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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Knitting Smitten by Jessica Biscoe

Knitting Smitten: 20 Fresh and Funky Hand-knit Designs - Simple Makes

Knitting. What's not to love? It's simply the coolest craft you can do on two needles. Nowadays, it's not just grandmothers who knit. This infectious yarn craft has spread to all generations. Why? Because it's relaxing to do, the results are immensely satisfying and the basics are not at all difficult to learn. Once you have picked up a few core techniques, including mastering the basic knit and purl stitches, the number of different hand knits you can make are literally endless - from an on-trend Chevron Cushion in an enticing zesty colourway to dainty Ballerina Slippers in perky pastel shades. Knitting Smitten encapsulates the joy of knitting with 20 fresh and funky hand-knit designs by knitting newcomer Jessica Biscoe. This latest book in the popular Simple Makes series includes covetable accessories, such as a delicate Maiden Braid Bracelet and chunky Moss Stitch Cowl, perfect presents, such as the dinky Coin Purse and loopy stitch Hedgehog Paperweight, and must-have homewares, such as the Flamingo Cushion and Pennant Patch Throw.

As soon as I opened this book I felt it had a modern feel. It has fun, quirky projects and is bright, colourful and inspirational. I really liked the introduction section to this book which contains a recommendation list of what should be in a knitter's tool kit, an explanation of the different yarns avaliable, how to decipher a knitting pattern (abbreviations explained) and a section on working from a knitting chart (something which i have never managed). There is then a fantastic section on how to knit, taking many abbreviations and giving word and photo instructions on how to knit, purl, knit two together, making an additional stitch to name but a few. They are really well planned out and easy to follow - these are some of the best instructions I have seen in a knitting book. There are then sections entitled: Knits to wear, Knits to share and Knits for the Home. 

Patterns are well written, accompanied by great photographs of finished items along with any difficult techniques. I love the flamingo cushion, the knitted/crocheted bracelets and the diamond leg warmers. The patterns will suit a range of abilities with something for everyone to try.

This is a great book for knitters who like quirky knitting patterns.

I received this book through the Amazon Vine Programme.

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