- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Search Press Ltd (13 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844484033
- ISBN-13: 978-1844484034
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.1 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (462 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet Paperback – 13 Jan 2009
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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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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.
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)!
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.
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.
I was very surprised to find that in the crochet section Ms Stanfield does not keep to one kind of abbreviation for her written instructions. American crochet terms differ from those used in UK and unless there is a national flag at the top of each design to show which terms are employed, following the patterns can get tricky. Page seventy-eight's patterns use American terms, so 'dc' means what a UK reader calls a treble crochet stitch ; page seventy-nine uses UK terms so that 'dc' means a 'double crochet' - a different stitch altogether. I've been crocheting for more years than I care to count but I had to look very carefully to get any sense out of this jumble.
The flowers are nicely photographed in colour and the layout of the pages looks neat. Altogether there are forty designs for knitted flowers, leaves, butterflies and vegetables and sixty designs for similar things in crochet. All of the items are shown first in colour, with a number that identifies each one in the instruction section of the book.The book closes with a chapter of ten projects but these are really just ten suggestions for where the flowers, etc, might be used. The first project, for example, is for a peg bag made from a linen tea-towel and a coat-hanger, embellished with a crochet daisy, but there are not any instructions for the making of the peg bag. There is a suggestion for how to fix the flower to the bag.
If you are a beginner you might have difficulty following both the written instructions and the diagrams for the crochet designs; the knitted ones only have written instructions. The flowers on the whole are rather heavy and lack grace.Read more ›