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Finishing Techniques for Handknitters [Paperback]

Jane Crowfoot
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1 Mar 2003
Once again knitting is at the forefront of popular crafts and leisure time activities. Today, however, people turn to it not simply as a money-saving activity, but also as an opportunity to exercise their creativity, produce something original to wear or use, and do something relaxing and therapeutic away from the regular stresses and strains of modern life. Most patterns readily available to handknitters give instructions on how to knit the item, but not necessarily how to finish it. But the techniques involved in finishing a garment successfully, from choosing the appropriate methods of casting off to adding in a zipper, take a bit of time to master and achieve instinctively. In awareness of this, this book provides practical advice and step-by-step instructions for every sort of finishing technique. The reader can thus build up a store of effective methods with which to personalize and add flair to their work, whether it's embellishing a child's hat or inserting the right size button-holes for a chunky cardigan. The final section of the book enables you to put the techniques into practice using a few classic design projects to show the limitless potential and versatility of well executed finishing techniques.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (1 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903975840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903975848
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Crowfoot has always had a love for yarn and all things crafty and attributes her 'crochet gene' to her Great Grandmother, Alice, who was seldom seen without a crochet hook in her hand and a few granny squares upon her lap.

Jane was taught to knit as a child and after showing a flair for art throughout school she decided to do a foundation course in art and design before going on to do a degree in textile design at Winchester School of Art, specializing in constructed textiles. Jane has worked as a freelance designer and design consultant for the past 15 years and has worked closely with both Debbie Bliss and Rowan Yarns.

Although an accomplished knitter, Jane has a passion for crochet, which is currently seeing a huge upsurge in popularity across the world. Jane runs a successful crochet club, which provides participants with the chance to complete an exclusive throw/blanket project over the course of 6 months. Jane's design theme for the project is not a complete mystery as she releases teaser images in advance of the start of the project. Members live across the globe and Jane provides an on line dedicated blog which includes tips & techniques and step by step images to aid crocheters along the way.

Jane is the author of 5 titles of which Kaleidoscope is the most recent, past titles are: Finishing Techniques for Handknitters, Two Stitch Knits, The Ultimate Crochet Bible and Homespun Vintage. Jane has a range of designs and accessories on her web site and on ravelry. You can also 'like' her company page on facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Web site: www.janiecrow.co.uk

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About the Author

Jane Crowfoot studied textile design at Winchester School of Art in the UK where she specialized in knitting. Following graduation, she worked as a freelance textile designer. She currently works for Rowan Yarns as a Design Consultant, offering hands-on advice to knitters through teaching and demonstrations. Her recent work includes designs that have been incorporated into the books by the celebrated children's wear designer Debbie Bliss, with whom she takes regular workshops for knitters of all abilities.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful at all levels 21 Nov 2004
Jane Crowfoot has compliled a very useful book for beginner and advanced knitter alike. Yarn types are well explained and step by step photos feature largely. For me, the book covers things I want to do, explained well some things I didn't know about, and also has several projects for the home and wardrobe. My copy has become much-used, and if you only get one book on this subject this one will serve you well.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 13 Jun 2005
Ms Crowfoot explains the basics of knitting techniques in a clear, no-nonsense way. Whether you want to learn the basics such as casting on or you'd like to make your garments look more professional with advanced seaming methods, this book is worth its weight in gold.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I've been knitting for years and picked up most of my knowledge through asking other people and trying myself, but found this book was a revelation. All those years I'd been sewing up jumpers with backstitch (and not very well at that), when mattress stitch (in the book) would have been so much better (it gives you a virtually invisible seam).

There is an invaluable section on correcting mistakes. Ever knitted to the top of an Aran jumper and found you'd forgotten to twist a cable? This book explains how to fix it without having to pull your work out and re-do it. There is a library of lovely edgings, a section on beadng, buttonholes, pockets, embellishments, and different knitting techniques as well.

