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See below for a selection of the latest books from Knitting & crochet category. Presented with a red border are the Knitting & crochet books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Knitting & crochet books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Get Your Lace On How to Use Yarn Weights & Techniques for Fresh Knit Lace

Get Your Lace On How to Use Yarn Weights & Techniques for Fresh Knit Lace

Author: Melissa Leapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

Cute Crocheted Wild Animals

Cute Crocheted Wild Animals

Author: Emma Varnam Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

These crocheted animals may be wild but they are very well-dressed. The ten adorable crocheted chums have enviable wardrobes to mix and match. The five pairs of animals - pandas, lions, zebras, elephants and monkeys - all have distinctive personalities and gorgeous outfits. All the clothes can fit all of the animals, so there is lots of fun to be had dressing them up. Each project is beautifully photographed and includes clear patterns and guidance. There is also a techniques section that gives clear instructions on all the skills you'll need to make the animals and their outfits.

Cat Knits 16 pawsome knitting patterns for yarn and cat lovers

Cat Knits 16 pawsome knitting patterns for yarn and cat lovers

Author: Marna Gilligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2020

This is the ultimate cat lover's collection of knitting patterns for garments and accessories. If you love cats and yarn you will want this collection of 16 quirky designs all based around the theme of cats. It includes four garments graded for 16 different sizes, as well as cat-themed accessories including a wrap, shawl, scarf, cowl, capelet, mittens and hats. The patterns are divided up into four chapters, each with a different style of cat-themed design similar to Marna's Sinister Catdigan pattern.

Knitting Know-How Techniques and Tips for All Levels of Skill from Beginner to Advanced

Knitting Know-How Techniques and Tips for All Levels of Skill from Beginner to Advanced

Author: CICO Books Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2020

A complete guide to the stitches, techniques and finishing touches that every knitter needs to know. Whether you are just learning to knit, or you are seldom separated from your needles and yarn, there will always be times when you need instruction - or just a reminder - on a particular technique or stitch, and even the most experienced knitter may not know all the tips and wrinkles included here. Knitting Know-How has step-by-step instructions accompanied by clear colour artworks, showing you how to do everything from basic knit and purl stitches, to increasing and decreasing, lace patterns, intarsia, and Fair Isle. If you want to know how to get started, everything from casting on and working out your tension to blocking your finished make is covered. For more experienced knitters, useful tips on making buttonholes, picking up stitches and stranding yarns in colour work will all help you achieve a perfect finish to your makes.

Crocheted Wreaths for the Home 12 Gorgeous Wreaths and 12 Matching Mini Projects for All Year Round

Crocheted Wreaths for the Home 12 Gorgeous Wreaths and 12 Matching Mini Projects for All Year Round

Author: Anna Nikipirowicz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2020

Wreaths are not just for Christmas - they can be used to decorate your home all year round! Anna Nikipirowicz shows you how to create sumptuous crocheted wreaths and other decorations that will grace your home and look beautiful, whatever the season. There is a wide variety to choose from, including spring, summer, autumn and winter wreaths plus a gorgeous succulents wreath and Easter, Halloween and Christmas wreaths. These lovely yarny creations are festooned with flowers, leaves and other decorations such as birds, owls, pumpkins, stars, bunnies and foxes. If you love the look but don't want to make an entire wreath, Anna also includes other smaller decorations such as garlands and terrariums. There are also three delightful tiny wreaths to make, featuring a hedgehog, a mouse and a robin. Each main project has a smaller accompanying project to make, and if you love crochet, you'll love Anna's imaginative designs.

Entrelac Knitting Textured, Diamond-Pattern Designs with 40 Stunning Projects

Entrelac Knitting Textured, Diamond-Pattern Designs with 40 Stunning Projects

Author: Mette Hovden, Heidi Eikeland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2020

Norwegian knitwear designers Heidi Eikeland and Mette Hovden have collaborated to present a thorough, step-by-step introduction to entrelac knitting; a technique in which the fabric is formed by knitting textured, diamond-shaped blocks. It creates an almost woven appearance unlike any other - and now it's easier than ever to master! With a selection of eye-catching, contemporary garments for men, women and children, including gorgeously-patterned multicolour designs and elegant single-colour designs, there is a 'comprehensive techniques' section to get you started. You can work an entrelac design as a stunning embellishment across a sweater yoke or around the cuff of a mitten, or turn an entire garment into a dazzling work of art!

