Knit Wit:30 Easy and Hip Projects
Amy R. Singer
HarperCollins, 2004 (2004)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
hough my grandmother used to knit Arran sweaters on a regular basis, my knitting has been more casual, and I never achieved her skill level.
intrigued me because it welcomes beginners to experts, as well as '
' like me. Also, the projects look like so much fun, especially '
sound system snugglers
' and the '
serenity yoga mat bag
'. The book is spiral-bound, with a base, so that it can sit upright in front of the knitter. Though it's addressed to the right-handed knitter, the author also recommends resources for '
inger provides a thorough '
primer on fiber
', to help you pick yarn, and a checklist of essentials (including '
airline-safe needle sets
') and '
'. She tells us that she sticks to circular needles, as you can also knit flat on them, and they're easier on the wrists. She provides illustrated lessons on the basics - casting on, knit and purl stitches, increasing and decreasing, and binding off. She explains how to read a pattern, and talks about '
gauge and swatching
'. For novices, she suggests knitting a '
6-foot-long garter stitch scarf
', explaining how to avoid '
new-knitter booby traps
inger presents knitting projects at four levels of difficulty, saying '
Some of them are silly, some are sexy, and some are surprising.
' Techniques needed are explained, followed by designs under the headings: '
You're a Little Chilly
Your Arms are Full
You Knit That?
', and '
You've Got Nothing to Wear
'. The '
' catch the eye, and the '
nosewarmer, 2nd generation
' would certainly draw attention. I want some '
' and wristwarmers, also the felted slippers - great ideas. The '
' is cute, and the '
' hat's a conversation starter anywhere.
ou can knit gifts (like the '
') for the person who has everything, make covers for your own music player, or knit a handy '
' for fitness class or elegant hiking. Knit a scarf, belt, boa or bikini, skirts, '
', a fuzzy vest, and sweaters (I like the oriental look of the '
'). There are all kinds of project ideas in
, whose breezy style makes knitting accessible and fun for all skill levels.
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