Distinctively modern, perfectly feminine knitting designs. Knitters will delight in patterns that effortlessly combine a thoroughly modern sophistication with a certain delicate femininity. Author Lene Holme Samsøe explores striking shapes, refined details, and lovely textures in a collection that includes knitted sweaters, cardigans, a poncho, scarves, stockings, mittens, and possibly the prettiest hat one's ever seen. A number of knit patterns have optional variations that transform the garments in subtle ways. From relaxed weekend attire to an office-ready garment or a lightweight sweater that can double up as a piece in one's winter wardrobe, Lene has knitters covered for all occasions. With patterns both easy and more complex, there's something for every level of knitter. Look for knitting designs made up in an elegantly restrained palette using yarns that range from sheer to heavier-weight and see examples of how different some knit patterns can look depending on the shade of yarn used.
Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting
Author: Heather Zoppetti
Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Take knitted cables from heirloom to vavoom! In Unexpected Cables author Heather Zoppetti has crafted a fresh, modern, flattering collection of 18 knitted garments. She perfectly captures the essence of the iconic knitted cable and makes cabled designs decidedly fashion-forward! The book features 3 chapters: Refined, Lace, and Abstract. Refined cables explore classic Aran cables using lightweight yarns, twisted stitches, and feminine shapes. In the Lace section, Heather challenges knitters to marry together these two popular knitting techniques with spectacular results. The Abstract section focuses on unusual construction, direction, and texture in cabled projects that have edgy, urban feel. Sleek garment shapes, an interesting mix of cables and lace, and unusual construction converge to bring the generations-old tradition of cable knitting squarely into the here and now. Knitters will delight in making these intriguing, accessible creations!
Elegance at the tip of your needles! Cables and lace are special enough by themselves, but there is something graceful, even magical, about combining the two. Refined Knits concentrates on these two techniques, along with incredibly unique Aran Lace which combines the two, and the results are sure to impress. Enduring Cables: discover cable-work with interesting structure in its details Graceful Lace: explore the delicate sophistication of open-work Elegant Aran Lace: combine lace and cables in unexpected and stunning ways Knitwear designer Jennifer guides you through knitting these timeless, classic techniques, resulting in finished garments and accessories with a decidedly modern feel you'll treasure for years to come.
Innovative Techniques, Romantic Details, and Feminine Designs
Author: Kristeen Griffin-Grimes
Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, known in the knit and crochet community for her pattern company, French Girl, utilizes inventive combinations of texture, color, and stitch patterns in her fashion-forward, seamless design work featured in her new book, French Girl Knits. French Girl Knits includes: Classy, feminine designs fashioned in luxurious yarns that achieve suberb figure-flattering fit with seamless construction-the need for sewing has been eliminated with Kristeen's one-piece designs. Four thematic vignettes inspired by French daily life, film, and history: Enfant Sauvage (Wild Child), la Boutique Parisienne (A Vintage Dress Shop in Paris), Dans La Rue (Street Wear), and Creatrice (Creative Woman). A design workshop featuring in-depth tutorials that teach seamless construction methods featured in French Girl Knits, providing valuable technical information for both beginning and seasoned knitters. You"ll learn how to design in a more organic way, either from the top down, from the hem up, from the back out, and by picking up live stitches when possible. All of the designs featured in French Girl Knits are body conscious and figure flattering. Many designs include curve-friendly waist shaping, empire-waist detailing, and stitch details that emphasize the feminine form. Inspired by historical costume, Kristeen uses unique detailing such as lacing, openwork, lace edgings, and bell sleeves to further highlight the woman's silhouette. French Girl Knits invites you to be immersed in a world filled with imagination and creativity, using knitting as a vehicle for self-express and encouraging experimentation through your medium.
A top knitwear designer offers thirty-five retro-inspired patterns that put a new spin on fashion’s timeless trends. In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out . . . and the day after that, you’re back in again. Designers are always referring to fashion’s rich history as they imagine its present and future, and retro looks remain ever-fresh as they are renewed—and restyled—for the next generation of wearers. That’s precisely what top knitwear designer Véronik Avery is up to in Knitting Classic Style. Mining fashion’s endless archive, Avery has created 35 smashingly contemporary garments that take their cues from decades and designers past. The collection of clothing and accessories Avery presents is organized into four thematic chapters that highlight women’s wear, men’s wear (and its influence on women’s and children’s clothing), traditional ethnic garb, and sportswear. Aimed at both beginning and more advanced knitters, the book’s projects range in difficulty from a simple drawstring purse, French beret, and Afghan-inspired slipper-socks to a shawl-collared cardigan, a geometric ski sweater based on a popular 1950s Native American design, and Avery’s own reinterpretation of the trimly elegant Chanel jacket. The author introduces each project by explaining its historical/cultural roots; Sara Cameron’s moody photos evoke the settings that have inspired Avery’s reworkings of the classics.