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Simple Knitting [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Erika Knight
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Book Description

21 May 2010
Following the success of Simple Crochet, Erika Knight has turned her attention to the novice knitter with this unique workshop-based how-to-knit book. With Simple Knitting you will learn to knit whilst creating your own accessible yet highly desirable basic projects that are at once essential and inspiring. Each of the 20 projects in the book teaches you a new skill, and builds upon and consolidates those knitting techniques already learnt from the proceeding projects, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and amassed an enviable collection of gorgeous knitted items. More and more people are discovering the pleasures of knitting, yet many of today's new knitters have not had the same opportunity of previous generations to learn the necessary techniques. Who better to learn from than Erika Knight? With a series of workshop-style masterclasses which you work through as you create each knitted project, Erika guides you through all the key techniques, from plain stitches to more advanced cables and shaping, as well as broader design principles, such as putting together a colour palette. Simple Knitting provides a unique opportunity to learn the design secrets of one of the world's most highly respected knitwear designers. With inspiring photography by Yuki Sugiura that showcases each of the beautiful designs perfectly, supported with clear charts and artworks, Simple Knitting is the ultimate book to learn to knit from.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (21 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844008150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844008155
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,575 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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About the Author

Erika Knight is a much respected knitwear and crochet designer, as well as a sought-after fashion and crafts consultant. Erika has created knitwear ranges for many top brands including M&S, Whistles, Edina Ronay and Nicole Farhi in the UK, J. Crew and Gap in the US and Country Road in Australia. Through her work as a fashion forecaster, she has an uncanny knack of identifying and encapsulating forthcoming trends. The profile of knitting and other crafts has never been higher than it is now, and Erika has played a major role in this renaissance - she is seen by many as a knitting guru for her creativity, knowledge and vision. Simple Knitting is Erika's twelfth book to be published by Quadrille. Her previous knitting titles include: New Knits, Baby Bloom, Classic, Glamour, Classic at Home, Glamour at Home, Men's Knits and most recently Natural Nursery Knits. She has also written two crochet books, Simple Crochet and Essential Crochet and published a book on beading, Beads & Buttons, a collection of 20 simple jewellery projects to instruct and inspire. Author Location: Brighton

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well presented book for the beginner. 19 Aug 2010
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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I already had another Erika Knight's book and was happy to get my hands on this one. It didn't disappoint. The book sets out to be a primer, containing the information you need to start knitting and it is just that.
The sections are laid out clearly; a materials and techniques chapter has 34 pages of clear photos and diagrams showing all the basic stitches and skills needed in the book, from casting on to ladder seams, while another 20 pages have the most useful stitches laid out with photos of tension squares clearly showing what they should look like. The projects range from the very basic garter stitch scarf to what is described as a timeless cardigan and all the instructions look clear and concise. Like Dumbledore, I enjoy reading knitting patterns but due to (ahem) time constraints in the summer holidays haven't yet managed to make any of the projects. Come the long winter evenings, though, I can see that my needles will be busy casting and cabling through.
Although Erika is a fan of quality yarn, she does understand that budgets don't always allow for cashmere. I love the very basic idea of a rag bag, literally a bag that she knitted from shirts cut into strips. I'm already eyeing my husband's ghastly maroon number as a possible, along with the jade one he has had since our marriage (17 years and counting) and wondering what he would say about the result (Nice bag? This old thing? I've had the material in the house for years)
The projects are mostly accessories and household items, a round cushion, throws with blocks and stripes, a cable hot water bottle cover that is just soooo Dahhling! Most are in wool or cotton, one is in silk, but the weight of the yarn is always clearly stated and substitutions would be easily made.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow for absolute beginners 3 Aug 2010
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I have long wanted to learn to knit but have absolutely no experience (was not taught in my school and my mother cannot knit) and have found it can be difficult to follow printed diagrams for this sort of skill. But after a quick flick through this book (which is stunningly produced, with beautiful photography and drawings throughout), I armed myself with a ball of wool and some chopsticks (didn't have any knitting needles, a problem I have now corrected!) and got down to business. There are clear instructions for two methods of casting on and a library of basic stitches and I was soon knitting away, experimenting with increasing and decreasing stitches, etc. When I decided to try casting off, that was easily done as well with the help of the author's instructions. A week later and I have two scarves on the go and am feeling confident enough to experiment with creating different effects.

