The Knitted Alphabet: How to Knit Letters from A to Z

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Give a personal decorative touch to knitted projects by adding an inspiring message, a special date, a beloved name or initials. This book shows readers how to hand knit every letter of the alphabet, plus numbers and punctuation marks, in 26 different fonts--from simple classic lettering to more ornate calligraphy and contemporary handwritten styles. The Knitted Alphabet includes:

  • Patterns for 26 different alphabets, including numbers, punctuation, emoticons and dingbats
  • Detailed illustrations and step-by-step instructions for each alphabet, including a knitted swatch and easy-to-follow chart for every letter
  • Ten inspiring simple projects with full patterns
  • Instructions for various knitting techniques including: intarsia, Swiss darning, textured stitching and more

    More than 1040 patterns. Approximately 1500 color photos, illustrations and diagrams throughout.
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    Kate Haxell learned sewing from her grandmother at a young age. After obtaining her art degree, she went to work for Country Living, then moved into book publishing and editing.

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    *Starred Review* Pure graphic designers might quarrel with Haxell and Hazell’s descriptions-classification of alphabets. But knitters and sewers will welcome this extremely detailed, comprehensive, and creative look at personalizing thread-based projects. The authors take painstaking care to ensure that the 26 alphabets, a few sets of numbers, and pages of dingbats-plus (think punctuation marks and symbols used for emoticons) are not only charted; at least a handful are also produced on swatches, with a paragraph or so explaining techniques and possible hiccups, especially for novices. Though the actual alphabet patterns are more than a bit quirky—after all, how can you label five different decades as retro?—the swatches and 10 projects will boost use. It’s hard to resist a pristinely white baby blanket with a name and birth date, or a pair of wrist cuffs emblazoned with emoticons. At the end, the authors explain and illustrate more elaborate techniques, from beading to stranding, and conclude with a list of abbreviations and yarns. This inspired book is first class. --Barbara Jacobs

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