Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 16:28
Two sticks and some yarn - who figured out how to use these to make socks? It is thought that the first knitting sprang from Muslim knitters that worked in Spain for the royal family. The first purl stitches showed up in the mid-16th century and the decorative cable stitch wasn't developed until the early 20th century.
If two sticks are too much, perhaps making knots with a hook is more your style. Crochet is a newer art form. It became poplular and necessary as an economic boost by making lace during the Great Irish Famine of the 19th century.
Knitting and crochet have seen a recent revival. If you have always wanted to learn how, the Tecumseh Public Library is the place to be! Call the library at 598-5955 or check the events calendar for class times. Be sure to check out the books available in the adult non-fiction collection. Here are some that may inspire!
With 20 projects to choose from, this collection for boys and girls includes a range of hats (from a beanie to a newsboy), two cozy cocoons, bunting and baby blankets, a hooded sweater, legwarmers, mittens, booties, and four sets featuring body suit & hat, cocoon & hat, diaper cover, and more. The sizes range from newborn to 24 months. Each pattern is clearly marked with a Materials list, Glossary of Abbreviations, Notes, and Sizes and each includes from 5 to 7 full-color setp-by-step photographs.
Designed to empower knitters with practical knowledge of how yarn becomes fabric and to boost confidence in tackling common obstacles and mistakes made during the process, this knitting how-to guides fiber artists to success in their craft by explaining each word of standard knitting instructions. This illustrated guide offers classically-designed swatch exercises--such as knit-and-purl patterns, cables, shaping, and lace--that can later be combined to create pillow covers, throws, or scarves, in addition to tutorials on how to identify stitches that are properly mounted and master basic stitch movements and math required for each exercise.
Simple Crocheting is the perfect book for the beginner. Each of the 20 projects in the book will teach you a new stitch, technique, or trick, and will build on and consolidate crochet techniques already learned in the preceding projects, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and completed and enviable collection of crocheted items. Simple Crocheting showcases the incredible variety of finishes that different crochet techniques can produce. With exquisite photography by Yuki Sugiura that perfectly shows each of the beautiful designs, and supported with clear diagrams and illustrations, Erika Knight has created the ultimate book for all enthusiasts of this remarkable craft.
There's no such thing as too much yarn. Leapman offers valuable step-by-step guidance on organizing and shopping your stash to inspire creative new knitting ideas and color combinations. Then she gives you 21 ingenious projects for men, women, children, and home that are designed so no one will ever guess they were made from odds and ends. Included are projects both large and small, from a glorious Fair Isle sweater for your favorite guy to a chic little scarf made with a Magic Ball. Each yarn weight has its own chapter, from super fine to super bulky, ensuring that knitters will find a way to use every piece of stored-up yarn. Filled with tips and hints on customizing projects and ideas to use even the tiniest bits of yarn, Leapman's Stashbuster Knits will help transform your beloved stash into projects you'll love even more.
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