrap up baby in something cozy, comfy, and cuddly! The latest addition to the bestselling 60 Quick Knits series features adorable blankets, throws, afghans, and cuddlies in a variety of sizes and styles. Created by 30 up-and-coming knitwear designers, these all-new patterns are made with affordable, colorful, versatile, and washable Cascade 220 Superwash(R) and 128 Superwash(R) yarns. Whatever your skill level, theres a project here for you!
    60 Quick Knit Gifts for Babies

    60 Quick Knit Gifts for Babies

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    60 Quick Knit Gifts for Babies is a standout collection of 60 brand-new knitting patterns for blankets, accessories, garments, and toys for little ones up to two years old.

    When in need of something to knit that will make a baby--and his or her parents--go gaga, 60 Quick Knit Gifts for Babies has everything you'll need. From simple accessories like hats and mittens to garments like cardigans, pullovers, dresses, and rompers, there are plenty of options that will allow you to dress up that little one in style. Beyond clothing, there are numerous adorable blankets and several loveable toys such as a koala and a sloth. No two items are alike, and unlike some knitting books for babies, projects span every skill level and a broad range of techniques such as lace, cables, colorwork, brioche, and more. There is something accessible and enticing for every knitter. With every item worked in Cascade 220 Superwash, an affordable and easy-care yarn available in more than 100 colors, the riddle of which yarn to use is solved from the get-go. The latest and greatest baby collection in the bestselling 60 Quick Knits knitting book series is here--and knitters will turn to this book whenever a new bundle of joy arrives or it's time to celebrate those first couple of birthdays. Happy knitting!

    6000+ Pullover Possibilities

    6000+ Pullover Possibilities

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    With more than 6000 options to choose from, this is your source for the perfect personalizable garment!

    Knitters can create the sweater of their dreams with this ingenious collection! Prolific author and designer Melissa Leapman has written the ultimate resource for turning your perfect pullover into reality: she takes the most basic pattern and shows knitters how to customize it using every possible sleeve, neckline, or body shape in yarn weights from Super Fine to Bulky and from sizes XS to 4XL. The result is more than 6000 interchangeable sweater combinations to fit every need and personal preference. From saddle shoulder long sleeves to raglan bell sleeves, scoop necks to Henley plackets, or straight silhouettes to empire waistlines, the endless design possibilities showcased in this one book will delight knitters. Edge treatments, pocket options, and finishing instructions are included for the most personalizable approach to sweater making ever published. Step-by-step instructions, easy-to-read charts, and brightly colored individual sample pieces are all efficiently combined for an easy-to-follow guide to giving any knitted pullover pattern a personal touch.

    62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer

    62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer

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    Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you're going at it with a screwdriver and hammer: announcing the most wildly inventive, eco-friendly craft book on repurposing everyday objects since Generation T. Except in this case the raw material isn't a T-shirt, but the stuff we all have lying around and have no idea what to do with, or even how to get rid of properly--your old cell phone, a broken printer, irredeemable iPod, busted digital camera, mysterious thatches of cables and wires, orphaned keyboards, and of course, those dead PCs and laptops.

    Created by a Parsons design graduate who's obsessed with navigating the intersection of art and technology, here are 62 ingenious projects that are irresistibly geek-chic. An iMac Terrarium--how cool is that? A laptop Digital Photo Frame. The impressively green Scanner Compost Bin. Plus a power strip Bird Feeder, Walkman Soap Dish, My First Squiggle Bot, Qwerty Hair Tie, Flat-screen Ant Farm. Each project has complete, step-by-step instructions, is rated by difficulty--in a thorough first chapter the author covers all the tools and skills needed to take apart electronics safely--and is arranged by use, from stuff for the house, to fashion, toys, arts and crafts, items for pets, and more.