How to Knit and Crochet Blocks, Blankets and Throws

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Clear step-by-step photographs and instructions guide you through all the skills you will need to make beautiful afghans and throws, from choosing yarns and basic knitting and crochet stitches to Fair Isle and intarsia techniques, making and piecing blocks and strips, and creating delicate openwork fabrics. Learn how to read patterns and adapt cross-stitch graphs, or chart your own unique designs; use multiple stitch techniques to create bobbles, popcorns, and cables; create stunning effects by combining colour, pattern, and texture; add the finishing touch with fringes, borders, tassels, beads, and embroidery. Includes an inspirational gallery of designs and motifs with complete stitching instructions, cross-referenced to the techniques within the book.

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Luise Roberts worked as a book designer before taking up her laptop and writing on a broad range of craft subjects. Luise was taught to crochet, knit and sew at an early age by her mother and exhibited as an embroiderer before turning her attention back to crochet and knit. Luise lives in London.

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July 12 We all want our projects to look good, and if you're knitting or crocheting blankets or throws, here's your passport to beauty. Luise provides you with clear step-by-step instructions that teach you the skills, from choosing yarn to working the basic stitches, and using more complex techniques such as Fair Isle and intarsia. She also coves making and piecing blocks and strips, and creating delicate openwork fabrics. You'll learn how to incorporate colour and texture into your creations, and how to add the perfect finishing touches, such as fringes, borders, tassels, beads and embroidery. Then, be inspired by the Fair Isle throw and four other interesting-to-knit projects. * Knit Today * June 2012 Finally we've a step-by-step guide through all the skills you'll need to make beautiful Afghans and throws. It's packed with information on bed and blanket sizes and includes a comprehensive guide to the quantity of yarn needed in whatever weight you choose. From the diagrams and inspiration, you could easily go on to design a machine knitted item. There's a section on how to join blocks and strips and create delicate openwork joins, which could also be used on garments. There's also a chapter on adding finishing touches with fringes, borders, tassels, beads and embroidery. The book was previously published as The Encyclopedia of Knitting and Crochet for Blocks, Blankets and Throws. * Machine Knitting Monthly *

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