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The Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting Paperback – 12 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (12 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844488969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844488964
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the second in the Very Easy Guides. The introduction includes all about yarn, colour and materials to get you started. The knitting basics section is illustrated with excellent line drawings showing basic techniques and stitches. The stitch guide takes up the majority of the pages. There is a two page colour overview of all the stitch patterns included. Each stitch is described and illustrated in colour, there is also a small chart showing the pattern for those who prefer to work from charts. The book is set out as lessons, 28 of them in all. The final lessons are on beading, finishing and more. There are projects to use your new found skills every step of the way. I particularly liked the fingerless gloves and the beret. I really liked this book, but didn't feel it stretched the subject and that a lot of the patterns were too basic. However, it is aimed at the beginner, so I think it hits the target well. It has a good, constructive approach.-Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts If you've yet to try your hand at stranded colourwork, or if you'd just like a decent stitch guide to classic Fair Isle motifs to help with your own designing, this book is a great buy. Lynne Watterson covers all the basics in a series of lessons, from holding the yarns, stranding and weaving, to the importance of tension and how to read charts. A range of 11 simple patterns helps you to practise each technique.-The Knitter Let Fair Isle expert Lynne Watterson help you master the basics of this technique with her new book. Learn how to read patterns, use circular needles and - most importantly - what to do with all those fiddly yarn ends. We can't wait to get started on tons of vintage-style looks.-Mollie Makes This is an essential guide for those who may be a little apprehensive about Fair Isle as Lynne Watterson provides easy step-by-step instructions and stitch patterns to build your confidence. The book is divided into 'lessons', from knowing your knitting kit, yarns and knitting basics to the ever important colour choices when knitting Fair Isle: increasing, circular knitting, adding beads and weaving. A wide range of stitch patterns are featured, including corrugated ribbing, seeding (which produces beautiful heart shapes), Fair Isle bands and the Fair Isle patterns themselves. The book also showcases 11 easy-to-follow projects so you can test your newly-acquired skills. The patterns have nice clear charts for easy reading and the book is must-have for the next step in knitting.-Yarnwise Former editor of MK news, Lynne has put together a clear step-by-step guide to hand knitting Fair Isle. She includes masses of useful charts and colourways to inspire every machine knitter. Whilst ideal for electronic machines, many of the charts can be transferred or adapted slightly for punchcard knitting.-Machine Knitting Monthly If you admire the intricacy and timelessness of Fair Isle knitting but think it looks too complicated, this book might just be what you need. It promises to be very easy, with step-by-step instructions, easy projects and all the information you require to get started. But is this all true? I was impressed by the user-friendly layout of this book. It even starts out by showing you how to use it for the best results, and is divided helpfully into three sections. These are the basics of knitting, the patterns and finishing techniques. Each section is divided into a number of lessons, twenty-eight in total taking you from things like understanding yarns and ball bands and having the right kit to aftercare. In between you can actually learn to knit - from casting on to the basic stitches you need to learn in order to do this style. If you are a quick learner you might be able to truly get all you need to know to make the projects, but most people would probably be better off learning the nuts and bolts of knitting elsewhere and getting a few plain projects under their belts first. There are some very clear diagrams in here, some of the best I have seen, and a particularly informative and simple guide to working out tension. The patterns themselves come with a handy guide to what they all look like on two pages, and each pattern is easy to follow and starts from the simplest, getting harder throughout the book. The projects come after a set of related patterns and give you a chance to practice what you have just learned while making something attractive and useful. A child's cardigan, hat and scarf set, bag, throw, mug hugs and my favorite the hot water bottle cover are some examples. Finally you can learn how to block, press and look after your new items as well as add beads and buttons or make simple trims like pompoms and tassels. I don't think I have seen many knitting books that explain what you actually need to know better than this one, very highly recommended.-Myshelf.com

