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Knit, Purl, Cast Off - or, how to make something with sticks and yarn

Two  sticks and some yarn - who figured out how to use these to make socks?  It is thought that the first knitting sprang from Muslim knitters that worked in Spain for the royal family.  The first purl stitches showed up in the mid-16th century and the decorative cable stitch wasn't developed until the early 20th century.

If two sticks are too much, perhaps making knots with a hook is more your style.  Crochet is a newer art form.  It became poplular and necessary as an economic boost by making lace during the Great Irish Famine of the 19th century.

Knitting and crochet have seen a recent revival.  If you have always wanted to learn how, the Tecumseh Public Library is the place to be!  Call the library at 598-5955 or check the events calendar for class times.  Be sure to check out the books available in the adult non-fiction collection.  Here are some that may inspire!

Baby Crochet: 20 hand-crochet designs for babies newborn-24 months

With 20 projects to choose from, this collection for boys and girls includes a range of hats (from a beanie to a newsboy), two cozy cocoons, bunting and baby blankets, a hooded sweater, legwarmers, mittens, booties, and four sets featuring body suit & hat, cocoon & hat, diaper cover, and more. The sizes range from newborn to 24 months. Each pattern is clearly marked with a Materials list, Glossary of Abbreviations, Notes, and Sizes and each includes from 5 to 7 full-color setp-by-step photographs.

Fearless Knitting Workbook

Designed to empower knitters with practical knowledge of how yarn becomes fabric and to boost confidence in tackling common obstacles and mistakes made during the process, this knitting how-to guides fiber artists to success in their craft by explaining each word of standard knitting instructions. This illustrated guide offers classically-designed swatch exercises--such as knit-and-purl patterns, cables, shaping, and lace--that can later be combined to create pillow covers, throws, or scarves, in addition to tutorials on how to identify stitches that are properly mounted and master basic stitch movements and math required for each exercise.  

Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters

"Illustrated step-by-step descriptions show every finishing technique that all hand knitters need to master; clear and simple demonstrations show how to add originality, flair and a professional finish to all your knitted creations; more than 50 techniques including different methods of casting on, adding a zip, embellishing a garment with beading and many others; wonderful design ideas include a unique directory of edgings, practical instructions for creating different garments and soft furnishings based on six essential fundamental finished items; close-up colour photos capture every stage of each technique from the knitter's point of view, making methods easy to follow and impossible to spoil" 
The ultimate reference for today's generation of novice and experienced needlecrafters.  It provides step-by-step instructions for learning how to knit, crochet, quilt, appliqué and embroider by machine or by hand. Over 50 creative projects that put these skills to use show needlecrafters how to make clothing, decorative items and household accessories. Extensive stitch glossaries show the possibilities and an enticing selection of contemporary patterns put them to use. Thousands of full-color photographs show every step and every stitch clearly. Specialized techniques are explained and illustrated in detail. These include: More than 60 cable knit patterns Hand dying yarns Multi-color motifs and chevrons Shell, clusters, lace, mesh and filet crochet patterns Special effects in whitework, blackwork, crewelwork and cutwork Drawn and pulled threadwork Couching, laidwork, trapunto, corded and contour quilting Seminole and log cabin patchwork Lace and insertion appliqué Creating machine lace fabrics Using furnishing fabrics Enlarging, reducing and scaling patterns Designing for a machine.

Simple Crocheting: a complete how-to-crochet workshop

Simple Crocheting is the perfect book for the beginner. Each of the 20 projects in the book will teach you a new stitch, technique, or trick, and will build on and consolidate crochet techniques already learned in the preceding projects, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and completed and enviable collection of crocheted items. Simple Crocheting showcases the incredible variety of finishes that different crochet techniques can produce.  With exquisite photography by Yuki Sugiura that perfectly shows each of the beautiful designs, and supported with clear diagrams and illustrations, Erika Knight has created the ultimate book for all enthusiasts of this remarkable craft.

Stashbuster Knits: tips, tricks and 21 beautiful projects for using your favorite leftover yarn

There's no such thing as too much yarn.  Leapman offers valuable step-by-step guidance on organizing and shopping your stash to inspire creative new knitting ideas and color combinations. Then she gives you 21 ingenious projects for men, women, children, and home that are designed so no one will ever guess they were made from odds and ends. Included are projects both large and small, from a glorious Fair Isle sweater for your favorite guy to a chic little scarf made with a Magic Ball. Each yarn weight has its own chapter, from super fine to super bulky, ensuring that knitters will find a way to use every piece of stored-up yarn. Filled with tips and hints on customizing projects and ideas to use even the tiniest bits of yarn, Leapman's Stashbuster Knits will help transform your beloved stash into projects you'll love even more.  




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