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Sharon Brant spent ten years as a Design Consultant and now works as a Retail Manager for Rowan Yarns. She has worked closely with prominent knitwear designers such as Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably, and often teaches workshops and provides technical support for up-and-coming designers. Her work has been seen in films including Harry Potter, Batman and Phantom of the Opera. Sharon lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, two children and noisy cat.
I'd given up trying to knit as have never conquered wonky edges and dropped stitches with the added complication of being left-handed. But – with Sharon Brant's help I really think I could give it another go. For one thing there is a very good “What to do when it goes wrong” section and there's good advice for left-handers. It's aimed at complete beginners and so there are explanations on basics such as reading patterns before you start. The step-by-step illustrations are a good size and easy to follow, taking users from the very first casting on to an acceptable row of knitting. Get this right and you can venture onto the chapters showing more advanced knitting - an excellent knitting companion. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading: The Knitter's Bible: The Complete Handbook for Creative Knitters, Claire Crompton 100 Little Knitted Projects, Sarah Keen
Have you ever knit a jumper only to find out that the sleeves were too long or short, or the body too loose or too tight? Professional and seasoned knitters know how to make well-crafted garments, and as a knitter, you deserve the same polished look from your designs. Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters provides knitters of all skill levels with techniques to create knitwear, which look as good as they fit. From which method of casting on works best for your garment to pressing and blocking, every step of the knitting process can affect the look and fit of a design. Create professional-looking designs by weaving new techniques and using short cuts, but even more importantly, where not to cut corners. Learn how to read patterns, decipher instructions and the different methods of casting on and off. When you're ready to move on, discover techniques for proper shaping and sizing as well as seaming. Furthermore, if you're looking for a decorative finish to your knitted garments, one of the chapters is devoted to beautiful embellishments such as beads, pompoms, fringes and tassels. With this book, creating the perfect buttonholes or a lining to your latest knitted jacket will be easier than ever. Whether you're a student learning how to cast on your first stitch or an expert knitter who simply wants to improve an old skill, Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters will be an invaluable addition to any knitter's library.
Certain challenges are often faced when learning how to knit. As a beginner, you must acquire a basic understanding and the necessary tools and equipment. As your knitting improves, you discover interesting principles behind each technique. As an expert, your boundaries are limited only by your imagination. 'Ultimate Knitting Bible' is a definitive reference for all aspects of knitting - from the first stitch you cast on to the care and maintenance of your projects. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned expert, the book boasts more than 400 step-by-step illustrations and diagrams to guide you through the process. With a simple format and cross-references on virtually every page, this one-stop volume makes every aspect of the knitting process accessible to knitters of all ages. Workshops and tips inspire the knitter to learn something new about the craft. There's even a chapter devoted to crochet. This is one resource that you will turn to time and time again.