Learn how to knit and crochet like an expert with this ultimate start-to-finish handbook, packed with knitting patterns and crochet patterns - invaluable whatever your skill level. Basic techniques are thoroughly explained through clear artworks and easy-to-follow instructions, complete with advice on choosing your yarns, needles and crochet hooks. Inspiring designs add excitement to your needlecraft, whether it's knitted cables, fair isle and lace, or crochet motifs and embellishments. Over 45 original projects, from classic baby clothes to stylish scarves and hats, allow you to use your new skills straight away, while the extensive charted stitch libraries provide endless creative possibilities.
Claire Crompton is one of the world's best selling knitting authors and has worked as a pattern designer for major yarn manufacturers, including Sirdar and DMC. She has now established her own range of patterns and teaches workshops around the UK. Visit her website at www.clairecrompton.co.uk Sue Whiting is an accomplished crochet and knitwear designer. After graduating from the London College of Fashion she worked for many of the major yarn manufacturers and is also the author of several books on crochet and other needlecraft subjects.
THE KNITTER'S BIBLE Introduction to Knitting Getting Started How to use this section Introducing Yarns Choosing Yarns Needles and Equipment Holding the Needles Casting On Introducing Knit Stitch Binding (Casting) Off Introducing Purl Stitch Combining Knit and Purl Advanced Casting On Advanced Binding (Casting) Off Increasing Stitches Decreasing Stitches Ribs Gauge (Tension) Knit Perfect Abbreviations Creative Options: Introduction Lace Knitting Fair Isle Cables Embossed Knitting Short Rows Twisted Stitches Intarsia Circular Knitting Exploring the Choices: Introduction Medallion Knitting Beaded Knitting Looped Knitting Entrelac Mitred Squares Fulling Smocking Reading Knitting Patterns Knitting a Garment Other Garment Details Adapting a Pattern Knitting a Patterned Garment Tassels, Fringes and Cords Edgings Buttons Flowers and Leaves Embroidery Correcting Mistakes Stitch Library: Introduction Knit and Purl Stitches Gansey Patterns Texture Stitches Rib Stitches Cable Stitches Lace Stitches Edgings Knitting Projects: Introduction Garter Stitch Scarf Flower Top Striped Bag Cable Throw Place Mat and Coaster Fun Children's Mittens Rib Stitch Scarf Short Row Cushion Beret Garden Plot Squares Throw Beaded Bag Sheep Toy Fair Isle Baby Blanket Scented Sachets and Cover Lace Bags Funnel Neck Sweater Lace Cardigan Baby Bootees Dainty Knitted Trims Drawstring Bags Patchwork Cushion Greetings Cards Gift Bags House Sampler Intarsia Cushion Motifs THE CROCHET BIBLE Introduction to Crochet How to use this section Equipment Yarn textures Yarn weights Yarn fibres Crochet Techniques: Basic stitches Placing the crochet stitches Making crochet fabrics Tension Combination stitches Relief stitches Picots Bullion stitches and clones knots Linked stitches Crossed stitches Branched stitches Fur stitch Solomon's knots Joining in new balls of yarn Changing colour of yarn Multi-coloured designs Shaping in crochet Following a crochet pattern Filet crochet Joining pieces of crochet Making crochet motifs Pressing crochet items Borders and edgings Decorative details Working with beads Embroidery on crochet Tartan effects Fringes, tassels and pompons Stitch Library: Basic stitches Textured stitches Chevron and wave stitches Spike stitches Lacy stitches Edgings Motifs Crochet Projects: Band of bunnies Sunny day stripes Precious pastels baby set Pretty in pink cardigan and shawl Autumn colour coat Corsage Glorious glamour scarves Peruvian-style bag Solomon's knot wrap Circles and stripes set Seaside and shells set Tartan-style set Summer sky mesh top Bead-edged beauty Flower-trimmed cardigan Multi-coloured motif shrug Lazy stripe wrap jacket Casual comfort sweaters Pot pourri sachets Rose-red heart rug Three-colour baby blanket Rainbow ribbon throw Picture-perfect cushion covers Heirloom bedspread Yarn Details Suppliers Acknowledgments Index