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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 31 March 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920729
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 127x180 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Series: Craft Pocket Books

Pocket Book of Knitting


by Claire Gelder

Book Description

From best-selling author and crafting queen Claire Gelder, this gorgeous mini guide is packed full of knitting know-how, practical illustrations and four simple projects.

Perfect for complete beginners, this book clearly explains everything you need to know about knitting: how to read a ball band, how to get tension correct, how to choose needles and yarns, how to cast on and how to read abbreviations and knitting patterns. The book is structured as a simple three-step course that will help you progress from bronze to gold as your skills and confidence grow. Start with the basic stitches and simple joining, build up a few more stitches for your collection, then finally add in some simple shaping and some pompoms. Before you know it you'll be knitting a garter stitch scarf, herringbone stitch blanket, a loop stitch cushion and a pompom hat.

Filled with affirmations and beautifully illustrated, this wonderful book is a perfect introduction to knitting for a complete beginner.

Table of Contents

A little bit about me and Wool Couture 6

What's in this book? 12

The three steps to becoming a knitter 13

Your knitting place 16

What you need to start knitting 20

Yarn 24

Knitting needles 34

Your First Stitches

Slip knot 40
Casting on 44
Knit stitch 48
Purl stitch 52
Stocking stitch 54
Casting off 56
Counting rows and stitches 58
Measuring tension (gauge) 62
Weaving in the ends 66
Joining in a new ball of yarn 68
Understanding abbreviations 70
Following a pattern 74
Reading through a simple pattern 75
Bronze level project: Garter stitch scarf 76

Your Next Stitches

Seed stitch 82
Slipping stitches 84
Knitting into the back of a stitch 86
Herringbone stitch 88
Decreasing stitches 90
Silver level project: Herringbone stitch blanket 94

Other Stitch Techniques

Increasing stitches 100
Loop stitch 106
Mattress stitch 110
Gold level project: Loop stitch pillow 114
Rib stitch 118
Making pompoms 120
Bonus level project: Simple hat 122

About the Author

About Claire Gelder

Claire Gelder loves all things hand-made, hand-woven and hand-crafted. She has been crafting for relaxation and fun for over twenty years.

In 2015, Claire left her career as an NHS Director to launch her new business, Wool Couture, which specializes in knitting, crocheting, weaving and macrame. She quickly got her DIY craft kits on the shelves of retail giant John Lewis and, in 2017, secured two Dragons' Den investors to help her pass on her passion of crafting to the next generation. Adding a modern twist to age-old pastimes knitting and crochet, Claire uses giant, chunky yarn and oversized knitting needles made in her own factory.

As well as a successful entrepreneur, Claire is also a firm believer in the therapeutic side of craft, particularly its benefits to mental health and well-being.

Claire has published three books with Search Press: Mabel Bunny & Co.Bonnie the Cow & Friends and Robyn Octopus & Friends.

Claire lives in Wakefield, UK and is proud to be continuing Yorkshire’s textile tradition. Her website is www.woolcouturecompany.com

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