Knitting & Crochet: A beginner's step-by-step guide to methods and techniques

by Charlotte Gerlings

FOX CHAPEL PUBLISHING | February 1, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Knitting and Crochet are two of the most popular needlework crafts and both are easy to learn. One of the great advantages of knitting and crochet is that you can carry your work anywhere you go. Both construct a fabric from interlocking loops of yarn rather than woven threads on a loom. There is a certain satisfaction watching the fabric take shape as you progress - no paper patterns or cutting out - all you have to do at the end is seam the pieces together. Of course there are certain methods and techniques that a knitter needs to master before his or her creativity can really take flight. Knitting & Crochet covers all the basics, with step-by-step illustrations to guide you, sections on equipment, how to read printed patterns, four simple projects and a glossary. Whether you are creating unique clothes and accessories for your family or you are making items for a charity, there is a particular pleasure to be had from making things by hand with the ancient crafts of knitting and crochet.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 48 pages, 11 × 8.8 × 0.25 in

Published: February 1, 2012

Publisher: FOX CHAPEL PUBLISHING

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1565236831

ISBN - 13: 9781565236837

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Knitting & Crochet: A beginner's step-by-step guide to methods and techniques

by Charlotte Gerlings

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 48 pages, 11 × 8.8 × 0.25 in

Published: February 1, 2012

Publisher: FOX CHAPEL PUBLISHING

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1565236831

ISBN - 13: 9781565236837

About the Book

Every generation rediscovers the satisfaction of making things by hand and there is particular pleasure to be had from creating unique clothes and accessories for your family or in knitting for a charity.
Knitting is one of the world's most popular crafts and not at all difficult to learn, together with its close relation, crochet. Both construct a fabric from interlocking loops of yarn rather than woven threads on a loom. The great advantage of knitting and crochet is that you can carry your work anywhere you go. And the fabric takes shape as you progress - no paper patterns or cutting out - all you have to do at the end is seam the pieces together.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Equipment and Materials Needles and hooks chart Equipment for knitting and crochet Yarns and fibers How to read knitting and crochet patterns Tension (gauge) samples for knitting and crochet Calculating quantities Part 2: Knitting Methods and Techniques Holding yarn and needles Casting (binding) on Casting (binding) off The basic stitches and more Project: Scarf in farter stitch Project: Toddler''s ribbed hat with turn-up and pompom Selvedges (selvages) Emergency procedures Increasing Decreasing Knitting in the round Button eyelets Finishing Decorating: with cross stitch Decorating: with Swiss darning Decorating: with tassels and fringes Decorating: with pompoms Part 3: Crochet Methods and Techniques Holding yarn and hook Chain foundations Basic stitches Basic stitch variations Turning chains Adding new yarn without knotting Increasing Decreasing Geometric shapes Fastenings Edgings Project: Crochet shawl Granny squares Finishing your work Project: Granny square cushion Aftercare Storage Recycling Abbreviations and terms

From the Publisher

Knitting and Crochet are two of the most popular needlework crafts and both are easy to learn. One of the great advantages of knitting and crochet is that you can carry your work anywhere you go. Both construct a fabric from interlocking loops of yarn rather than woven threads on a loom. There is a certain satisfaction watching the fabric take shape as you progress - no paper patterns or cutting out - all you have to do at the end is seam the pieces together. Of course there are certain methods and techniques that a knitter needs to master before his or her creativity can really take flight. Knitting & Crochet covers all the basics, with step-by-step illustrations to guide you, sections on equipment, how to read printed patterns, four simple projects and a glossary. Whether you are creating unique clothes and accessories for your family or you are making items for a charity, there is a particular pleasure to be had from making things by hand with the ancient crafts of knitting and crochet.

About the Author

Charlotte Gerlings is an expert in several art mediums, including needlecraft and fabric arts. She graduated in Publishing from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) and since then has worked as a book designer, writer and editor. She lives in South West London and is currently studying at Wimbledon School of Art for her MA in Fine Art. She is the author of several books, including Sewing, Patchwork, Cross Stitch, Knitting & Crochet, and 100 Great Artists.