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Cath Kidston The Knitting Book [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Cath Kidston
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Book Description

7 Nov 2011
The Knit Book is a gift set that is sure to wow any novice knitter. Cath Kidston has created an exclusive yet simple striped scarf design that is the perfect beginner hand-knit project. Using double-knitting weight yarn in six classic, cheery Cath Kidston colours, you can now make your own Cath Kidston scarf. Packaged in a bright floral design, re-useable tin, this gift set includes everything you need to make the scarf including six balls of yarn, one pair of red metal 4mm knitting needles plus a double-sided pattern sheet that gives all the instructions for making up the scarf. In addition, the gift set includes a 48 page paperback booklet containing all the essential how-to-knit information on the basic knitting techniques, including casting on, casting off, changing colours and achieving an even tension across your knitting. There is even an alternative scarf design in case stripes aren't your personal style. With clearly written instructions accompanied by explanatory diagrams, The Knit Book will get everyone reaching for their needles in time to make this cosy scarf.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844009807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844009800
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cath Kidston Ltd was founded in 1993 when designer Cath Kidston opened a tiny shop in London's Holland Park. She began by selling the vintage fabrics, wallpapers and brightly-painted junk furniture she remembered fondly from her childhood. Her clever, witty re-working of traditional English country house style meant that her shop soon became a cult success.

Gradually Cath began to design her own prints and products. One of the first was a printed ironing board cover - practical, quirky and with a distinctive floral print, it has come to epitomize the Cath Kidston look. The product base has expanded steadily to include an extensive range of homewares as well as women's fashion and accessories and the 2008 launch of the Cath Kids brand. Various products are manufactured under license by companies such as Churchill China and Fulton Umbrellas.

Over the years Cath's high-profile collaborations have included creating tents with Milletts (2005-6), Nokia mobile phones with Carphone Warehouse (2006) and collectible radios with Roberts (2005 onwards). In 2008 she collaborated with Tesco to produce printed eco shopping bags made from plastic bottles to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sales of the bags raised almost £500,000 for the charity and saved about six million plastic bottles from landfill. In 2009 Cath collaborated with Maclaren to produce a children's buggy in her classic spot red print. She has also published five books, most recently Sew! with Quadrille in October 2009 - a follow up to 2008's hugely successful Make!

Cath Kidston Limited has expanded steadily to become the unique global lifestyle brand it is today, with Cath remaining Creative Director. Currently there are 30 shops and concessions in the UK, two shops in the Republic of Ireland, seven in Japan and one in Kuwait. In October 2009 a shop opened at Heathrow Airport's revamped Terminal 4 - the company's first in an airport - and in November two new temporary 'pop-in' shops were opened in London to make the most of the busy Christmas trading period. The business' successful worldwide mail order, web and wholesale divisions also continue to grow.

Cath Kidston Ltd is one of the most influential and original design companies to emerge from the UK in recent years. It was announced in the Queen's 2009 New Year Honours List that Cath Kidston is to be awarded an MBE for services to business in 2010.


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About the Author

One of Britain's leading and most loved designers, Cath Kidston is best known for her vintage-inspired, colourful prints for the home. Cath began her career as an interior designer before opening her first retail shop in London in 1993 selling vintage fabrics and antique furniture. She now has 36 shops and 5 concessions in the UK, as well as 2 shops in Ireland, 15 in Japan, and 4 in Korea. In addition to their signature cloth prints, the company has developed a wide range of products in response to a growing demand. Everything from bags, cushions, stationery, t-shirts, nightwear and babygrows are all part of the ever-expanding product range. Her popularity has increased year by year since starting a mail order catalogue and website. Cath has published four previous books - In Print, Make!, Sew! and Stitch! with Quadrille - and has a very successful stationery line.

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Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best way to learn to knit! 11 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
I do a lot of crafts but for some reason knitting has always been a bit of an achillies heal for me. I saw this and thought I would get it and have another go. To my delight it has been a brilliant re-introduction to the skill. I've almost finished the scarf which feels like the icing on the cake really as it's such lovely colours being very Cath Kidston of course.
I will be getting some more needles and perhaps a book or two with other things to knit. It's going to be a very woolly christmas for my family this year!
Thanks to Cath Kidston for another lovely craft book.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definite Brownie Points! 11 Nov 2011
By Pete
Format:Hardcover
My girlfriend is a HUGE Cath Kidston fan and this has been a massive success! Having only dabbled with knitting in the past, this kit had her up and running in no time and now she has a brand new scarf, which even I've been known to borrow for a dash to the shops.

