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100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet [Paperback]

Lesley Stanfield
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13 Jan 2009
Everything is coming up roses with this delightful collection of flowers to knit and crochet. This work offers the perfect way to use up scraps of yarn or practice using novelty yarns - you can use them to decorate clothing, hats, bags and belts, embellish home accessories, or make a beautiful bouquet as an unusual display piece. Choose from simple spiral roses, pretty poppies, elaborate layered blooms, and fabulous felted flowers. The flowers are beautifully arranged on the pages, with stitched leaves and embroidered stems, and are cross referenced to a separate section featuring clear pattern instructions and information on yarn requirements. You will also find plenty of inspiration for embellishing your finished flowers with beads, buttons, sequins, and embroidery, plus ideas for using them in a range of fun ways, from unusual jewellery to decorating gift-wrapped packages.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (13 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484034
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A collection of beautiful blooms for embellishing clothes, accessories, cushions and throws. It's the perfect way to use up scraps of yarn or practice with novelty yarns and this one really is a 'must have' book. You can use the knitted and crocheted flowers and leaves to decorate clothing, hats, bags and belts, embellish home accessories or make a beautiful bouquet as an unusual display piece. Choose from simple spiral roses, pretty poppies, elaborate layered blooms and fabulous felted flowers. The flowers are beautifully arranged on the pages, with stitched leaves and embroidered stems. They're also cross-referenced to a separate section featuring clear pattern instructions and information on yarn requirements. You'll find plenty of inspiration for embellishing your finished flowers with beads, buttons, sequins and embroidery plus ideas for using them in a range of fun ways, from unusual jewellery to decorating gift-wrapped packages.-Machine Knitting Monthly The name Lesley Stanfield is well-known in knitting and crochet circles. In this book, she presents a colourful selection of flowers. You'll find exciting ways to use them as embellishments. This is an attractive book, with a simple but effective layout, good photography and clear instructions. A comprehensive introduction leads into the book explaining materials and equipment, basic knitting and crochet know-how and much more. A directory of flowers follows. This begins with a beautifully photographed close-up of each flower. Favourites include many roses, carnations, tradescantia, clematis, viola, lavender, borage, poinsettia, poppy, sunflower, hellebore and many more including butterflies. There is also a leaf and fruit and vegetables section. The flowers are portrayed in sumptuous colours. Just pick the one you want and move onto that page to learn how to knit or crochet your chosen flower. The instructions are organised by skill level. Charts are provided for the crochet projects. In addition, you'll find a series of projects for using your flowers. A knitted daisy enhances a peg bag, whilst crocheted roses look sweet on an evening bag. Use a poinsettia to enhance Xmas gift wrap. There are ten projects in all. I think part of the fun of this book is in thinking up more ways to use the flowers as embellishments or even creating more flowers from your own imagination.-KarenPlatt.co.uk At last a stylish, contemporary knitting AND crochet book on flowers (and veg!). Unlike other books which revive old patterns, [this book] generates a plethora of new, colourful and exciting designs. The book gives inspiration for the complete beginner (a short how to guide at the beginning) with clearly labelled basic designs for the novice to try. And for the adept knitter, patterns honestly labelled as intermediate to advanced. The use of colour combinations is excellent, the cover showing an enticing layout, stylishly displayed. An absolute must for all makers - a great mix of knitting and crochet; the combination of both skills being a winning formula. It is great value for GBP10.99 (approx 10p a pattern!) and a lovely square, handbag-sized book. It is equally inviting for the groovy teenager wanting to customise their lapel with a coloured garland, to women of all ages, inspired to add a contemporary corsage to their outfit or household items.-Craft Business Adorn anything and everything in sight with these beautiful knitted and crocheted flowers. As the cover shows in glorious color a vast array of flowers can be created to decorate holiday items, clothing, furnishings, presents and more. Not only flowers, but a few leaves, butterflies and vegetables too, as well as mistletoe and acorns. This is not a primer aimed at teaching the beginner to knit and crochet, but a book aimed at those who can already do these things to a reasonable standard. To jog the memory however there are --Craft Business

About the Author

Lesley Stanfield is a long-time hand-knitting designer and has been the knitting editor of several women's magazines. She has produced a number of books on knitting and crochet. She lives and works in Whitstable, Kent.

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173 of 175 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should say Flowers to Crochet and Knit 6 Feb 2009
By JY
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This is a lovely book and yes the finished results really do look like flowers.
I would give it 5 stars for the look of the book alone except the title implies more knit than crochet and if you do not crochet you might be disappointed, or you might try to learn!
There are 41 pages of crochet work but only 18 of knitted patterns. Also all the crochet patterns are charted but there are no charts for the knitted ones.
The most amusing patterns are the carrots and peas hidden among the flowers!
There are 20 pages of colour pictures of the flowers plus 2 of leaves and 2 of fruit and vegetables plus a few pages on techniques and equipment at the beginning and 12 pages of project ideas at the end.
Overall it is beautifully laid out, well photographed and enjoyable to use.
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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful
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This book is absolutely BRILLIANT. (I have previously bought both Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers & Crochet Flowers books - but they don't come close to this beautiful book). The patterns are better - they REALLY DO LOOK LIKE THE FLOWERS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE - the layout is more attractive & the classification into skill levels for both knit & craft is really well thought out.
Another thing which is great is that Lesley classifies the wool required for each flower by colour & yarn type ('4-ply', DK wool, tapestry wool & embroidery silk) rather than by supplier & shade ref. - so you really feel that you can go rummaging in your very own wool stash to make these beautiful items, rather than having to buy new yarn.
If you are stuck about which book to buy on the subject - trust me - you won't regret buying this book!(I have already bought a copy for a friend & she loved it too)!
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this book in my local yarn shop and couldn't resist. I am so glad I didn't resist.

