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Simple Knits for Easy Living
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2002
This is a great book for people who want to knit, but are unsure how. The intructions are fairly easy to follow, but it may take a little practice. The best thing about this book is that if you don't want your introduction to knitting to be either baby clothes or scarves,there are a range of throws, cushion covers and other bits and pieces that are easy and fun to knit and look great in your house. The photography and general layout of the book means that you won't be ashamed to leave it lying on the coffee table!
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2000
Erkia Knight has just about every aesthetic covered in this wonderfully modern book that looks as great on a bookshelf or coffee table as it does under a mound of yarns.
From her bamboo needles to her rich cottons, she makes you want to touch and feel your way to becoming a great knitter. Long gone are the cold metal needles and the itchy acrylics and polyesters you remember from childhood. Knitting seems to be enjoying a rebirth and why not with so many wonderful and varied yarns out there.
All her patterns are easy to follow and gave me an immense amount of satisfaction from realising it was me that was doing the hard work! Once you get the hang of simple tasks it becomes quite easy to adapt her ideas to suit your own style.
I seem to keep coming back to it every few weeks with a new idea to try out. My only worry is that I'm working my way through the book too fast! I hope she'll produce similar books to build on the knowledge she's already taught.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in knitting. Even if you've never knitted before but you enjoy arts and crafts, it really is a book that will hook you in and keep you there. Her ideas fit so well within a modern home whether you prefer earthy tones and minimalism or country cottage, that you are sure to find something you'll love.
A book to be treasured.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2010
After ordering I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book and so I have to confess to being a little disappointed after it arrived. I have other books by Erika Knight and I very much like her style, however, I think that is my issue here, it is very much style over substance. Yes the photographs look nice and yes the finished projects look lovely BUT they should do if you are spending upwards of £100 on yarn, which quite frankly is ridiculous for a beginner book.

The other issue that I have with her books is that whilst the photos are artfully done and do make you aspire to produce the final item, it would actually be really helpful if there was a photo that showed the finished item in full.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2000
This book really caught my attention and I didn't know why; at first.
Once you read it though you are trapped in it and your head begins to burst with creative ideas. The knits that are in it are so simple that you cannot fail. But because of there simplicity they are timeless classics and look very stylish. The book is also unique in that in the whole book there is only one jumper, and even that is worth a shot (eventually).
Certianly this book is one to fuel creativity or simply to snuggle up with on cold dark winter nights and dream about knitting cosy accessories.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2000
If you thought knitting was a boring pasttime reserved only for grandmothers and making too big jumpers and scarves, think again!
This book is an inspiring collection of beautiful ideas for knitting great little numbers...for the home.
And if you don't know how to knit - don't despair it gives a simple step by step guide on all you need to know to create some fantastic additions to your home. Not only that but it introduces you to some very interesting materials other than wool to use such as string, sisal (make your own body scrub mitt), cotton, denim and more.
With these wonderful materials you can easily learn how to knock up some stylish cushions, throws, baskets and even a rug. The one clothing item in the book is well worth an attempt too - I can't wait to start it off and snuggle up in it during winter.
Be brave - jump into the world of knitting with this book I did and I'm not disappointed (Oh and I'm only 30, trendy, live in London and not a grandmother!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2011
I really like this book. It takes you step by step from simple items through to more complex designs. The projects are attractive and stylish, and would make beautiful gifts for friends and family. I felt very encouraged as I had been trying out a simple cable design for a cushion top, and this book showed a scarf with a similar design which Erica Knight rated 'an experienced make', so I thought I really must be getting a bit better! The thing is that the projects are so stylish, that you want to try and do them. The colours are very neutral, but that helps in a way because you can see more clearly what the scarf might look like, for example, in a stunning red. Also, less can be more, in design, and some other books can be too complex or be too "funky" to be really what you want to be making.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2012
This book is simplicity itself to follow, the patterns are classical but easy and the images are inspiring. I have started two projects already and they are looking very good. It is always a joy to find new craft books that don't repeat the same items in a different form, and items which will be used over and over again (and knitted over and over again as gifts etc.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love this book, the items are really stylish but easy to make. I'm knitting the beautiful bedspread on the cover, easy but effective and very therapeutic to make. I can't wait to make the other items in the book. the wool suggested Rowan is quite expensive but cheaper makes of the same thickness wool is just as effective. i recommend this book to those knitters who are keen but not necessarily confident.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2012
I'm not a very experienced knitter, and I was looking for a book which might help me move on from scarves! It's mostly cushions and blankets. However, it's not as exciting as I thought it would be. Lots of chenille which I'm not a fan of as I think it's quite dated compared to some of the wools you can buy nowadays. It's OK but I wouldn't say it was great.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2005
I am a beginner knitter and found this book quite useful as Erika didn't just use plain knitting wool, the patterns were fairly easy to follow and most were definately useful for around the home. However there weren't many different stitches used but I suppose being a beginner this helped? The only ideas that stood out to me were the rag rug made by knitting fabrics, not using a latch hook and the sisal wash mit. If you want to learn how to knit it explains this well but I would get a book from the library to explain how to make simple cushions/throws as this was all that was mainly covered in this book.
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