Knitting: Stitch-led Design  by Alison Ellen

Knitting: Stitch-led Design by Alison Ellen

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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. Over forty projects are included that range from simple, straightforward scarves and bags to more intricate jackets and organic sculptural 3D pieces. 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. Detailed, innovative and inspiring, it is invaluable reading for all knitters and textile designers.