Knit one. Purl two.

Knitting begins with an idea. You can use luxurious yarns that come in different colors and textures to create a unique item. Your biggest decision may be whether to keep your knitted creation or give it as a unique gift. Learn the basics of knitting with these titles from our digital collections.

Knitting Fabric Rugs by Karen Tiede

With just a few tools and fabric, Karen Tiede gives you directions for making 28 different rugs with designs that use age-old motifs, including stripes and spirals; traditional quilt patterns, such as tessellations and log cabin designs; and freeform inventions. She shows how to create a wide range of color modulations, as well as different shapes, from rectangles to circles. The results are beautiful, one-of-a-kind floor coverings and wall hangings that are perfect for your space and taste.

You Can Knit That by Amy Herzog

When knitting superstar Amy Herzog gets complimented on her hand-knit sweaters, the compliments are often followed by but I could never knit that." Now, you can! You Can Knit That is a clear, simple reference book and pattern collection that gives knitters the sweater-making confidence they need. Whether you're knitting a sweater for the first time or seeking to expand your skills to knit sweaters in styles you've never tried before, this essential guide starts with basic sweater know-how and moves into instructions for knitting six must-have sweater styles-vests, all-in-one construction, drop shoulders, raglans, yokes, and set-in sleeves. Each chapter offers a less-intimidating mini" sweater sized for a child and a selection of adult women's patterns in 12 sizes-24 sweater patterns in all, each building on the next, to ensure success with even the most complicated sweaters.

How to Knit Socks That Fit by Donna Druchunas

Whether you're working socks from the toe up or from the cuff down, designer Donna Druchunas's complete, step-by-step instructions make sock knitting easy, enjoyable, and successful. You'll learn several different approaches for getting started, and you'll also discover how to shape comfortable toes, create heels that fit, and ensure stretchy cuffs that can be counted on to keep your socks up. Druchunas's useful tips and tricks include working confidently with double-pointed needles, knitting socks on one or two circular needles, and even knitting two socks at the same time. Once you've mastered these basic techniques, you can adapt them to create your own custom sock designs.

Knitted Toys by Jody Long

Create a teddy bear, propeller plane, Russian doll, fire engine, and other cuddly toys with this easy-to-follow book. Knitters will treasure this guide to crafting 20 fanciful toys that appeal to boys and girls alike. Toys range from such traditional items as a bunny and a puppy to winsome versions of more unusual animal companions: a snake, bumblebee, mouse, caterpillar, and other endearing creatures. There are step-by-step directions for each of the toys, several with bonus accessories to knit, as well as color photographs of the completed projects. Suitable for knitters at all levels of experience, these toys make wonderful gifts and cherished keepsakes.

 

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