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Knit one. Purl two.
Design your own knits in 5 easy steps
Debbie Abrahams.
London : Hamlyn, 2008.
Inspiration, stitches, and yarn -- Ideas onto paper -- Knitting a swatch -- Mapping out the design -- Getting knitting.
     
Sew U home stretch : the Built by Wendy guide to sewing knit fabrics
Wendy Mullin with Eviana Hartman ; illustrations by Beci Orpin ; additional illustrations by Agnieszka Gasparska, Hollye Chapman.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2008.
Fresh on the heels of her first book, which focused on sewing with woven fabrics, Mullin takes sewing to the next level, providing step-by-step instructions and patterns directly from her own studio for apparel made from soft knit fabrics.
     
Teach yourself visually knitting design : working from a master pattern to fashion your own knits
by Sharon Turner.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Pub., 2007.
There are lots of stylish knitting patterns out there, but sometimes you want to do your own thing. Maybe you've found a yarn that would make a beautiful hat, and all you need are basic directions for shaping. Or maybe you've had your eye on a cute sweater in a store window and know that you can make a better version yourself-if you could only figure out the measurements. This handy guide demystifies all that knitting math and shows you how to knit custom-fitted, one-of-a-kind fashions that express your style. Master patterns for hats, sweaters, scarves, shawls, bags, mittens, vests, and socks lay out the basic construction for each item in a range of sizes; you choose the yarn and decide which modifications and customizations you want to make.
     
No-pattern knits : simple modular techniques for making wonderful garments and accessories
Pat Ashforth, Steve Plummer.
Hauppauge, NY : Barrons Educational Series, Inc., c2006.
Put the fun back in knitting and create beautiful and original clothing and accessories from simple geometric shapes. Forget about complicated increases and decreases or poring over a difficult pattern book. Learn just a few basic stitches and discover how you can effortlessly create sweaters, bags, hats, cushions, and scarves. Book jacket.
     

Knitting begins with an idea. For example, creating a colorful folk vest or a soft and cuddly baby blanket. Once you have an idea, the next step for the beginner is to learn the basics of knitting.

Start with the basics of casting on, knitting, fixing a lost stitch, and turning at the end of a row. Before long you will be ready to try your first idea. Begin with a simple scarf pattern, and then get more complicated patterns as you gain knitting experience.

Simple knitting patterns can be made fancy by using luxurious yarns. Soft mohair yarns or dainty eyelash yarns offer different textures for your scarf. Alternating different colors or yarns within the same knitting pattern helps to create a unique item.

Embellishments such as Bali silver beads, or semi-precious stones, can be sewn onto a knitted item to make it fancy. Make sure to use invisible thread to give the knitted item a finished look. Your biggest decision may be whether to keep your knitted creation or give it as a unique gift.

Knitting facts

There are no straight lines in knitting. Yarn is knitted in rows of loops that gets pulled through the loops of the row below it. A knit item will stretch in all directions.

More facts

For those who have pets at home, knit personalized clothes for your cat or dog. Classic, timeless coats will keep your pet dog is warm during a cold winter walk.

Knitted baby blankets, shawls, and hats are just a few items that will not be found easily in a department store. Knitting unique items will not only provide relaxing entertainment, but also create a wonderful gift of wearable art for a friend or family member.

All it takes is a pair of knitting needles, some yarn, and your idea!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff