Monday, 11 November 2013

Book Review 200 Knitting Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets

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The basics of knitting are quick to master, but learning to create a stylish, professional finish usually takes much longer. This book contains over 200 professional fixes, insider tips, and secrets arranged by topic to enable any crafter to achieve a great fit and finish when knitting garments and accessories. You will also learn how to dye yarns easily in an ordinary kitchen to get the colour combinations you want, and how to embellish garments with surface decoration and beads to express your own personality. unlike most other knitting books, 200 KNITTING TIPS, TECHNIQUES & TRADE SECRETS shows you how to adapt and design garments to suit your own size, shape, and preferences, and the book is packed with a wealth of informative and inspirational ideas.

Wach topic, self-contained in a one- or two-page section, is fully explained and illustrated with specially commissioned step-by-step photographs and detailed artwork. For ease of use, every topic is cross-referenced to allow the reader to dip in and out for help and advice. Aimed at all knitters from beginners to the more experienced 200 KNITTING TIPS, TECHNIQUES & TRADE SECRETS contains a wealth of essential technical information and handy tips.


About this Book

Chapter One
Equipment and Materials
Knitting Needles
Additional Equipment
Which Yarn?
Buying Yarn

Chapter Two
Patterns and Charts
Following a Knitting Pattern
Measuring your Gauge
Understanding charts and Symbols
Selecting the Right Size

Chapter Three
Choosing Colours
All About Drape
Flattering Your Body Shape
Adapting Knitting Patterns
Achieving Perfect Fit
Basic Design Principles
Schematics and Graphs
Putting it All Together

Chapter Four
Basic Techniques
Preparing yarn
Casting On
Holding the Yarn and Needles
Working Knit Stitch
Working Purl Stitch
Woking Basic Knit and Purl Stitch Patterns
Binding Off
Joining yarns
Striped Patterns

Chapter Five
Advanced Techniques
Picking Up Stitches
Ribs, Hems and Other Borders
Armholes and Sleeve Shapes
Necklines, Neckband and Collars
Making Buttonholes
Beautiful Buttons
Shoulder Pads
Shaping with Vertical Darts
Short Row Shaping
Lace and Openwork Stitches
Cables and Twists
Knots and Bobbles
Loops, Leaves and Bells
Chevron Patterns
Patchwork Patterns
Frills and Flutes

Chapter Six
Knitting in The Round
Circular Knitting
Stitch Patterns for Circular Knitting
Circular Knitted Shapes
Mittens and Gloves

Chapter Seven
Creative Techniques
Hand Dyeing
Combining Yarns for Texture
Slip Stitch Patterns
Fair Isle Knitting
Counted Stitch Embroidery
Freestyle Embroidery
Knitting with Beads and Sequins
Pompoms, Tassels, Fringes and Cords
Flower Trims
Crochet Designs

Chapter Eight
Stitching the Seams
Pressing and Blocking
Common Abbreviations and Symbols
Crochet Hooks and Sizes

200 Knitting Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets is available from Amazon

Disclosure: I buy sewing books from on-line shops with my own money, I am not being paid for writing this review. All my reviews are honest and on things that I genuinely love and would recommend to my readers. 

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