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Knitting - Stitch-led Design

By Alison Ellen

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ISBN: 9781785000294
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 13/11/2015
PAGES: 272
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 260x215 mm
INSIDE: 362 colour illustrations and diagrams

Knitting is one of the most versatile and exciting of textile structures. This book rediscovers its potential by exploring new ideas for design through the power of the stitch. Written for the dedicated knitter, it goes into the fine detail of how knitting works, questioning and examining how stitches can influence and shape the fabric by pulling in, pulling up, and making it stretchy or firm, thick or thin. Detailed, innovative and inspiring, it is invaluable reading for all knitters and textile designers.


  • A dictionary of stitches compares each stitch with stocking stitch, and shows how the shape and feel of knitting can be changed dramatically
  • A chapter explores different ways of shaping fabric around the edges and even within the knitting, using increases, decreases and short-row shaping to texture the surface or to make three-dimensional forms
  • Step-by-step instructions are supported with explanations, charts, diagrams and photos
  • Techniques are discussed in depth to help understand different outcomes and how 'problems' can be used creatively
  • Over forty projects are included that range from simple, straightforward scarves and bags to more intricate jackets and organic sculptural 3D pieces

RRP: £29.95

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" For knitters who want to design their own items, this is an invaluable resource. The clear information throughout the book is supported by high quality illustrations, charts, and a plethora of inspiring photographs. Users will gain confidence in choosing the right stitches or technique to make their design ideas a reality and could practice any new technique through one of the projects provided. The book would be suitable for knitters with some experience who are possibly looking to expand their skills and make steps into designing their own creations. Laura Hegarty - Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers "
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Reviewed By: Journal for Weavers, Spinners & dyers

" 'Written by a passionate and innovative knitter, Knitting-stitch-led design pushes ideas and boundaries to encourage creative thinking and confidence in experimenting. It promotes a different approach to designing and explores how stitches work, always asking the question 'what would happen if...'" This quote from the book cover is spot on and sums up why I find Alison's approach to design so inspiring. I thoroughly recommend this gorgeous book for all the excellent advice and encouragement for knitters to experiment with their knitting. "
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Reviewed By: Emma Vining

" The clear information throughout the book is supported by high quality illustrations, charts and a plethora of inspiring photographs. "
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Reviewed By: Journal of Wool Spinners and Dyers

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