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Just added two new books to my library and am looking forward to learning how to add beads to my knitting. Knit One, Bead Two goes in depth into techniques for adding beads with seven projects to knit using one or a combination of techniques. Knitting with Beads has 30 different patterns using beading techniques, but is not as in depth on the techniques. Can't wait to get started!
For some reason, changing knitting patterns has become a fascination for me. I have books and books of stitch patterns, all for flat knitting. I love circular knitting. I find myself spending hours on diagrams and charts, figuring out how to change a flat pattern to a circular pattern. Can you say 'glutton for punishment'?
The wrong side row has to be reversed and the stitches reversed...I love the challenge. Sometimes you have extra stitches used for spacing on a flat pattern that may or may not translate to a circular pattern.
I found a really useful book for all of this--Charts Made Simple: Understanding Knitting Charts Visually, by J. C. Blair. I highly recommend this book if you really want to get into designing knitting patterns. You should also use the Craft Yarn Council standards for knitting abbreviations or knitting symbols. There is also a great class on Craftsy--Pattern Writing for Knitters. Creating patterns is by far the most fun I have ever had!
Let me start by saying that I have not been paid to write this review, though if you click on the link above and buy it, I might earn a little bit. I just love this book!!
This is one of my favorite books, namely because of this hat pattern, but also because it has so many neat projects that work up quickly as gifts. I made this Pointy Elf Hat for my grandson, Isaac, when he was a baby. Now his mom is requesting a bigger one (toddler size). This one I knitted up in Lionbrand Hometown USA in San Diego Navy. The yarn used in the original pattern is no longer available, but is much nubbier than this and gives a very rustic look (very elfish). The pattern in the book is sized baby to large adult, so anyone can have an elf hat.
The book is divided into chapters by how long it takes to make something--2-4 hours, 4-6 hours, 6-8 hours and more than 8 hour gifts, which helps if you are in a time crunch. There is also a nice section at the end for wrapping home made gifts with home made wrappings and embellishments, plus sources for supplies.
In the less than 2-hour gifts section, you have patterns for a Reusable Hot Coffee-cup Sleeve, Holiday Ornament, Pointy Elf Hat, Pyramid Sachet, Seed-stitch Bracelet, and Linen-stitch Bookmark.
In the 2-4 hour gifts, you have patterns for Soft Baskets (next on my list), Movie Star Scarf (also on my list), Baby Socks (very easy--used it, loved it), Baby Bonnet, Big Lace Scarf, and Family Ribbed Hats (an easy ribbed pattern with sizes for everybody and variations give for different yarns).
The 4-6 hour gift section has Sideways Fingerless Gloves (on my list), Cozy Coasters, Huggable House (sort of a house shaped pillow), Kelly's Mittens, Spiral Seat Cushion and Easy Baby Cardigan (also in the near future-two versions suitable for boy or girl).
The 6-8 hour gifts includes a Beret (which I knitted from Lionbrand baby Alpaca and it turned out beautiful), Kid's Vest, Dreaming of Spring Fingerless Gloves, Very Pretty Lace Scarf, Nesting Squares Baby Blanket/Play Mat, and Cozy, Comfy Pullover (in child's size 2 to men's large or women's 2x large--adding it to my list of things to knit).
More than 8 hour gifts has an Entrelac Baby Blanket, Soft as a Cloud Cowl (three variations), Men's Zip Up Vest, Toe-up Socks, Leah's Lovely Cardigan, and Bright Stripes Blanket.
This has become one of my go-to books for gifts of any kind because of the variety and the estimation of time (very important). Granted, not everyone knits the same, but at least you have an idea of whether it will take a weekend or a week.
I am a maker--crafts, DIY, garden, upcycling, instructional design--I am always designing and making something, be it a new recipe, new knitting pattern, a class for compliance training or landscaping a flower bed.
I am also a collector and curator of vast amounts of information that interests or inspires me. I have a growing collection of DIY, crafts, and recipes on Pinterest.
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