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Knitting with Ribbon Yarn [Paperback]

Tracy Chapman
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April 2006
This title helps in making head-turning garments and accessories using beautiful ribbon yarns. It is a delight to work with, ribbon yarn knits up quickly and smoothly to produce garments with wonderful drape and stitch definition. It also helps in creating stunning stummer-weight vests, wraps, and sweaters; elegant silken camisoles and halter necks that show off the yarn's unique glossy highlights and lowlights; making beautiful bags and heavenly home accessories. It is available in a kaleidoscope of beautifully blended colours and textures, choose from fruity pastels, subtle pinstripes and saturated variegated colours, from open-effect gauzy cotton or lustrous silken fibres. This title includes a wealth of tips and techniques for working with ribbon yarn, from preventing it twisting and keeping it snag-free to combining it with other yarns to create exciting contrasts.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844481409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844481408
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Myshelf.com:Ribbon yarn has been around for some time, but books and patterns always seem to be aimed at more traditional yarns. Here at last is a book for this fun and fashionable yarn that concentrates on its unique properties and showcases its unique beauty. Any knitting book these days needs to be aimed at modern people, and this one is no exception. Gone is the "granny" image of knitting and here instead is a trendy collection of camisoles, ponchos, shawls, casual or dressy tops, bags, hats, belts, corsages and the ubiquitous cushion. I was glad to see that not too much equipment is cited as being necessary (you can guess what you will actually need) and before the projects begin there is a section on how to knit. The ribbon is slippery stuff and special instructions are needed for tension and handling, but if you cannot knit, this is where you can learn, although I would suggest trying traditional yarns first. Learn how to add lining and zips, make embellishments and finish off your work, as well as choosing from several casting-on methods and even how to hold the yarn. It is an attractive book too with lots of color, showing both the projects being modelled and many helpful staged photographs. At the back is a section on embellishments and a list of where to buy the yarn if you live in the UK, Australia or New Zealand with addresses and websites. I was left with a feeling of completeness, and essential (although often lacking) part of any good book. Workshop on the Web:Embroiderers love knitting yarns, we stuff them, couch them, wrap them - and that's just for starters. This book concentrates on knitting with them. It's a bit of a mixed bag but there are some good patterns and advice on using the wide variety of yarns available. An interesting wall hanging invites free machining and there are patterns for bags, hats and scarves, as well as sweaters, vests and cardies. SlipKnot:Plenty of clear, colourful photographs, but it is difficult to understand why the patterns (mostly women's clothing) have been grouped by yarn type. There does not appear to be any unifying technique or other feature that would require a specific book and I wonder if 'knitting with yellow yarn' would be an equally logical compilation. But the pictures are good!Simply Knitting:Ribbon yarns, as we all know, are terrific to work with, and look beautiful. All 28 of the patterns included here exploit the yarn's potential to dazzle and delight. Tracy covers the core techniques, the dos and don'ts, how to avoid twists and snags, as well as how to incorporate the ribbon with other yarns to create exciting contrasts. She also covers tension squares and proides a rundown of necessary equipment so beginners are catered for. Design-wise, there are patterns for scarves, wraps, shawls, vests, tops and sweaters to choose from, plus a range of handbags (from beaded tote to duffel bag). Vibrant, luxury yarns deserve vibrant luxury patterns; Tracy gives us just that.Knit Today:Bring a fresh texture to your knitting with this introduction to the unusual techniques and gorgeous effects of ribbon yarns. The first chapters cover the basic techniques involved, before the projects wow you with detailed images, clear instructions and extra advice. You'll create stunning tops for every season, wraps and cardis, hats, bags, cushions, socks and other accessories that modern knitters will love.

About the Author

Tracy Chapman discovered knitting at an early age, and her passion for the craft has grown over the years. Her work has been featured in many magazines and advertising campaigns, and she holds regular workshops for Rowan yarns, with whom she has worked as a design consultant for several years. She lives in Hampshire.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really what I was looking for 12 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Contains lots patterns but not really what I was looking for. Havent knitted any of the things in this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unimaginative patterns; assumes reader knows nothing about knitting 4 April 2006
By Always Reading - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most disappointing knitting books I've ever purchased. I expected patterns that would highlight the beauty of ribbon yarns but all I got were a bunch of basic patterns for purses, halter tops, square cushions, etc.

