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Knitting Little Luxuries: Beautiful Accessories to Knit [Paperback]

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Pages   127
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1596680547  
EAN  9781596680548  

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Learn to pamper friends and loved ones with lavish and fun knitted gifts. Projects are broken down into four different categories by style and include hats, mittens, purses, wraps, tops, sweaters, and socks—all of which are simple to make and require minimal yarn. Tips are provided for embellishing each project with different fabrics, edgings, and stitching patterns, making personalization easy, even for novices. Beautiful photographs and color illustrations detailing how to create each piece, as well as contemporary designs and small, quick projects make this guide a must-have for the gift-giving knitter.

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Louisa Harding is the author of Hats, Gloves, Scarves; Modern Classics; and Natural Knits for Babies and Moms. Her designs have appeared in Knitting Magazine, Rowan Knitting Magazine, and Vogue Knitting.

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Simply Amazing!  Sep 30, 2008
This book completely wowed me! From the moment I opened its cover, I loved loved loved it! The patterns are beautiful and feminine in a classy way. The photography is gorgeous, and the colors are stunning. After I'd kept my library's copy for several weeks, I realized I was never going to return it, so I bought my own.

I admit that I bought the book entirely for inspiration and eye candy. As someone else said, the patterns are intermediate at the hardest, so they're not much in the way of skill advancement. Besides, I'm the sort of person that never does a pattern straight. I always alter something to better suit my tastes. None of these patterns are constructed exactly as I'd like: I'd never knit anything flat and sew it together if it could be done in one piece. However, even considering all that, I can already anticipate this book being the most inspiring pattern book I own, and I own a bunch.

Although it's already been done, I want to go over the sections and highlight the things that I found notable about each. The patterns are timelessly gorgeous, or so I thought anyway. I was very surprised to see them called trendy by other reviewers. It's true I'm young (twenty-something), but I've always considered my tastes very classic. I'm probably more a product of my generation than I think. :) C'est la vie. Here are the sections.

Electic + Quirky: Just as the name says. I love the use of randomly sprinkled buttons, embroidery, and other embellishments. The patterns as pictured are heavy on pink and and baby blue, which will look great to those with a cool skin tone (like me). I especially love the Cecily Beanie (with all the buttons) and the Betty Wrap, which does lace with big needles and chunky yarn -- a delight.

Textured + Modern: Heavy on cables. This section has really innovative designs. A purse is knit horizontally. A tunic has a dramatic cable that travels diagonally from shoulder to opposite hemline. Probably one of my big favorites from this book is the Belle Scarf & Wrap. The scarf is framed with seed stitch and stockinette cables that make an undulating, uneven edge, and the middle is flanked by columns of double yarnovers. Knit it on bigger needles and it becomes a wrap. This section is almost entirely done in a metallic blue and is photographed on a sparse-looking beach -- very modern minimalistic.

Pretty + Feminine: My favorite section. Lots of lovely lace. None of it is very hard as lace goes, but it's always arranged so artfully that the finished result is quite stunning. I love everything here, but the Catherine Purse, Juliet Scarf, and Diane Cardigan especially impress me. This section has softer colors and is photographed indoors for a very feminine feel. It also has the finest gauge yarns of the whole book.

Traditional + Folk: Excellent for those who like colors. They're all fair isle, and three out of the four look intricate enough to keep an intermediate strander busy. I'm not much for color knitting so I go for the Mary Beanie (the simplest in terms of colorwork). Again, a lot of pink and purple, though the Emma Hat is shown in camel, olive green, and brown, which should appeal to the warm skin tones.

Finally, I should address the quality of the instructions. Again, since I tend to modify, I don't notice instructions as much as some might. However, I'm halfway through the Belle Scarf (with a horseshoe lace insert instead of a center cable) and so far, everything has been very easy to understand. All but the simplest patterns have diagrams and charts. In most cases, duplicate written instructions are also provided.

As for the book itself, it's typical of Interweave Press: Layout is beautiful and uncluttered; font is easy to read; pictures are great. What more can a knitting addict ask for?
plenty of embellishments  Sep 20, 2008
I saw this book before buying but didn't realize that all the yarns called for are Louisa Harding! However each yarn does give a category by type and number so one can substitute fairly easily. The rather simple projects call for lots of embellishing based on the button box the author received from her grandmother. I like the beret which would probably make a great hat for chemo patients, tabard with a cable going up the piece on the diagonal, scarf and wrap in cables, fingerless mittens,and Juliet scarf in a nice shetland lace pattern. Some nice fairisle designs but all knit with straight needles instead of going around which is easier. However, there are some nice ideas here when you need a gift involving not too much time.
Beautiful little luxuries  Aug 10, 2008
I recently purchased this book and have not been able to put it down. Gorgeous pieces, beautiful pictures and glossy thick pages. Not only do I want to make everything in the book, it's perfect for a twenty-something like myself who likes feminine things and a little bit of trend and flair at the same time. This knits in this book remind me of something you might find at Anthropologie. A little bit vintage, very feminine, luxurious and cute. The Daphne purse on the cover is to die for- and I see myself making about 5 of them for people for Christmas time. lol The Fair Isle patterns are not to difficult and gorgeous. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to make beautifully feminine pieces for themselves or others.
Great book for gifts  Jun 17, 2008
I got this book for Christmas last year. Almost all of the projects are ones I will actually make (many books have one, or two, and the rest are junk).

The patterns are mostly easy to follow, and the results are beautiful. While many of the items are not things I would wear myself they make great gifts, and are a good base to use when making up your own patterns. A GREAT idea book and great for gifts.
Lovely book of quick projects  Apr 30, 2008
I got this book in order to knit pretty, stylish things for my granddaughters. I love to knit and why make a bunch klutzy stuff they won't like? It is full of great ideas and the patterns are easy to use. I have knit two of the classic beanies since last night and have embellished one with folk-art star buttons and the other with a small bouquet of knitted flowers, from directions given further on in the book for embellishing an evening bag. I added a knitted leaf with a ladybug button. Both hats came out great and not a bit grandmotherly. I am going to add some arty glass beads to the flower centers tomorrow to jazz it up another notch. These are great basic patterns for getting your creative juices flowing and your embellishing stash involved. Very feminine, nice pattern stitches, very classic designs. If they aren't classic yet, they will be. Young hip people will like these designs, and so will their grandmothers.

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