Shawls, Wraps and Scarves 21 Elegant and Graceful Hand-Knit Patterns

Shawls, Wraps and Scarves 21 Elegant and Graceful Hand-Knit Patterns

Author: Louisa Harding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Summer Knitting 26 Projects for Warm Weather Crafting

Summer Knitting 26 Projects for Warm Weather Crafting

Author: Jody Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Fair Isle Knitting and Design

Fair Isle Knitting and Design

Author: Nicki Merrall Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/02/2020

Traditional Fair Isle knitting and design skills were originally handed down from one Shetland generation to the next, with each new generation of knitters experimenting, adapting and extending the repertoire of patterns to develop the Fair Isle knitting we see today. Fair Isle knitting is fascinating - only two colours are used in any single row - yet the patterns and colours chosen combine to create something that is more than the sum of its parts. The distinctive combination of colours and patterns, ranging from the simple to the highly intricate, continues to inspire knitters worldwide. This beautifully illustrated book includes the development of Fair Isle knitting; a collection of Fair Isle patterns and motifs; exercises to develop a sense of colour and apply colour theory to Fair Isle knitting and a detailed step-by-step guide for the techniques used in Fair Isle knitting. Five original designs, with further ideas for their modification and development are included too as well as guidance on adapting and designing Fair Isle projects of your own.

Super-cute Amigurumi Over 35 Adorable Animals and Friends to Crochet

Super-cute Amigurumi Over 35 Adorable Animals and Friends to Crochet

Author: Nicki Trench Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2020

Super-cute Amigurumi is packed with over 35 adorable creatures to get hooked on. Designed with simplicity in mind, it's the perfect book for beginners as the toys are made up of only the easiest stitches. Based on the Japanese craze of amigurumi, the craft of creating ultra-cute crocheted creatures, you'll be sure to find a friend that you'll love. Each toy has its own unique story, so why not get to know the whole family? There's Nicki, the author, Andy the Alien, who came to Earth in search of cheese, and Boris the Baby with his political ambitions. You could also pay a visit to Mr and Mrs Bertie Buff-Orpington, the dancing chickens, and spend some time with their constantly growing brood. Down on the farm you will find a whole bunch of mischievous animals, like Ned the Goat, who thinks he's a chicken, and Pickle the Puppy, who is training to be in the Olympics. Say hello to Camilla the Pretty Pony and she may even take you out for a ride through the fields. If you're looking for some more exotic animals there are plenty here too, like Squiddly Dudley, the octopus who decided to join the Navy, or catch the Fish Brothers before they head off on their world tour. There are even some special toys for Christmas, including Sparkles the crooning Snowman and Ralph the Red Nosed Reindeer. All the patterns are so simple and easy to follow, all you need is a hook and a few basic stitches and you'll have crocheted your own cute friends in no time.

Knitting Stashbusters 25 Great Ways to Use Up Your Yarn Leftovers of One Ball or Less

Knitting Stashbusters 25 Great Ways to Use Up Your Yarn Leftovers of One Ball or Less

Author: Fiona Goble Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2020

For knitters who want to know how to make use of their stash and avoid waste, this collection of patterns has the answer. Every knitter knows that sometimes you have yarn left over after finishing a make - maybe a whole ball, often slightly less than a ball, but either way too much to just throw it away and not enough to return it to the seller. Then there's the yarn you buy without a particular make in mind, just because it's a beautiful colour, or you love the feel of it, or it was in a flash sale. But what can you do with all these lovely bits and pieces? Knitting Stashbusters has the answer: 25 lovely projects specially chosen to use up your yarn. Some can be made with one ball, others use up smaller amounts of several different shades, but all of them are chosen to save you from wasting what you already have in store. You can make a cute garland of hearts to brighten up a room, or knit a penguin toy for a new baby. Perhaps you'd like to make all sorts of cosies, or knit storage pots and a pencil case. Or you could choose to make a cute cottage doorstop using colours that match your own house. And once you've reduced the size of your stash, what better excuse could you have to go out and buy more yarn!

Chunky Knits Cozy Hats, Scarves and More Made Simple with Extra-Large Yarn

Chunky Knits Cozy Hats, Scarves and More Made Simple with Extra-Large Yarn

Author: Alyssarhaye Graciano Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/02/2020

Discover the magic of great big yarn with teacher and knitwear designer Alyssarhaye Graciano, founder of BlackSheepMade. Using chunky and oversized yarns, readers can knit up stylish, extra-warm hats, scarves, cowls, blankets and more in just a couple hours or a weekend. Perfect for absolute beginners, larger needles and yarns make it easy to learn even the most complicated stitches and to enjoy the satisfaction of a beautiful finished project in less time. Experienced knitters can tackle large-scale projects like full-size blankets, or knit up a last-minute gift with fun texture and bold design motifs. Crafters of all levels will go crazy for arm knitting--no needles necessary! Knitting doesn't have to be a painstaking craft or major time commitment. Alyssarhaye's clever tips and tricks, encouraging conversational instructions and colorful, contemporary style make knitting faster, more approachable and a whole lot more fun.