Author assumes that her reader does not know how to knit; at least a quarter of the pages in the book are how-tos that apply to any kind of yarn.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative collection of do-it-yourself projects working with ribbon yarn to knit high-quality garments in short time 4 April 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Superbly illustrated throughout, Knitting With Ribbon Yarn: 28 Beautiful Projects Using Vibrant Luxury Yarns by needlecraft expert Tracy Chapman is an informed and informative collection of do-it-yourself projects working with ribbon yarn to knit high-quality garments in short time. Inclusive of instructions for summer-weight sweaters, vests, wraps, bags, silken camisoles, and halters, Knitting With Ribbon Yarn covers many fun and inventive aspects of self-knit clothing. Knitting With Ribbon Yarn is very strongly recommended to all women who knit as a hobby, as well as those anticipating a new innovative and exciting wardrobe as product of their own easy labors.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun with ribbon 29 May 2009
By Betty D. Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book. I plan to make many of the patterns, either with the
ribbon recommended or with substitutes. Lots of advice on how to
use ribbon--I have used it aready. Knitting that I felt might be
difficult or knotty was not with the tips and hints inside.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I found a lot of useful ideas, techniques, and inspiration! 26 Jan 2012
By Ali Julia - Published on Amazon.com
Knitting with ribbon yarns provides a variety to knitting with traditional wool yarns. Ribbon yarns produce a special look that makes your knitted product look unique and different. However, working with ribbon presents its own challenges even to an experience knitter. I picked up this book after working with ribbon yarn on my own and it definitely helped me solve some of the issues I encountered (e.g. best way to finish off without adding bulk) and provided many useful ideas and inspirations.

The book is useful to both experienced and inexperience knitter. Below is a summary of content with my annotations. Hope you will find it useful.

The basics section:
1. How best to work with ribbon yarn to avoid tangling
2. How to clean garments with ribbon yarn
3. How to substitute one type of ribbon for another when needed
4. Samples showing correct, too loose and too tight weave
The basics chapters below have detailed step by step instructions, with each one having an image. They are very clear!
5. Casting and knit/purl basics
6. Binding off and connecting two sections
7. Shaping: increasing and decreasing garment width
8. Adding liners and zippers
9. Crochet embellishments
10. Crochet bind off
11. Finishing off - does and don'ts
12. Sewing seams
13. Reading patterns, including common abbreviations

Clothing Collection section:
1. Sleeveless top with scalloped bottom. Great project, simple yet pretty I made this one. I loved the large scalloped bottom design. My modification was to add sleeves, as I don't like sleeveless shirts.
2. Halter-neck camisole
3. Shawl, decorated with tassels
3. Raglan sleeves top
4. Halter-neck top with back-wrap
5. Designer wrap, very elegant
6. Classic round-neck cardigan
7. Sleeveless polo-neck pullover. I really like how the color rolls on this design.
8. Super casual single-button vest. Simple design and this pattern really shows off the ribbon texture
9. Long-sleeved wrap-front sweater with pretty scalloped edge
10. Camisole top. I did not particularly like the design, but has a description of an interesting technique for twisted cords.
11. Summer poncho

Accessories section:
1. Cozy socks. Very cute! I plan to make them as a gift.
2. Hop belt.
3. Peruvian Hat
4. Hat and scarf. Useful technique for the scarves to make it two sections to make sure that designs on both ends match perfectly. I also liked the edging around the scraf.

Bags section:
1. Beaded tote
2. Handbag
3. Argyle bag
4. Clutch bag
5. Long handled shopping bag (waaay too pretty for a shopping bag!)
6. Duffel bag
7. Dual-identity bag
8. Flower bag

Home decor section:
1. Pillow
2. Cushion
3. Floor cushion
4. Wall hanging

Ribbon embellishments
I really liked this section as I can see combining these ideas with some of my other project for a unique touch
1. Variety of knit ribbon flowers.
2. Variety of tassels
3. Fringing
4. Bows

I already made one project out of the book, and have plan to use several more. I learned several new techniques and got a bunch of ideas for how to use the embellishments from this book in my projects. Can't ask for more to get out of a book!

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative! 19 Aug 2006
By Joey N. Mikey - Published on Amazon.com
A wonderful book providing a myriad of ideas for those of us who need not only a BASIC review of knitting but an introduction to a NEW world of knitting. Thank you Chapman Tracy for such beautiful photos, tips, etc. I've already given this book as a gift and will continue to highly recommend it!
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