Articles tagged "knitting"

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350 + Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets: How to Be Better at What You Do by Betty Barnden

Hundreds of tips for professional-looking knits, suitable for all skill levels!

350 + Crochet Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets by Jan Eaton

Hundreds of tips for professional-looking crochet, suitable for all skill levels!

40 Colorful Afghans: A Collection of Eye-Popping Stitch Patterns, Blocks & Projects by Leonie Morgan

The latest from bestselling author and crochet designer Leonie Morgan: all you need to know to crochet your own colorful afghans!

Books for Crafty Librarians

Calling all crafty librarians! Here are some new books to help make your programming more creative:

This gorgeous collection of classic crochet blocks highlights several patterns (including the iconic granny square in many variations), and provides tips on how to select yarn and color combinations. Each block is flagged by skill level, accompanied by a short description focusing on its special features and characteristics, as well as charted and row-by-row instructions. Perfect for beginners and advanced crocheters.

BEAD-OPEDIA: The Only Beading Reference You’ll Ever Need by Kerrie Berrie
This easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to everything beading gives users the know-how to create gorgeous jewelry and accessories. The book covers the basics, plus intermediate and more advanced beading and knotting techniques (all with step-by-step instructions and clear images), along with 25 projects that utilize the latest and most popular beading techniques.

MAGICAL SHETLAND LACE SHAWLS TO KNIT: Feather Soft and Incredibly Light, 15 Great Patterns and Full Instructions by Elizabeth Lovick
Learn to knit feather soft and beautifully warm Shetland lace shawls in this book which features full and complete patterns and instructions for 15 shawls that range from mini-wraps for beginners right up to a light-as-air wedding stole. readmoreremove

Calling all Crafty Crafting Librarians!

Jump start your homemade holiday gifts with these 3 titles:

100 COLORFUL RIPPLE STITCHES TO CROCHET: 50 Original Stitches & 50 Fabulous Colorways for Blankets and Throws by Leonie Morgan
In this wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide with simple to advanced patterns, making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colors and textures has never been easier. Perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories or anything you want to put a zig-zag, ripple, and/or wave on.

50 RIBBON ROSETTES & BOWS TO MAKE: For Perfectly Wrapped Gifts, Gorgeous Hair Clips, Beautiful Corsages, and Decorative Fun! by Deanna Csomo McCool
Ribbons… they’re not just for dancing! With detailed instructions for beginners to advanced crafters and stunning photos for projects such as decorative bows, jewelry, and super hair accessories, McCool’s book also explains the different types of ribbon and the tools needed for your project.

THE SEWING MACHINE EMBROIDERER’S BIBLE: Get the Most from Your Machine with Embroidery Designs and Inbuilt Decorative Stitches by Liz Keegan
Sewing machines can seem really complicated—what is that stitch even for? Thankfully Keegan deciphers the mystery of the embroidery function on your machine and shares details about the types and formats of available embroidery designs, how to stabilize your fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and how to use the patterns creatively for stunning results.

Cooking & Crafting 2013 – MONSTER KNITS!

Calling all crafty librarians! You know who you are. This one's for experienced knitters who want to make adorable winter wear for their little ones. We are in looove with MONSTER KNITS FOR LITTLE MONSTERS by Nuriya Khegay--just look at the precious little Yoda-like guy on the cover!

Unfortunately, Anne doesn't know how to knit, so she can't demonstrate this one for you. (She's more of a counted cross-stitch kind of gal.) But if you do, you'll find a treasure trove of goodies here: an adorable monster hat, gloves, and socks with little claws!
monster knits
Click here to download a PDF of the "little monster" hat, mitten & bootie project.

If someone knits these for us in a grown-up size we'll be your best friends forever. Remember, Anne can trade for cookies.

Happy crafting and don't forget that from now through December 15 you can enter to win MONSTER KNITS and a bundle of other cooking and crafting books! Read on for more info.

UPDATE 12/16: Congratulations to our winners, Sarah Bourg of Hamilton North Public Library in Cicero, IN and Pam Aghababian of Ashland Public Library in Ashland, MA!