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25 Bags to Knit: Beautiful Bags in Stylish Colours [Paperback]

Emma King
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

28 Oct 2004
Here is a unique and exciting selection of contemporary hand-knitted bags, specially created by knitwear designer Emma King. They range from big stripey hand held bags, to small clutch bags, to super-functional baby bags, to chic evening purses. The designs use a wide range of techniques, including intarsia, embroidery, crochet, Fair Isle and entrelac. Each bag is illustrated with a stunning full-colour photograph, plus a close-up detail of the pattern and comes with full knitting instructions and accurate charts. In addition there are details of alternative colourways and added embellishment options. A vital workshop section focuses on the best yarns to use, how to add linings and inspirational ideas for eye-catching handles and fasteners to add those all important finishing touches to your work.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (28 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843402211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843402213
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 25 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma King is an exciting new knitting designer who is set to inspire knitters across the world. She is a Design Consultant for Rowan Yarns, and also has her own company supplying her knitted bags and limited edition kits to make your own. She uses her passion for colour and texture to create unique modern designs that will make knitters everywhere want to pick up their needles.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little variety 8 May 2006
As a newer knitter, I wanted some simple projects to work on that would teach me some new skills, allow me to gain further knowledge, and produce something that was more than just a scarf. This book looked intriguing so I got it and chose a project based mostly on the yarn that I had available. Now that I completed that project, I've gone through and tried to find a next project, but I'm at loss.

Pretty much every project in this book is the same thing with very little variation. For example, what is essentially the same bag, but knitted in different dimensions or two pieces of two other bags put together so you have a seed stitch front and plain back.

I think you'd be better off browsing this book in a store or library and seeing if it's worth buying before buying it blind like I did. Or better yet, just search for bag patterns online and get a far wider variety of both free and inexpensive patterns.

I give this book two stars for it's layout (I really like the spiral binding), multiple pictures of the projects, and clear instructions, but I didn't learn anything and haven't really felt inspired to do any more of the patterns in the book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous book 1 Sep 2006
By Zo LB
I love this book and for those who have never followed a pattern it is clear and easy to follow the instructions. For the more adventurous it is also easy to adapt these designs and make them your own. It even has a spiral bound spine which means it lays flat preventing that annoying closure of the book whilst your knitting!

thoroughly recommended.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emma King - 25 Bags to Knit 29 Dec 2004
By A Customer
This is a beautifully produced book, well worth buying if like me you want a book using wool which is easily available in the UK shops(Rowan). The bags to knit seem well within the ability range of most knitters, practical yet very attractive.
My only gripe is that although the cover is produced for the English market with English spellings, the rest of the books has US spellings and terminology (eg color rather than colour, gauge rather than tension). This could have been easily avoided with better proof-reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fabulous bags to knit as gifts 26 Jan 2010
Fantastic book! First of all I thought I had made a mistake by purchasing the American version of the book. However, the author ensures that both terms are used throughout, so us Brits don't get confused!

Truely inspirational! The author even takes time out to teach some basic design techniques in GREAT detail, which I have failed to master with other books (including several beginner's guides), i.e. intarsia (adding coloured areas).

Highly recommended, easy to follow patterns to make funky and modern bags, and this is coming from a fairly new knitter... now the only question is, which bag to knit first?

PS The paperback version is published in the UK.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book! 23 Feb 2006
I love this book, and am always buying more wool, as I want to make loads from it! The only thing that stops it from being a 5* book, is the lack of lining options, as several of the bags I have had to make linings for, as they would have stretched otherwise There are loads of super patterns though, that all use smallish quantities of wool, so all those odments can come in useful! It does use Rowan wool, but I have rarely used the specified wool, as the size doesn't matter so much like a sweater! Hope this review helps you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fair descriptionn of this second hand book. I am now busy knitting one of the bags.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect transaction 30 April 2014
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All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, item arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book 1 July 2013
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Easy to follow patterns with good instructions even for a beginner. Bags make great presents and book is highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great patterns
more to knit for my craft stall. Emma's patterns are always clear and concise. Friends are always borrowing book for her patterns
Published 14 months ago by Suey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bokk
This is a lovely and unique book. So many of my friends were very impressed with the items I've made so far.
Published 15 months ago by Millie
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good ideas
I like the ideas and you can adapt them easily to suit other projects. Not much on different stiches, you need a seperate book for basics.
Published 17 months ago by Andrea Goodie
5.0 out of 5 stars At least two of each!!
Loads of lovely bags to knit for myself and friends. Solves birthday present problems and no two will ever be the same. Brilliant!!
Published 19 months ago by jeni morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth purchasing
Bought this book from Amazon having seen a lovely bag a friend knitted. I showed the book to her and she was so impressed with the variety of easy through to more difficult... Read more
Published on 6 May 2012 by Patsy Gee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Bag ideas to knit
I purchased this book at Emma King's workshop in John Lewis where Emma guided us through making our own bags and showing us how to add beads and lining. Read more
Published on 13 April 2012 by Maggie B
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 bags to knit
Really good instructions and versatile items for all occasions.
Can't wait to get started- clear instructions. Brilliant little book. Ideal present.
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Fozy
2.0 out of 5 stars OK for beginers
I bought this book after buying "25 more bags to knit" which i loved (see my review) and i cant say how disappointed i was. All the bags are quite boring and repetitive. Read more
Published on 28 July 2010 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Attractive book with easy to follow Instructions
So far, i have only tried to make one of the bags from this book. I have to say I was a little disappointed - perhaps it is because I used an alternative yarn to that suggested -... Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by Karen Jeffries
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