This book is stuffed with clear photographs and easy to follow explanations, techniques and includes some projects. Definitely a keeper.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners 27 Jan 2008
By KnittyM
This book has colourful pictures showing step by step stitches. It covers Basic skills and getting started (casting on) to some really clever finishing techniques. The book title does it no favours as really it covers all techniques of knitting. It explains abbreviations for patterns, has guidelines for tools and yarns and lots of tips for holding the needles and reading patterns. This is an excellent book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable reference book for knitters 10 Feb 2011
By Aneeta
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I've seen a LOT of knitting books and this is one of the few that (as a professional knitting teacher) I am happy to recommend. It's not cool and trendy and the patterns are definitely dated, but to learn essential and timeless techniques for giving your knitting a neat and professional finish it is one of the best books out there. If you're looking for a book for a complete beginner, this might seem too advanced, but use it alongside my book Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner and you'll soon be knitting up garments and gifts that anyone would be pleased to wear or receive as a gift. Even after knitting for over 30 years, I still use this book regularly for myself and when teaching knitting classes. Thank you Jane Crowfoot!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all the boxes... 25 Feb 2012
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Just great! Since buying this book recently I have been able to revise ways that I finish items, confirm that some of the methods I use are correct and and get new ideas for casting on and finishing techniques. It is well explained with good pictures. I love it and will be recommending it to fellow knitters..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finiching techniques for handknitters 6 Feb 2012
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This is a wonderful book for handknitters. I have been a hand knitter for years but some of these techniques in this book are helping me even now, great little book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only one you need - but it comes at a price. 26 Sep 2006
The title of this book is misleading. It is not just about finishing techniques, it has techniques for all aspects/stages of knitting. There are about 6 different ways to cast on, for example. The photographs are exceptionally clear, as are the explanations. There are none of those awful drawings of knitting techniques, which I find much more difficult to follow. There are also some useful knitting patterns at the back. I am an experienced knitter, but always find something new in this book. I was going to buy either this book, or the enormous Vogue book of knitting techniques. After a very long examination of the two (thanks to my local bookshop) I chose this one; I thought it had everything I needed for the time being. However, since originally buying this book, the price has increased from 7 to 10. I don't think it is worth that much. If I was buying a techniques book now, I would get the Vogue one, which currently costs 17: that one really does have EVERYTHING. I thought this one was a cheap buy, and a small format that I could keep by my side whilst I knitted, but the price increase has changed my opinion, and made this a less-worthwhile purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finishing techniques
This is just the information that I needed to perfect my knitting techniques. Everything you need to know to lift your knitting from the home made look to professional.
Published 1 month ago by laurah
4.0 out of 5 stars useful book
I have been knitting since I was a child, but the standard of my knitting, and of the completed knitted garments, has improved dramatically since I read this book and started... Read more
Published 2 months ago by H Thorp
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need for Finishing Techniques
This is an excellent book, totally dedicated to finishing techniques. Clear illustrations and instructions..... so if you are a knitter.... this is a must.
Published 4 months ago by Rita Mauri
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd highly recommend it.
Very good content. I'm extremely pleased with this book.The techniques are well photographed and explained with every thing one needs to know. I'd highly recommend it.
Published 12 months ago by Sharing Stitches
4.0 out of 5 stars Finishing Techniques for Handknitter
I think this book is a must for all knitters. It is so comprehensive. My knitting has improved beyond recognition!!!!!!!!!
Published 14 months ago by Doreen Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by a Friend
This was recommended to me by the tutor at a local craft group and it is very good for both beginners and experienced knitters.
Published 15 months ago by Sunshine
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic Knitting Technique rather than 'finishing'
I was very disappointed in this book. it was originally published in the USA I think and by the look of the colours, it was in the 1970s. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I've been looking for
Everything you need to know, clear and simple instructions and illustrations. Really satisfying to be able to produce a knitted garment that doesn't look as if it's been sewn... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2007 by Helen Lyons
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