There are a couple of minor issues however. I have found that for some points - eg starting a new ball of wool (knot it into first ball or knit it in in some clever way?) or changing colours for stripes - there are no real instructions given. I am unsure whether this is an oversight or whether the author has assumed these are such basic skills that we should know them automatically (this beginner doesn't!). I also found that special instructions for each project can be less explicit than I would have liked. Perhaps I just need an unusual amount of hand-holding? For these points I have marked this book down a star, but mostly I am just thrilled to be knitting!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite for complete beginners ... 25 Aug 2010
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I found this book a 'good looking' book, well designed and laid out, one you wouldn't mind lieing around the house on show. The items which can be made, (mittens, socks and hats etc), all look as though they wouldn't be out of place in a boutique fashion catalogue. However as someone who has never knitted I found the instructions confusing and not very easy to follow. I am sure someone who has had some prior knowledge / experience of knitting would find it useful but, perhaps, it is not quite there for a complete beginner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 10 Oct 2011
By Mr. M. P. Duffy VINE VOICE
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To put this in context, I am not a beginner knitter, I've been knitting on and off for about 20 years. I was taught by my mum as she was a keen knitter, and to be honest I am not suprised complete beginners had trouble learning to knit from this book. The simple reason being that for the vast majority of people a manual skill is really only learnable by actually seeing someone doing it in the flesh. That said, it might be possible by using some of the excellent YouTube videos alongside this book.

However, for those who know the very basics, or who have taken a long break from knitting, this book would be a fantastic resource. It contains all the basic stitches, the qualities those stitches give to the resultant knitted fabric, yarn weights, abbreviations etc etc. The best bits are the patterns as they are stylish yet timeless, and all those I have tried from this book were easy to follow and turned out as specified (even allowing for my outright refusal to ever knit a tension square!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely beautiful book 11 Nov 2010
I am quite an experienced knitter and serial buyer of craft books. Sometimes I buy a book and find I like just one project (usually the one on the cover) but I want to knit everything that I see in this book. Simple should not be mistaken for easy, the deliciously elegant projects are graded according to skill level, from first timers to old hands. All the instructions are clear and easy to follow, the introductory chapter contains much more than basic skills and each project, with its masterclass text box, teaches a new technique.

Everything about the book is cool and sophisticated; from the photographs reproduced on heavy quality matt paper to the hand drawn instructions for the basics. I love the stitch library so much I am planning to make a sampler afghan using all twenty four of the patterns. Erica Knight as chosen to use beautiful, unusual yarns in soft neutral colours displaying them on pieces of natural linen and in baskets, it is all such a delight. Although I hadn't heard of some of the yarns before, particularly those from Japan, I had no trouble obtaining them from UK based internet suppliers

The first project I tackled was the little notebooks. I have made several, intending them for Christmas presents for special friends, but two have been snaffled already, by my son and my daughter's boyfriend (his book is for his mum). I think I will make the fold over cushion next, or perhaps try some knitting with strips of shirting fabric
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really nice book simple instructions
Published 6 days ago by Ms. J. L. Byron
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
very good book. shows and teaches you all the basics with endless step by step pics and tips. very happy with the projects listed too.
Published 2 months ago by VenusSpecimen
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
If I only had to have one knitting book this would be it. The patterns are simple and stylish.the patterns are clear and well written. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pmd wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
When you need a straight forward pattern in a simple format this is it. It has projects unlikely to be found anywhere else, using materials that aren't going to break the bank,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss Naomi Rios
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting with Ericka
What a clever lady Ericka is. I would love to meet her as I like every item she has designed and her taste pleases me as mine is so similar. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alfiebaby
5.0 out of 5 stars simple, inspiring
As someone who's not knitted since childhood, this has really helped me to get started again. Simple explanations and diagrams of what goes where, and attractive projects that I'd... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alison D Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars good range of patterns, but...
I'm a proficient knitter, and I like this book. I bought it because of the reputation of the author and have knitted quite a number of the patterns (jumper, gloves, socks, cushion... Read more
Published 10 months ago by SewnUP
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to get started out
Since I was just starting out with knitting I wanted something that was almost for dummies! Whilst this book doesnt in any way talk down to you it is very simple to follow. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a big fan of Erika Knight and loved this book.
What I like most about Erika Knight's designs is the focus on quality of yarn to counterbalance the simplicity of her designs. This book absolutely lives up to its title. Read more
Published 15 months ago by gimmielinda
2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance?
I'm not a complete beginner to knitting, but have never really advanced past the basics, so thought this would be a good way to teach myself some new techniques. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Esther
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