About the Author

Lynne Watterson has been knitting and designing for as long as she can remember. At the age of five she designed her first outfit - a sweater, hat and scarf ensemble for her Sindy doll. With knitting in her blood, her grandfather was a machine knitter and her grandmother a patter checker for a knitting publication, it came as no surprise to her family when on leaving school she worked as a Knitting sub-editor at IPC Magazines, serving a five year apprenticeship. Her apprenticeship was cut short when she was offered the position of Knitting Editor on a publication for Marshall Cavendish Partworks. Lynne has edited many craft magazines in her career including Fashioncraft, Hand Knitting News, Machine Knitting News, Cross Stitch, Needlecraft Magic, Cross Stitch Magic, as well as contributing to many others including Prima and Ideal Home. Lynne lives and works in the Cotswolds.


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By Susie Q VINE VOICE on 3 July 2013
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What a brilliant book this is!!!! I have tried and tried to master Fairisle knitting for a long time but to no avail. A kind lady who had reviewed this book recommended it to me. The instructions are so clear and informative that last night I had a go and mastered one of the fingerless gloves in the pattern section! Success! I am so thrilled with myself and am so thrilled to own this wonderful book. There is so much information and helpful pictures that I realised why I had never mastered the technigue before.Also the section of different Fairisle charts is really good. It saves having to buy an actual Fairisle garment pattern. For instance, a plain baby jumper or cardigan pattern would look lovely using one of the borders in the book. Excellent value for money - I will treasure this book!!
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By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Jan. 2013
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This is the second in the Very Easy Guides. The introduction includes all about yarn, colour and materials to get you started. The knitting basics section is illustrated with excellent line drawings showing basic techniques and stitches. The stitch guide takes up the majority of the pages. There is a two page colour overview of all the stitch patterns included. Each stitch is described and illustrated in colour, there is also a small chart showing the pattern for those who prefer to work from charts. The book is set out as lessons, 28 of them in all. The final lessons are on beading, finishing and more. There are projects to use your new found skills every step of the way. I particularly liked the fingerless gloves and the beret. I really liked this book, but didn't feel it stretched the subject and that a lot of the patterns were too basic. However, it is aimed at the beginner, so I think it hits the target well. It has a good, constructive approach. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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very easy to follow good illustration and choice of patterns
contemporary projects. Loved it. Would recommend it for those who would like to learn to do fair isle the easy way
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i love this book. i hadnt done any fair isle previously and found this easy to follow. the pictures are lovely. getting used to following patterns using a pattern plan rather that written out stiches was a bit strange but easy to follow once got used to it. the designs are lovely and contemporary . have used the patterns to make several of the items in the book as gifts.
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VERY GOOD
very well explained, especially for me as a beginner. Clear and precise wording and lots of guiding pictures xx
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Clear explanations and a good variety of designs and some small "do-able" projects. I would think this book would make Fair Isle accessible for a beginner. I am an experienced knitter and I appreciate traditional Fair Isle items with traditional wool, but it is great to see Fair Isle translated into more modern ideas and yarns too. I am not the greatest fan of handwashing after all! You may not be attracted to all the projects but there are enough to please and they point the way towards using Fair Isle in less obvious ways. So, a thumbs up from me.
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I am new to knitting but am keen to keep trying new techniques with each thing I knit. Fair Isle knitting is something I would like to try soon so bought this as an introduction. It was very inspirational with lots of lovely photos of the patterns you can create. However, I didn't think some of the instructions were quite clear or complete enough for a novice Fair Isle knitter which was a shame. All in all it was a good way of finding inspiration and learning lots of pattern stitches, and getting an overview of what Fair Isle is about, but I wouldn't be confident of trying knitting it just based on this. Not gripped to make many of the items either.
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This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in learning how to knit fair isle. It has lots of great photographs, instructions, practice ideas and project ideas at progressing levels of difficulty. I would recommend it to beginners and more experienced knitters alike. A must-buy!
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