In this directory, Nicki Trench presents 201 knitting blocks, featuring traditional patterns, original motifs, the alphabet and numbers and new twists on classic stitches. This comprehensive resource starts with a chapter featuring 28 basic stitches, including garter and stocking stitch. This is followed by chapters on embroidery, textured motifs, stripes and colour, Fair Isle, ripples, beading, cable and ribbing, as well as a chapter showing the beautifully intricate Intarsia stitches. Sections on letters and numerals are invaluable for personalizing your knitting. The project section contains 51 delightful patterns, including blankets and throws, scarves and shawls, bags, hats and gloves, and the cutest knitted toys. If you need to refresh your knitting skills, the basic techniques chapter will show you how to cast on and off, how to achieve the correct tension and gauge, how to hold your needles and which yarn to choose. Whether you are a novice knitter or come to this book with years of experience, you are sure to find blocks and patterns to inspire you.
Nicki Trench is one of the leading figures in the revival and promotion of home crafts. She is the founder of Laughing Hens, the UK's leading online yarn store, and Rooster Yarns. Some of her books include Cute & Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes, A Passion for Quilting and Super Scary Crochet. Visit her website at www.nickitrench.com and blog at nickitrench.blogspot.com.