Two leading knitwear designers, who have created classic pieces for private collections and galleries for more than 20 years, present an eye-catching assortment of intarsia projects, perfect for gift-giving.
Handbags and gorgeous garments for adults, plus adorable doll clothes, hats, and sweaters for children--that's what knitters will find inside this remarkable collection of gifts to knit. They're made using intarsia, an easy-to-work two-color technique that's especially popular with a new generation of knitters. Each item features a pattern in bold geometrics, stripes, or florals, and all the designs are young and fresh and beautiful enough to qualify as wearable art. Choose a Circles Scarf and Hat with pom-poms, Cherry Blossom Mittens, a Ruffle-Edged Drawstring Bag, Big Squares Knee Socks, a Wee Striped Cardigan, and many more. Every project includes full-color graphs, which make following the design fool-proof. A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.
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Sisters Andrea and Gayle Shackleton have been designing and knitting sweaters by hand for nearly 20 years. Their company, Hot Knots, boasts a line of sweaters, dresses, accessories, and children's sweaters. Through their Tara designs, the Shackletons aid a nonprofit women's knitting cooperative in Nepal. The women there hand-dye the woolen yarns used in the designs and knit the items for the line.From Booklist:
Initially, the list of patterns for gifts offered here seems basic: gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, stockings, a few sweaters. But for novices, items such as gloves and socks, which are knit on more than two needles, can be complicated. And even simple items such as scarves involve intarsia knitting, which uses several colors. That said, the projects are so attractive that even new knitters will want to give them a go, and the good news is that the instructions couldn't be clearer. Unlike many knitting books, the patterns are offered in a good-size, readable typeface, and each step is given its own line. Abbreviations are kept to a minimum. The instructions flow so easily that readers will feel as if the authors are taking them by the hand. The colorful charts are equally easy to work with. An attractive, inviting offering. Ilene Cooper
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