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Boutique Knits: 20+ Must Have Accessories [Paperback]

Laura Irwin
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Book Description

1 Oct 2008
With Boutique Knits, you can make your very own knockout accessories. If you love showing your personal style with the "it" handbag, funky scarf, or the hat that makes heads turn, then this book is for you. Author Laura Irwin designs knitted accessories for the trendsetting indie designer fashion boutique Seaplane in Portland, Oregon, and is particularly known for her felted hats and stylish bags. In Boutique Knits, Laura presents designs for knitted accessories that stand out from the crowd.

Boutique Knits includes:
  • Patterns that cover a variety of knitting techniques in varying degrees, including felting, intarsia, Fair Isle, lacework, and cables
  • Advice on incorporating non-knitting tools and techniques to transform your knitting to achieve that one-of-a-kind boutique feel: pliers, hammers, a sewing machine, use of millinery techniques, and handsewing techniques.
  • Unique adornment inspiration, such as buckles and bolts borrowed from leatherwork close an intricately cabled belt, a chain handle finishes a felted bag with circle pockets, leather lacing dresses up a knitted bag, and grommets finish a half-felted handbag. Inspiration from vintage lace, beads, ribbon, and fabric-covered buttons!
  • Knitting and felting techniques to create effects like ruffles, shibori-style pleats, and clever shaping.
  • And more! 
This collection of modern, stylish patterns will inspire beginning and intermediate knitters with its uncommon techniques and materials.
Transform your knitting with Boutique Knits!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680739
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 21.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews: "The patterns in this book are really cute and have a classic feel with a modern look. A project from this book (or the book itself) would be great for any woman who likes to keep up with fashion." Guide to Knitting "Unique, pretty, clever. There’s a reason that–even though I rarely make accessories–I felt compelled to buy this book out of all the many new knitting books." "A very pretty book. Laura has created a collection of accessories and sweater accents that use classic influences long past and mix them with a modern functionality and appeal." "Some creative and truly innovative techniques... the photography perfectly captures the dreamy, romantic yet urban feel of Irwin's designs."-knotions online magazine "The clever, pretty patterns in Laura's book are full of interesting twists."-The Oregonian KT2OG blog

About the Author

For the last five years Laura Irwin has designed the hand-knit ready-to-wear line Precious, which is sold at Seaplane, an independent designer boutique in Portland, Oregon. In addition to her ongoing apprenticeship at Pinkham Millinery, she also teaches knitting classes at Lint, a local yarn store in Portland. She has been a guest on Knitting Daily TV on PBS and on HGTV’s That’s Clever, demonstrating her felted hats and bags. She has also had projects in Knitscene and Interweave Knits, and her “Formal Boot Bag” was featured on the cover of Bag Style by Pam Allena and Ann Budd. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 18 Feb 2009
This is one of the best knitting books that I have ever bought. I just love the hat on the cover and that is what attracted me to it. I have knit the sideways cloche hat three times already and it is so fabulous. The yarns do tend to be American but finding a substitute is not hard. The hat on the cover is knitted in Rowan yarn.
This book has lovely photos and good clear instructions. I am sure that I will knit many more of the patterns.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites..... 2 Feb 2009
By Jen
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I love this book and (most) of the designs in it. Just to give an idea of skill level - I only learnt to knit on boxing day (Christmas just gone) and have already made 4 of the items out of this book. The instructions are really simple to follow and there's a great glossary at the back with illustrations which explains each of the stitches in case there's any you don't know. I've got a few pattern books but this is my favourite - because the designs are so modern and it makes me feel like a 'proper knitter' when I've finished a project!

