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Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques... by Elizabeth Zimmerman

A knitting classic! Elizabeth Zimmerman is one of the most influential and best-loved knitting writers/instructors.
Do you love to knit -- and hate to purl? Have you ever started a sweater without enough yarn from the same dye lot to finish it? When you cast on, do you end up with a tail of yarn that's maddeningly too long or too short? Elizabeth Zimmermann comes to the rescue with clever solutions to frustrating problems and step-by-step instructions for brilliant, timeless designs.

In Knitting Without Tears, you'll find elegant designs for many items!

This classic and influential book is poised to inspire a whole new generation of knitters who have yet to discover the joys and comforts of knitting. As the lady herself once put it, "properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either."

cover Socks, Socks, Socks!

Several years ago, Knitter's Magazine announced a contest for knitted socks. This collection of 70 of the top winning patterns reflects the lowly sock as a canvas for marvelous designs and interesting projects. From the far-out (a pair of socks knitted from licorice--the knitter says she just eats her mistakes) to the traditional (the "Best of Show" socks carrying a complex pattern in three colors)--the socks are all beautiful to behold. Each pattern includes several full-color photos of the finished pairs and complete instructions for reproducing the socks, including graphics and designer's comments. The beginning sock knitter will appreciate the "anatomy-of-the-sock" section, with a step-by-step overview of how a sock is knitted. Highly recommended for public and academic library textile collections.

cover Folk Socks: the History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear Join the sock knitting revolution! Many knitters today, too pressed for time to knit large garments, are turning to knitting socks-- thanks in part to this lively book with its easy-to-read directions for socks from many European traditions. An hour with this book will have most knitters hunting up their needles to begin a pair of Scottish kilt hose or colorful Estonian socks. Includes precise techniques for various heel and toe shapings, along with a wealth of information on the history of sock knitting. A wonderful book for your collection or as a gift for the knitter in your life.

Nancy Bush culled museum archives in Europe and the British Isles to present 18 great sock patterns from a host of folk knitting traditions. Sturdy boot socks, lively Birkenstock socks, handsome knicker socks, white Greek socks with colored heels and toes, lacy stockings, kilt hose, cabled socks, clocked socks_they're all here, they're all fun to do according to the careful directions, charts, and illustrations. A chapter on techniques presents a collection of heel turnings, toe shapings, and lots more.

cover Socks from Vogue Knitting! All in color! It's a busy world, but your day is filled with windows of knitting opportunities. Whether you're on the phone, riding a bus, or waiting for a friend, take those few precious spare moments and work on the creative knitting projects presented in this compact guide. Socks are wonderful on-the-go projects because they easily slip into a bag, and they are an enticing way to try out new color combinations, stitch patterns, and techniques without spending a lot of time or money. And they make fabulous, personalized gifts. Projects included are: hiking socks; heathered fair isle socks; baby argyles; cabled knee-highs; holly leaf socks; abstract anklets; bed socks; corrogated socks; and much more. Trim size: 5 3/4 x 7 1/4.

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