There are more flowers in this book than any I have ever seen. Because the content is so specific, you get a fabulously comprehensive collection of patterns. Each beautifully made creation in the book is inspiring, with an index and recommendations on how difficult each one is.

The content is split about half and half between knitting and crochet, so it is well worth buying even if you only practise one type. There is also a section at the back with suggested projects for your creations.

I have been knitting for a couple of years, and started crochet last month. I would not rely on the book to provide an absolute beginner's introduction to either craft, but as a follow on book for someone looking for inspiration, this is second to none.

For 10.99, this was exceptionally good value, with 100 unique designs. I will definitely look for more books by this author.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All that glitters.... 11 Nov 2009
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Hi all,

yes this book is a visual feast, it does not fail to inspire or showcase the amazing things that can be achieved using crochet or knitting.

However, unless you are very experienced I think you, like me, may find this book a little too advanced.

In order to use it I have had to have several books aimed at all three levels balanced around to help me!

I would recommend this book- for inspiration
- if you are experienced/skilled
- as a super coffee table book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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It's quite easy to find "made-up" flower patterns, but if you want to make something that looks like an actual flower of a particular kind this is the book you need. I'm particularly fond of the pansy. Not for the real beginner as some skill and understanding of instructions is required, but the results are well worth the effort. I think the results are better if you use a small hook and fine yarn, then they really do look like the real thing and make up into very pretty bouquets. Done with embroidery silk they also make beautiful embellishments. I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loads of flowers and veg too 8 Feb 2009
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This is a beautiful book. Well illustrated with both written and schematic diagrams (for the crochet ones). The flowers are gorgeous I can't wait to make some. The cover gives you a good idea of what is inside Can't praise it enough! Get it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars knit and crochet......... must buy book 16 April 2009
By l black
Format:Paperback
The flowers in this book are the best I've seen. Really beautiful.
The instructions are easy to follow, although not reccommended for a complete beginner. They are great quick, easy and portable projects.
The instructions are deliberately are vague about yarn and needle/hook size which enables you to just get out what wool or threads you have to hand.........no need to worry about tension, you'll just get bigger or smaller flowers.
There is a fairly even mix of crochet and knit patterns( the crochet patterns take up more pages mainly because of the charts)
There is a beautiful gallery of designs. My criticism is that it doesn't say in the gallery whether the design is knitted or crocheted.There are crocheted and knitted roses, leaves, butterflies, chrysanthemums and sunflowers but most flower designs have either knitted or crochet instructions, not both.
I bought the book because I wanted to crochet but fell in love with some of the knitted designs and have done both
Don't buy the book for the projects (the only disappointing part of the book).........with one exception "winter scarf" every reader will think of better ideas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection
A great book from beginner to the more advanced knitter/crocheter. I have not tried any of the patterns yet but hope to do so soon. Read more
Published 8 days ago by J. C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great designs...
Lot of choice - plenty of colors and designs. However if you are a beginner in crochet you might find it a little bit tricky to follow the patterns. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Aleksandra Rogala-Katolik
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Difficult for me to comment as I bought this as gift for my wife, but she seems happy with it!!
Published 16 days ago by Mr. Robin Marlow
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
As expected. My grandaughter was given a copy for Christmas so I knew what to expect. Have already made several of the flowers and leaves.
Published 19 days ago by Susan Jackman
5.0 out of 5 stars Flowers to knit & crochet
Lovely well illustrated book. Some knitting & some crocheted flowers. Lively selection. Well packaged. Lovely present for all my knit friend! Elaine
Published 27 days ago by elaine nielson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Title is a bit misleading as the majority of patterns are for crochet - which suits me fine. The variety and detail is fantastic - a book I'll return to again and again.
Published 28 days ago by Avril
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good guide to making yarn flowers
I go to several craft groups and this book has become a staple it is a beautiful book easy to follow instructions and charts on all projects my favourite is the crochet rose on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katie Tereszczak
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Flowers to knit and crotchet.
I bought this book for my sister in South Africa who was absolutely 'over the moon'! She loves this book and had made several of the flowers to applique onto some projects. Read more
Published 1 month ago by clare swindale
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring flowers to make
This was a lovely book and has inspired me to try several of the flowers to make and turn into adaptaions or embellishments for gifts to give to my friends
Published 1 month ago by gerry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Patterns
Handy book to have for when you want to add embellishments to garments or articles such as cushions, tea pot cosy etc.
Published 1 month ago by Jane
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