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Comforts of Home: Simple Knitted Accents Paperback – Aug 2000

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale and Company (Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564773353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564773357
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 17.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,942,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erika Knight is a renowned knitwear designer and respected consultant to the fashion and yarn industry. Originally from a fine art background, her trend-forecasting work re-ignited her passion for the hand made. With her 'simple' ethos, Erika has a unique interpretation of craft: her mission is to simplify and communicate her insight and passion for knitting and crochet with accessible yet enticing projects in order to inspire everyone to experiment and above all enjoy creating. The author of numerous highly acclaimed knitting and crochet books, Erika has lectured at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, as well as leading art institutions and universities. She has published twelve books with Quadrille.

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By bernie VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
Erika Knight with the photography of John Heseltine has put together 18 unique projects that take you from beginning to advance knitting. Looking close you see the bamboo needles that she preferred. The pictures are large enough to see how the different stitches are made.

You see how to make simple slippers and if you look real fast a "Brain bag." I can use one of those. However when you slowdown it is actuarially a Bain bag for holding things like soaps and other bathroom paraphernalia. Now I know why the book is dedicated to generation Y2K; they do not have to adjust their glasses to spell Bain.
Simple Knits for Easy Living (Berry Books (Collins & Brown Limited))
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book, Super-easy projects 29 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a beginning knitter and I LOVE this book. There are simple pillows, blankets, a wash mitt, a bag, a rag rug, and other home decor projects to knit in nice, natural colors. The patterns use lots of squares so the knitting is easy (not a lot of decreases or increases). There are a few intermediate projects, like a sweater, a "cuddle coat," and cute little booties. But the best thing are the photos--beautiful, close-up shots of luxurious yarns that make you want to pick up your needles and start right away!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Surprising! 17 Sept. 2001
By Jennifer Dickinson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was really knocked out by the designs in this book. All of them are simply beautiful, from the basic throws and pillows, to a unique basket and bag for the bath. More than many other books, I think this one wants you to take the ideas of the patterns and run with them. You could make them exactly as they appear, or you could substitute yarns, stitches, needles, etc. for a totally new look.
The best example of this approach may well be the rag rug. The possibilities are limitless, using a mixture of cotton and chenille yarns, hemp, fabric strips - whatever you have stashed away that strikes your fancy.
While all of this 'go with the flow' uniqueness is fun, it would still be helpful to have a bit more of the traditional knitting book here. Gauges are given, but in the back of the book. The gauge really ought to be with each pattern, so you don't have to hunt for it and refer back. Also, several of the yarns used are no longer available or hard to find. Suggested substitutes (like Vogue Knitting's excellent books) might have been in order.
The designs in this book all have a modern, yet classic, aesthetic that will fit well in just about anyone's home. You'll be making things for yourself, as well as for a much-loved gift. Think weddings and housewarmings, as well as the holidays.
As a final note, the designs are presented in lush photographs and an accessible layout (apart from the gauge thing).
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Aesthetically pleasing and simple projects abound! 5 Mar. 2004
By christin - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is very lovely and I use it for more inspiration than actual patterns for home decor.
Hand-knitting household accents is an enjoyable and relaxing task. They give yr home a comfortable and lived in look and you have complete creative control in colours, patterns, texture and size instead of purchasing something readymade in a store. They also make extremely thoughtful gifts especially if you make things to match the gift recipent's colour scheme and decor.
My favourite pattern in this book is for a lush shaggy bath rug. I also like the beaded accents on the throw pillows.
This book is appropriate for every skill level, in fact more advanced knitters would just finish the project that much quicker and easier, while the novice knitter would have a fairly easy time knitting the mostly rectangular patterns and most of them call for fairly bulky yarn.
I would suggest purusing a copy at a bookstore or library before purchasing because it is a little pricy and the best aspects of it are the ideas and presentation. Most semi-experienced knitters would not even need a pattern if they saw a picture and then could knit from their mind's eye.
On the other hand this book is so lovely and provokes creativity for me in decoring my home that it is worth having and keeping and flipping through.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Two titles, two covers, one book. 13 Nov. 2008
By C. Harper - Published on
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book after buying "Simple Knits for Easy Living" by the same author. To my surprise, they were the same book!! The only differences were the title and front cover. Needless to say I was upset.

The book itself was okay. These are very simple knits for beginner knitters.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fresh, clean vibe 3 Dec. 2003
By Sokste - Published on
Format: Paperback
I like the feel of this book - it seems to come from a world that is bright and clean and warm and tidy and quietly creative.
I like the side-by-side comparisons of swatches in different weight yarns. And this is a good introduction to household items that are knittable - a different way of thinking for me.
My favorite item so far though is the loofah mitt - knitted with sisal. That just wouldn't have occurred to me ever.
This book isn't worth hundreds of dollars or anything, but I think it offers something fresh for those like me who are new to knitting.
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