I've knocked a star off because there a couple of things I can't make because I can't hold of the notions eg hand-made brass D ring which the author got in the US but I can't find in the UK. Not that it's her fault...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of special knits 18 Dec 2009
This book is truly beautiful, some of the patterns have a lovely vintage feel and have proved very popular with my 22 year old daughter. I have made the gorgeous hat with the plait up the side numerous times for friends and family and everyone loves it. I have also made the hat featured on the cover and it turned out beautifully. for anyone who likes to knit something that little bit special this book is a dream.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fab Designs 23 Feb 2010
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I've made the hat on the cover and it turned out lovly, so why give it a 3 star, well perhaps its because it is using american terminology but I had to rip back and try to figure things out few times as the instructions got confusing half way through. I haven't tried anything else yet but now I am awre of this I'll be more wiser.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boutique Knits 22 Feb 2010
By Hazel Vicary VINE VOICE
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A terrific book. Some of the patterns are a bit more than I can handle but the hats are just lovely. I particularly like the cloche with the twisted band up the side and have knitted several of them. Again, with all American books, the wool thickness can be a bit of a problem so it is always wise to do a tension square before starting the item. However, once that problem is resolved, the patterns are attractive and unusual. I would highly recommend it.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fashionable knits 15 Nov 2008
Knitting has made a come-back. Many designers are attempting to produce up-to-date fashionable knits that anyone can knit. As a knitting addict and knitwear designer, I wish more people would realise that once you can knit and purl - you can use knitting as a textile fabric with shape, texture and imagination.
American knitter, Laura Irwin has not gone for boring - the lacy texture of the Shibori scarf, the textured hats, appliqued gloves and knits coupled with attention to detail, puts this ahead of many modern knitting books. I love the simplicity of the Alpaca scarf. Laura has included knitted accessories including bags. For me, some of the projects are off the scale of wearable, but it takes all kinds. Laura has a lively, creative imagination that she is applying to an art form in which proficiency is clearly shown. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, USA I would love to see her include elements and influences from that fabulous landscape, which is such a rich source of inspiration.
This is a beautifully illustrated book with a clear set of basic instructions on how to knit. Garment knitting instructions are clear and use charts. Unfortunately, there are no English yarn suppliers given. U.S and U.K. knitting needles sizes are given and some of the yarns stated are available here in England.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good - but style varies 11 Jan 2010
By svr
I bought this because I simply loved the look of the hat on the cover. I've since knitted both this one and one other hat, and found the instructions straightforward, the designs clearly explained and the book generally beautifully photographed and laid out. The hats were great fun to make and the results stunning, and I will be making them again, so in that respect the purchase has been well worth it for me.

However I must say I'm really not that keen on the majority of the other projects, some of which I find too homely and some just a bit weird rather than actually stylish (like a bag made to look like a jumper with two cowl necks) - I'd hoped for more of that 'retro' look, but obviously that's just my own personal opinion. I'd recommend you check out the whole book before buying it if you get a chance, and if the projects appeal to you it'll be a good investment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit different from the usual knitting book 15 Jun 2009
I loved the patterns in this book. The patterns are interesting and a bit different from the norm. The hats are lovely and some of the patterns incorporate felting. The only downside is that the patterns are written for the American market but the yarns can be substituted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous!!!!!
Published 6 months ago by linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and interesting pieces of knitwear.
Some lovely and unusual designs in this book. Because it is American some of the terms are unfamiliar to me. But I would definitely recommend it as an interes
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Published 16 months ago by Clare Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not for everyone.....
This is a well laid out and slightly unusual pattern book. The reason for only 3 stars is a matter of my personal preference in pattern books and not really a criticism of this... Read more
Published 16 months ago by jammikins
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I was very disappointed when I got this book, the items to knit were not as good as I thought they would be, most are very complicated and are for the very experienced American... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2011 by Sharon
2.0 out of 5 stars Boutique Knits
Bought for my wife. She likes the patterns but is disappointed that most of the yarns are discontinued and being American yarns it is hard to find alternatives. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by Enfield Lad
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Easy-ish
This book is gorgeous! As a new knitter a lot of the patterns are well above my level but they make me want to knit and knit and knit. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by Isabelle Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book, lovely ideas and a bit different
really cool book with something for everyone. smaller projects to bigger ones so can suit your time/ budget. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by Isibez
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money!
I love the hats in this book - I have already made the cover one and started another. It is American and refers to yarn no avaliable here but I will be making a good few things... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by aobhro
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Fantastic knits!
This a great book that is quite inspiring. I have already knitted the hat on the cover and have embarked on another. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by ck2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Such cute stuff!
Usually, with knitting books, I like at most half of the patterns included. This book has blown me away. I plan on knitting most if not all of the patterns!
Published on 17 Aug 2010 by Ms. M. Brown
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