If you're a bloke and your girlfriend loves Cath Kidston, even if she's never knitted before in her life, get her this project tin!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should expect better... 3 Jan 2012
By EW
Format:Hardcover
The tin is cute. The idea is lovely. Sadly that's about as good as it gets.
Instructions were okay - but could be found anywhere online for free. The yarn is acrylic, and the worst quality acrylic I've seen in a long time. I am really glad that I got to check this item out in a shop before I bought it for my friend. Instructions for learning to knit could be found online, free patterns to knit anything can be found on 'ravelry' (online) and much better quality yarn can be bought in most towns or online.
Instead of this I bought my friend Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner which gives brilliant and fool proof instructions for learning to knit and a great variety of simple knit items to make including scarves, hot water bottle covers, bags, mitts, baby cardigan etc. Then I bought some needles and some better quality but still cheap acrylic yarn.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect gift1 11 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
I've just bought this as a birthday present for my teenage niece and she loves it! This is a really well thought out introduction to knitting and my niece has already made a start on the lovely scarf in the tin. She's told me how easy it is to pick up the basics of knitting from the booklet, as well as following the instructions on the leaflet for actually knitting the scarf itself. And, once she's finished the scarf, she's got a lovely, large tin she can put bits and pieces in. The perfect gift!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected 4 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I LOVE tin boxes and this one looks like a book, how awesome is that! I don't understand comments about poor wool quality (the yarn that comes along with the kit) because first of all it obviously is not wool and second what do you expect for 13 pounds? A quality ball of yarn is normally at least 5 pounds itself and her eyou get a whole kit! I think it is a very lovely kit and for me it was the right way to pick up the basics of knitting and it felt like an easy way to start knitting by getting a project and have the materials right at hand so you don't have to worry about finding a beginner's pattern, yarn, needles and instructions elsewhere. I find the instructions booklet very useful! I now can knit real projects! And by the way if you find yourself not having yarn enough when knitting this, it is propably because you forgot to check your tension (which the booklet also explains you how and why you should do). I had leftover yarn when the scarf was done so I tried out some of the other stitches in the booklet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good quality 8 Jun 2014
By SM TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am not entirely impressed with this set.

On the plus side, it is nicely presented and looks good as a gift. The packaging is nice and the overall look is attractive.

There are problems though. The wool is acrylic and it splits far too easily. It is poor quality. The needles are very slippery and the wool slides off easily. I also found the instructions are not really adequate. I beginner could not cope with them.

At the end of the day, if you used different needles, got some better quality wool and got instructions online, this would work. But them there would be absolutely no point in buying this set!

Not recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality and unsuitable for a total novice 20 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have enormous feet. they are so big that I am unable to find socks that fit properly. So I have decided to learn how to make my own. That is quite an advanced skill so to begin with I thought a beginners kit such as this would be ideal. How wrong I was.
To be fair there are some good points. The tin is nice for wool storage and the needles are reasonable quality. However the instructions are dire. They are so brief that they feel incomplete. I couldn't knit before I read them. After reading them I still couldn't knit and was very confused. they are better suited to someone who used to knit but has not for some time. they feel more like a refresher, than a proper tutorial. The real problem is the wool. it is appalling quality. It's acrylic, meaning at no point has it even seen a sheep. it unravels on the needle meaning that telling one stitch from another can become impossible, and it feels awful. I have since bought some better wool and the difference is remarkable. Knitting is so much easier if you invest in some quality wool. I bought this kit thinking it was value for money. It is not. I have bought new needles, a decent beginners knitting book, and new wool. I now only have the box left. But it is filled with quality items that are a pleasure to use.
Not a kit I can recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My Friend Loved It
I bought this as a present for my freind and she loved it (I'm still yet to see what she knitted though!) Perfect present idea
Published 2 months ago by L A Dutfield
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
bought it for my mum, has not started to knit yet. well presented, comes in a nice tin storage book.
Published 3 months ago by Sabena B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend it for children
My granddaughter was delighted with the knitting set. Would recommend it for any child interested in learing to knit. The colour of the wool is great.
Published 6 months ago by Ann Donnellan
3.0 out of 5 stars Over rated
Bought this as a gift for my daughter. She liked it very much, but when it arrived I thought how expensive it was for what it was.
Published 7 months ago by margaret whilde
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
It is perfect for starting out in knitting. Gives you instructions and is in a lovely tin box too and the coloured wools are cool too.
Published 7 months ago by Classic17
3.0 out of 5 stars Colours vibrant and
Colours of the balls of wool not very appealing. Looked little garish all together. Makes a fairly nice and reasonably priced present. Tin is a nice touch.
Published 11 months ago by NJones
3.0 out of 5 stars Cath Kidston knitting tin
Very pretty tin. Nicely packaged. Wool not the most expensive considering it is a cath kidston product but I am sure it is quite serviceable.
Published 11 months ago by C. Pridham
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says on the tin
For first time knitters or the knitting expert this pack is a great buy!! Not only does it include the pattern, yarn and needles you need to make a cath kidston scarf once you are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Maxi93
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor value, poor quality
This kit contains 6x50g acrylic yarn in standard Cath Kidston colours, with instructions and a pair of knitting needles. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars Knots
Yarn has too many knots. Love Cath Kidston and am sorrily disappointed by this purchase. Sadly disappointed with project outcome.
Published 12 months ago by JRosenke
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