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Knitting Little Luxuries: Beautiful Accessories to Knit Paperback – 1 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680548
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 21.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nobody truly knits for necessity these days. For the twenty-first century knitter it actually is a form of pleasure and relaxation, something to be enjoyed and savoured rather than a chore. This new book from Louisa Harding taps into this concept with a book packed with luxurious and indulgent patterns to keep hands, minds and yearnings for fine fibres satisfied! The patterns are presented in four themed sections. The first is for quirky and eclectic accessories that focus on embellishment and decoration with simple knits enhanced by additions. The second section highlights the use of elegant cables to create stylish items full of texture. After this comes a collection of items that scream girliness with ribbons, fluffiness and lace stitches. The final section contrasts beautifully with bold and bright traditional Fair Isle patterns that brings the traditional fishing knitting bang up to date. The items in the book range from delicate scraves to a bold cable tunic so not everything is necessarily 'little' as the title suggests. There are lots of wraps and mittens, purses and hats with a couple of lovely bags too. All the designs are knitted with one of Louisa Hardings gorgeous yarns so whichever design you choose, you are sure to love the knitting just as much, if not more, than the wearing of it. --Knit Today, Feb 08

Don't be surprised if you find yourself humming 'I enjoy being a girl' as you flip through Harding's latest collection. A pretty lilt, epitomized by the covers embroidered herringbone handbag, animates each of these 21 small scale indulgences - things don't get any larger than a diagonally cabled tabard and romantic flyaway cardigan. A few of her selections have a vintage feel (a bathing-beauty beret anchored jauntily by a picot-tipped bow band); all have a dainty strength (an angora lace cravat holds firm with a mother-of-pearl buttoned rosette) In a handful of instances, Harding shifts colour schemes and fibers, showing off the patterns' (and her yarn line's) virtuosic versatility. --Yarn Market News, Jan 08

Through her love of hand knitting, knitwear designer Louise Harding arrived at this book offering a new collection of knitted gifts, all honouring traditonal knitting and all infused with a luxurious, contemporary spirit. Divided into four chapters ranging from quirky, modern, feminine and traditional there will be a style and pattern here for everyone. Most designs are quick and easy to make, using minimal amounts of yarn and cater for all levels. Choose from funky striped cloche hats, fingerless mittens with lace edging, bags, wraps and other delights perfect for people looking for gorgeous gifts to knit. Instructions include ideas on how to personalise and customise your project. How very Louisa. --Knitting, Feb 08

About the Author

Louisa Harding has been designing knitwear professionally for more than fifteen years. In 2005, she launched a signature line of yarns and design collections in the United States and the United Kingdom, distributed by Knitting Fever. Her designs have appeared in Interweave Knits, Rowan Knitting Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and Knitting Magazine. She has also worked as an in-house designer for Rowan Yarns and Jaeger Handknits. Her previous books include Natural Knits for Babies and Moms (Interweave Press, 2006) and the “Miss Bea” series of children’s handknits. She lives in England.


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I was rather disappointed when I opened this book, the first thing which dismayed me was the fact that it's American so if you want to buy the author's own brand of yarn then OK, but if you don't, the equivalent English yarn thicknesses are not given. It's possible to work by checking the tension/needle sizes, but it would be so much better if it was given.
Having had a moan about that aspect of the book I am now intent upon discovering what's luxurious about such items as scarves, fingerless mittens, mittens in a rather bulky looking fairisle style, a tabard! a duffle shaped stretchy bag a couple of beanie hats - again one in a fairisle style, another with buttons stitched on, and a couple of rather skimpy wraps, one like a wide lacy scarf with fringes, another like a cable scarf fastened around the arms with buttons (move your arms if you dare!) and one trimmed with buttons which you'd certainly catch your long hair in (supposing you have long hair).
Really a very disappointing selection. Maybe the yarn (author's own brand) turns the cost of such everyday items into luxury ones??
On the plus side the bag on the front is easy and can be made with suitable substitute yarn, there is a pretty and rather unusual beret/cloche style hat, and a lacy angora scarf with knitted flower brooch trim (where other yarn can easily be used) which has saved the book from being a total waste of money for me.
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I was also a little disappointed with this book - I think it is probably aimed at the younger knitter rather than the middle-aged one! There were hardly any projects that I would bother to try and make.
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This is divided into a few sections- Eclectic and Quirky; Textured and Modern; Pretty and Feminine and Traditional and Folk. Some of it is quite pretty and it is the kind of thing that someone more into girly stuff would like. Honestly I see about three patterns I like but nothing in this made me want to reach for my needles.

I've seen some of the garments in person and they are cute but not me, I'm not a person for handbags, I'm a shoulder bag person and I'm weaning myself off looking at neck fastening cardigans because they drive me crazy. One of the things I really did like about the book was the way some of the items were knit in different yarns, smooth and fluffy so you could see the way a different yarn could change the look. Also some of the embroidery and embelishment was interesting. So for me it was a glance through and get inspiration book. The one garment I was interested in has been reproduced in a magazine I get, so I have it already.

It's one that really you either love or just like. It's one to take a look at somewhere before investing.
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I have recently bought this book and couldnt wait to get started, I have knitted the bag on the front cover as well as 3 other items in the book and all have turned out as stunning as the book showed. They were all easy to knit despite looking complicated in the photos. I used my own colours and have used Rowan dk cotton in my versions though I am sure that lots of dk wool would be just as good. Look at the length of yarn in each ball described and try to find a yarn of equal length and after a tension square you should be able to find a suitable substitute yarn but hey if you want to produce high quality items then use high quality wool, you'll spend lots of enjoyable hours knitting the patterns from this book so you will want to hand them over as heirlooms as they are so beautiful. In the meantime enjoy this book, the pictures alone are worth the cost of the book!
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What a joy this book is -- beautifully photographed as always and using louisa hardings stunning yarns .I have a teenage daughter who is very impressed with the quirky and eclectic section and in total I will be knitting at least 9 of the designs -- any louisa harding fan will love it .
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I have several Louisa Harding books and so was already a fan. This book did not dissappoint and I would highly recommend it. The patterns are easy to follow and are ideal for gifts. I bought this with birthdays and Christmas in mind - though I may treat myself too! Unlike most pattern books there is not one item that I would not choose to make. If you're looking for versatile patterns and something a little bit chic and different this is the book for you.
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