Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters presents expert tips and tried-and-tested shortcuts for beautifully finished hand-knits. Expert tips and tried-and-tested shortcuts for beautifully finished hand-knits.
An otherwise finely crafted piece of hand-knitting can often be spoiled by the finishing details. Now you can learn the shortcuts and even more important, where not to cut corners. Starting with reading patterns and instructions, this invaluable guide then explains the different ways of casting on and off and the importance of shaping and sizing. It shows how to sew a variety of seams, provides methods for each type of stitch, and explains how to create perfect buttonholes, button bands, and necklines. Finally, a section on decorative detail shows how to add beads and other embellishments, while the trouble-shooting pages tackle those annoying problems that occur when things have gone wrong. An invaluable companion for beginners and more experienced knitters. A Selection of the Crafter’s Choice Book Club
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Sharon Brant is a Rowan Yarn consultant and coauthor of Classic Knits for Real Women.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* Presentation is everything, particularly for knitted projects that take hours from cast on to bind off to complete. The thrill of finishing quickly dissipates when you realize you have to put your project together. Finishing a knitted piece is an entirely other skill from knitting, and many knitters avoid knitting patterns that require it. Brant tackles this intimidating subject through lush photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, and clear explanations of a wide array of techniques. She breaks down how to determine your size, obtain the right gauge, change yarns, calculate yardage, read a pattern diagram, and alter pattern measurements to fit. Her explanation of blocking is brief, maybe because this is the one finishing technique effectively covered by most knitting books. Clear, crisp photographs and simply written instructions illustrate techniques for casting on, shaping, binding off, garment assembly, embellishments, and edgings. Every topic from buttonholes to picking up stitches has two or three techniques explained. Brant provides patterns for all the sweaters used to illustrate the techniques in the book. Sure to become a well-worn, frequently referenced book. Jennifer Palmer
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